I borrowed Ian's idea of using a boxcar as a view block for the left side of the layout. The structure on the right serves as a view block for the right side. The backside of a roundhouse is used as a background structure.
The modeler could create a highly detailed scene with lots of castings and figures, as well as rolling stock in various states of disrepair/repair. The Inglenook design allows operations as well. A small switcher (70 ton or less) will work, but an HO scale Trackmobile* would be even better.
APA Box: 27.5”L x 14”W (approximate)
Cassette/Staging Track: 14”L
Backdrop: Photo or Painted
As always, feel free to modify this plan. If you do, be sure to share it with us!!
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