My ambition has overcome me...AGAIN! I have decided to model 6 of the 12 platforms of the south tracks of Chicago's Union Station. I will include part of the Chicago "L" loop, and the Amtrak/Metra yard to the south of the station. Now here comes the ambitious part...all this will be built on a 4x8 ft. layout. My question pertains to the station platforms themselves: I only have room to make the platforms long enough to accomodate 2 85' passenger cars. But, most amtrak trains are longer than that. Do I back the trains in and allow them to stick out and block switches, or do I break up the train and use two or three tracks for just 1 train? I plan to run trains that are anywhere from 3-5 cars long. What do I do, and what would be done in real life? Also, does anybody have any information on the layout of the coach yard south of the station, because that will be included in the layout as well.
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