Baseboard Size Required 152cm x 114 cm (5' x 3'9")
This is a large idea in a small area and as a result, makes use of a number of physical devices and visual tricks to create the illusion of space. The passenger station is a good example of this approach: only part of it is modelled, suggesting the rest is beyond the overbridge.
Similarly, there is insufficient space to model a goods yard in the centre low-level area. By modelling it as a seperate entity, at high level, more space is gained. It can be operated by a second person and for more interest, has a small non-scenic section for changing stock with the peco SL-43 Loco Lif as a short cassette. The other side of the lower level of the layout is occupied almost entirely by the Motive Power Depot.
Space is at such a premium that it has not been possible to model the main line as a double track. The device used to trick us into thinking that the line is double track is to suggest that maintenance is underway on the short pieces of dead end track (Q) that disappear under the bridges. Some appropriate permanent way rolling stock with track laying crew will give an air of authenticity, and explain why the single track is being used and that some trains are running on the 'wrong' line. The M.P.D. side of the layout thus looks rather like a single track access line to the depot.
Whilst it may seem complicated, adding higher level baseboard instantly increases the space available to trackwork: an essential ingredient on a small layout such as this one. The upper board should be constructed from lightweight framework and boarding: e.g. thin MDF, and easily held in place with appropriate fixings that will allow quick removal should access be required to any of the tracks on the lower level section. (Peco Publications).