At the heart of my layout’s operating potential is the simple cassette I use to turn trains and introduce cars to the layout. It represents “the outside world” and it occured to me that I’ve never posted any photos of it here before.
It’s built using foam core and similar to how the rest of the layout was constructed. Instead of handlaid track though, I used a length of Atlas flex track. The track on the cassette is fed from the main layout though a set of brass channels that I use both to conduct power and control the alignment of the cassette. The cassette is long enough to hold two forty foot long cars (two cars is the standard planning unit I applied in designing this layout).