What sort of industry will this Inglenook serve?
My initial idea was to model another coal mine. I had researched the heck out of coal mining while I was working on my old layout, so it was the easy choice. Then I started thinking about what kind of rolling stock I would need: hopper after hopper after hopper. Not much variety for a shunting puzzle. Besides, I didn’t like the idea of putting a coal mine on such a flat module. I just wasn’t feeling it.
A couple of weeks ago I was thinking about my next batch of oatmeal stout (brewing beer is also something I do) and it hit me: why not model a brewery? A brewery would require a wide variety of boxcars and hoppers for incoming ingredients and fuel and outgoing products. The Goods and Not So Goods (GANSG) website has an excellent section on modeling breweries (and just about any other industry you could imagine), and it has given me plenty to think about while waiting for my power pack and engine to arrive (both are scheduled for delivery tomorrow).