After we’d finished with the check rails for the staging yard last night, Andrew and I got out some paper and tried fitting templates around for the portable version. Bottom line: we think a 2×4 foot module is viable for the plan that I have in mind.
So, now, I’m wondering if Prof Klyzlr was using a different scale when he mocked the plan up in XTrkCAD. While it looked at first like the 50′ turntable would be difficult to get past, a very slight bend to either the mainline or the turntable lead yields plenty of space. There is also more than enough room for a third track, served from the turntable.
Bottom line: there are still some budgetary considerations before deciding to go for it, but I think it is technically feasible. If I decide to go for it, we’re going to take October to see if we can get trains running. The deadline for getting back to RAMMA is the end of October, and if trains are running by that time, we’ll go! It’s already a month packed with birthdays, Thanksgiving and community association commitments, so this will be a stretch of the micro-layout ethos for sure, but one has to dream.