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 Posted: Fri Mar 23rd, 2018 12:50 am
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Hi All. I built a plank for compactness , But, now I am considering knocking up a fiddle yard, that could be a bridge to far, and may not be worth it. If I do this? First of all I don’t know where to start, a traverserer or sector plate could either add or detract from the puzzle plank idea  with all that wiring and moving parts. Any reasonable ideas please???    Best wishes. Kevin



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Hi Kevin,

Cassettes could be the streamlined and space-saving solution you could usefully employ.

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A sector plate is easy - pivot at one end and a curve at the other so that the tracks line up with the receiving track.

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Mine is 7' long but for 4mm, 4' should be enough, but this depends on train length.  The near end just slides on the ply.  I could set up something fancier but I like simple.  I made mine wide enough for three tracks.

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The tracks curve outward slightly so they are perpendicular to the end of the sector plate.

If you do a point ladder you require more space because points take a lot of length.

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Hi John.  Thank you.  I must admit that you make it look simple.  Best wishes Kevin. 



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Hi Bill.     Thank you, since I mentioned the fiddle yard idea, I was thinking that if I pursue that idea, I will never utilise the modules that I knocked up using “ one piece tops” when I returned to model railways for their original use instead of becoming somewhere to put stuff. The trouble is i  need a plan so the excess can be cut out or replaced. With 9 mm ply, my mistake.  Best wishes Kevin 



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This sort of set-up is worth considering, and although a tadge more involved than cassettes could be used for any number of layouts. It gives you four lots of 3ft roads plus a centre run-round track in a 3ft - 11in space. If you choose to pivot the smaller table at its centre, you could turn tender locomotives off-scene.

http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=6273&forum_id=6&highlight=sector+plate+dooferdog

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Hi Doug . I like the idea of a sector plate , but, I live/ dwell in a rented house and the Housing Association don’t like tenants drilling holes in their walls. And make regular unannounced inspections . So I built mobile baseboards . When after 40 odd years I returned to model railways I “ went charging in” building a baseboard the old fashioned way 2x1 timber, with a slight variation ( four modules ) Wrong ! I should have sought advice off YMRC.Each module is far to heavy to lug up and down stairs. Without anything on it.   Best wishes. Kevin



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Hello Kevin,

I prefer traversers they take up less room.


Here's one at the end of my first micro layout from 2011
It's only a 2 position one with two strips of hardwood at the centre and a strip attached to the plate itself.
The groove is deliberately a bit wobbly and top and bottom there are two screws to make it line up with the adjacent tracks.
The top and bottom tracks can be used for storage and the tracks on the right allow me to get to the back of the stock tracks.
Once set up I don't have to take anything off the layout.
I go to exhibitions and I have seen stuff dropped and one of those cassette thingies break and empty out onto (wouldn't you just know it) stone flags.

The traverser surface is 5mm ply and there is a tongue and groove at each end, I use graphite as lubrication.

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Hi JimRead.    Thank you for your reply.  I like your idea. One day ish I may get one of my planks finished ? whether or not I could get to “ Exhibition “ Standard is another question . Another obstacle would be transport, even though I have designed my planks for mobility , I have only had one outing in the early stages of development to a local club for encouragement , and I have hardly made any progress since.  Although the track is laid, and the WIT point operation is working and I have done some “  puzzling “ with my Locos and wagons Uncoupling, Shunting, spotting. and there is a bit of ballast laid. But I keep getting side tracked doing all those odd jobs required with model railways Best wishes. Kevin



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