The original town of “Darestof” (Da Rest Of the world… thanks to Suzy) was built as a moveable end of the line turn around module to facilitate operating sessions as the layout construction advances around the room. It has a few industries, plus main and passing track loops that double as the south staging yard. Unfortunately its design and construction were somewhat lacking. The design placed the manual throw switches towards the back where they were hard to reach, and the construction used Atlas code 100 track and switches which proved to be troublesome.
The old track was removed, and the plywood flipped over to enable a new design. The new track would be Peco code 100 which has proven to be very successful in the main upper and lower staging yards.
So, with a blank piece of paper (or plywood) to work on, Gordie once again set to work playing with bits of track to see what would fit. We had discussed the idea that the ultimate end of the layout would be some rendition of Spokane’s north west industrial area, so he worked in some of those ideas, rather than just arrange the tracks randomly.
Thanks to Gordie’s design, Darestof now has a total of six spurs with about eight spots so it should be much better to switch than the old one. There is even some room for some off spots just to add to the work load.
Darestof now needs to be stored to make way for the permanent town of Curlew, which will be located in that corner of the room.