Making fun!! Yeah you were. Dig it, I dig it. Dang I can't eat the snickers. No teeth to chew the nuts and a sugar level that will go tilt. Now Musketeers or Milky Way bar that's another story. A bite here and a bite there and maybe by days end I will have eaten half of it. Oh the #ell of it. Make fun of my layout? Don't you know. Aiiyiiyii !! Oh, it don't matter. Make fun of it. You wouldn't be the first or last. Dang Rick what you got here a Wedding Cake train layout? Looks like a "Pretzeled Folded Over Dog Bone", Steve H. was heard describing my layout. Without a doubt my favorite description. And by the way, that's what it is. Trains that go Eastbound and return going Westbound. See I don't have to buy more then one train set. Say what? I can't buy more? I hate reality. You can run any kind of model railroad your heart desires. It won't be my place or anyone else's to critique it unless (the kicker) you ask us to. Then you better duck and run for cover. Later. I say later but as my friend Jaw Tooth says, "But wait there's more". The Wedding Cake, No that's what I built for Ivan C., whose son (no respect at all) tore it down. Back to the all important finger pointing and the fun we are having. My layout. Once the scenery starts to cover it up, parts of it will remind you of Donner Pass, Cajon Pass and Summit, San Bernardino, the Grain Elevator down near Devore, Ca. A look alike Diablo Bridge, and other bridges as in lot's of bridges. A coal mine right out of Colorado. Featuring all kinds of D&RGW, Santa Fe, Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, Great Northern, Western Pacific assorted mail and passenger trains. It will be a scrambled egg model railroad operations. Compression to the OUCH degree. I really need a passenger yard and freight classification yard. Something like George's only bigger. The question of the day. Is it prototypical? Is my layout prototypical?? Did I say it was? What I did say is, I operate my trains prototypically. Okay back to is it prototypical? Perhaps... Only in a open pit mine and that might be questionable. What I have is a combination of Pennyslvania's four track horseshoe curve, Tehachapi Loop and Williams Loop all wrapped up into one neat package. I might have the Diablo Bridge, some Cajon Pass, with a hint of Cajon Summit, in there as well. Cajon Pass now supports a four track mainline. BNSF or ATSF's old two track route, now three tracks and UP's or SP's newer one track mainline with sidings. Awesome train watching, that Cajon Pass. I have plans to put in a Flagstaff style train station up at the Summit. I have a San Bernardino style train station as built be one Greg McGinnis. It sits on the lower level accompanied by a town Greg also built. I have a grain elevator also built by Greg and that end of the layout resembles San Bernardino, more and more. That's it for now.