A while back I put a temporary hold on my planning / design for a train layout, due to a lot of issues. One of the biggest issues is the fact that it’s so hard to come up with a track plan that satisfies my desires. I’ve been playing with designs on and off for years, and never quite getting something that’s totally satisfying.

But another point came to mind recently while taking yet another stab at this whole process. In a year or two (at most) we plan to buy a home, and in addition to moving all of the furniture and tools and whatnot, I want to be able to get my layout out of the house without destroying anything. Of course, when we get a home, the design I have might not fit anyway, but at least I want to do something for myself. Heck, if I’m going to build a layout, I want to TRY to make some reasonable progress.

So I went back and looked at a layout from another gentleman recently that was always a source of inspiration to me. Those of you familiar with the model done at Quinntopia will be familiar with his gorgeous layout that started out on a single (later pair) of hollow-core doors. And that v1 / v2 layout was gorgeous.

So why not do something based on that? Well, as it turns out, that’s exactly where I started to head with this project. I don’t know how far I’ll get with this, but at least here’s an idea of where I can maybe start. 3 foot wide, 12 foot long, built on two 3 x 6 tables… back to basics, folks… maybe.