|Revenge of the Gas Meter.|
|At least the meter will be hidden with a thin backdrop that comes very close to the tracks. Yes that scenery is not the SE Ohio hills but the farmlands of NW Ohio, a leftover from my Bellevue modeling plans.|
I'm okay with design deviations of the east end because the real star of the show anyways was the west end of Adena with the wye, bridges, depot and other buildings.
The real problem the meter causes is combining the bump out back into a curve where the east yard ladder starts out of sight to the right of the photo. If the gas meter wasn't there this wouldn't be an issue of course.
The hoppers you see in the above photo barely fit under the meter. So I could go under the meter but I would have to rip out and alter all the benchwork in place to add more clearance for anything else like a boxcar or engine. That's not going to happen at this point. Plus I can't really make that level any lower as that would pinch more space from the lower deck and most importantly part of the laundry area.
I'll figure it out, but I might finally have to turn to a CAD program to do so.
I suppose every layout has at least one major obstacle to overcome. Whether that turns out to be a gas meter, furnace, water heater, chimney, support column or solid wall, something similar is present in almost every layout I've visited so far. Many people could check off that whole list when designing their track plan. Luckily? I only have half that list.