switching problem?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Lightbender, Jan 3, 2004.

  1. Lightbender

    Lightbender Member

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    Hello All,

    I decided I would take advantage of a few days off work to get a lot of modelling done and tidy up the train room......but, I did nothing at all except run trains. Sad to admit I even moved things like tools and stuff out of the way rather than putting them away.

    So there I was switching away trying to put a train together and realised at one point that I had made way too many moves to achieve my aim and had only complicated my task with the last few moves. Just before the 0-5-0 descended on the yard I thought, "is this a problem that should be shared?"

    I've seen switching problems presented as competition assignments and had fun solving then with as few moves as possible, not that I was very good at it though. I was thinking that it might be amusing to run a thread that explored such a concept but was based on actual track plans and consists of the members. Of course I haven't done anything about it other than the thoughts you have just read and I doubt that I could actually meet my own challenge, but I would be interested in knowing how other members feel about it.
  2. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

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    Sounds like just the thing for that operation forum that we need!
    :thumb: Anybody seen Dave? I feel a poll coming on.
  3. DanishKnight

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    Switching Puzzle

    Just read the comment regarding a switching thread. I've recently gotten re-bit by the Model Raliroad bug, and found a web-site that rekindled my interest in a layout John Allen did back in the early 70s. I saw it when it was first published! A thread here on switching would be welcome and fun.

    John Allen's The Timesaver:
    http://www.wymann.info/ShuntingPuzzles/sw-timesaver.html
  4. Lightbender

    Lightbender Member

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    Hello DanishKnight,

    Welcome to the Gauge, probably the finest RR forum on the net, certainly the most helpful and friendly members.

    The John Allen timesaver is certainly the basis behind the idea. I thought that using members layout plan and consist would make it a little more entertaining puzzle, game, competition?
  5. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Tony,
    I like the idea of switching challenge threads. Go ahead and post your own if you like. I encourage others to do so as well. It'd be fun!
    Ralph
  6. DanishKnight

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    Tony,

    Thanks for the Welcome. I'm not usually a joiner, being a life-long loner, but seeing the quality of the Posts here at The Gauge, I couldn't pass this opportunity up. The few layouts that I have "visited" on-line are truly remarkable examples of modeling expertise and artistic endeavor. Barvo to those who are creating wonderful miniatures of the feeling or railroading.

    Take Care,
    James
  7. brakie

    brakie Active Member

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    I don't usually go for switching puzzles or switching puzzle layouts.However this sounds like it will be fun! :thumb: :D
  8. zeeglen

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    Just one of the hazards of this hobby. But if you have a continuous running loop, you can let a train run around while you do the chores. Sometimes when doing scenery its fun to let a train run through your work area - you have to stop work to let the train through then scramble like heck to get a bit more done before the 'next' train arrives. Prototypical.
  9. Tileguy

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    I agree Tyson, this would be another great item for the operations forum should Dave decide it to be practical.
    I always loved those lil challenges in MR when they had them.Never was much good at them,but,I am willing to learn :D