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Old 02-06-2018, 08:41 PM   #1

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Cool sector plate/ fiddle yard o gauge

HI all , working on my own , in the dark depths of Norfolk -- o gauge , I have designed a small station to run into a fiddle yard ,-- how ever 3 coaches +a loco - space for loco to get clear -- length approx. 7ft I do not have enough room to turn it round -AArh or to move side to side with five tracks my max base board width 30" - so after playing about for 3 days -but drinking lots of tea - I started thinking ( which takes about 3 days now )- I have started looking at a micro type station layout , to run the trains too - so in fact station to station bridge in the middle to split them - my question is has anyone had a similar problem , and taken this route -- max size I have for second station 9ft 6 "-- it must be a problem in all gauges trying to fit a gallon into a pint pot -- please say any ideas - , good , funny or what - regards Dave
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Old 02-06-2018, 09:11 PM   #2
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It is a well known issue. One has lovely models but where can one find the space to run them?
Some novel solutions are to have a high level layout or a garden railway, or if no other solution is found, turn to narrow gauge in the same scale which by its nature was often made to take sharp curves and fit in small spaces.
Regarding ideas for sector plates etc, you do need sufficient length to take the loco and the coaches or wagons. Could an L shape traverser design be the answer where the traversing piece comes of the fixed curve if that makes sense?
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