Originally Posted by joed2323
Just a suggestion, i dont really know what your requirements are...
Thanks (everyone) for the suggestions.
I think my requirements/desires are simple: (In order of importance)
1. Trains go thru a (well developed, over time) town
2. Trains go somewhere
3. Trains come back
4. A (at least somewhat) functional yard
I guess I’m more into realistic scenery than realistic operations, so I’m “free-styling” my layout, but a point to point won’t work for me because of 2 & 3, above. The 4X8 is the best way to satisfy #1, and 4 feet is about the minimum requirement for a reasonable turnaround. I’m not concerned about efficient use of space: the room was previously “junk storage”, but is now as empty as shown in my diagram.
So, whatever I come up with will most likely combine both the shelf/peninsula style, plus a 4x8 (or slightly smaller) “town”.
Oh, I forgot requirement 5 and 6:
5 Not be too complex for me to implement
6 Not cost a fortune