This large layout started life back in our previous clubrooms, Albert St. Its baseboards were standardised on 5 ft * 3 ft, built in a jig so that they were all to the same profile. The concept was for a continuous run passing through a junction station from where access was to be gained to a mainline terminus. From the design stage it was determined that we would move away from membership of the flat earth society.
Initially it was planned with a two way fiddle yard set underneath the terminus, but the pitfall there was that trains travelling in an anti-clockwise direction could not go to the terminus, so the fiddle yard became accessible only in the clockwise direction and a removable reversing loop line was put in place across the operating area. As well as this the layout also had a pair of tracks that went around the outside, envisaged as goods lines, with passing loops, but no access to the fiddle yard. As the layout developed it was decided to leave the "goods lines" as analogue whilst converting the majority to DCC. This was no mean task and on reflection it would have been better to have re-wired the layout, but in our "wisdom" we did not.