With all the track now laid on the layout it was time to re examine to see how it all works together. A purchase of 13 bogie container wagons gave a reason to incorporate sidings somewhere on the layout to create some shunting interest. Ideally both inside and outside corners are ideal for this purpose. The container sidings were laid out on the inside of the curve and were within easy reach for shunting.
|Early design days|
|Two sidings for containers|
While the idea of shunting to unload the 13 container wagons was ideal and added interest , with a growing fleet of wagons it was considered more ideal to provide extra container wagon capacity in the actual container area. To achieve this an extra siding could be attached to the front of the existing two sidings laid.
|Can we squeeze in an extra siding?|
|A wye point would lead into the third track|
|The new Y point in position|
|The third container track now in place|
|Cork sheeting is laid between and around the tracks|
|Cork in place ready for colouring|
|Colouring added and ballast added to inside track|
Marvellous how hindsight works. In the above picture I have laid solid loading areas around tracks 1 and 2, what I should have done is have the loading areas around the inside and outside tracks and have the middle road ballasted and available for the overflow of wagons. This would have meant loading on the edge track and further loading on the inside track where the ice cream bucket is. Oh well live and learn.
|Weeds are starting to grow already and two dogs turn up|
|AN8 has the honour of shunting the first container train|
There is a lot more detail to go into this area, such as containers, lighting etc etc. That will be on another blog in the future.