During the transition era, engine facilities became a large part of railroad operations and there is a working turntable and roundhouse at EnterTRAINMent. One of the many interactive features of the layout allows you to press a button and watch as the turntable lines up with a roundhouse stall, an engine backs out onto the table, gets turned and goes back into its stall. Another touch of realism on display.
The coaling station allowed locomotives to be spotted under it for quick loading of coal. The coal hopper on the right track would be typically dumping coal into a conveyor that would take the coal into the bins over the tracks. A locomotive would pull under the coaling tower on along side of it as the loco on the left and coal would be dumped into the tender to refuel the loco for the long trip ahead.
Those of you who are regulars here know that I have a fascination with interlocking and switch towers, and there were plenty of them on the layout at EnterTRAINMent.
Again, note the incredible detail in all of these structures.
Next up is a look at the modern part of the layout and I'll give you some idea as to the size of the trains & models that we have seen so far...