Okay, swerving back to another previous "track", I've tried making recommended changes to the layout that I was planning. The reverse loop has been removed and all of the sidings have been modified so that a train can back in. The entire layout was rotated 180 degrees and some space made so that operating accessories are within reach of the edges. This covers most of the operating accessories that I own for now. RR Track doesn't have a listing for the cow-on-track but I'm sure I can get it in somewhere.
I appreciate the comments that I have received and will take into consideration any others. Thank you all for the help.