With the track complete in the North Ogle yard, I was able to start putting some of my equipment on the layout. It is fun to finally be able to run some trains!
I added this corner extension between the Bears Paw Mountain and the Closet Mountain modules, so that I could extend the scenery. Part of the track leading from the mountain into the closet was right at the corner of the modules, and I didn't want to have any issue with accidentally hitting the track or the equipment on it.
The city of Hershey now has its own control panel. The switches control the turnouts in this module, as well as the one turnout in the closet and the ones in the turn-back loop (to its right).
North Ogle Pass has had track bumpers installed and a small tool shed has been built and added. Extra greenery really help the scene, too.
This is a head-on shot of the center section of Closet Mountain. The freight train is on the reverse loop in the closet. This loop, along with the big loop on the other end, is what makes continuous running possible.
Here's the same freight train, waiting for a passenger train from North Ogle Pass coming down the slope.
Same scene, but a different angle. As you can see, I have completely carved and applied scenery materials to the left-hand side of the closet module.
Same scene again, but taken from the interior view of the closet.
After adding the corner block, I have installed some new foam, and added some more rock castings.
On the far right-hand side of the closet, I have started making some foam scenery base to hide the turn-back loop. I am also experimenting with a tunnel portal that has a mirror behind it. A road will lead to that mirror. The idea is that it makes the road look like it indeed goes into the mountain.
All the foam has been glued down, painted, and has scenery applied. Again, the top (which hides the turn-back loop) is loose, so that I can gain access to any equipment in the back.
I took some time to ballast the entire yard in the North Ogle area.