This morning, after I glued the last tie from a package of 1000, my layout reached a minor milestone. All of the ties are are now glued in place. Next, I’ll finish staining and weathering them in preparation of spiking rail.
The photo below shows some pieces of rolling stock placed in the various spots, and annotations describe each spot’s purpose. The photo is taken from the middle of the layout, which is also the middle of the paper plant, looking south along Tonawanda Island.
The indicated capacity for each lead in the above photo doesn’t necessarily represent the number of cars that will be positioned in each spot during operating sessions. I’ll write a blog post about the flow of cars into and out of the plant some time in the future, once I’ve done more research on the actual flow of traffic at this plant.
The photo below was posted last week. It’s also looking south along the island, but was taken from the end of the layout, which represents approximately the north end of Tonawanda Island. Combining these two photos, one gets an overview of the entire layout representing International Paper.