Trains enter the layout from cassette staging on the left to switch the industries and the interchange in the fictitious little town of Wolf Creek. After the switching chores are done, the locomotive swaps ends with the caboose on the run-around track and departs back to staging.
To date, the simple box frame shelf is installed, and all of the track and wiring are complete. Control is DCC. A backdrop that wraps around three sides of the layout is in the works, along with a valanced "lid" with integrated LED strip lighting. The goal is for a diorama-like shadowbox presentation.
Motive power is mostly leased from the Rio Grande and takes the form of Alco RS3's or EMD GP7's. I've mocked up the town with some temporary models from old layouts but since this shelf is right at eye level most will be replaced with more detailed structures in the future.
An overall view of the shelf layout above my workbench. You can have a lot of fun on a small switching layout like this, and I've already been running trains and shuffling cars around. Once the staging cassettes are finished, the layout will operate with a car card system.