Well, it was a long day but probably 95% of my stuff got moved over, plus I had the pleasure of spending money on house stuff, plus there was of course the usual disagreeements and smouldering arguments but for a given value of 'in', I am in. Internet won't arrive until early March, so until then updates will be intermittent, but the important thing is that all the railway bits are over and the earmarked room has been well and truly claimed, so it's now locked in that I have approximately 12' x 9' to play with. Less say 3' for the doorway in (9' x 9') less the fireplace (turning the other 12' wall into three 4' lengths).
One of the charming things about buying a house dating to around 1900-1920 (documents are a bit hazy on the date of construction) is that every single wall has some or other feature that breaks it up. Great if you don't want acres of plain wall space, perhaps not so marvellous if you want long unencumbered runs.... but for my purposes it shall suit admirably.
The last few weeks I've been wrestling with trying to get my trackplan to work. To be honest, it just feels too plain and clunky and the more I've considered it, the more I've thought it somehow lacking. So I went back to the layout plan books that I've found most inspiring: the PSL book of trackplans by C J Freezer and Modelling Urban Layouts by Iain Rice. So the designs I've always found myself coming back to for the dream layout got another airing.
Of those, the 10' terminus plan was what I originally looked at, discarded and then kept coming back to. I think the more I look at it the more I like it; with some additions.... let's put that down one long wall. Then we'll make a long 180 degree plus turn through the width, and inside of the running lines I'll extend one of the sidings into a lead for that 6' MPD design (which will of course have to be cranked into a 'C' rather than a simple length. Then- the lead carries on- it will run into a decent goods yard lifted from one of the room-filling plans. Which I think will be on angle in front of the fireplace. Meanwhile- the mainline just runs into a fiddle yard.
You'll see that's sadly no mention of Cremorne for Pittance (though it will be retained and possibly extended- there's just no room for it in this plan- or the narrow gauge line. But I'll be getting probably 80 to 90% of my list, which is better than nothing.