Had a vision in my minds eye, built the benchwork and started laying out the track to match my vision. there is about 300 feet of track plus 24 turnouts and a turntable. The basic layout is a continuous loop with a large view block down the middle. Thus you can only see sections at time. It can also operate as a point to point.
95% of the track is down and running trains. So far so good.
That "mini layout" is great for roughing out scenic details and seeing how things fit together. Some years back, the Texas Outlaws built 1"=12" copies of each indivudual's module and then the tiny mods could be arranged into track plans for shows. Once, I built a model with modeling clay "scenery" on it to see what it might look like. This stuff ain't my new ideas, I read all about doing this in a magazine from the 2000's...which had the same info from the 1980's...which...1960's..and so on, and so on. Seems like every 20 or so years, somebody "invents" the model railroad wheel. Back on track, try making a little model of your proposed layout and maybe even a 1:12 scale model of yourself to see how it all might work in the "real world"..
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Several years ago I attempted to avoid a corner in the sky by using a mirror for the short backdrop at one end of a long shelf layout. Doing so did indeed avoid a visible corner, but introduced some other unanticipated, actually downright weird, visual consequences. I called that end of the layout "Dali Would".
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