So after getting rid of the mould which 'inhabited' my untreated base board over the winter months (that'll teach me not to leave a job part finished!), I'm finally in a position to make a start on tracklaying, or at least, almost. As the boards are only 2ft (600mm) wide due to it being an end-to-end garage layout, I'm somewhat limited as to what I can fit in, so I'm going for an initial trackplan based on Buxton in the nearby Peak District which I came across on the freetrackplans.com website. They've revamped the site recently and it appears I can't reproduce the trackplan here without their written permission, not too much of a problem as I intend to alter it slightly, but until I can get around to drawing out my 'revised' plan, I won't be able to show it here. Also, as I use an iMac as opposed to a PC, I can't use the usual track plan programmes, so it will be a 'suck-it-and-see' approach. I've already amassed 30 x 1 yard lengths of 'Marcway' flexible track, about 10 left and right hand points and a couple of crossovers, so can at least make a start. The most difficult part of this layout will undoubtedly be the curves at the point where the two sides meet the rear of the garage, and this limits curvature of track. I scribed up and cut out a 5ft 6in and a 6ft curve onto some old wallpaper as a rough 'will-it-fit?' guide, and I know that the 5ft 6in will go, the 6ft will be a squeeze, really dependant on wether my coaches will clear on the curves, and bearing in mind I have a yet to be built Merchant Navy loco kit which I hope will also be able to navigate these curves (if not, I shall be severely pee'd off!). Anyway, the wallpaper guides are not accurate enough, so today I found some 3mm ply, scribed and cut out the said curves, making the width of these templates about 31mm so that they will sit inside the rails. Template length is almost 1200mm, and no, I'm not making boomerangs!