I was facing a problem on my new layout the “Ringbalin Light Railway”, I had sugar cane trains but no mill for them to run to and little room to add one.
My solution was fairly simple I just started building another layout with a sugar mill as the centrepiece, this new layout is a standalone one with a planned interchange to the light railway.
I am using code 250 track (the light railway uses code 332) so it looks similar to what happen in real life around the area I live in.
A line will run out from the mill to a “farms” area and go through a reverse loop so there can be out and back traffic.
The loop is on a “Y” point that has no spring to keep it setting to one position, instead the blades “float” so that when a train approaches it pushes through the point thus setting it, and it departs back to the line, when the next train arrives it again pushes through the point and sets it to the opposite direction. This allows alternate trains to run around the loop in opposite directions (hope I have not confused to many folk).
With this new layout I will be able to run set and forget trains on the light rail (mainline) and do shunting operations on the cane line, I can add interest by having a train running on the interchange just to mix things up.
I have posted my progress so far on my blog for people to see the progress as this advances, this will save me time by not having to write things out twice and post a whole heap of pictures.
So here we go; Link to blog below hope you enjoy.