For your review, staging yards
Ok, so I am tired of armchair modeling and have decided, with the help of MRH and others here decided to finally get into the meat of my layout. I have included a JPEG of my lower level staging for your comments. Note I am still working on dimensions but I figured I could post here for any constructive advice. The idea of the layout is a Western Maryland line from Hagerstown to Baltimore. My goal would be trains running from HAG to BAL or vice versa would eventually end up in staging at end of the run and then could be staged and reused later for another session without having to do a lot of handling. Example coal train from HAG would travel to BAL and eventually end up in staging, where it would continue and stage ready to appear back at HAG. The staging would also provide me traffic west of HAG.
So look at the plan, let me know what you think. I was thinking about some slips or crossovers to allow for changing tracks, but I worry about these causing issues since it will be a lower level staging. I also am toying with the idea of the center peninsula will either be more staging or a long wye to turn trains on the arrival track, as you can see in the drawing.
One last the thing, lower level staging will be about 30", with second level around 42", and upper level about 56", I am still working with the mockups to determine.
Thanks in advance for your comments,
WM Hagerstown to Baltimore 1943ish
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