Now that most of the track and turnouts are in place on the lower or Southern Pacific section of the staging yard, I am beginning to get serious about wiring and controls. These days it is getting more common to use computer controls and while I'm open to that, I still like an actual switch or indicator as opposed to a computer screen for an operator interface. I actually enjoy this part of the hobby and have built a number of control panels over the years for my own layouts, was well as club projects. Here are some of those.
For this staging yards controls I am using some elements from each of the above examples. I am really hooked on the idea of printing a track plan because it's so neat, can be changed, and a spare can be used as a pattern for drilling the holes in the Plexiglas needed for switches and LED indicators.
There will be other control panels around the layout but those will be smaller and will be built into the fascia.