"The Real Deal"
You know us train guys never have enough space for our hobby. I had a 5ftx12ft layout, started over now have a 20ft x 16ft L shape. If i redid it with more space i would do a horseshoe with three seperate loops on the outside kinda like a W. That way i could spread it all out for transitions. Thats just a dream, maybe if i got more space. I can say that since everything is DCC now you have alot of control running several locos at once, operating switches. some guys even have operating gantry cranes, coal dumps. and other operations going on. The crossings are operatred by photo sensors like garage doors, some are even controlled by infrared now days.Dad could never really do justice to his growing train collection. Everything was (understandable) European, but the biggest challenge was landscape size. A 12'X12' guest bedroom just didn't get it. That was his last set-up of note, and pretty much consisted of mostly track and sidings for his 100+ locomotives and probably close to 1,000 rolling-stock cars (most of which were still boxed). Being an EE, he really enjoyed setting up his layout to run six trains on one loop, in opposite directions with sidings, without manual control. Two or three loops, with some manual intervention to replace trains.
Its defiantely something that relieves stress, from being on the fire engine, when i cannot get to the range. I am glad to share it with so many that also enjoy it here.