Now the first two baseboard modules are almost ready, just need to sort out connecting them together, the time has finally come this week to sit down and start planning how The Budget OO Gauge Layout Project is going to look when it’s done.
My first thought is to build it as a Terminus type station with twin lines running in from the left, possibly under a road bridge to the station on the right hand side. The left hand board would feature a small factory, a selection of houses (probably terraced houses) with low relief houses and shops running the entire length of the layout in front of a photographic backscene of some sort. There will also be a line-side hut or two & a signal box.
The right hand baseboard would then be kept pretty simple with just the station building(s), a car park, wall and pavement. I’ve kept the actual track set up really simple and I can’t decide whether I like it or not, but then in real-life, most track configurations are actually pretty simple as they run into a station, so maybe keeping it simple is best?
What I’m not 100% sold on though is the terminus station. As the layout will be modular, what I’m kinda drawn too is the ability to connect baseboards to both the left and right sides of these two, allowing for a continuous layout to be created at some point in the future… Hmm… Decisions, decisions!
I’ve started to get to grips with Xtrkcad, but for now I’m using the traditional Pencil & Paper method of track planning… Although I have redrawn this in Photoshop so you can actually make sense of it rather than showing you my scribbles!
The diagram above is based on a rough sketch I did a couple of nights ago, and shows space for two additional further baseboards at the front of the layout. These would sit lower down, with a retaining wall running pretty much the entire length of the two boards, with a small beach / quayside scene on these probably.
All the buildings, roads, platform & pavement will be constructed from paper and card kits to keep the cost to an absolute minimum. Track will be sourced as much as possible from a couple of old sets and flexi-track sections I have squirrelled away in the loft from previous layouts.
I still think it needs more development though… but it’s taking shape. I’ll draw up a couple more plans over the next few days and then make a choice I think.
What do you think? Any thoughts and comments?