The Black Diamonds group had a large modular US layout on display. There was some criticism of this layout on N Gauge Forum, saying that the scenery was disappointing, there were too few trains that were too long, and that the trains went too slow.
The first criticism was probably fair enough, as some modules were works in progress. But the others were not fair. American goods trains are often long and often slow as well. It was refreshing to see a goods train move at scale speed. There seemed to be plenty of movement on the layout when I was watching, but they were operating under dispatcher control, so trains would be at realistic intervals, and not tail chasing.
The coal mine was impressive on size alone….
And the end loops gave some ideas for fiddle yards for ESNG in the future. I liked the second one shown, where…
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