As usual, only Tomix track is used, though in order to complete the loop and the lower entrance I had to apply "generic flex" elements, otherwise the loop won't close, I wonder if it is me, Tomix, or RailModeller to blame. The main idea behind this version: if you don't know how to place one station, add another one and see what happens. Well, the result is generally satisfying.
What I like about this plan:
- The layout of Okoba station almost exactly replicates the real thing.
- Track length is enough for several-car-long trains, there is place for further expansion if needed
- There is also a second station, which theoretically gives trains a purpose to travel
- You can operate, i.e. arrive from the lower entrance, switch back, pass through the loop, stop at Yatake, then have a good ride along the sides, or you can just drive in circles for the sole pleasure of movement.
- Yatake is not only a station, but also a village. So, finally a place to display some 1:150 scale houses!
What I don't like about this plan
- It is huge, definitely no place for another couple of tables at home.
- The lower right angle is just an empty place.
- There is still an impossible elevation at the lower left angle.
- Overall, this is definitely not a beginner's project
What to consider in the next version
- Consider adding a switchback to the lower section to accomodate elevations, may take a form of a station.
- OR cut the whole empty section away to reduce area.
- Reverse the direction of under the loop switchback, will provide some additional length.