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Shunting layouts with a harbour as theme

Rail-Water interfaces guarantee interesting options for shunting a wide variety of wagons and therefore form a thankful modelling subject.


These designs are thought as small layouts (cameo's) for public shows and home use. They are also suited for Fremo use, where they would be perfect for generating traffic on the main layout but some would need an additional connection module as they are designed as stand alone units. They are not based on a single specific location but are more a collection of scenes from various places brought together to make an interesting layout. Backgrounds can be built up from a series of suitable buildings lend from various locations with an additional sky board. Point operation from the front with for instance a RPI with touchscreen driving adapted Tortoises over a single output and the usual Fremo DCC cab controllers (Fredi's).
The length varies between 1.1 and 2 m, width between 24 and 45 cm. Suited for short trains with 5-7 continental (bogie) wagons, making up trains of ~60 cm and still have enough space left to run-around. Thus you can enter the scene and run around your train without having to sneak back over a cassette fiddleyard. All designs are based on UIC pointwork with 1:9 angle or 1:7 with a curved crossing, thus suited for all long wheelbase stock with MFK couplings.
The industry connections can be grain, concrete, oil, metals etc. subject only to your creativity. Artitec has some suited river/canal ships in 1:160 to populate the waterfront. For ocean going ships you probably need to stretch the designs a bit but at least supply additional water surface. A WW2 Liberty ship already has dimensions of 80 cm long x 12 cm wide. The third and fourth plan look most suited for such an operation. Tip: In some designs you can add the water as a hinged flap to the front of the layout saving space in transport.

sketch 6based on the Mose river side like in Boxmeer/Gennip, shop further along the canal in Roeselare for additional building inspiration, size indication 1.2 x 0.24 m.

sketch 7variation on the above but with potential for complex trackwork, size indication 1.15 x 0.24 m

sketch 3Fremo inspired, size indication 2.0 x 0.40 m

sketch 1my continental counter pole of Federal Street, size indication 2.0 x 0.45 m. Depending on whether you want to lay the accent on the front or back you can choose the through going track as the third one instead of the second as drawn.

sketch 2compact version of Bassin Cerveau. size indication 1.4 x 0.40 m

sketch 5city dock, shunting on 2 levels, low at front, high at the back and you have to zig-zag to get to the dock side. size indication 1.8 x 0.45 m. Some buildings can be based on Brain le Comte.

copyright: Henk Oversloot
date: 31 Aug 2017