I've spent some time looking at the crossovers. I'm using 40 year old Triang Super 4 track - and I'm limited to #4 points - so the angled crossovers look like they'll give me the best performance on the layout. I've come up with four crossovers between the two mainlines with angled crossovers, which should give me basic flexibility for moving trains back and forth, and it looks like it will take care of the S curve issue. I'm going to have some fiddling to do to get everything to match up, but I should be able to make do by making some custom interconnecting pieces. Updated layout attached.
One way reverse loop
If one is good is two better??
The reverse connector functions only for counter clockwise travel and once a unit is travelling clockwise it would have to back through the reverse connector in order to return to cc travel.
take care ,,, ken
Thanks all for your comments, the basic layout is starting to gel and now I'm looking at materials to build the table. I think I'm going to be able to do what I want to do within the space that I have, and I'll have enough layout projects that this setup will be able to grow over time. I've also been able to pick up pretty well all the track I need as well - some of the radius 3 curves were scarce, but I think I'm set now. I've changed the access to the freight yard to allow entrance / exit from CW or CCW to the mainline - I think this will add a bit more flexibility. I'll keep you all up to date as to how this progresses, and would appreciate any further ideas or comments.