Building a small shunting layout

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Building a small shunting layout

Postby Montfort » Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:56 pm

Hello,
Because I'm a little bit tired of my roundy round layout, I'm planning to build a small shunting layout. How can I start my layout without making a lot of mistakes ? I found this very interesting video that gives me a few ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kidnfPCNrU8
All your advices are welcome. Thanks.

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Re: Building a small shunting layout

Postby luckymucklebackit » Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:30 pm

I am currently building an Inglenook, one of the classic shunting puzzles, have a look here for inspiration http://www.wymann.info/ShuntingPuzzles/sw-inglenook.html

The are great fun!!

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Re: Building a small shunting layout

Postby Dad-1 » Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:19 pm

Hi Montfort,

It might be worth looking through this thread :-

viewtopic.php?f=22&t=50741

As Jim says these can be quite fun and certainly engage the grey
matter, unlike watching something go around and around and .....
Working with Kadee's is probably best, but you can also work using
magnetic hooks and a magnet on a stick.

Geoff T.
Remember ... I know nothing about railways.
viewtopic.php?f=22&t=32187 and Another on viewtopic.php?f=22&t=28436&start=60&st=0&sk=t&sd=a

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Re: Building a small shunting layout

Postby Montfort » Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:48 pm

Thanks for all your replies and for the links. They are very helpful.
I found the solution right here: The Little Bazeley Sidings
I'm also a huge fan of The Avengers (mostly for Emma Peel).
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Re: Building a small shunting layout

Postby Hymirl » Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:46 am

Its a good channel with skme good ideas but I wouldn't take his advice on cardboard baseboards. I tried and couldn't get it satisfactorily flat. But milage varies I guess.

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Re: Building a small shunting layout

Postby Montfort » Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:46 am

I use plywood or chipboard for my baseboards. I drew a few track plans for my new layout:

01 NRM.jpg
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Re: Building a small shunting layout

Postby End2end » Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:17 pm

Montford have you considered a 3 way point instead of 2 normal points?
Just an idea. ;)
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Re: Building a small shunting layout

Postby Montfort » Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:24 pm

End2end wrote:Montford have you considered a 3 way point instead of 2 normal points?
Just an idea. ;) Thanks End2end

Yep ! But...a 3 way point is £27.00 and a 2 way point is only £9.00. Plus I already have these two left handed two way points.
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Re: Building a small shunting layout

Postby End2end » Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:02 pm

*gulp* I didn't realise they were so expensive. :shock:
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Re: Building a small shunting layout

Postby luckymucklebackit » Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:19 pm

End2end wrote:*gulp* I didn't realise they were so expensive. :shock:
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And the live frog versions are a nightmare to wire up :D

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Re: Building a small shunting layout

Postby luckymucklebackit » Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:20 pm

Montfort wrote:I use plywood or chipboard for my baseboards. I drew a few track plans for my new layout:

01 NRM.jpg


On first impressions I would go with "B" - it has a nice flow about it.

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Re: Building a small shunting layout

Postby Montfort » Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:24 pm

luckymucklebackit wrote:On first impressions I would go with "B" Jim

Me too ! I'll buy the chipboard sheet (1200mm x 300mm) next thursday. And good news, I already have all the track sections.

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Re: Building a small shunting layout

Postby NedFlanders » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:58 am

I like the idea and the flow of the tracks.

I've had a soft spot for a couple of years now to do a shelf layout shunting puzzle based on the Tees Wagon Repair Depot. there's something about the odd angles of and a plethora of different buildings, rolling stock and engines, two ways in/out - I keep seeing it above my desk in the study ( in N)........ perhaps there might be some inspiration for you in the photos in the link below ( Google image search results of tees wagon repair depot).

https://tinyurl.com/ycjzmbg9
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Re: Building a small shunting layout

Postby Montfort » Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:38 pm

Thanks for your reply and for the link. Very interesting.
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Re: Building a small shunting layout

Postby Montfort » Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:26 am

I forgot this rule:
"The length of an Inglenook Sidings type layout is easy to establish - it's a total of 8 times the length of the rolling stock to be used (5 in the uppermost siding plus 3 in the headshunt) plus the length of the locomotive to be used plus the length of the first point."
I must draw a few new track plans.
:oops: :( :o
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