Since the layout will be "around the walls on a shelf" I figured I can go ahead and mount shelf brackets for the top level. An evening with a rented spinning laser level several weeks ago helped determine a reference point based on the lowest elevation the track on the top level can pass "behind" my basement stairs.
With the crazy of Christmas finally gone I went to work.
|What's a basement without some boxes and junk piled up?!|
A 4x8 sheet of 1.5" pink foam snapped in half gave me a 16' run to lay out loose track and play around with arrangements. Quickly a basic track layout (minus switches) of the Pine Valley Yard in Dillonvale was laid out. Some hoppers and a Heavy Mikado were added to populate the yard and help the eye judge the space used.
|Nickel Plate Road Heavy Mikado 671 heads toward the Pine Valley yard office on the main track.|
This easy hour or two project was something I wish I had done a while ago, as creating this simple mock up has really gotten my creative juices flowing!
A new friend who also models the NKP, has offered to take a stab at trying to fit an Adena area track plan into my basement. Hopefully somewhere between his fresh perspective and my current plan, I can move from a pink foam mock up to the real deal!