After installing the bridge and the track on the westbound / Southern Pacific line, the main line of the layout is again opened. Test trains have been running with all the different type of cars and one of those is seen in this photo. There is still work to do on the scenery but it is great to be able to run trains again.
On the other side of the lift bridge in an area that will someday become Carlin, a new return loop and stub end staging yard has been setup with Kato Unitrack. The 4 stub end tracks are equal in length to the main staging yards below and the passing siding in Battle Mountain. Using a double crossover at the throat of the yard allows a train to enter or leave any of the 4 tracks. I am trying this arrangement out here because this would fit in what will someday be the permanent east end staging yard above Weso and I want to see how I like it.