Different types of model railroad staging yards offer distinct benefits and drawbacks to the operation of your layout, and it’s entirely up to personal preference and your unique circumstances which system you choose. The choice could depend upon space constraints, operational methods, appearance, or a range of other factors.
In the case of David Barrow’s HO-scale model of Cat Mountain & Santa Fe Railway, the decision seems like a no-brainer. Host Allen Keller sits down with David Barrow to learn why David opted to use visible staging yards on his layout as opposed to hidden. His choice wasn’t an entirely aesthetic one; there were a few factors at play in this particular scenario, so see what David has to say about making the right decision for your layout.