It is very important for me to be able to run whatever rolling stock, or locomotive I want. Any equipment from any era from any prototype from any manufacturer from any country…anything that I want for whatever reason. This is a big reason why I have set my layout in an alternate future. Who’s to say that the Terminal Road didn’t obtain Alco GP11s and put them into service transferring Human Resource cars from Carousel? Who knows if a Bicentennial boxcar got repurposed as a garbage barge on the White Train in this alternate 1984?
SPOILER ALERT… If you haven’t already seen the 1971 movie classic called Soylent Green, staring Charlton Heston, I’m about to ruin it for you. Go watch it now. Come back when you’re done.
I followed a similar dystopian model on my previous layout, and plan to model similarly on this layout in our new space. Pictured above is from a previous layout and shows Soylent Sanitation loading H.R. into a building for transfer to the Soylent Biscuit Company. H.R. = Human Resources. I have always found H.R. to be a macabre title for employees, the most important business assets. I use it here for the same reason.
Industries that will exist on the layout and their purpose in operation. Detailed posts on each of these industries will follow as I bring them into existence.
Pantex Carousel: Home of the White Train. This is where H.R. is loaded onto trains for transfer the the SBC for processing into biscuits.
The Soylent Biscuit Company: This is your basic grain elevator baking company, only it has a secret ingredient.
Soylent Syrup and Sludge Works: This it your basic corn syrup plant/refinery. Another personal creation that only exists in this alternative future. Sludge Slurry, a byproduct of the biscuit processing is transformed at this facility.
Vandelay Industries: Your basic freight house. They have a hard time deciding if they want to focus on Importing or Exporting their fine latex products.
TERMINAL Rail Yard: A Rail Yard where cars are sorted, dispatched, and repaired.