By waiting and playing around with the trains, I have managed to find several things that needed adjusted.
I had to move the run-around track in the freight yard as the run-around was too short to move the locomotive from the one end of the freight train to the other. Now I can pull a freight into the yard, uncouple, and run around to the rear of the train.
I also did a slight realignment of the two yard tracks at the front. Ignore the awful job I did on the layout chart - the tracks are actually lined up nicely. I moved them to accommodate a new (well actually used) dual track engine shed purchased from the Toronto Christmas Train Show.
I finished getting the viaduct in place and the trains are running smoothly. I did cheat a bit as some of my curves are a bit tight for my Bombardier Bi-Level GO Train coaches - I changed the couplers on the middle coach to a slightly longer coupler to stop the accordions from binding on tight curves. It still looks ok and runs MUCH smoother.
I changed my mind about the river running the whole way from one end of the layout to the other. It was taking up too much real estate that I wanted to use for other things, so now the river flows under the double track truss bridge, and curves around then off the layout, and at the other end is a waterfall under the high viaduct and low yard bridge and off the layout. This will allow me to put in a suburban passenger GO station and a small farm.
I will be locating larger buildings (city) as a view block in the corner where the hidden passenger staging is.
The town will no probably no longer have a town square, but a couple of streets on a diagonal.
The hidden freight staging will be behind background buildings. I put a fibreboard 'wall' in where the tunnel will be to ensure that if a train derails it will not fall off the track and hopefully be guided through.
I am waiting to do some more work before I make final decisions on the sidings in town, as well as the section of real estate near the duck-under. I have thought about a small lake / campground, or industry, or a slummy section of town etc - I'd like it to be interesting.
I'll take a bunch of pictures and add to this post - hopefully tonight or tomorrow.
...and here they are. First one is a short video.
|Used Engine Shed - $20 - what a deal!|
|High Viaduct and low bridge over river|
|Freight Yard and Passenger Station|
|Aerial view of yard|
|Duck-under and river area|
|Looking north out of the yard.|
|Double Track Truss Bridge and Town|