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Haha. I can imagine, considering just London is 0.31/0.41 mile. Although i can shorten that a bit by removing lots of excess distance on the outer stations.
Hmmm, I want to steal this idea and buy up one of the large abandoned mills near the M60 and build it! I'd probably want to do it without shortening distances out to Chesham/Amersham as well, just being a purist. Out of interest, how would you show the Underground sections? Maybe have it one floor up with a clear base, so that people could and see things like the Waterloo & City or the Victoria line? It'd be brilliant if you could do a proper day/night cycle with it as well, and have the Sleeper roll out late on, with all 16 carriages (and an 87 on front, not the 92!)I guess I'd have to bring you onto the team as well, to make sure that you didn't sue me for stealing your idea
The original idea i have typed down in google docs calls for a plexiglass seperator between 'underground' and surface, as well as the Thames not being full of water and just plexiglass too, as The Thames has a lot of traffic running under it. I do concede there probably is a more viewer friendly way of doing this, I struggled for a while to come up with anything mildly viewer friendly at all, although having said that, my original plan from yeeears again depicted doing it all with Lego instead of normal Hornby/Lima/etc track. I did love that idea, but then the floor is made out of the stuff you need to attach lego stuff to, and i've never seen clear strips of that.
Day / Night cycle isn't too hard to replicate in a controlled environment, using the physical buildings lighting an dimming the lights whilst simultaneously turning on some additional LEDs on set. Probably best to not leave the night part running for too long, as there isn't much traffic in the night, as my original plan called for running to actual timetables with as much accuracy as possible, some Tube lines have trains every 2-3 minutes, so together there is activity everywhere, although I early on accepted it'd be much easier to ignore that, and live with the severe OCD pain it would cause me.
The most awkward thing to do would be figuring out where to place holes in the layout for a human to step into and intervene should a pair of mammories start to point in an upwards direction and a train derails (Politest way of terming that without being rude
There certainly are buildings large enough for 0.31/0.41 miles, but they're most commonly found as supermarket distribution centres or Amazon warehouses.
Original post where I laid down my maths is here
. The 0.31/0.41 i quoted was N scale. You might find fault with my maths there, I'm not all that good at maths
I love a good challenge, and this would certainly be a challenge. Possibly enough interest from other rail fans to try crowdfunding should I become mad enough to seriously try it.
Should you get bored, feel free to ask for further detail. We could even go complete mad nutters and try to do it