I must be a glutton for punishment. I recently went along to the Folkestone & Hythe MRC with my partner Lisa to see what it's like. I got chatting with the chairman who showed me their lovely Alkham Valley EM layout, bereft of track. It was built by theit late chairman to EM and left it to the club.
As I'd had some experience with the original Templot I "volunteered" to have a go at planning and building new OO track. they gave up on EM and felt OO would be far easier to find stock for! So this week I've settled down trying to get Templot to work on my Macbook pro. Not an easy task but following some of the advice on the Templot forum managed to get it to run via an app called Wine.
We went to the club on Monday evening and done a rough sketch of the track full size with some datum measurements of certain bits of track from the board edges, then went back home and spent the day drawing it onto Templot. I found the new version a good bit easier than the original which I used about 8-10 years ago. Martin seems to have done away with the control F6 type buttons and transferred them to mouse actions via a toolbar. I certainly welcome the "make slip" facility, this saves an awful lot of messing about with partial templates.
Anyway, the first rough cut plan has been printed and will be tried on the baseboards this evening. BTW, I'm using 16.2 OO, C&L or Scaleway plain track which the club has in stock, and C&L point parts if they become available again. There's 18 points worth to be bought, and I need another 10 points worth for my own layout.
Alkham is a lovely layout, typifying the scenery of the area. The only problem was the builder used steel rail which has rusted whilst in store.