First of all let me apologies for writing in English, but I prefer this than translating to German with Google Translate. I hope this will not be an inconvenient as I am looking forward for your ideas.
Together with my wife we have decided for almost an year that we should dedicate most of our attic to a model railroad thus fulfilling a dream I had since childhood . Now I want to start the planning and after reading a lot of topics on the forum I have decided that I need your help and experience into overcoming the constraints of the space.
The space is an attic (total area about 50 sqm), currently used as storage, with sloped roof from a height of 1.3 m upwards. It has an appendix to it on one side which can be used also. The access to the attic is via a retractable stair from the floor below. There is a dry wall in the middle masking the supports of the roof (now I am wondering why we did a wall and not just mask the supports). The windows should not be permanently blocked and here I thought maybe I could build the model railroad above them, even if it will be on a bigger height. There are 4 doors in the side walls, close to the corners which cannot be permanently blocked also. An additional restriction is that there is a very long Ikea shelf which you will see in the pictures which will also have to stay in place but maybe we can build on top of it using it also like a baseboard (shelves are adjustable, so top ones can be lowered).
My first idea for the form of the layout is to be around the room, but I am open to any other proposal.
I have a long wish list but I am worried that it is just a beginner mistake or the enthusiasm of the beginning...
Please find below the filled in questionnaire and at the end some plans and pictures of the space (please excuse the mess in the pictures, but as I said we currently use the space as storage).
Looking forward for your creative ideas!
2. Spurweite & Gleissystem
HO, Tillig Elite
3. Raum & Anlage
3.1 Raumskizze, evtl. auch Bilder davon
Below some pictures and plans of the space
3.2 Anlagenform (L, U, Rechteck, An der Wand entlang...)
Due to space layout, probably along the wall, but I am open to any idea
3.3 Anlagengrösse oder verfügbare Fläche im Raum
All room, restrictions to take into consideration: windows, doors, the stair, the slope of the roof
4.1 Modellbahn vs. Spielbahn
4.2 Hauptbahn und/oder Nebenbahn
Open for ideas, probably both
4.3 Mindestradius (sichtbar / verdeckt)
Considering I would like to have some long cars, most preferable is to have R4/R5 equivalent curves in the visible area.
For the concealed areas I would go down to R2.
4.4 Maximale Steigung
4.5 Maximale Zugslänge
About 2 m, especially visible on a main line/parade track.
4.6 Anlagentiefe (minimal, maximal)
No preference. Maximum limited just by the low height on the slope.
4.7 Eingriffslücken / Servicegang
4.8 Anlagenhöhe der Hauptebene
If layout is around the room, the space close to the middle wall should remain unused.
4.9 Schattenbahnhof / Fiddle Yard
Any. In an extreme situation for parking the trains even the space behind the walls can be used.
4.10 Oberleitung ja / nein
5.1 Fahren analog oder digital
5.2 Steuern analog oder digital
V - VI
1 or even 2 main stations (maybe one through and one terminus) with multiple platforms. 1-2 secondary "small" stations (through).
6.4 Szenerie (Stadt, Vorstadt, Land; Industrie, Gewerbe)
City like close to the main station(s), country side/mountain the rest (maybe just hill due to height limitation). A small industrial zone somewhere.
6.5 Bw (Bahnbetriebswerk), Lokeinsatzstelle (Kleinst-Bw)
7.1 Vorhandene Fahrzeuge
7.2 Vorhandener Gleisplan (eigener, Link zu anderen)
7.3 Betrieb als Einzelspieler oder zu mehrt
My wife is very supportive, so 2
I am not in a hurry, but would like to start building soon. It is a hobby which I think can keep us occupied for years to come.
A picture from construction time