The resulting layout utilizes a spiral peninsula to make good use of the
space with only two "blobs". The major operating center of the layout is the town of Everett, which boasts a small yard and
three good-sized elevators.
Grain elevator operations are also seen at New Flora and Tatanka, with the
elevator tracks separated prototypically from the main track and siding. Live or passive interchange with another railroad
or another GN line is also provided, along with an at-grade crossing of the other line. And staging below Everett provides
plenty of capacity for through freight and passenger trains.
You can read much more detail
on the layout in the February 2011 issue of Model-Railroad-Hobbyist media-zine, always free for download on the web! The article includes prototype photos,
construction and operating ideas, and more details of the planning process.
The model railroad
should offer lots of operating interest while still preserving the wide-open-spaces feeling of the area and plenty of running
room between major towns. The client has started construction and reports that he's already seeing just the kind of uncrowded
scenes he desired.
Whether your layout
preference is for relaxed Midwestern prairie or compact metropolitan terminal, contact me and let's talk about bringing your layout vision to life.