About a week before the layout was to be taken down, I took these photos. This shot is looking toward North Ogle from in front of the closet.
The final progress of Bears Paw Mountain.
The final state of Closet Mountain. The reason for this layout needing to be taken down was this area. The grades were just too excessive. I could only run double-headed trains with only a few cars. The main line track went up this steep grade to the mid-way level in the closet, so that dictated the length of the trains. Then, of course, the only place where trains derailed was in the hidden track areas. That became a great source of frustration. At the time I was in a stressful job, and I didn't want to come home to a layout that gave me additional stress. I wanted a simpler, continuous-running layout.
This is the final view of what you saw when you entered the room.
And finally the cats were allowed to walk on the layout. They were very "helpful" when it was time to take the layout to the landfill.