Well, my apologies for the break in transmission. A lot has been happening, although admitted very little directly related to the topic.
The last post was from the transit lounge at Abu Dhabi on our way home to Australia. After 8 months wondering the UK and continental Europe, it seems it is time to return to normality, whatever that is. My wife and I have taken up residence in a new house (for us) in a place called Mullumbimby Creek (look it up), and have spent the last couple of weeks unpacking boxes and moving furniture. There are still many things requiring attention, like getting an aging ride-on mower running so I can cut an acre of grass (no exaggeration), and last years tax returns, but I have managed a little time to throw together a layout plan.
This uses Peco streamline code 75 track, and is laid out over the diagram from Ian Futers most excellent book Modelling Scotland's Railways. I've tried to use the long turnouts wherever possible, although had to resort to the mediums in the line leading into the loco shed at the centre-bottom in order to follow Mr. Futers artwork,
Newbie mistake #1: the room I have been allocated in the new house is roughly 3.1m x 3.3m. Brilliant! The layout will fit! Ah .... no it won't. I was forgetting about the need to have something for the trains to run off into - the rest of the world/branch line. I know about segment plates, transverers and storage yards/sidings, but all these require some amount of space! I am not entirely sure how much space, but I'm guessing as a rule of thumb I would need storage roughly equal to the length of the platforms, so we are talking another metre or so, which suggests that the layout will be banished to the garage. Sigh.
I'm also guessing I probably need storage for 3 trains-worth: maybe one passenger train and two goods trains, Banff is a terminus without a turntable, where the loco has to run-around the train to prepare itself for exit from Banff. Pictures I have seen show the loco pointing forwards on exit, which suggest that they reversed into Banff. The storage will also require a run-around line so that the loco can be moved back to the other end of the train to re-configure the trains for re-use. I'm figuring a 4-track transverser would be the way to go, although I am tempted to invest the extra length and build a proper storage yard, which would better support a long-term idea of having the loco automatically execute the storage run-around. This would also remove the need to engineer a transverser, which perhaps, as complete beginner, is one difficulty (opportunity) I can avoid,
Since the layout is already destined for the garage, then the extra metre or so allowance for storage sidings probably isn't going to make that much difference. I need to measure the garage, and negotiate how much of it I might be allowed.