Fillmore staging, end view. The Staging Elevator is on the right; the Staging Fiddle Yard left. At far end is the roundhouse.
Seen below is the small clipboard that holds two permanent switch lists, one for switching the REA platforms with express cars, the other for passengers car switching at the passenger car servicing building. The lists are mac-tacked (peel-n-stick vinyl covered) so that they last longer and are easy to erase.
In the picture below, the red boxes contain the passenger and express cars. These are high quality, soft-foam lined Reboxx boxes. They have labels for quick contents identification. Each box holds four cars. The staging here is self-serve. I might set up the consists to be switched or the switcher conductor can do it as well while a session is in progress. Because most operators are not comfortable with handling other people’s models, I usually do the staging set-ups. This staging style also allows these boxes to be removed and replaced by other ones, so the amount of rolling stock can be quite extensive. For now, the plan is to have twelve express cars and twelve heavyweight passenger cars.
The above view shows the yard trackage made from Atlas sectional code 83 (out of convenience). The re-railer sections make quick work of getting the rolling stock on the track.
As mentioned earlier, the whole unit traverses to align any yard track to any parallel layout track within the stroke of the slider (above). The rail ends are soldered to brass flat head wood screws to make them secure. At the opposite end of the yard (below) there are Kadee couplers mounted on blocks so that rolling stock can be left in the yard after the session. These couplers hold the cars in place when the trolley is rolled away to my workshop room. They also pivot out of the way to avoid coupling when not desired. The plexiglass fencing is evident as well.
The above picture shows the caster lock on the operator side, very similar to what is used on the staging elevator. In the view below, the non-operator side lock block is hinged so that it can fold to allow the trolley out-rigger to slide under the frame of the staging elevator.