Sunday, 10 June 2007

Layout plan 6,583,271....

Following on from my last post, I've been playing around over the past week or so with various track plans to fit onto the two existing baseboards I've already built (7'6" x 18"). I seem to lack the ability to come up with somethng truly original, especially when working with such tight constraints, so have been looking at other small layout plans for some inspiration. However, I won't disclose the origins of the plan above - answers on a postcard....!

I agree with Iain Rice and Barry Norman, both of whom frown on the idea of producing a track plan in isolation from the bigger picture, so forgive me for only showing you the track plan, screengrabbed straight from Templot. The concept involves a fiddle yard at the left hand end, with a single platform terminus occupying most of the length of the second (slightly longer) baseboard. I realise trying to cram a terminus into such a tiny space may be stretching the bounds of incredulity somewhat, but I'm using a little artistic license, ok?! There are then 3 sidings for various goods facilities, which could include a small coal yard, maybe a warehouse or private industrial facility...

I envisage a small, sleepy village with the railway nearing the end of it's working life. Maybe the line could have once continued beyond the station but since been closed. It's always useful to have a cover story for an incongrous situation!

Maybe I'm being a bit over-optimistic as to how much I can realistically fit into the space without it looking silly, so the next step I think is to print out a full scale track plan to lay out on the floor and ponder over...


  1. Hi Matt,
    I've been browsing through Stephen Willams' books and I love the reverse S curve on his Faringdon layout - it looks so natural and adds a great deal of visual interest.
    So, looking at your trackplan, I'd be tempted to put the center road on a slight curve and move all of the sidings to the outer side of this line (very similar to Shipston-on-Stour).

  2. Hi Chris,
    I've got the first two of Stephen Williams' books but haven't got round to buying part 3 yet so hadn't seen his layout, until I did a quick Google and found a few photos on the Scalefour Society website here. Shame there aren't a few more, but I can see roughly what you're referring to and like the idea.

  3. Hi Matt,
    His 3rd book isn't as useful as the first two but it's great for inspiration. I'll scan some of the photos that show the curve and email them to you directly this weekend.