At last a reply ! I was begining to think no one cared ! Yes they always are impressive
and ideal for DCC operation as well. I've moved house 17 times in 37 years, and it's always a frustration when you move of having to rebuild, thats why my next layout will be modular.
Yes I got round to our local NMRA meet in Bath this morning they have a very nice modular layout in Claverton Comunity Hall. It's not DCC operated but looks very good and is a credit to the members who have built the moduals.
Time to commit to an American change over...................must order some more stock...
Have just got my, '101 Track Plans' by Linn H. Westcott out and flicked through it for you. Not sure what your space allocation is. But what about Plan 100 page 68, 'Ohio Central System'. Or Plan 92, page 59, Missouri-Kansa-Texas? Hell even make it modular if you like.
The reason why I suggest these two, is that, in all my years, i have never seen a UK layout based on a wye. I thought about a few years back, but even the minimal single track formation takes some space.
If this is what you mean I would call it a triangle junction - points at all three corners of a triangle. 2 corners are connected via a circle of track & the third goes to the terminus. There are plenty here but often in Garden Railways where the shed/ storage can be part of the terminus. You can thus leave the terminus & go around the circle for as long as you wish in either direction & then return to the terminus in one non stop movement. If you have two of these triangle junctions on the circle you have both end top end & continuous running.
Are we talking about the same thing?
No I have not built one as they do not easily fit into my modelling space although in principle they must be a very good basis for an extensive layout.
Yes we are talking about the same thing: But I cannot think why you bring up the example of Garden Railways to support your claim. Do you model in the outdoors?
But I am happy to assume it was just a simple misunderstanding/assumption and will add further info for you.
Do you have any example in mind of the 'many' English wye type layouts you say there are executed, not in garden scales, but in 00 or N - (indoors)?
Happy to have imput on this as I dismissed the idea a few years ago because I thought there was a space issue (as I said Chris, in my first post - please read whole thread to capture the spirit of things.)
The reason that I mention Garden Railways is simply that this basic layout design is relatively common there although normally very simple. I think space issues might well be the reason plus it allows storage/ station near the house & the circle around a flower bed/ pond/ rockery etc at the other end of the garden that is not overly prominent & will be accepted by the resident authorities.
I am trying to think of actual examples in the smaller gauges & I must admit that all the magazine pictures that I recall have been US in origin as are track plans. As a scheme it fits nicely into the large US basement type model that is not so common in the UK. I will keep thinking as there must be UK examples.
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