Once again, curving
the track plan into a corner opened the room and offered many layout benefits. At the small price of adding access areas (open
or with a covering hatch), we could broaden the curves and incorporate most of his other desires.
Using the same aisle space for access to the bed and for model railroad aisles makes very efficient
use of the space. There is only one tight spot where a thin clear plastic guard might be a good idea. Otherwise, access is
The deep "dip" of the aisle into the center of the "water wings" footprint improves
access for the rest of the layout and opens a little floor space so that the room feels less crowded. These are some additional
benefits to adopting a more free-form benchwork design as opposed to a rigid rectangular table.
This version of the track plan includes a coach track and some head-end switching, with the option
of a reversing connection. If one was more interested in freight than passenger, the space could be used instead for industries.
The focus is entirely on making up, running, and breaking down a few favorite passenger trains and displaying
a small motive power collection. When space is this tight (and must be shared!), it's important to prioritize the theme
and concept of the layout.