Trackplan for the PPNL - Need some feedback
This is my first attempt at a track plan for my freelance Plainville, Pequabuck and New London Railroad. I am looking for some serious feedback regarding the plan. This an HO scale double-decked layout connected by a helix (upper right). The modeled area will represent the entire, fictional shortline with staging connections to represent "the rest of the world". I apologize for the green on the first rendition, just happened to be the color layer I was on at the time.
To start off, I began planning my railroad by designing its history, system map and customers along the way. By doing so, I had a pretty good picture of what could be possible and left myself with plenty of leeway - especially in the amount of online customers, which dwindled significantly as I began to realize how much space a 32" radius curve chews up. The layout room final dimensions are not yet defined as there is a substantial amount of work that must be completed before hand which may or may not change the geography of the basement; therefore, this initial plan is a "best case" scenario utilizing as much room as possible.
Also, marked as solid-colored boxes on the diagram, an electrical panel and gas meter somewhat stand in the way, making for some design necessities in the final version. I speaking with several contractors, it would appear that my design should not interfere with access to either of these panels.
At the time of this update I have posted several renditions of both the upper and lower levels. I am fairly satisfied with the progress I made (thanks to your comments and suggestions) on the upper level and consider the latest design to be finalized.
The lower level has had a total of three renditions, two of which were posted for your comments. The latest version focused on Winthrop Park Yard situated in New London (right side) and its functionality. Confined to limited length, this busy yard is reaching the "good enough" point although I am still unsure of its operability.
As I make updated versions of the plan, I will add them to this blog so that I, as well as all of you, can track my progress. As always, I anticipate your comments and suggestions as I am ultimately worried that I may be biting off more than I can chew.
Thanks for your feedback!
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