This is my first layout ever, begun in slow spurts a few years ago, I'm learning as I go and am having a great time doing it. I AM NO EXPERT and am 'winging' it, but always open to help/suggestions. The layout is 'quirky' specifically designed to fit in the SMALL space I have in a spare closet (I'm a lone bachelor with limited square footage, hehe)
The idea - 3 different modules (more on why I'm building in modules later), starting with the 'red' core module as a way of staging off for the rest of the layout, basically a completed main line, and a full 'pass through' yard suspended over it. The 'red' module is basically a modified old Allen plan I've always loved, a '3 level' plan, dogleg placed inside an oval, and industrial spur coming off elevated part of dogleg to a 'third' level coal mine/crossing trestle. Basically, with the module alone one can run 2 simultaneous continous trains and do coal runs from the small staging yard, up to the coal mine, and back, nice relaxing operation in and of itself. Keep in mind, I like a lot of action in a small space. Overall layout represents where I grew up, Western NC, with representation of Spencer Yard.
Yes, first layout & I am using crazy inclines, concealed main line, basically stacking layers, I've never been good at starting basic, will often risk failure to get something unique/innovative
My track plan program is quite rudimentary, completed in MS Paint
Just quicker, somehow, with limited time on my hands, I'd rather use it to actually work on the layout than spend 2-3 hours perfecting an image in software that will inevitably change and evolve, just how I work I guess.
'Red' module specs:
minimum curve 11"
all inclines %3 EXCEPT line up to 'third' level/coal mine/trestle %4
29" X 47"
turnouts 'insul-frog' Peco #6, some #4's used in strategic places (heavily tested for reliability)
manual and humpyard purveyance switch control, a few switch machines added lately
track - Atlas code 80, sectional and flex track
NOTE - reversing loop in pic 2 probably wont make it into build. Also, in pics the green track on red module is the runoff switch spilling into main yard.