I’m going to dive right into this one. I started this post much earlier today and have been trying to craft a nice preamble that addresses the hiatus since my last post and responds to all the “why” the old layout was taken apart. I’ve enjoyed trying to accomplish something in this regard but can’t seem to complete the post and really dislike its design. So, without any further distraction, I’m starting over again.
I’ve put together this pretty pair of sketches to help describe the space for the new layout and some thoughts on how I’d like to use it. If I place it here in the post we can all look at it and take advantage of the pause it offers us to top up our glasses.
So after a lot of distraction my “layout in the living room” is, for the first time, actually in the living room. Previous iterations had been constructed and all wound up living in our dining room. When we first bought this house I’d eyed this corner of our living room and thought it to be an almost ideal location for my model railway empire. Silly as it may sound, I’ve coveted this space almost as much as having a dedicated room. It feels pretty neat to finally be placing something in this corner. As the drawing notes, it’s certainly not a vast area but it somehow feels like just the right amount of space and more than enough for any of the schemes I’m likely able to get up to.
The new layout is against a plain wall and is not in front of any windows. I missed having a backdrop on my previous lines and look forward to being able to install one. I can also install some sort of dedicated lighting valance above the layout in this location. With better lighting and a proper backdrop layout photography should be easier – no more red or orange walls to contend with.
We naturally tend to think of the layout in terms of the broad side view and this one will be no different. What I am amused with though is that there is a neat opportunity to view the layout from the end and many of its visitors will see it from this angle first. I thought of real locations such as Elmira, Prince Edward Island. Though I’m far from committing to a model of Elmira I did want to share this photo to help illustrate the potential of this location for this type of scene:
What amuses me so much about this perspective is how it introduces the model to the viewer exactly how the prototype did and continues to do so today. In this layout design I’m as keen to explore a true prototype location as I am the way in which I present it. I want a scene that I’m as keen to “railfan” as I am to build and operate trains within. Perhaps it might help the viewer to more easily identify with the scene if their perspective is familiar? As the above photo of Elmira station illustrates this same view could be modelled featuring another of my passions:
Or a third example of this “design from the thin end” approach could work quite well for a model of the Claremont-Concord’s West Lebanon:
So far, I’ve moved the old benchwork into the new space. To this end, I need to sew a quick curtain to wrap around the layout itself to tidy up the view of the junk that sits below the layout. I’m keen to share the evolution of the new line and will do so in the coming weeks.
Categories: How I think