Last night I altered a few bits on the plan, so just to keep you up to date the plan should appear below:
Now, originally the layout was built to be transported in a small car, however, it doesn't fit! Therefore I have had to use my dad's van which has ample room in both width, length and height. If I was to start this again (which, for the record, I won't ) I would double-check the room available in the car BEFORE building the layout. (Lesson learnt there I should think ) This means I am not really restricted on size unless I am able to get a car that has enough boot space.
Speaking about designing it for transport, here is a possible way of transporting the layout using castors:
It's certainly a possibility that I will look into. The castors are likely to be of the rubber variety because it will stand up to abuse and rough ground much better. It would also provide a smooth ride for the layout. I am worried about having the layout upside down though - I dread to think how much sand will fall off one board and onto the other, probably landing in the points knowing my luck!
Anyway, all I need to do now is persuade dad and reassure myself that it is a good idea!
Anyone with knowledge of transporting layouts safely I would be particularly interested in your thoughts/idea as to how you accomplish such a feat with minimum damage to the layout etc.