Will I build Pembroke:87.1? The jury’s still out. However, I’ve been having fun thinking about the project. So, here I will jot down some of my thoughts.
- I don’t want the display layout to distract me too much from the main layout. That means it must use minimal resources in terms of both time and money.
- Any project manager will tell you that this means that we must be willing to give up scope. So, while I spent a pleasurable few days daydreaming about building two scenicked baseboards, I have realized that one baseboard is going to be the limit.
- To save time, money and weight, I would build the benchwork out of foamcore.
- To provide a robust box for shipping, I would incorporate the legs into the box. Using the legs in this way would imply that the length of the scene is going to be about 4’6″. I would like my boy to be able to help with showing the layout next year, and his armpit is only 4′ high now, but I can’t see this scene coming in at less than 4′ in length. The girl will help too, but her armpit is much lower than 4′ and so she will need a stool.
- I am thinking of using aluminum for the legs, although that might violate the cost constraint. My nephew could easily make them for me.
- By using a scene that appears on the home layout, I can reuse buildings. However, I will need to make their roofs swappable if I go ahead with a winter scene.
- I would like the scene to be complete with proscenium arch, backdrop and lighting valance.
- I would keep all the turnouts in the visible portion of the layout. That will require a significant deviation from the prototype. There would be four turnouts: two serving the depot end of the layout, one to run into the engine shed, and one for the siding. If these, as on the home layout, are #7, then they fit on a 4.5 foot board with room to spare.
- To facilitate fiddling, the Golden Lake end of the layout would be a turntable long enough for a locomotive and a couple of cars.
- The Pembroke depot end of the layout would just be plain track, representing the freight shed, coal dock, carriage factory, team track and depot.
- Sharing the engine house is going to be tricky if I want the doors to operate, unless I make the doors a part that does not get shared.
- While the turntable on the main layout will be operated with a crank, I think this one might just get pushed around. I need to think about how I might share the turntable structure itself.
- I would like to be able to simplify the turnout throws too. Maybe I should spend some more time thinking about over-center springs; that would be helpful for the staging yard on my home layout as well.
- Skipping the switch stand targets would help save a bunch of time.
- If it is going to be a snow scene, how can we make lightweight snow?
So far, it’s just a thought experiment, but apparently I am having fun with it.