In this small space, we can only
suggest many of the ABL's features. It's often useful in small shelf switching layouts to overlap the various layout elements as much as possible (such as runaround, industry tracks, and switching leads). Structures would be flats or removable in
a foldable version, including the option of plugging in multiple structures in the "jigsaw" fashion popularized by Iain Rice.
Interchange to the corporate parents and rival SP is provided to function as staging -- representing the connection from the
modeled layout to the outside world.
The car float apron, wharf, and
team track area could probably only be suggested by different surface treatments in a foldable version. But these could be
much more substantial in a fixed shelf layout. In HO scale, the layout could be bent in the middle and folded around two walls
to give a sense of different locations.
Even a small shelf switching
layout can provide a lot of operating interest with the flavor of a prototype railroad. If you'd like help in developing an
interesting shelf layout model railroad of your own in any scale, contact me today.