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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Track Work on the Classification/Staging Yard begins...

Well this week was the beginning of the installation of the track work for the Classification/Staging Yard.

The yard will be operated as a functional stub-ended classification yard and will be one of the two main staging areas for the layout.  The second staging yard will be located beneath the top northern deck, and will be fed by the return blob near the paper mill.

The reason for starting the yard now is that it forms part of the new "wye" for the layout, it is also part of the blocks that will be detected & signalled first.  So I need to at least complete the entrances, it will also help with any future ops sessions that are held.

Diagram of the Classification Yard...


The first step to get the track from the centre peninsula yard lead entrance was to make a small span across the void that was the existing layout roller door opening.  This was made with 12mm - 5ply plywood, I also added 100mm side to either end in case of derailments in there that could see the long drop down to concrete below.


Next stage was to lay out the north & south yard leads to check alignment and the curve radii.

Below is the North Yard Lead entrance...





Below is the South Yard Lead entrance...


After the yard leads were checked I placed the first series of turnouts into place and roughly placed the start of the storage tracks to check spacings and alignment.


The yard is split into north & south storage tracks (3 tracks each) with a common escape track that is fed by a series of crossovers towards the end of the yard.


Next step will be to finish of installing the remaining plaster sheet for the sub roadbed, and install the 3mm cork sheet and lay the remaining track.

Jas...

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