Sunday, September 4, 2011


As I've said in a previous post, Ian T came over and suggested I make some changes to the layout design as the current plan wouldn't have been practical as I get older and less mobile. So, in the meantime, he's been slaving away at his computer and has come with a whole new track plan and design. And it's a heap better than my feeble attempt, not that my track plan wouldn't have worked, it's just that Ian's version has something "extra" that mine didn't. The trap I fell into was the old "must use all available space" which isn't necessary if you have a 6m x 6m space. The other problem Ian has solved is where to put my work bench, now its facing the back wall next to the window and with no railway to hinder things. Here's how the new track plans look,

Bottom Deck

Top Deck

The new design has meant that the first attempts at layout building need to be rebuilt and with that, everything has come down. It's amazing how quickly things come apart compared to putting them together. Everything is now pulled apart and I've rebuilt where Thirlmere is and have moved the 2 top and bottom decks from near the garage doors, where Hill Top is on the plan, to where the hidden exchange sidings will be.
The lesson here, I think, is to vett your plans with other people, particularly people who have built a few layouts otherwise you might end up making some critical mistakes like I would have. Luckily, I wasn't at a point where it was too late.
A Big thanks to Ian T for putting in the time and effort to come up with the new plan and helping me get it right.


  1. hello,

    This layout track plan is very interesting, i did not have enought space but i will choose one like this if it was possible...



  2. Hi Pascal,
    Ian T put a lot of effort into taking my needs into consideration when designing the layout and as a result, I think it's an excellent plan. It helps having a lot of room to fit it in as well. BTW, the station plans are all based on the real thing so it should all "work" operationally.