The reboot is almost here. After several attempts to plan the layout with RRTrack, and essentially designing a layout that looks an awfully lot like old Quinntopia Version 2, I've decided to throw caution to the wind and start putting together a layout based on a few simple principles. I can only move things around on the computer before too long, so I'm just going to be practical about it (I sort of have an idea of what I want anyway, the software is good for getting estimates on how much stuff I need to buy, and approximate ideas of space and so on). Here's the main ideas:
- I have to limit the scope. I liked the urban aspects of the old layout (and I think was one of the things that was most popular with viewers as well) so the idea of having any sort of natural landscape will be minimal.
- Since its going to be a very urban layout, Its going to be a city surrounded by several 'main lines'. The question is...three, or an overwhelming four? I'm still not sure. Four track main line means an 8 track total, which limits the city space, and can look a lot like a racetrack and not a city/train layout!
- These lines split into several tracks for a large urban station and to provide some minimal storage (mostly for those annoying to assemble and disassemble TGV, ICE's and the like). Again, I have to be realistic and probably reduce the main lines to three.
- The rest? It will be City, City, and more city.
Here's my (formerly yellow!) supports for the layout benchwork - now in a fresh color of neutral grey!
I've decided to invest decent money and have some professionally, pre-built benchwork made by an outfit called ModelRailroadBenchwork.com. It will be modular as well, so I can re-use these if a future move happens! I ordered my modules a week ago, so I'm already anxious to get them and set up the future layout! No more hollow-core doors for me!
Of course, the real fun will be pulling out the structures from storage! Whoopee!