So while that project is frozen literally I decided to turn my attention to another part of the layout that has bee in a limbo state, so lets take a look.
BAY INDUSTRIAL SPUR
This industry spur off the main just east of the Saginaw River is a big generator of local traffic keeping Y-BA04-XX busy during the entire session. Two customers reside here but there setup did not click.
Below are explanations of the industry changes that will be more realistic and provide better gather and distribution for the local.
Inspiration: Wonder Bread Bakery
Fort Mackinaw Paper - Corrugated Division
Originally this 2 door (6 car) customer was setup against the backdrop, but with the large footprint it was wasting a ton of good space that could de-clutter the scene. After seeing some inspiration and reading about Chip Cole's CSX Plymouth Sub, I realized that I could make this a foreground open industry. Not only would it be a conversation piece, but it would free up space and still seem like a large industry and would allow operators to see when they are spotting cars inside. To help with the facility size I am going to extend the bench work 5" out to create truck docks and parking lots.
Inspiration: Roanoke, TX and OKC, OK
Looking at the picture above you can see there is now a large spot to install a third industry. While the goal is not to cram track and industries in every spot, being this is a industrial park the spot would look good with a shallow relief backdrop structure.
Some of the ideas I have for industry:
1. Cold Storage Warehouse
2. Metal Stamping Facility
Coil Cars, Scrap Gondola
3. Bulk Liquid Transfer Facility
4. Recycled Glass Plant
Cvd Hopper, Open Hopper
All of these have good plausibility for the region and modern era. Feel free to weigh in on which industry would look best.