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Hello Again,

Last year I posted a thread entitled "Modernising old Locomotives & Control Systems, Help needed for someone returning to the hobby". The replies I got were very useful, and after digesting all the advice and buying some of the track plan books suggested, I am wondering if I am really able to achieve all I want with the space available.

I've decided now to go for a solid board, 7' x 4' maximum. This gives me the most options for location - including the garage where I could hinge it to a wall. I initally rejected this idea since the garage is used for cars, but it would solve several other issues such including domestic harmony! You may remember I wanted to get into railway modelling again as a way of spending some quality time with both my 20 month old toddler (one of his first words was 'train') and my Dad who has a nice collection of Dublo items. Having the board downstairs makes sense, since my Dad is not as mobile as he once was. Previously, I was wanting to split boards for storage, but now I'm thinking that this could just turn out to be another reason why the layout might not be used as much as it could be - the added hassle of joining boards and the associated levelling. I'm just trying to be realistic.

My problem is, I want to include all the features of my previous large layout - things like two levels, a viaduct, tunnel, turntable, station, goods yard etc etc. AND with the added complication of a completely isolated loop and sidings for some Dublo stock. Is this possible practically or am I just being too ambitious?

If anyone has the current Peco Setrack plans book, something like Plan 17 would be good, but with a turntable and, somehow, a raised section. Can anyone think of a neat way of achieving all the above in the area I have available. I also bought the Railway Modeller book of 60 Plans for small locations, but there is nothing that really enthuses me in there that is achievable for my situation.

I hope people don't think I'm just a 'dreamer'! I built a large layout about 20 years ago, so I know the basics. Things at our house tend to take ages to happen, but one they do there is no going back!

BTW I have arleady made a start by sorting and cleaning all my old locomotives, rolling stock, buildings etc. I intend to use the Bachmann DCC suggested previously. Depending on how the project goes I am looking forward to bying a few new locomotives and some rolling stock too, since most people agreed that trying to upgrade old locos to modern standards would be uneconomic and time consuming. I intend to have electric points and some LED lighting too. One step at a time though...

Thanks very much ,

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