I am not a layout designer, but don’t we all dabble a little in it? Another in a short series of space saving designs with operations in mind…
The interchange of traffic on railroads is essential. A small layout based solely on the interchange of cars from one railroad to another is rare. By its nature it would be a layout created for the operator.
Taking the dynamic redeploying layout and staging concept in a different direction, I offer Railroads Interchange in Twelve Feet. Of course, if more space is available then the layout and staging trolley can be increased in length, allowing for longer trains.
Here’s how it works:
Operation from the opposite directions are trailing point movements.
Operations can be layered with:
- Operating signals (these could be manually controlled via toggle switches on a board representing the tower).
- Working train order signals.
- Tower buzzer to warn of approaching train.
- Writing train orders.
- Dropping off/picking up waybills at the depot.
- Filling tender at the water tower.
- Air tests.
Instead of cutting the corners on the layout as I show, perhaps a spur can be added for an industry (behind the interlocking tower) for additional switching.
This link is to a downloadable PDF file of a drawing with more detail and modeling ideas (RailroadsInterchangeInTwelveFeet-ModelingIdeas).