My layout has been ripped out to make room for a new one.
This time I am building a narrow layout, 16 inches deep, which will eventually have a second layout above it and a third layout below it.
For starters, I am building an Inglenook Sidings layout with the sidings being a railroad car ferry.
I decided to go with the Inglenook Sidings after I sat down and sketched the different industries in the small town I grew up in.
We had a Del Monte cannery which had two siding tracks serving it.
We also had a packing shed, Federal Fruit Distributors, for which I was the office manager. Again, this little industry had two tracks serving it.
We would fill the outer refrigerator cars first and then the ones closest to the building.
I have great memories of watching the Southern Pacific diesel switching the packing shed every day.
The railroad was in my backyard. Most kids grew up climbing trees but I climbed on box cars every day.