With the advent of 009 RTR trains and setrack I've been thinking about a project to demonstrate that a compact, but still interesting, 009 layout can be built without too much actual modelling involved. The idea is to use Peco 009 setrack and suitably adapted ready made buildings, and RTR stock.
I already had some of the 009 setrack, combined with some N gauge setrack I tried out some ideas. This was an early attempt, the station building is a Hornby Skaledale cricket pavillion.
Some time later I'd settled on this basic design.
I've limited its size to 3 feet by 8 inches to make it a shelf sized layout. The headshunt at the right end is long enough for a loco + 1 wagon (Skarloey is about the same length as a Baldwin 4-6-0). The gaps in the station run-round loop will be filled by half length track pieces I will have to make. This is to make the loop long enough to fit a train of 3 wagons plus brake van without making it too long. the track in the upper left corner will be hidden, the 'fiddle track'.
Moving on a bit, I bought some extra track and some buildings I thought I could use. This is the final iteration before fixing the track down. I've made a basic board from some 3mm MDF and strip wood.