New year new layout:
This is what I've been working on over the Christmas holidays. It's the next part of my O9 Nurton Hall Estate Railway ( http://www.minimumgauge.info/viewtopic.php?t=9010
) that I built this time last year.
The two layouts don't actually connect together but are different locations on the same railway. The original was very much a shunting layout so the new one is a 'sit there and watch the trains go past' job - basically a glorified pizza in an APA box.
To quote from another forum (and apologies for X posting): This layout has three small isolated sections in the big loop, one being in the station area, and the other two off scene. Three trains run around at the same time. One enters the station and stops at the isolating section, the one that has just left the station stops at the isolating section immediately off scene and the third trundles along until it hits the third, shorter, isolating section just to the right of the right mouse hole. This section is small enough that it doesn't stop the train, but by having one wheel in it and one out the loco passes current into it, and it is wired to the other two isolating sections so all three trains will start up....you've probably seen this technique used on lots of tram layouts. Thus we see a continual stream of trains entering from the right, stopping at the station and then departing to the left to be immediately replaced by another train......you might have noticed the industry lines at the rear. These are also intended to be automated to an extent. The top one has a loco and V tipper wagon (you can see the wagon to be at the front left of the layout). It has graded stone dropped into it from the grader at the right, it then trundles across the bridge and tips it's load down the shoot in the middle into a waiting wagon below. The top wagon is returned to the grader for the next load and the lower wagon is pulled off-scene to be taken down the line and tipped into a lorry. Both repeat until there is so much loose grit strewn across the layout that nothing further will work!
More when I've made more progress.