Nathans Point station is the 0.00km mark on my layout which is a bit unconventional since most terminus locations are the end of the line. Well, this is the start of the line in my book and it is also where I am starting the track laying. While the layout isn't a TOMA, I intend on working on Nathans Point (all 8m of it) until we have fully operational track and maybe a bit of scenery.
I have been laying 3mm cork, cut from a 1220mm wide roll. A good straight edge and a sharp box-cutter knife are essential. I am using a piece of aluminium angle as the straight edge which is the perfect width for HO scale trackbed.
Nathans Point arrives as a single mainline and splits into three tracks (main, loop and grain). The end of these sidings is a couple of sets of crossovers to allow cross over movements. The main moves are for the passenger service to come off the main and run into the platform. Off the loop end is the intermodal terminal.
The main is designed to be a dead end, but I will build a bridge across the doorway for continuous running at times. It won't come out for operating sessions, but will be good to get some kays under the belt of new wagons and locos before they go on the roster.
So far I have laid a few metres of track and the 5 turnouts at the southern end of the yard. The photos show the intended use of the sidings.
I still need to install and wire up some tortoises for the crossovers, but that shouldn't take too long.
Things are progressing well!