My 1/24th stable has reached critical mass and now I think that I "need" to build a routed track to facilitate this. Thankfully I have a supportive spouse and some space in the basement. It's a little narrow though and I keep mentally running into potential sight line issues so I thought I'd solicit some ideas here.
The area is rectangular, about 24' x 10'. The space available is more like 24' x 7' as there are stairs in one corner along the long wall. It currently has a 16' x 4' table with plastic track on it. Pics:
Prior to the table/track setup (yes, you may keep the comments reagarding the 1970's casino carpet & faux panelling to yourselves)
The current setup:
It's got about 3' at the far end between the side of the table and the stairs.
I've been poking through the other home-built circuits looking for someone who has a similar space constraint and an appealing solution but so far haven't found the one which makes me grab the router.
It needs to support 1/24 racing, but also be interesting enough for 1/32. I built a proof of concept track with 4" spacing and that seems to work well.
I would like 4 lanes but understand that will dictate some tight radii and the amount of space might not support that.
It will have a crossover to attempt to equalize lane lengths as more of a natural byproduct of the x-over than a forced effort to be equal. I understand equal lengths doesn't mean competitively identical lanes.
It needs a balance between a high speed straight and some twisties to connect the ends.
From an aesthetics perspective, I think it will need some sort of elevation changes but nothing radcial to achieve the objective.
Needs to be a joy to drive. No pressure, right?
Given those constraints, what would you do? Where would you put drivers stations? Recommendations for a power supply? I need to check the commercially available driver stations selections, any recommendations there? Not too scared to build my own either though.
Anyone have pictures they can point me toward for tracks in similarly-sized spaces?
Thanks in advance for killing any free time I might have this fall!