In the early days of my Main North, I had ear marked Willow Tree on the 30 feet of track from Ardglen to Werris Ck, with the intention of adding/removing Bankers on some of my trains, but it didn’t happen due to the track being 1700mm off the floor. Without the banking operation being done, this section of track remained a single line. I added a Shunting Neck & Loading Bank for Werris Ck, operated from the doorway in the Trainroom. Note: The garage floor is 300 mm lower than the Trainroom floor.
I added a “scenic block” to divide Willow Tree from Werris Ck, at
the doorway by adding a Hill, a road bridge and plenty of trees.
This available space was only 3 metres long, not ideal but
compromises have to be made when building a layout, so it’ll do for my Willow Tree and the Bankers. The below photo from the Ardglen end shows
my overall view of Willow Tree with my extras. Lots more detailing necessary.
On the Down side of the Station, I added a Siding for a 60’ Turntable, Coal Stage and Sheep Pen with Ramp. The Middle track is the “through”
road and the aisle side track is a Siding with a very compressed Good Shed, a Loading Ramp and
a Wheat Shed.
Looking towards Ardglen shows the Station, the middle “Through”
road and the Siding, with the severely compressed Goods Shed, Loading Bank/Crane
and Wheat Shed into the available 50 mm, better than not having them. Adding a higher fascia helps with the "compression". The “old”
Werris Ck Coal Mine, in the distance.
Instead of removing the Werris Ck Coal Mine, the folks at Willow Tree now have a Mine that’ll be serviced by LCH Coal trains to/from Gunnedah (N.W. Staging) and Werris Creek.
Willow Tree will have 4 Starting Semaphores (yet to build my new brass units from Ray Pilgrim), for the middle “through” road and rear “Platform” road & a Down Home Bracket Semaphore above the Duck Under that'll show “the road” for the Points into Willow Tree.
With Werris Ck just "next door", it's Down Home
Bracket signal is located at the exit of Willow Tree just before the Road Bridge, indicating to the Operator which road is selected when entering Werris Ck (Main to the Station or to the Yard). Maybe a Willow Tree UP Home will be added in the
Cutting on the Werris Ck side.