I managed to build another IHC plastic Signal Bridge in readiness for the next one to take shape. Whilst positioning the signal bridge I was mulling over the Harrisburg Industrial Area and how I was going to best use the space and thinking about how to operate it.
Some of my moments and best ideas come about sitting and looking at the layout while having a cuppa, and trying to think about how to operate an area.
Today turned into one of those days. I recently obtained a Walther's - HO Electric Furnace kit after much searching along with a Walther's - HO Rolling Mill kit too.
These two structures will represent my portion of the steel industry that formed part of Harrisburg's golden railroad years. This section is a recycling site attached to the greater steel mill which on our layout will be a photo backdrop of the real thing.
The area that these two kits will be placed is on the left of the main entrance to the bigger section of the layout. This will add some serious bulk to the entrance of the layout and will hopefully give some real industrial grime and mass to the area.
This section has now worked out better than the old arrangement as reach in is no longer an issue for operators due to all the industries and trackwork being relatively close to the aisle and fascia too. I have also managed to get some storage track for possible one or two spots as well which is always a bonus.
It will also allow me to have a city/commercial area in the next section along that would have created reach in issues for operators. I always some city area to model as well so that the layout had an even balance of believability.
Next phase will be getting the turnouts and track work altered and re-installed.