Track work continues on the new branch line on the Virginia Midland branch line. I like to get the track and turnouts on the bench work and actually design from scratch. I know what I want and have enough experience to know what will work and what won't. Designing on paper is fine but unless it's to scale, it doesn't work out.
|Looking toward the completed layout. The track on the right leads to the hidden staging. The center turnout leads to the VC and starts the branch line. The tracks on the left will be the VC switching lead and VC engine service track.|
|The hidden trackage into the garage. The cars are on the sand facility lead. /The facility will be hidden but will provide many carloads of sand and gravel. The facility will have it's own switcher that will make an appearance on the layout.|
|The sand facility switcher. It's an Atlas HH600 with added Tsunami sound.|
|Further down the branch line, the only online customer is going to be a pulpwood dealer. The unfinished track will lead to a run-around track. The sand facility switcher will bring loads to the run-around for the VM.|