Further to our other ideas for modules, even if we collectively have still to decide on a standard design.
This week I've been looking at possible test track/layouts for 'Der Room'. Among the many ideas that were battered around the 'wibbly wobby woo' was the possibility of modeling the J'ville line in the 1960's to match the set of electrics that I'm in the process of building. in this time period this branch was more than just the commuter line that today's version has found itself degraded to. There was a daily good shunt on the line, and most of the stations had a small goods yard. J'ville itself had a sizable yard (now buried under a shopping mall).
On station that did pique my interest was Raroa. In the 60's there was a freezing works here and stock trains were run up the branch (in season there could be 3 a day).
The plan shows a nice wee station (the passing loop on the back shunt had a capacity of 14 wagons plus a van) on a curve so it can be stuffed into a corner. there is a fenced off area with a cattle stop at each end. sadly there were no refrigerated wagons going out here, I think they all went from down the hill at Kaiwharawhara
I've not seen any pictures of Ed's shunting the line, but I assume that they must have been used some times.
Just the other side of the hill is the suburban sprawl of Khandallah. Even today this location is still undeveloped and looks quite rural.