After not being able to model for several years I was just about to dive into my new basement layout when financial disaster struck. I have on hand90% of the structures needed.. track and roadbed. All of the rolling stock and motive power I need. And I had just recently begun buying the lumber needed for benchwork and what-not.
My plans were for an E-shaped point-to-point switching layout. One leg of the E is a yard... the middle is an industrial area and the bottom of the E is a larger industrial area or city. The two industrial areas have either staging or an interchange. It's all based on this layout:I either have to put the project off for several more years -or- build just half of it now. So its either the yard and the middle industrial section. But I'm afraid that would be heavy on yard operation and light on switching activity.
The second choice is to build just the two industrial areas. The staging area and interchange then would be the main source/destination for cars entering and leaving these industries.
I'd appreciate it if I could use you as a sounding board. Which alternative would provide the most activity?