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Scale Rails of SW Florida Trainroom

Frank Ellison, in his 1944 series of articles for Model Railroader magazine, proposed the notion that a layout's tracks are its stage with each train, as an actor, taking its turn in the limelight. The building and scenery are the setting and the operating schedule is the plot. To extend the metaphor, staging areas are the backstage and wings.

Our trains have two areas where they can go to and from. Trains that are needed every time that we stage our play, or operate according to a schedule, are located on Tracks 1-4 of the double-ended  D Yard on the right of the picture. Trains that are seldom used are stored in the C Yard staging. The staging areas are joined by a loop of track that allows us to turn trains around and head them out in the opposite direction.

The operator chooses among the red buttons (left side of picture) where he wishes to go. The route is automatically set by throwing the correct turnouts, so that the operator can move up or down the lower helix or from staging yard to staging yard.


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