Montfort's shunting layout

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Montfort's shunting layout

Postby Montfort » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:31 pm

Hello,
After reading this very interesting site: http://www.wymann.info/ShuntingPuzzles/index.html and got several useful tips, I started building my little shunting layout (10 "x 4 ') I laid the track on the baseboard and found this new track plan, I am very pleased with the result.

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Re: Montfort's shunting layout

Postby Montfort » Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:57 am

I have to do a few running sessions to test my shunting layout.
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Re: Montfort's shunting layout

Postby Montfort » Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:59 pm

Everything works perfectly as you can see on the photos below:

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Re: Montfort's shunting layout

Postby Montfort » Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:17 pm

Question: How can I distinguish the individual wagons for the puzzle :?:
I'll buy a few coloured Hornby wagons (blue, yellow, red, green...). I used these grey wagons just for checking the length of all tracks.
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Re: Montfort's shunting layout

Postby luckymucklebackit » Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:30 pm

If all the wagons are the same type, the suggestion is to get the small adhesive coloured dots and stick them on, something like this https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dot-Stickers-Self-Adhesive-Sticky-Marking/dp/B071RCSQ7V/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1536413290&sr=8-5&keywords=coloured+sticker+dots You can get them in the Works or at The Range (probably cheaper), just need to ensure that there are eight different colours, one for each wagon.

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Re: Montfort's shunting layout

Postby Montfort » Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:30 pm

Good idea.Thanks.
I have another problem: I need very small buffer stops as you can see on the photo below. What can I do ? The Hornby and Peco models don't fit. Thanks.

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Re: Montfort's shunting layout

Postby luckymucklebackit » Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:51 pm

Any old wagon kits lying about? Build a wall beyond the end of the tracks and glue the cut off buffer beam form an old kit

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Re: Montfort's shunting layout

Postby Bufferstop » Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:40 pm

An alternative idea for wagon identification which was discussed on here some years ago, was to get a UV marker of the type used for secretly marking your possessions and a UV torch or lamp. You can put quite large numbers on the wagons, and see them by pointing the torch at them, but in normal light it is quite difficult to spot that they are there. That way you aren't committing the wagons to just your shunting puzzle.
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Re: Montfort's shunting layout

Postby Montfort » Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:58 pm

Many thanks gentlemen for your replies. I'm not a huge fan of UV. :o
I found this idea in another forum for a very small buffer stop:

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Re: Montfort's shunting layout

Postby luckymucklebackit » Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:03 pm

Here is a Prototype, looks like you could cut off the back support from a Peco Buffer Stop (linked from that which is known as the "other place") :D

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Re: Montfort's shunting layout

Postby Bufferstop » Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:10 am

This is probably the modeller's best known alternative bufferstop
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That's actually a picture of a prototype. The model one was copied from it at a scale of 305mm/ft on the end of the turntable road at Minehead. Seems no one had any plans for one so they gave their draftsman (actually I think it was a woman) a model one and said scale it up. Unfortunately it's now almost completely hidden by raised paving and a safety fence.
If the tracks end against a retaining wall (ie one with a lot of solid earth behind it) it will often be just a timber baulk, or couple of old sleepers. At the ends of sidings they aren't expected to have to absorb much momentum.
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Re: Montfort's shunting layout

Postby Mountain » Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:40 am

The ones around my area were mainly rail built types. Even the cross pieces were two rails. They look easy enough to build. The hardest part would be in bending the rails or cutting and soldering them.
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Re: Montfort's shunting layout

Postby Hymirl » Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:13 am

If you made some "drop in" loads like coal, stone, pipes, wood, scrap metal etc you could run the puzzle on those without buying new wagons.

On the other hand an excuse to buy more trains should be grabbed with both hands!

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Re: Montfort's shunting layout

Postby Montfort » Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:02 am

Thanks gentlemen.
luckymucklebackit wrote:...you could cut off the back support from a Peco Buffer Stop.

Hymirl wrote:If you made some "drop in" loads like coal, stone, pipes, wood, scrap metal etc you could run the puzzle on those without buying new wagons.

Two good ideas. I'm working on it.
Hymirl wrote:On the other hand an excuse to buy more trains should be grabbed with both hands!

Absolutely. I already told SWMBO that I really need several new wagons. She doesn't disagree. So...
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Re: Montfort's shunting layout

Postby Montfort » Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:24 am

Hymirl wrote:If you made some "drop in" loads like coal, stone, pipes, wood, scrap metal etc you could run the puzzle on those without buying new wagons.

Problem solved ! :D

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