Just to confirm that following a lot of recent thoughts, especially over the weekend I have decided that I will no longer be pursuing this layout so effectively withdrawing from the MRJ Cameo layout competition.
Firstly I would like to say a big thanks to Richard (Ben Alder) for supplying me with lots of information and photographs of the area which enabled much research, one of my favourite parts of the hobby.
It started a long time ago as a stand alone layout...which then morphed into an extension of Kyle which in itself I thought was an interesting idea to have a central Fiddleyard serving trains at either end. Progress on fascia and boards went well but the track making was as always my undoing. My recent excursion into Meeth partially restored that, but when I took the layout out yesterday to review it, it dawned on me that it was just not the right project for me now. Having previously only built layouts with 2 turnouts (2mmFS) and 3 turnouts (7mm), my golden rule being a maximum of 3 , I should have seen the signs with 4 turnouts!
It also dawned on me that Kyle was built as a micro layout and tries to demonstrate that a layout can be built in a small space...this layout was going to be almost twice the scenic length and would mean revisiting all the support structure, additional support trestles and even more of a squeeze to get in the car.
It will be bubble wrapped and stored in the garage but it’s unlikely to see the light of day again. Instead I will complete Meeth for the 2mmFS Diamond Jubilee in 2020 and then perhaps I will start to move into 7mm as wearing a jewellers headset with lenses is taking some of the fun out of the hobby for me. This is coming from a guy who had laser surgery a couple of years ago but still needs close up specs due to my age
I would just like to say thank you to everyone who has taken an interest in the project from the outset, all your comments and enthusiasm and I trust you will understand this decision which I feel now reflects where I am going with the hobby.