Following the experiments with 9mm gauge track on the CRM style modular system I've started work on an O9 modular layout... OK, not quite true. I've started work on a single O9 module, but that's how the Ferrocarril Internacional started!
The baseboard from my abandoned Asilo Sur On30 module has had the track removed and then been cut lengthways so that it is 12 inches wide and 28 inches long. Being narrower makes it look longer and will also make it easier to store and transport.
I then tried some buildings on it to work out the best arrangement in the available space.
1 - Large goods shed (view block to the left). The siding can be used to hold spare wagons.
2 - Station building, actually OO scale but I reckon changing the door will make it suitable for O scale.
3 and 4 - Lineside huts.
5 - Station platform.
6 - Lane and level crossing.
7 - Standard gauge line on an overbridge (view block to the right).
The loading gauge will be suitable for my largest stock, so just about anything that's thrown at it will clear. The platform is to be at ground or rail level so the width of stock doesn't matter. The goods shed doors may be a bit smaller, but they are not on the running line, and the bridge will be built as if originally for a wider gauge railway, Ravenglass style. Minimum radius doesn't apply, the running line is straight. The track bed (base of sleepers) is four inches above table level and I've used Peco code 80 track for the running line on the module and link section, this is ordinary N gauge track but the sleepers will be hidden in my usual narrow gauge style by weeds, mud or ballast.
I'll be blogging further progress as it happens and will update the forum reports (here, NGRM and MTI) when there are major advances worth reporting.
This is not a forum specific project, if anyone else wants to build a matching module they are welcome to join in, regardless of which forum they prefer to frequent!