|White lines - existing edges and centre; blue line - existing backscene base; red and orange lines - proposed new baseboard edges.|
My main concern with this scene was that the layout was built to be viewed from one direction, turning it around would destroy this. Although I was open to the possibilities created there would need to be some work to change things, I was especially concerned about the platform fence blocking the view of trains in the station, however realistic this might be!
Eventually this image did make another idea form in my mind. My new workbench looks set to be located in an alcove just over 3' wide by 1' deep. The area over the workbench will be ripe for shelving that could possibly hold a micro layout. Now 3' isn't that long a run for a miniature railway, even in O9, but what if I added a fiddle yard around the corner when in use? Could the head shunt be on a similar bolt-on board?
|Essence of 'Shifting Sands'?|
|White lines - fixed baseboard edges; yellow lines - bolt-on boards|
|Simplified over-workbench test track.|
|The Cleethorpes Gate in 1995, with 'Little Giant' and 'King George V'.|
This set-up, if built, could easily represent the other end of the Somerthorpe Miniature Railway, the much fabled 'Somerthorpe Promenade'. Alternatively, I could really shake things up and set it in a town park, farm park, stately home or abandoned standard gauge trackbed. OK, perhaps not that last one in that space....