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The Origin Of The Layout

My current layout is named Tecoma, after the suburb where
I live. The layout is based off the classic Inglenook shunting
layout, with some changes. The layout is setup as a terminus
station, with the end of the headshunt being the terminus.
The idea behind this is that the line used to continue further
untill the sections beyond Tecoma were closed. The line
itself represents a short branchline which sees a lot of traffic
into the yard, with a station and loco siding to accomodate
this traffic.

The Track Plan

The track plan for Tecoma is based off the Inglenook
shunting puzzle layout. It uses the standard 3/3/5 track
layout, with the addition of a locomotive siding off the
headshunt, as can be seen in the image below, minus the
catch points, which were found to not be needed.

Operations

As above, the layout is operated as an Inglenook shunting
puzzle. However, the operations do have some differences.
Due to current rolling stock restrictions, the layout is
as a 2/2/3 inglenook, instead of a 3/3/5. The layout can be
operated with one loco, requiring 'Up' trains to propell the
train. This is generally used when running on DC. The use of
two locomotives allows one loco to sit in the loco siding, and
be used for shunting consists and assisting with the run
around of the consist. This is regularly done when running
on DCC. As the layout includes passenger operations, it is
common to see the passenger trains propell out of the station
which is due to the lack of yard facilities for the large 'BS' car
used for passenger operations. Tecoma also regularly sees
freight operations, including the odd containers.

 

©Zec Murphy 2007