My vision for this small layout is using a display-style (lightbox?) fascia. As this layout is intend for learning and experiments I wanted to try a curved backdrop. I want my kids to have fun with this layout. Currently they not as tall as I am, so I had the idea of curving the background from the back to the top. This leaves me with square corners on the left and right, bit I hope this can be covered up with some scenery.
After building the the support structure for the backdrop, I tried to bend the hardboard into the curve. I thought this thin hardboard is flexible enough. It is not. It is so stiff that I accidentally punched a large hole into the hardboard. This will be fixed later.
With the finished backdrop I could not resist to setup a quick mockup of the overall design. The LED-Stripes for the lightning are held in place by pushing them into small gaps in the framework. The fascia will be painted black to reduce the distraction and focus the interest on the layout itself.
I have build the base board for my layout from 6 mm plywood and some strip wood, about 18 mm x 40 mm. The whole board has been build in one piece of 180 cm x 36 cm. After defining position of the small stream, I prepared the extruded polystyrene (yellow foam, in this case) and glued it to the bord.
I drew the planed positiones of structures, hills and track onto the foam and started to carve some landscape out of the planes. After that I added some additional layers of foam for the hill on the left of the layout.
While searching for inspiration and Prototypen Industrien for ms switching layout, I decided to build a small beginner layout. A while ago I bought some Märklin K-Track including two narrow turnouts. Using this track would enable me to use AC- and DC-rolling stock.
I wanted to build an Inglenook Sidings layout for a long time. Now I’m doing it. After some tinkering around with the tracks, some cars and boxes to build a mock up, I have settled on a theme: A “Landhandel”, an agricultural trade station. In germany most Landhandel where rail served but nowadays the tracks are out of service, for most locations. A Landhandel usually coonsists of an grain elevator building with an attached storage for fertilizer and seeds equipped with a ramp on each side. One for trucks and one for rail cars. In most cases there are further storage sheds and loading equipment like forklifts and such stuff.
My fiddleing resulted in the above track plan of a slighly angled inglenook with a mainline that crosses a small stream. The industry has two spurs, one along the elevator and storage building, the second track is used as off spot. Possibly this spur might also get some use as a team track. We will see.
The overall dimensions of this layout are 180 cm x 36 cm (6′ x 14″). The background will curve from the back to the top and the fascia will create a ” window” to direct the view and minimize distractions. The overall lightning of the scene will be acomplished by some Led-strips.