Photos as promised! It feels great to get back to my layout!
I got my runaround/staging track laid and tested last night.
The hole through the wall is where the staging/runaround track goes. It will be hidden by my Theater (to be built - base in place) along with some trees/shrubs. The idea is that the tracks from the bridge disappear behind the theater, and you can't see the curving tracks that enter the Warehouse.
This is the other side which runs on an elevated track behind my new furnace. This was taken before the track was finished and tested. I plan to install guardrails to avoid expensive derailments!
Track curves around over the edge of the water heater, just enough space between the gas line and the blower motor - tested with my long cars!
Track then crosses across the doorway (duck-under) and connects back up to my layout. I will be putting a valance/guardrail on the elevated track so it will be hidden from view, as well as the curve by the light switch - hidden by a structure or other element so the track looks like it just reappears after the curve, roughly where the Budd car is sitting in the shot below:
This allows me to use the space behind the furnace for staging, or as a long continuous run that means the train basically loops twice around the layout before repeating.