Friday, 6 February 2015
Lady pleasers 2
1. If you run AoC as it is (see plan below) then it is only possible to run one train in at a time as it's not possible to hold both the train AND the loco in the loop. Max complete train length is 27" (Pannier and B-set). In an ideal world I would want to run one in before one departs.
2. If that is changed and you look at an absolute max of 5-6 points on the board then you end up with one of three shapes: a) the Gammon End - loop and a siding off each end (Edge the last 009 piece, or Svanda above, start from this point)
b) Seaton - platform with release road and one or two siding roads/bay behind platform. Mr Parker has used this for Edgeworth. Which is also the classic light railway plan.
Or c) Ashburton. With the kick-back off of the bay. What these give you are a longer platform road that will hold the entire train - passenger waits in platform road, goods arrives loop etc. You can add odd sidings here and there, but remember there's only 6x1' to play with and if you are not careful it becomes all pointwork.
Goods only is a different proposition. CP's Sutton Wharf is smaller in size and is a lot busier track-wise, but he ain't trying to run round 27" of passenger train. Going freight only is another possible.
3. Any of the above will work and improve the density of traffic, but then as the Irishman on the horse replied when asked directions, 'If I wanted to go there, I wouldn't want to start from here.' The plan has now ceased to be AoC - you are now starting from scratch.