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entry 31 Dec 2011, 13:17
For layout I am looking at a couple of loops on the current L shape setup to get things up and running and useable, combined with the mainline that goes from one corner and winds around pretty much to the opposite diagonal corner, in preparation for stages 2 & 3 long into the future. As you can see I have pencilled in some areas which will depend upon available space as to what the physical representation of these becomes. Ideally we will get stations at Shirebrook and Chesterfield, collieries at Oxcroft and Whaley Thorns, as well as Whaley village and some townships at Chesterfield, Whaley Thorns and Shirebrook.

I have a couple of hiddden track sections, one along the front of the layout, behind the front support and under the hills, and one at the back running under the hills. These are to approximate a line between Shirebrook - Pleasley - Chesterfield and another from Shirebrook - Clowne - Sheffield.

In the middle is the infamous Bolsover Tunnel, long since filled in, which took up over 2 miles under the Scarcliffe hills. Mine won't be quite that long, but it will at least give a sense of a tunnel being there. Not sure why it was called Bolsover Tunnel seeing as it ran from Scarcliffe to Carr Vale.


And the railway centre at Langwith Junction will provide the marshalling yards.

A couple of the loops looked a little tight on paper, but having rolled a few tracks out they aren't too bad at all - 9-10"

It was a long process thinking through a layout that could provide short term playability as well as build in the key topographical features and leave space for the mainline. Must have taken two months just thinking about it before doing anything that resembled construction. Be interested to see how close the final layout matches the paper plan. I have already made some tweaks based on what I was seeing as I tried the track onsite, but nothing too severe to date.

I found AnyRail to be a fairly good tool for the planning stage. I managed with just the trial version which is limited to 50 pieces of track, but as I am using flex this wasn't such a problem, even for a moderate sized layout. I gave the 3d modelling tools a crack, but they just weren't intuitive enough in one way or another. In the end I settled for a 2d plan and have kept the other dimension in my head - for better or worse.
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