Welcome to Industry Lane... A little lie... Industry Lane is actually a 7' long plank, that is 5' of scenery and 2' of removable fiddle yard (sector plates). History... Toto (our glorious leader ) set a challenge for me. Could I build an industrial based layout ?? Hmm, not sure, never even attempted one before. But I'll give it a go... The name 'Industry Lane', was decided as I have a road bridge which is part of the scenic break... Industries... The layout has 3 individual industries showcased, although one is off scene. A small cement siding (Tunnel Cement) occupies the front left corner and behind that is a factory/warehouse siding. The third industry is oil/fuel. This is the off scene industry, but small oil/fuel trains will enter the scenic section, shunt about, then be relieved by a smaller loco which will take the wagons to the oil siding, the second fiddle yard... Baseboard... The baseboard was made reasonably light weight, as I'll be exhibiting this layout in the future. The baseboard is made from 18mm x 11mm pine dressed in 3mm ply, top and bottom for rigidity. All the wiring (DCC) is sandwiched between the 3mm ply casing. Track... All the track is Peco code 75 using 4 x small wyes and one single slip. The rest is flex track. A track plan will follow soon. Control... Locomotive control will be via the NCE Powercab. I have 3 sound locos to use on this layout, a Class 08, Class 22 & a Class 25. If I can get sound into my Sentinel shunter (Esso Petroleum livery) I will..., one day ! All points/slips are operated via 'wire in tube'. The less wiring, the better ! The switching is done with small slide switches, which also cahnge the frog polarity. Fiddle Yard... The fiddle yard, as described above, is actually 2 sector plates. One sector plate has three sidings whilst the second sector plate has two sidings. This way I can have two waiting trains and one empty siding on the three track plate and one waiting train and one empty siding on th two track plate. Sounds confusing, but relatively simple ! Buildings/structures... All buildings are Scalescenes. Whether that be made as they are or kit bashed. More on this will follow at a latter posting. Some other bits and pieces have been scratchbuilt from styrene or card. Well, that's the introduction and there will be pictures coming soon. Stay tuned. Cheers, Gary.