It's all finally come together. Meet the Reading and Northern: White Haven to Rockport. I'm pleased to say that everything more or less has a real-life counterpart. Naturally, quite a few liberties were taken in order to make things "work," but how often can one avoid taking liberties when designing a layout?
Shown above is the finished plan. Prior blog installments trace many of the initial ideas and interim revisions involved in reaching this point. For example, the switch is now officially "in," and it represents the tail end of the Hayes Creek Branch instead of a nameless siding. Although this branch is long gone, it split off the LV main just south of Lehigh Tannery (below)—which, as you can see on the plan, is now Tannery, the real town's original name, instead of the fictional Mud Run.
Crystallizing all of the vague, fluid notions I've had up to now into a final plan will allow me to forge ahead with scenery and structure construction.