It's been a bit, but the little shadowbox layout is not without updates. I'm putting more planning into this layout to try and lessen pit falls. I had the opportunity this past weekend to have my not-so-local hobby shop dealer take a look of the full-size printed layout. Tom worked for a Texas short line in the late 1990's and learned a lot of industrial switching so he is a valuable resource in planning. After studying my design, he remarked on how it closely matched a stretch he switched back in the 1990's. He did offer one suggestion, however. Rather than have the one spur serve two industries and have the drill track beside it, he suggested to shorten the first lead to customer 1 and use the drill track for customer 2. He mentioned that grocery distributors typically would have a single spur so as not to disturb the unloading process trying to get to the other customer. This made sense and so I updated it accordingly. I still have room to "store" cars on the lead of the Grocery distributor spur but now have a dedicated spur per customer. Now it really looks like Manchester. There were some comments on the siding previously and he said their base of operations at one time had a similar small siding at one time, although by the time he was working with the road, it was partially gone and no way to perform a run around. So, the updated track plan is about complete. I plan to run the main on cork as well as the siding, code 55 track and Micro Engineering turnouts. I will extend the roadbed past and before the siding to replicate track that was pulled up in the early 1960's. The spurs will be Micro Engineering code 40, shimmed with styrene to match the turnouts and a transition built from turnout to the surface. I'm still planning to use the Tam Valley turnout controls and I really want to add the river and hill to the left side of the layout. Having the industrial bits on the right and scenic on the left helps with the eye in my opinion. So as soon as I finish up some other projects, I hope to start laying track.