The photo shows the new west-end staging yard, comprised of nine tracks. Four of the tracks are long enough to hold 36-car trains. The nine-track yard is a big improvement over the old staging yard with only five tracks, the longest of which had room for an 18-car train. All three east-bound passenger trains can now enter the layout from staging--one of them previously originated in the Avondale coach yard.
(Click on the photo below to see the full width of the expanded staging yard)
The east-end staging will also be enlarged, an entirely new industrial area will be added west of Avondale (above Northampton in the furnace room), and a few new industries will be added in Lower Wakefield.
2014 looks like a good year for operations on the Carleton Railway.