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Designing and Building Fiddle Yards - A Complete Guide for Railway Modellers



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The fiddle yard represents the rest of the world, or in railway terms, the rest of the railway network. Fiddle yards are essential for layouts as they are somewhere for trains to come from and somewhere for trains to go to.


This book will tell you all you need to know about fiddle yards and how to build them. It defines what

a fiddle yard is in terms of operational variety, storage, and swapping trains. It shows how a fiddle yard integrates into a model railway layout.

The track-only fiddle yards using a single track, ladder of multiple tracks and reversing loops are described in detail. The mechanical solutions using traversers, sector plates, turntables and cassettes are fully explained.

The design considerations for oval and terminus layouts are described as well combination fiddle yards and the importance of train length and baseboards. If you choose to hide the fiddle yard, the book looks at disguising the transition using bridges, tunnels, buildings and view blocking. Common design features of track alignment, turnout control, a diode matrix and the safety of models are all detailed.


There are four detailed projects in this book, each one looking at a different fiddle yard solution. They each consider a design brief and arrive at a suitable solution before proceeding to show in detail how to actually build the fiddle yard.


If you ever wondered what fiddle yards are all about and whether your layout needs one, then this is the book for you.