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I am starting my lockdown layout a year late. It is a continuous run layout with a scenic side which is connected at both ends to a yard section. Both sides of the layout measure 16 feet by 2 feet and are connected by bridges at both ends with the operator working from a central well. The baseboards for the scenic section have been built using 6.5mm birch plywood and the baseboards for the yard have been reused from a previous project. The layout is being built in a hostile attic environment, pictures will follow after some more work on insulation, lighting and backscenes. The layout will be based on the fictional station of 'Carrick' which is a mainline, double track station. The station forms the heart of the layout with small areas of countryside to both sides. The station will be reminiscent of the Waterford to Limerick line, will feature a bay platform for local services, an oil transfer siding similar to Arklow Station and either a container or permanent way yard to the front. I have not fully decided on the track plan, particularly in the bay platform/oil siding/loco storage area (I have realised that the attached track plan does not allow for a crossover into the bay platform from the westbound line). I have provided the crossovers for running around the train in the main station. I have the option of moving one of these 'off-layout' if required - doing this would allow the station to move west slightly and either a) provide easier access to the container/permanent way yard or b) allow access to the yard from the west of the station. I have a good amount of space at the front of the layout to represent a container yard, however this would probably lack a run around track to release a loco after driving in from the east. The station is long enough to accommodate 6 carriages and a locomotive, with the bay platform designed for a 2-car unit. The layout will be DCC operated and will be wired for block detection which will allow for the future automated running of the layout, with trains being automatically dispatched and stabled in the yard. This will be achieved using MERG hardware and Rocrail software. Main line signalling will be minimal using Berko 2-aspect colour light signals, and I will provide shunt signals as required. Comments on the operability of the below track plan (zoom in for more detail) are welcome and I plan to keep this updated as I make more progress.
A modern image layout,11' 0" x 5' 0" based on a terminus upper level descending to a continuous loop lower level. Fully signalled, electric points, and landscaped!! Dave Linfield built the baseboards, track and wiring. Ritchie Matthews and myself completed all the landscaping over a 2 year period! Still working on it!!!Hope you enjoy it! Sean Hogan 20200719_162501.mp4