Dragonfly wrote:For the fiddle yard, personally I'd do something like this:
Obviously there are compromises to be made. You'd be making more efficient use of the space, but there's no runround facility, so each train would need to alternate locos each time. Once the train is taken out, the loco runs back into the loco sidings on the left. Effectively there's storage for 9 locos and 5 trains there (absolutely full, 14 locos and 5 trains, but you wouldn't reach that in normal operation).
Would I be right in thinking that with this fiddle yard I would loose the continuous run element of the plan? Have you used a 3 way point or two as well? Number of trains will be small especially to start with.
Emettman wrote:Dragonfly wrote:For the fiddle yard, personally I'd do something like this:
I like that variation: effectively a terminus worked with multiple pilot engines.
As ever, brake vans on goods trains are a bit of a pain.
What is a pilot engine? And would brake vans be used on modern railways?
I have had a possible thought. I was thinking how I could hide the mainline round the bottom and was thinking of making it a gradient to passing station and continue on. The only flaw would be getting back to continuous line, as would be at lower level. A thought I had is would 2 fiddle yards on top of each other work? My thinking is then although I would loose continuous runs I could run trains either from station to low level yard or around to upper fiddle yard. Thinking it gives the look that trains arrive and then depart to somewhere else instead of back the way they come.