I decided that since im in the beginning phases of my layout that I should start a thread on this. my layout is set in Illinois a few hours southwest of Chicago and all industry is loosely based off different industries that are around my area some served by rail some not. at this point im still debating on if this is the track plan I will stay with but that's why im posting this. please excuse my crude Microsoft paint version of this. all mainline curves are roughly 30" radius turns smallest turnout is #6 for different spurs otherwise #8. in the future I will add another small yard and an engine service facility but this is currently what I have going. no scenery done still blue foam. benchwork is 2x4s with 1/4" plywood and 1" extruded polystyrene insulation board. the river is not cut out yet and wont be till I start up more of the scenery work and certain on my track plan.
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