Here are some points from Chuck...
- Would it help to move the bookcases to either side of the fireplace and slide the layout a foot to the left? Could the bookcases go under the layout?
- It looks to me like you won't be able to walk along with your train all the time. Am I correct? Is this important?
- I'm not sure I grasp the size of the room or layout. Could you insert a figure of yourself viewed from above like MR has taken to doing? Your wife could take a picture of you from a balcony or a ladder and then you could size it to scale in the computer.
Let's start with the first one. The two windows that are on either side of the fireplace are escape hatches for the basement. They cannot be blocked, so unfortunately I can't move them there or block them with the layout. Drat. One thing I didn't do is write this in the plan, so I'll add that.
On the second one....no, but I'll be very close. I will be able to walk along by the train all the time except when it leave the Port to go to the yard (have to go all the way around) and when we pass the engine servicing area to go back to the yard. So the vast majority of the layout I can walk with the train. For me, and as slow as I run my trains, it should work fine. If you wanted to cure that problem you could move the engine servicing loop back and put in a lift bridge.
On the third, I did forget to put in the scale, although room dimensions are posted. Chuck and I both like a human shape in the room to get the size, so I'll do that.
Enough for today! Please write and give me your suggestions! There is no perfect layout.