I've started laying out the track for the mill that is at the end of the branch on the upper level. I've decided to build a module that can be set into place instead of standing on a footstool. Here are two photos of the progress.
The first photo shows the three way stub switch I built on Thursday afternoon. I decided to use a three way switch at the beginning of the track work so as to make everything fit. No I didn't use a fast tracks jig, I built it with PC ties and rail using my own templates. I will say that my Hottip soldering station was awesome for this!
The second photo shows the module in progress. I can now sand the roadbed and start laying track. The entire upper level of the layout uses flex track and hand laid turnouts. (I've hand laid three complete layouts in my lifetime, I'm not doing a fourth). However, the entire yard on the lower level will be hand laid.
The module isn't very big and since there isn't room for a switch on the end of the siding I'm using a turntable to both turn the locomotive and act as a switch. For operations, a five car train will enter the module, take the siding on the right with the locomotive pulling on to the turntable. The engine will turn, runaround the train and proceed with switching the mill, starting by shoving the caboose on to the turntable. The mill has a three to four car capacity. The side track will hold a gondola of coal for power and heat, plus there's enough room for the occasional reefer of beer for the miners.