My life must be changing, because with as many things as I have going on in my life now, I don't know how I managed to build my Marias Pass in less than 18 months. I do recall several nights up to and past midnight working on trees. That said, I know most of my precious hobby time has been spent designing and finishing trucks and trailers, and I continue to neglect the new layout project. Of course I am the type of person that if an unfinished project becomes stale, or goes too long without proper attention, I lose interest, and sometimes abandon it completely. My Council Bluffs Sub has become victim of that, and I am already looking at different bench work arrangements.
As you might recall, I had 2 8' table sections built and waiting for final touches before laying out track lines. I have already dismantled one of the two tables, and I really like how the remaining 8 foot table fits in my garage space. I had toyed with the idea of a 10x4 foot "L" shaped shelf layout, and wrote about that a couple weeks ago. Further noodling on this subject has produced yet another idea. This time it is an 8x4 "L" shaped layout, with a permanent shelf, and enough staging on the backside of the backdrop for a possible scenic'ed space rather than simple hidden staging.
My logic is as follows:
I like the idea of a small simple shelf layout that I could finish in a reasonable amount of time without it becoming stale. I imagine that my 3d design and printing efforts will continue into the foreseeable future, and I doubt I will have large sums of time to dedicate to a larger layout project. This space still leaves me enough room for the industries that I had proposed on the original design, but more condensed. The purpose of this shelf layout is becoming more of a "diorama" where I can showcase my trucks and trailers, and I am putting more emphasis on this modeling aspect as time goes on.
So here is a mock up of an 8x4' "L" shaped shelf layout. I still plan to maintain a similar track plan as the previous "L" that I posted a couples weeks ago, with the extension for switching. The lower shelf was added for storage, and additional bench work integrity if I choose to use smaller lumber pieces to keep the overall structure light weight.