Nathan's Point

A modern-era proto-freelance H0 scale layout with a NSW terminal and regional theme.

The layout is a point-to-point design with the open staging yard being the main yard (Jonestown) of the layout and comprising of a basic loco facility, intermodal terminal, grain receival terminal and a passenger station.

From the yard, the mainline (or in this case the branchline) operates through a grain loading town (Heidiville) and then continues onto the terminus town (Nathans Point) which is also a grain town and includes a regional intermodal terminal, passenger station, and small steel distribution centre.

There is no hidden staging, with all trains operating with an on-layout purpose.

Follow along as the layout finally gets closer to reality during 2018 and 2019!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Jonestown Continues

A few hours on the weekend working on Jonestown Yard.  This is the only significant yard on the layout, and acts as a working yard, plus open staging, having a total of 6 tracks in a 3+3 configuration.  The front 3 are common roads (mainly for steel and intermodal) and the rear three are the grain roads as they have access to the grain unloading tracks in the foreground.  

Each yard track will be around 3800mm long although the tie in at the far end will be a bit of a challenge.  All the roads will run to a single head shunt about 4 locos long, to allow run-around moves.  

The control panel was a bit of a tester to see how things fitted, and safe to say, the wye/triangle needs to be bigger to allow a better fit for the route indicator lights.  I'll also split the panel so the far right end of the yard is located near the points (about 8m away from this panel).

With the 6 yard tracks, I'll square them all up so they start as the same length which will make it a lot easier for wiring, as I can put all the droppers in the same place.  I learnt this after doing Nathans Point with staggered joints on the main, loop and grain road.    

By the end of the week, I will hopefully have 6 fully laid and powered yard tracks, but they'll be stub tracks for the time being.


No comments:

Post a Comment