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John Oxlade's Bavarian layout - the track plan
Author: John Oxlade, Salfords, Surrey, UK (EMail: )
(this layout is now dismanlted)
When I was looking for my current home, I had a couple of requirements, one of which was room for a permanent layout. After I found what I was looking for, I spent about 18 months 'fixing' all of the things in the house that I didn't like (or needed doing), like the windows, roof etc., and used this time to thoroughly plan what I wanted in a layout. I think that if you get the planning right in the first place, you're less likely to want to tear it out in 5 minutes. I chose not to rush in to things, I am glad that I had the self-control to wait until I had the house more-or-less in order before starting on the railway room. In the 18 months of on-and-off planning, I probably came up with half a dozen basic ideas, and the final design is an amalgam of various features. Even after I thought that I'd come up with the 'best idea', I tried a few others just to see what they'd be like.
One idea that was quite useful to see how things would fit was to draw a scale plan of the space I had for the layout, including all the window and door locations (specifically anything that opened into the space). Then using a compass or similar I drew circles in the corners, clear of the edges of baseboards, doors etc. of my chosen minimum radius. This gave an indication of what would fit where. I thought when I just looked at the room that I would have space for a centre aisle (i.e. track down both sides of the room and out in to the middle), but when I drew it out, it just didn't fit.
Plan, plan, plan, and when I felt I'd finished planning, I planned some more.
Before I started, I made a list of some of the features that I was looking for. Others might find this of some help too:
In the end, to get a reasonable amount in to what is not a large room, I decided to build on two levels and connect them to together with a helix. I know this is not unusual in America, but I don't recall hearing about using this idea in England. The helix takes up a large percentage of the room, but still probably gives me another 70% of usable space.
The two heights I chose are about 36 and 60 inches off of the ground, which is approximately chest height for me when I am sitting on a low chair, and shoulder height when standing up. This puts the trains at a nice height (for me), and I am not looking down on everything all the time.
Anyway, here's a track plan of my layout. I'm afraid that drawing with a mouse is not one of my stronger points, but it gives you a general idea of what's going on.
[ last updated 31st Dec 2003 ]