I've been struggling with the idea of expanding for some time. My original intention for my 'Version 3' (building off of "Version 2" naturally) of my layout was the trolley, viaduct, downtown expansion, and a 12" extension to the existing yard to add more storage and a passenger terminal. Below is the previous "Version 2" and those planned changes to "Version 3"
Version 1", what was where I was at when I started this blog! The new stuff, sort of highlighted in yellow, 3 is below:
Hack" in Germany. Decently priced metal bridges!
I've also realized something about my planning process with this project. I tend to create my plan in Rail Modeller as more or less a guide, but then plan on improvising or changing the actual plan once I start laying things out. I've got a more less 'fresh canvas' now so I don't know if I know for sure at this stage of planning what exactly I want to do.
I do know that I'll be using a bit more flex track...the beautiful sweeping curves that these afford compel me to bite the bullet (partly inspired by Pascal's beautiful work)! I'll also be converting my existing yard and installing the new Passenger terminal tracks using Minitrix's track rather than Unitrack (which was inspired by this). The reasons for this is that Unitrack - despite its great looks - just doesn't look completely right to me for a yard. Perfect for main lines and routes but-in a yard- the high ballast wasn't working for me. I chose Minitrix track as I really like the simplicity of their switch machines which allow them to be more or less 'hidden' from view without the complexity of installing under-table motors. We'll see how that goes in the future.
That's all for now! All I have to say is...goooooo N SCALE!!!