Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. Ok here is the plan. Small garden layout with an Emett and hopefully all of your influence. The problem; I have not prior experience in G scale nor outdoor railroading. Like I had said before, my internet research lead me here and by the warm welcome, I think I'm in good hands.
One of the hurdles I'm having off the top is the scale. Having modeled in O scale for 10+ years I am having trouble visualizing G Scale. I am going with 1/24 to makes things easier for me. I hope this is still ok.
Here a few sketches to start things off
4-2-2 inspired by Mark Goodwin's PATRICK. I love this loco. Actually, so does my whole family. Thanks Mark.
Instead of a bell, I plan on having a Triangle hanging instead. The 'sand box' will be open and have a shovel, shells and possibly a sand castle. I am going to try and take advantage of the 'eye movement' mechanism to animate the steam dome somehow.
Some cab ideas, I am leaning to the Gothic arch look. I would like some votes and feedback.
Put this in more for the idea of the 'candle stick whistle' at the top of the scan.
Next step is to make up some moch ups. Quick question: What width is good for Gn15 equipment? I have been using 45mm in my sketches. This converts to about 42". Is this a good width?