I don't see any problem saving the buildings, they are only lightly tacked down. All the track is held in place with water soluble glue. A small amount of water and it lifts quite easily. Any rebuild will have to compromise what I want and what is possible. In the last few years the amont of time I can spent on my knees at a time is greatly reduced.
At the start, I said I would include warts and all.
When the layout was built I tried to keep the gradients to 1 in 60, but on the way down to the storage yard I reduced it to 1 in 30. What could possibly go wrong down the slope. Well quite a bit, with a curve at the bottom any hesitation by the loco and the weight of the stock behind it will make a bogie jump the curve. Putting a cant on the track improved this, but then cause a problem as the loco's were not level when they reached the first set of points. I eventually managed a compromise after filming what was happening a dozen times, but trains have to enter the yard at a very slow speed.
This is all in a very confined area.
Just to give you an idea of the space I have filmed the bit you don't normally see on a layout. The quality is a bit poor becase of the light. but it does show some of the problems of access.
The wiring started off quite neat, and has not cause any trouble but adding lighting and modifications have made a bit of a rats nest of it. Of all the point motors and there are lots of them, only 1 is a problem, every now and then it forgets what it is and I have to address it again. There is one I caught with a jigsaw and cut through the outer casing, it works perfectly.
I have used Kadee coupling for a long time, this was the first time I have used under board magnets. They seem more powerful and cause many unintentional uncouplings especially on stock with steel axals. A problem I have not had with the surface mounted ones.
On a brighter note. The rebuld will have the main terminus in the middle of the room and I will make the boards a little narrower, to ease access. I hope to find some back scenes that are suitable, something I have regretted not doing from the start. Any idea's on suitable ones for the late 1950's townscape will be helpful. It proved impossible the fit them once I made the boards so wide and started adding fragile details. There will be more town and less landscape, so lots of chances to make more buildings.
As with most people I have more stock, than is nessesay, so some carriage sidings and a goods yard away from the terminus will be provides somewhere around the outside. Much to look forward to..
3 Months of planning before I do anything. So if anyone is in the area (Littlehampton not far from Gaugemaster) and you fancy some tea and biscuits. Any one over 4 years old is allowed to operate the layout. Sent me a message and we will arrange something. I am happy to meet you at Angmering station if you are coming by train.
All for now