The basic idea for this plan was taken from an article by Steve Howe in the
Narrow Gauge and Industrial Railway Modeling Review, issue 35. It depicts a narrow gauge
mining railroad climbing a mountain using switchbacks. One of these switchbacks is
the focal point of this layout.
More of a diorama than a layout,
this plan is an experiment in scenery. To get the right feel, I'd emphasize
vertical scenery a lot. Imagine steep cliffs, rock and wood retaining walls
or spindly trestles. Basically scenery like on Malcolm Furlow's layouts ...
As indicated by the
blue line, a curved front could be used.
From an operation point of view, there is not much. A train with a few
short hopper cars arrives from the upper track, picks up one or two loaded
cars from the mine or the other siding, switches the caboose to the
other end of the train and then leaves again towards the lower track.