Before I begin, the joke about '.... it will be a very dark layout....', has already been offered. Thanks Geoff......(RIP)
So, to begin at the beginning.
I have been an avid follower of many main line layouts on this Forum and in 'real life'. I really like the trains in a landscape genre and my mate Geoff's watch the trains go by idea. I want something like that I've been saying for too long.
So, my existing EM shunting/yard/depot diesel era layout is now not enough. It probably has to go, but if nobody wants it I shall keep it just for exhibitions.
Thus Honiton Tunnel. I hear the cries "but why"?
Well, I'm Devon by birth and have always had fond memories of spotting at Exeter Central in 1961 and '62. In the past I had a layout based on Central but it would not accommodate those long trains like the ACEs and Brighton Plymouth. It has always been an ambition of mine to run a full length summer timetable ACE somewhere and at speed. So I'm going to do the 'somewhere!
A few years ago I had two trips from Guildford/Woking to Exeter/Okehampton behind steam and the westbound climb of Honiton bank was just incredible. The seed was sown then I think?
One night a week or so ago I had a dream (yes honestly) that I had a new layout in the loft, it was fine-scale OO for ease of running/stock etc. and it was based on the area between Honiton and Honiton Tunnel west portal. The next morning - that's when the decision was made and I posted on a thread here, asking for ideas and info.
A few days later the plan was to have the tunnel itself as the end of a large oval and the west and east approaches as two of the long oval sides. The opposite end would be just hidden. The fiddle would be 'behind' the east incline.
I will try and get a sketch on here ASAP so my mumblings become clear.
I have already decided to have Honiton Station just offstage on the 'west' side. The road over-bridge just east of the Station will be a scenic break on this side.
In the next few months I hope to show how this develops. The track is waiting, my planning activities are already driving SWMBO bonkers, so all is going well.
Any advice on this area would be great.
Phil (a 72A exile in 36E)
Edited by Mallard60022, 27 January 2016 - 13:37 .