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Nomad

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Hello all:wave:
I am planning a new garage layout, but probably won't start on it until next summer. So, i am going to built a 2'x13' switching layout to keep me busy during the winter, which i have never done before. My layouts have always been full sized.
So, the first question is, if the layout has no yard or storage tracks, where do you spot the pulls from the industries? Or do you just remove them from the layout and put new cars the next session?

Loren
 

Triplex

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If you don't have a yard, interchange/staging/fiddle track(s) are nearly essential. They offer somewhere to supply and absorb cars. Actually, they're very useful on any layout, and I suggest you incorporate them into your plan. It doesn't take much to include such an off-stage connection.
 

doctorwayne

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Canada, eh?
Most of my towns don't have an assigned switcher, so the locals switch the industries, as required, when they pass through town. The pick-ups leave town in whichever train is headed the appropriate direction, then either end up at another industry, or, more likely, in a staging yard, headed for far-away destinations.
I remove those cars from the layout with the 0-5-0 switcher, then replace them with different ones. Eventually, the layout will be operated with car cards and waybills, and should be self-sustaining.

Wayne
 

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My last functional layout was a timesaver with an extension to one end. I staged on and off via 0-5-0 at the 'interchange', then rolled onto the timesaver portion.
 

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Delete this if you want to moderators. I have a plan with a small yard.

Loren
Looks like the thread is still attracting interest and replies Loren! I'm OK with it remaining if you are. :thumb: Might be interesting to see what people think about operating a switching plan as you originally described.

Ralph