I started building a micro layout based on my Owensville Terminal Railroad theme last year. I finished it this past week.
The layout is H0 scale and measures roughly 16" x 30", not counting the hidden staging track and sector plate. There are no turnouts on this layout, and the hidden sector plate is used to move cars between the three tracks.
|Sector plate prior to being painted|
The baseboard was made with foamcore, and the backdrop panels are hardboard painted with oil paints to create the autumn landscape. Staging and the sector plate are only long enough to accommodate a single loco and car, so switching cars must be done in a particular sequence. First, an arriving car is left on the main track. The loco then proceeds to the feed mill track to pull the car sitting there. Next, this departing car is off-spotted at the middle track, then the loco goes back and recouples to the arriving car so it can be dropped off at the feed mill. Now the loco picks up the departing car from the middle track, heads for the sector plate that is rotated back to the main track. The car and local can now head back down the main track and proceed to exit the layout at the staging track on the left-side of the layout.
I had a lot of fun building this micro layout. This is the first time I attempted to create an autumn scene, and I am really pleased with how it all turned out in the end.