When hobbies get out of hand, you never know just where they may take you. My attempt at model railroading turned out much better that I imagined. I want to thank other modlers who shared their methods and enthusiasm, and friends who encouraged me along the way to build my layout.
This is a panorama picture of one of the rooms. Note the benchwork supports here allow a clean look beneath the layout before a finished facia board was attached.
The picture above shows the original shelf with an extension to an additional shelf. The additional shelf houses the roundhouse and another railyard. It also has three raised tracks that stage other trains. Built in and below the extension are all the track and accessory bus wires. No wires hang below the benchwork, preserving a nice, clean appearance.
Note the RR Crossing gates. These are activated by 8-light sensors located between the railroad ties. Four east and four west act to turn on and turn off the gates, based on which direction a train approaches.
Ellis Storage & Transfer is a busy warehouse. Note the old asphalt driveway is actually the back of a roofing shingle with some weathering powders and gravel strewn about.
Here is a look down mainstreet in the Town of Bethany. There is a Travern on the right - it is the only building lit at night while all the other businesses are closed. Some apartments above the business are lit also.
Wyeth Welding is only accessible via a gravel road. It lies just inside the tracks next to one of the engine houses.
Here is a look back at the Town of Bethany station. A PRR Mullet waits behind the station with a freight drag.
Penn Central 2131 hauls coal along the ridge near the Jameson Mine in East Bethany.