36 inch minimum mainline radius
No Masonite backdrops (too many expansion/contraction issues)
Minimum 4-foot aisles with most being greater than 5'
A lounge area with couch and end tables
Single deck of scenery with a lower staging area
Contemporary track lighting replacing florescent tubes
Flowing curved fascia replacing previous angular look
Minimal "flat surface" benchwork...possible spline construction.
Mountainous terrain with tall trestles, tunnels and rock work
Focus on Mining and Rail-Marine industries
A big city area inspired by Vic Smith's City Edge layout
Focus on mainline running versus switching
Possible change from Digitrax to Prodigy
I have also been researching a new locale for the railroad. I'm leaning toward the Kentucky - southern Ohio part of the country. The working name of the layout would be the Cumberland and Ohio Valley. However, unlike the MA&G, it would not be a fictional railroad. The name would simply serve to give the layout a sense of geographic location. There would be no "C&OV" equipment or rolling stock. Instead, the layout would feature Class 1 railroads indigenous to the area. Fortunately, I have lots of motive power for two of those roads (L&N and Southern). But it would also allow me to explore new horizons with the B&O, C&O and N&W. I could still run MA&G freight cars on the layout as there could be an interchange connection in Chattanooga, TN.
Meanwhile, work is ready to begin on my Royal American Shows diorama. All of the kits have arrived and their footprints have been temporarily laid out on the benchwork. Although there is some selective compression on the outer sides of the midway, the center section will be an exact duplicate with the exception of swapping the Meteor ride for a Spider. Light tower units are marked with a red "X" and concession stands with a blue "O". Barring any complications, all of the rides on this section will be operational! I will begin at the back with the Wild Mouse (a modified Faller kit) followed by a scratchbuilt Harlem Revue bally with a Gem City tent. Before starting this work, a foam scenery base will be laid, painted and weathered to represent an asphalt lot (complete with parking stripes) running parallel to the double ballasted tracks. My next post should include the first draft of the new track plan! Stay tuned...