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A simple card system is used to choose destinations for the wagons, providing purposeful switching assignments even for inexperienced operators. Locomotives are short industrial types, and rolling stock are chosen for their easily recognized shapes and colors. The video clip below shows part of a typical shunting session at an exhibition, and gives a good picture of why switching puzzles are such fun to solve! By arranging the parallel tracks on a diagonal, Michael-John Idzerda, from Toronto, Canada, was able to squeeze in quite a number of storage tracks, providing many more spots for switching on his HO 1x4ft design. Collection Display’ for people who have a collection of rolling stock and engines, but have no layout.

This would be enough to keep one’s interest without the complexity of a large layout, yet there is enough operation potential. The tradeoff here is that there is reduced room for interesting scenery amongst all those tracks. With less than two weeks remaining, Chris Gilbert, from the West Midlands of England, agreed to provide a substitute layout for a local exhibition when a friend became ill. Thomson Sidings after one of his sons. The shots at left and right show the layout under construction. At this point, Chris had spent about six hours of work on the project.

North American rolling stock were on hand for a layout scheduled to be exhibited next Fall, and the blue warehouse is a Walthers kit. Highway overpass is another kit from Rix. There are four positions to spot cars, and destinations are chosen by random selection. A remarkable feat, performed in under two weeks! Diego De Bunder’s Wye River City layout, in Patagonia, Argentina. Everything about the original design was straightforward and well-thought-out, so I encountered no problems whatsoever in construction.