Many months ago I mentioned the idea of a home test track and at last it is coming to fruition.
The pretext is to provide something semi-permanent for the youngest generation to mess around with the antique collection of OO models, which have been faithfully hoarded by Himself since the family moved house and switched to narrow gauge modelling over three decades ago.
The location is my spare room / study, which occupies a rather narrow extension on the side of the house and is only five and a half foot wide.
We're also designing it to fold away into a storage frame, because I doubt I could have got 'planning permission' for something which took up half the room on a full-time basis.
Over the course of a couple of days Himself and I have knocked together an 8 x 5 baseboard using a sheet of thick ply - with some cunning slicing and dicing -and a bundle of 2 x 1 lengths.
We've yet to tackle the really difficult bit which is getting it hung on the wall!
I wouldn't normally recommend a flat baseboard ,but it is only intended as a glorified train set, rather than a layout.
Having put in all this effort, of course, I'm demanding something back and have negotiated running powers for an element of narrow gauge to be included on the track plan.
Officially this is purely for the purposes of testing rolling stock under construction at the other end of the room.
However, I would be lying if I denied I'm not a little bit excited at the prospect of having a layout of some kind in the house for the first time since I was a teenager....