In the early days of the 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 of some of my trains. The banking didn’t happen due to the track being 1700mm off the floor so this section of track remained a single line into Werris Ck. Note: The garage floor is 300 mm lower than the Trainroom floor.
With this improved operating height out in the aisleway, I decided to re-introduce Willow Tree and add more of what I love doing, operating “Rear End Bankers”, to some of my UP trains, even if it was just a short “bank” around the corner into Ardglen. It’s all about operation.
I replaced the Werris Ck’s Shunting Neck/Loading Bank with Willow Tree, adding 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 Willow Tree with my extras. Lots more detailing necessary.
On the Down side of the Station, I added a Siding for the 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 have a Mine that’ll be serviced by 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 just 3 feet to Werris Ck, the Werris Ck Down Home Bracket is located at the exit of Willow Tree just before the Road Bridge, on the track into Werris Ck and maybe a Willow Tree UP Home will be added in the Cutting on the Werris Ck side.