I have the same question as Robert. What makes a switching layout a railroad is the presense of staging--unless that is what you planned your yard to be.
Staging makes the railroad open ended. The yard sorts the cars to and from the railroad and sends some of the cars to switch the sidings. Without the railroad (staging), your yard overpowers your switching.
Yes, I'll redo the yard, not thinking clearly Sunday. (2 macaws annoying me all day!)
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