Wouldn’t it be great if, under the layout, some shallow drawers were incorporated to house the “stuff” for the railway? I’ve been thinking about something like an artists toolbox with a pair of shallow drawers: one for control equipment and some basic tools, and the other for storing stock not needed on the layout at this time.
If the railway is portable, this simple cabinet could be the base for the layout. This way when the railway is brought out to be worked on or operated the rest of the gear required for that time is ready. More importantly, I don’t want this same “stuff” scattered around our house.
Rene Gourley touched on this in a comment he made earlier and it bears establishing for good.