A sleepless night.... research and reading around suitable terminus plans led me to look at Swansea Victoria. This is quite a small terminus which seems well contained. It also was LMR and seems to have had Black Five's, Standard 5MT's and lots of tanks running into it (inc ex GWR types). It also appears to have had a backdrop of a high level ex GWR dock railway.
Now the whole thing could be transported to the Midlands- The ex GWR line would still fit.... That could be an industrial line running behind the layout to Round Hill Steel works perhaps? or I could set the layout in Wales, but after Beeching was sacked due to the hung parliament of 1962/3..... the Station survived
Now what to do with my Minories layout- The current plan is to build this at around 70cm height and put Minories on adjustable feet (just arrived from Ebay) on the floor. Some lighting under Swansea Victoria will still allow it to run. That accounts for the ER stock which would not have ventured that far. I will condense the stock so it runs mainly DMU's and ex LNER tanks with suburban stock and I may only run 3 coach trains max...
Progress will be slow. Due to my injury its going to be developed over the next six months. I have attached my current thinking. I am unsure whether to use a single slip off the scissors to allow arrivals into the Bay Platform or to stick with what is the more prototypical trailing points? That will leave a single and a double slip to sell (only just got them) and a three way to buy. I am going to try and replicate the scissors using Peco Large radius points. Please let me know what you think?
There is 4 metres of scenic space and then 2.4 metres for a fiddle yard. the fiddle yard will have to be removable due to it being over a bed! Baseboards will be 9mm ply on 7cm wood frames with the High Level railway providing the back drop
The signal diagram- http://www.s-r-s.org...l/lmsr/M136.gif
The inspiration- https://en.wikipedia...railway_station