Now that I've built up a decent rolling stock fleet (all new stuff since last year), my attention is turning to building a layout. The outline plan is as follows.
It will be in the attic, on boards approx 1-2 feet wide running around the entire perimetre of the attic.
It will include a modern main station with many bays and stabling and carriage sidings, therefore plenty of points.
There will be a modern motive power diesel depot and old decrepid marshalling yard at the other end of the attic, yet many more points and sidings.
Linking the 2 main areas will be 2 x fast main-lines (quite straight) around the room, and 1 slower freight line (twisting its way between various buildings and stuff)
The era is 'today'. I want the main lines to look modern (probs concrete sleepers), the freight line to be old (rarely used appearance). All siding and stabling areas to also look old and rarely used.
My questions are these:
I will be using Peco track, as I have been using the Xtracad software. It's just what code of track to use that is the problem. I have read the debate about 100 verses 75 on another thread, but I seem no wiser. I don't know whther to have all of one code for the entire layout, or go for different codes for different areas (thats why I have described the areas above). I was originally gonna go for code 100 all over for simplicity and cost, but seeing as I'm starting from scratch, what would you lot recommend after your years in this hobby?
I was originally going to use to use setrack (ST range) for the no.2 and 3 radius curves, but would using flexi-track be better?
I was also going to use streamline code 100 stuff for points (SL range).
I was going to use streamline flexitrack for the main straights.
Is the ST and SL range of stuff nickle silver?
SO many questions, therefore if you had to build this layout for me, what would you select and why