People who know how model railways are made may be able to sketch out a layout, and go on to construct it with little by way of planning. I was new to railways, and couldn't do that: I needed a plan. That was undertaken at several levels.

  • A simple sketch drawn to scale allowed me to choose a mechanical layout to get the most railway into the space available.
  • A railway CAD program was used to get an accurate track plan, and from that an accurate baseboard design
  • Careful records on spreadsheets have been used for the electrical side of the house
  • This website holds the locomotive roster!

So, definitely not "once tool for everything" - instead I think I used what was to hand in sensible ways. The outcome is a robust understanding of what I've made, and records to support maintenance long into the future.



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