1'*8' N-gauge Yard

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by oshta, Dec 26, 2003.

  1. oshta

    oshta New Member

    OK i currently have a 4*7 layout, (approxamatly a figure of eight) and im planning to add a 1*8' yard to the back of it any i was wondering is any one had any ideas on a track plan???

    - I'll post a picture of the exsiting layout and my ideas ASAP

    -thanks daniel (UK)
  2. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Hi Daniel, and welcome to the gauge from another UK guy.
    If you can post a pic of the plan, it would help us all in trying to help you.
  3. oshta

    oshta New Member

    yeah yeah, im on with it

    - nice to see someone from the UK!!

    - Mu site (with pics)

    - I'll add a plan of what im "planning" to do in sec
  4. your yard

    a question on your yard:

    do you want a straight up yard where you make and break trains, or a switching puzzle, or a mix of both?
  5. csxnscale

    csxnscale Member

    Hi Daniel,
    First a warm welcome.
    I have visited your website, nice, and you seem to have great ideas about making room for a layout.
    Thanks for sharing.
  6. oshta

    oshta New Member

    yeah thanks

    - the yard, well, that layout is not going to be a display peice, and i'm not one of these people who studys "correct" running time (no offence if you do) so mainly is a "switching puzzle" as u call it

    - my plans so far a below (sorry for the quality, the digi camara is borked) im not sure WHAT i what, except i what a turntable (so i can have fun making it work!!) and a small three track engine shed with coal/water faclitys

    - so im liking the way the right hand side it working

    - i also what a station some were big enought to get my tennder loco and three or four carrages into :)

    - not at all sure about the rest tho - hence the question marks, hope this is clear (ish)


    - thanks daniel
  7. yard plan

    looks like a straightforward yard to me. a 'SWITCHING PUZZLE' would look more like this:

  8. oshta

    oshta New Member

    Re: yard plan

    - yeah well that looks pritty good, apart from the lack of turntable i quite like it, and one got any other idears????

    - as i will need a little "adaption" to connect with the layout, but yeah, that looks ok :)
  9. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    How easy is it for you to reach accross the layout to the area you are making into a switching yard? It looks like you have enough access if a train derails to get it back on the tracks, but I think having to lean over the layout to work a switching yard might get old. May I suggest a small detachable shelf that you would fit to the front of the layout when operating. You could use door hinges to mount it to the layout, and then pull the pins for storage. A couple of angle brackets on the wall above where the layout comes to when stored would get the shelf out of the way when not in use. Your shelf in back could then be used for a staging yard to store trains when not in use and allow you to bring a train out onto the mainline when operating.
  10. oshta

    oshta New Member

    Well as you say acces it to amazing, but its not to bad, Im planning to electrify all the points

    ans i can get to both ends easly and reaching over to the middle is not to hard, plus its on with removeable pin hinges, so for laying and other big jobs i can just take the layout away

    - to im fairly happy - and i realy havent got any more room at all!!
  11. yard layout

    Here's a more practical yard. :wave:

    I used Atlas #4 turnouts in this. DON'T use Peco #4s

    Attached Files:

  12. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    How do you plan to uncouple and couple cars?
  13. the plan I posted has the corners accessable
  14. oshta

    oshta New Member

    URMM - leaning and a few auto uncouplers (anyone got any idears)
  15. Agatheron

    Agatheron Member

    Squirrel... interesting yard design... although isn't the yard lead a bit short to switch the longest stretch in the stub yard? Although I suppose you could run switching through the roundhouse...
  16. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I think the easiest way to uncouple automatically is with magnetic uncoupling ramps hidden under the track. The problem is that the cars will tend to uncouple anytime they roll accross the uncouplers. A fix for that is to hinge the magnets on a crank operated by a cable so the magnets are rotated down out of the way until you want ot uncouple, then a pull on a cable like an automotive choke cable swings the magnet up into position to uncouple cars. You could also use the electric uncoupling magnets, but they are very expensive, and have to be used as momentary contact to keep from burning them out. The biggest problem I've seen is with coupling. Even with centering springs and free couplers, sometimes on curves, or for whatever reasons, the couplers won't line up to couple and it is necessary to manuver them into position to couple. If that problem occurs in a hard to reach place, your enjoyment of the layout will decrease in direct proportion the the number of times you have to deal with it.
  17. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Welcome to the-gauge Oshta! :wave: I'm not from the UK, but I know a little English :D :D :D

    If your not sure what you want to do with the yard, and it's mainly for show, you may wish to consider an engine service facility of sorts. Steam or Diesel, mate?
  18. Tileguy

    Tileguy Member

    Perhaps this will help you. This is a basic plan from the Ten Commandments of Yard layout www.housatonicRR/yard.com
    Lengthening your storage tracks and your yard lead would be in my mind a priority from an operational standpoint.From a modeling standpoint the service structures are nice to have.

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