Nice drawings. Do you have CAD at work or what app did you use?
My personal taste is not to hide the train that much.
I think you will miss the play value of the sidings. You will tire of the running only. But, then you will have something to do - build another or change this one.
I have Autodesk Inventor. At first, I started playing around with the table design to get material cut sheets. Then I decided to draw the track.
Although I like the sidings in the middle, they get in the way of the mountains and supports. I spent a day trying to get it right but I didn’t like how it was turning out.
Do you think the future 2’x4’ siding table will satisfy the play value? It provides 3 longer sidings than the middle. I was thinking of maybe only having 2 there and add a sawmill or something.
I’m learning it’s a compromise when I have a small space. Yes, a good portion of the track is covered. I’m trying to figure a way to minimize that and still have a mountain logging, mining feel. I’m learning it’s not easy. But I’m having fun so far.
In the photo above, the sub-roadbed should be shaped at the curved end also. I know that you were only mocking it up. A good support is a 1" x 1" block
3 1/2" wide on top of a 1" wooden dowel for a support. You really don't need that many when using the shaped sub-roadbed. You won't be running any 30lb scale sized steamers up there.
making a short tunnel in the corner where the grade starts with a mountain shape on top will visually provide the look of something larger without having to hide the trains. Under the grade to the loop could be filled in as terrain to add to the mountain feel.
Yes, when the yard extension is added, it will provide something for the train to do. The two sidings in the center sort of need a building with them as a destination customer. This helps with any layout. The center sidings also required having the train traveling in the proper direction to back in. Adds to challenge of dropping off or picking up a car or two.
You'll be ok with the new version. You have to decide by doing it and satisfying your eye as to what results work for you. The right way is your way on your layout.
Mock-ups and software 3D's only help decide.