JTEX A switcher junkyard

ModelRailroadForums.com is a free Model Railroad Discussion Forum and photo gallery. We cover all scales and sizes of model railroads. Whether you're a master model railroader or just getting started, you'll find something of interest here.

I have been wanting to start my switcher junkyard for a long time now. Well with the garage now built, I started building the bench work today. I have four 4' X 6' sections and one 4' X 6' that will be rounded. Right now the height is 44" high once the plywood gets put on tomorrow, but I'm thinking about lowering that another 4". So here's today's progress shots.

Last edited:


OK. I guess that's the permission I needed..So
1) I still say you will have a tough tough time reaching across (unless you're meaning to split it in half later)..But from the trackage and all I don't think you're intending to do that..
2) With all that space I'd have angled the trackage so as to not be following the rectangular edges of the top.
3) Not sure if cutting a rectangle in the ply for the diorama to go down into was mentioned..If new track doesn't line up with its tracks it'd be simple to realign the new track to match up.
4) All your structures look very good..Not so for the Atlas turntable..In fact if you're going all diesel you don't even need a TT; just a runaround track or two; especially if your going to have only one or two small switchers working the scene. Passenger train yards use TTs to reverse locos so as to be pointing forward. And cars without flip over seat-backs need to turn cars (Though this was probably more prominent 40 yrs ago)..
All in all I think you're going to have an enviable MRR once the along the wall portion is in... 🏨🛤🛤🏪🏘
How ironic ! The post above was mine from yesterday..But I had left out that it's best to lay a sheet of cork for the whole yard instead of individual cork under each track.. And here you are, doing just that today !!! I guess you realise/d that yard track is mostly right on the ground with ballast, but not shouldered; especially the ladder tracks.. And the cool thing is if it's the same thickness as the main line cork it becomes so easy to make the transition from the shouldered main into the yard ! M 🛤☀🌵
Last edited:
Y I K E S ! ! ! Are you going to junk yard ALL THOSE hundreds of locos !!!!??? What, are they all dummies ?? !! My god, that looks insane !!!

White glue for the cork.
Now maybe all of these long dead end tracks make sense??!! Half powered, half dummy. Just sitting on deadline tracks either waiting for purchase/rebuild/scraping etc etc. I did a piece with staples came out pretty good. Ballast/concrete/dirt road should hide all of the staples.
Ok 2/3s of the layout is corked. Laid the track out to see how it all looks, not to bad to me.

The last 1/3 needs a lot of figuring out. First I will take the Allied Rail Rebuilders diorama apart tomorrow and see if I can't figure where to fit all of the older structures in.

View attachment 113722View attachment 113723
Jerome if you have not permanently laid any track....spray paint the cork......

I did this on my old layout when I was in Arkansas....plan to do it again my new layout I am doing now......see ppics not the best pics because it was taken in 1992 with a Sony Mavica 3.5 disk drive camera lol. This what it looked like before ballast, I used plain old grey primer then I used Fleckstone and the added ballast. This time I think I will just use primer then ballast.


Last edited:
James, do you think I need to paint all of the top of the cork in the yard area or will the ballast cover it being that it's all flat??

View attachment 113767
Well that depends......if you want to show different types of ballast etc or just have variations. But if you are asking my opinion I would paint it with primer- flat colors grey or even some spots of rust red/brown.....the thing is seeing cork brown is annoying to me. I like to paint it then I or you can save a ton of material and cost on ballast. It will still turn out great.
Well no train time today. The wife noticed that the down spouts were backing up with water the other day. So ok no biggie, disconnect one and flush it out right? Oh nooooo, after digging up the yard in 4 places, I found the problem.


A crushed drain tile with a root growing in it. Major clog in the line.


So that was my day in a nutshell. tomorrow I'll fill in all of the holes.
Ok, all good points and much appreciated advice. I will probably tear the diorama apart as suggested earlier. It is just being a pain in my butt to get it fit in. One thing you are missing, A Switcher Junkyard. ;)

View attachment 113717View attachment 113718

Think of LTEX in Ohio or NRE in Silvis Illinois

Next question for you guys, attaching the cork sheets, staples or glue??
Where are the Hustler B units??

Affiliate Disclosure: We may receive a commision from some of the links and ads shown on this website (Learn More Here)

ModelRailroadForums.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com

RailroadBookstore.com - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section.

ModelRailroadBookstore.com - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.