I have made up a short but interesting operating sequence for Paradise Bottom which is great fun.
Care to explain?
Great reprise of a classic. Lots of inspiration there. Do you have Carl's staging track out of sight?
In fact, can we get a pic of the out of sight bits?
Thanks for the kind words.
Yes, behind the scenes is the same staging track idea that Carl used. A pivot enables the small "sector" track to be freely moved by hand between 3 lines - one line to the shed for filling, one to the tipping area and the 3rd for "fiddling" a waggon on and off. I will take a picture of it.
I have 2 types of coloured stone. 1 is a nice size garden pot grit, quite round and browny red in colour. The other is a nice light Cotswold type stone (found at work and was heading for the bin - it was a sample bag for the architects dept).
The sequence is - loco pushes wooden plank waggon to filling shed and I fill it with some of the light colour stone. Loco pulls waggon backstage to fiddle track where I simply change the waggon over for the skip (tipper) waggon. It is imagined that stone then goes off for shaping into bricks - i'll get some "finished product" made of that for display.
Loco then pushes skip into building where its filled with the "grit" stone. Loco pulls skip back to back stage with me opening and closing gates as needed. Track is swivelled, gate opened and loco pushes skip to tip it into waiting truck. This stone (grit) is supposed to be the cheap stuff going off for other use.. To a garden centre for bagging into potting grit?!
The sequence repeats with a ratio of 2 skip (grit) trips to 1 wooden waggon of "good" stone trip. Then run a track repair waggon/fuel/tools/tea waggon in between this and of course the Manager wants to check on things, riding in his inspection "coach"... That calls for a loco change too to a battery electric as he doesn't like diesel fumes..
All in all - great fun!