The land grab
I decided I wanted more vertical separation on the layout so I cut a one inch foam board to roughly 4×5 feet and set it on 1×4 crossbeams. Then I started to play around with possible profiles. I know I would like to fit in a creek if possible.
At about this time I also purchased our first new structure for the YCW, a Banta Modelworks Branchline Water Tower. It is the smallest one I could find that did not look too backwoodsy. It went together very easily although it is still not finished and won’t be until it is finally sited.
I started to try different locations for the namesake Yellow Creek between the freight station and whatever is across the creek. This is one possible place but, if I can fit it in, it will be between the freight station and the beyond.
Then I started to play with the alignment of the freight yard. It will probably be three stub tracks that end near the back edge of the layout.