Episode 16: Update on the Track Layout

After the track layout has already been presented, here are a few small, fine additions to round off possible operating procedures in the video:

The train lift

After the posts to the train lift (lift concept, lift mechanism) it is now clear that there will be no more fiddleyard in the track plan. Therefore the lift replaces the relatively space-consuming fiddleyard. The lift does not require more space than a single side track, which is completely ok.

Stump track (diesel station)

A small stub track is added to the upper right part of the track layout. A locomotive or a car can be parked there, for example. A small diesel station for the DHG 500 would also be suitable. In this case, driving on the stub track can also be conclusively integrated into operation:

  • Approach of the train (using the lift)
  • Disconnecting the loco
  • movement of the loco to the pull-out track (see below)
  • Drive over the second railway station’s track to the diesel station
  • Refuelling process (here you could hear loco noises or a suitable “noise scene”)
  • Reset the loco to the parked wagons, this time in the direction of the train exit
  • Departure of the train with the transferred loco (towards the lift)

Pull-out track

A pull-out track offers space for withdrawing a locomotive or a train via a switch in order to be able to reach another track. It is indispensable for shunting operations. In order to use the available space even more and to be able to ‘pull-out’ an entire train, a longer track is added to the already existing short stub track. Now the use is reversed: The short stub track becomes the stabling track and the long, new track becomes the official pull-out track for shunting. If cleverly arranged, it may also be possible to indicate a small secondary station at the end of the pull-out track. But then it would no longer be a pull-out track 🙂

Branch to the industrial part

This part is at first no more than a ‘concrete surface’ with embedded tracks. Important is of course the switch in the parade track (in the picture middle left):

Industrial part with branch from the main line (parade). The whole module is in itself only a reinforced board and can be removed if necessary

It remains to be seen whether this part is simply used as a car park or as a loading area or just as a siding. What is practical is that the module is easy to convert. In the future, it will also be possible to realize alternative modules with the given switch. As an idea there is e.g. a coffee field (see →this or →that (german)), in order to have place for agricultural activities. Then there would be a buffer stop directly behind the branch; the branch would not really be used in this case.

The final track diagram

Together with the above enhancements, the following layout comes up:

Final track layout with streets etc.

In Rocrail the layout looks like this:

Roxrail-plan with the aforementioned enhancements

This makes versatile operation possible and the whole thing is really “round”.

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