For all their power, speed and charm, steam locomotives are a very labor-intensive machine. What meant hard work and high costs for the railroads can be interesting scenery and operations for our layouts.
Modeling a locomotive facility is a fun way to enhance your operations and scenery.
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Most modelers include some sort of locomotive facility in their rail yards. Knowing what was done here can help make your scene more realistic and practical. Roundhouses, coaling towers, turntables, sand houses - all have their place. The trick is locating it all so that they work together as part of a scene, without overwhelming it.
Learn more about steam engine facilities and the work performed there in this latest article, and add some realitic operations to your layout!