The track gang has reached the outskirts of Essex Junction, Vt. Of course, Essex is situated on the former site of White River Jct. so perhaps this post should be titled "Track Gang reaches this corner of the basement....again."
I've spent a number of hours over the last few weeks of evenings finalizing the Essex track arrangement. While there will be some compromises from the prototype I believe it captures the spirit and look of the place.
Commercial turnouts, even "curved" Micro-Engineering no. 6 turnouts, don't allow for a fluid enough geometry to look right and maximize the track arrangement so I'm planning on hand laying a fair number of turnouts in this section - the first of these is shown here - a curved no. 6 (and 3/4 or so!) left hand. One leg will form part of the Essex junction yard/wye trackage, the other leg will be the lead through the fence and into Fort Ethan Allen. (note the photo was taken before the throw rod was installed!)