I had a general idea what I wanted to do but found Mike Smith's Beginners Guide to Model Railway Goods Services to be an excellent resource, particularly the page on marshalling yards and the facilities they usually contain.
Image from site above
So with that as a basis I set about seeing what I could build within the confines of my lounge room.
The "ladder" runs up from the arrival/departure sidings at the bottom of the picture with a return to the main line middle left and to the Sofa Canyon branch line top left. The ladder leads to a head-shunt on the far righthand side of the picture, with the engine sheds and turntable at the top.
I had to angle the arrival/departure sidings out the door. The main line continues around to the left.
Sorting Sidings and Brakevan/Caboose Storage
The use of crossover pieces generally works well and gives a flexible, compact layout however the resulting squiggly ladder is a problem when shunting the largest trains. Even with dual motored engines I can't shunt the container train in one go. Next time around I'll go with regular switches and a straight ladder track.
Engine Sheds and Fuel Siding
I built a new 2 bay engine shed for the shunter along with a fuel siding for diesel locos. The leftmost exit from the turntable should lead to an ash-pit and a coaling station (it'll be hard to emulate LT12v's one) but there just isn't room.
You can also see the breakdown train and the Sofa Canyon branch line exiting to the left.
As in real life there is often the need to reroute essential services. This time the classic bridge truss pieces help carry internet, power and AV cables over to the coffee table.
Thanks for looking. Feedback always appreciated.
Edited by AussieJimbo, 13 March 2012 - 12:05 PM.