I have a dream...that despite its' relatively small 6x4 size, the layout in its' finished form will have such a level of detail that (hypothetically) were I to take it to an exhibition amongst much larger layouts, it would still be popular with viewers
I have a dream...to create a layout based on a fictional suburb along the old inner-west goods line. IF the line ran electrified passenger services in addition to freight services.
I've flicked through enough magazines, watched enough online videos and attended enough exhibits over the years. But I'm still very much a novice modeller compared to others who post here. Hence why I'm open to feedback and welcome any suggestions for how I can make the 6x4 layout plan below, look as close to the real thing as possible:
I have the table, most of the track, the ground covering, the ballast and the paint so far. But here's what my plan is:
- To have a 2 platform station, extending from A2 to A5. The station would have a more old fashioned look to it (Petersham, Croydon or Homebush as it looked in the '80s)
- The three track siding will serve as a storage yard for mixed traffic locomotives, with B3-B4 being a railway maintenance depot (I already have a Hornby structure suitable and plan to paint it SRA green)
- The two track siding I plan to use as a rail spur for oil container wagons (I have a mini oil-depot kit to build)
- I want to source overhead wire support beams for the electric trains (suburban sets, 46 and 86 class locos), in addition to running the support beams to the 3 track loco siding
- To break up the "carousel effect" of the layout, I plan to scratch build an overhead road bridge that runs across the layout from A1 to D3. This bridge will contain a bus bay and access to the station.
Mostly, the trains I plan to run on this layout are freight (as per real life) in addition to suburban sets circa 1990 and the occasional long-distance train to imitate a stock transfer or a detour if the Redfern- Strathfield section were closed.
I want the layout to have a gritty, light-industrial feel to it as was the norm in the inner west before it became completely gentrified. This layout is based upon memories of riding in the car through the inner west in the late 80's/ early 90's and seeing the freight line/ yard at Lilyfield and wondering why there wasn't a connecting passenger service. I want to create this hypothetical, in a (yet to be named) fictional suburb.
So I'm completely open to suggestions. Help me turn the dream into reality. And of course, I'll post photos of progress...