Layout redesign

After completing the staging level roadbed installation, I decided to take stock of the project so far. I have been increasingly worried that the complexity of the layout design was too great and instead of building a good railroad, there was a risk of building an oversize “spaghetti bowl”. After reviewing the plan in terms of “givens and druthers”, I decided to omit the lower staging level. The roadbed now laid will become the mainline. The dotted section along the north wall will be a tunnel and will accomodate a hidden passing/staging track. An industrial spur was added between Eugene and Springfield, and the logging line up to Pope & Talbot will now connect to the mainline in two places instead of just one. Not only will this save expense, but will be a much less cluttered railroad. I think sometimes the best designs evolve over time, and the evolution has begun!

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