I spent some time with a couple long rulers and a square to figure out exactly what the footprint of the building ought to be. I tried to scale off some photos to pick a reasonable height for the buildings. And I choose a relatively wide loading dock - 14 scale feet. To make it easier to get the building to sit flat I had to trim back the edge of the roadbed left over from the torn up second track. I didn't rip it all out - the loading dock can sit on what's left without a problem.
|The finished mockup|
|A view over the top of the N scale layout|
The warehouse has an enclosed dock for unloading cardboard out of the weather. With it all in place I think I might have made the building a little too short - I may try propping it up on blocks to see what it's like a bit taller. Part of the purpose of making a mockup, I guess.
The outside dock is where scrap cardboard bundles are loaded into boxcars for recycling. I've been waiting to have somewhere useful to put that forklift!
The overview shows the storage track with 2 boxcars sitting on it to the left, the interchange track going around the curve at the end, and the Northeast Container building to the right. Cars that don't fit in the warehouse get stashed on the storage track. Most of the empties from the warehouse just go back to the interchange, but some make a stop at the dock to get loaded with scrap.