THE MODEL RAILROAD
Laurel is just a connection point for the Frannie Cutoff into the NP Mainline. No effort has been undertaken to model any of the real features, except for the general scenery of the area.
Laurel also represents Scottsbluff, Nebraska, as a staging yard for trains bound east from Orin on the CB&Q Wendover - Torrington and eastbound line.
The track in Laurel:
The top is north in this diagram.
Laurel will have relatively simple scenery - it's purpose is to support the operation of the railroad, and to occasionally let me run really BIG trains that won't fit on the rest of the railroad.
In early planning for operations, I've come to the conclusion that I need a turntable at Laurel, to allow locomotives on Burlington trains from Frannie to turn around and head back with a new consist headed into Wyoming. I also probably will need a dedicated switcher - it looks like Laurel, acting as both Laurel and Scottsbluff, may wind up handling a lot of trains. Engine facilities will include turntable (perhaps rather large), and some servicing facilities.
I thought about adding a hidden reverse loop to the NP mainline just east of Laurel (where the line runs under the helix), and I may still go that route. But I may relocate Cody, and that will free up a lot more real estate for Laurel. If I do, that will make room for the visible engine facilities.