About this Layout.
The theme of the SR&M RR is the steam to steam transition period in New England. The roads are the B&M, Rutland, NY,NH&H, CV, B&A and D&H. The plan is to have scenery ranging from cities to countryside. Buildings are based on New England prototypes or are freelance. All structure are made from my kits, kit parts or scratch-built. There will be two single mainlines with several peddler freights moving about. The trackwork is within a 25' x 30' space and the benchwork occupies a space of about 24' x 26'.
The track plan above was developed around a single mainline and was modified as needed. The second line, which leaves the "y" at the yard area and goes into a loop in the furnace room (in red) was added recently. The addition of a track crossover just above the lower dam was added at the same time. These two changes radically changed the operating characteristics.
The "landscape" for us is very important. Views that stretch as far as one can be managed can be said to create a very large diorama. The building space as opposed to the circulation space has been arranged to maximize landscape and to hide non- scenery spaces. This means narrow isles. This results in longer, more realistic views. It does mean more cramped quarters and no pure walk-around operation, but that was never our intent. Many purists say a layout is flawed if it doesn't have true walk-around capability, but seriously - what does it matter if you have your own vision and system that works for you and your friends.
This presentation would not be complete without giving credit to some significant help I have received along the way. Dick Elwell helped with planning, benchwork, wiring, DCC and keeping me from making bad decisions. Karl Laskey talked me into doing a new lighting system. He also did the lion's share of planning and construction of the lighting system and dropped ceiling. Kudos to Peter Abuzo for a fabulous job building the Lenticular Truss bridge.
Retirement: From now on, layout work will occur during the "indoor season". In 2016 I got back into it and on page 3 there is a link to a series of photos of my work on a large segment I call "The island". Click the "Page Three" link, go to the bottom of the page and click on the photo. Also, I do plan to eventually rework the whole Layout section of my website.