A week ago and in this exact same space I already had a layout underway. I was pleased with the work I had done and still like the idea of a bakery cart as a layout base.
I tried a variety of different layout plans on this base ranging from those that extended past its edges to those fully contained within. It was tricky to fit an HO scale plan into this space. Reverting back to my native N scale I felt there still just wasn’t enough space but certainly, things did work better.
I have the good fortune to be a regular operator on a couple of local layouts. During those sessions I habitually gravitate to yardwork as a firm favourite role on any layout. I paid extra attention to those car movements within the yard I enjoyed most and took those to be the ones my home layout should support. Being a fan of prototype railroading I tend toward drilling long cuts of cars so the plan needs to have a decent switching lead to work from.
I’m blessed to have been invited to build a model railway in our home using space borrowed from some fairly public rooms. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts our house is smaller. We enjoy really distilling the most value from each room. Each time I looked at the footprint the cart occupied it bothered me that I wasn’t deriving as much value from it as I felt I should be.
Here I am today. This new variation uses almost the exact same area but I feel really brings me closer to what I wanted all along. I am really pleased with how closely it hugs against the walls only projecting nine inches into the space. This won’t move into the living room for now and will remain in our dining room. Should our plans for the space change the entire layout is designed to break down into components quickly to be packed away between operating sessions. I’ve been thinking about track arrangements, themes, and what features I want to incorporate into the layout and I look forward to settling these soon so I can keep things moving forward. Thanks for following along and the comments so far. I’m so happy to be able to share this here. Thanks!