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Westwood Yard (OO)

Westwood Yard was driven by the desire to try and produce a layout to the highest standard that my skills and time would allow. The final design had to be small in order to maximise my chances of actually finishing the project, incorporate an element of audience participation and allow for an opportunity to display a growing collection of sound fitted 1980s diesel locomotives. I settled on a classic 'Inglenook Shunting' layout on the lower level with DC control via a front mounted controller. The higher level line is wired for DCC and incorporates a small stabling and refuelling depot.

The Rules of the Game
The shunting puzzle can be operated in two ways depending on the desired difficulty. If five wagons are used then three wagons are selected randomly to form a train in a set order. The 08 or 03 shunting locomotive can then be used to form the train with restrictions applying to the number of wagons allowed in each siding - 2, 2 and 3 with a shunter and 2 wagons in the head shunt. There are 60 possible 3 wagon train combinations possible.

Class 08 rests between shunting duties.
If eight wagons are used then five wagons are selected randomly to form a train in a set order. The siding restrictions are adjusted to allow in each siding - 3, 3 and 5 with a shunter and 3 wagons in the head shunt. There are 6720 possible 5 wagon train combinations possible!!

Construction is comprised of 9mm plywood base, polystyrene shaped scenery, and code 75 track. Points are controlled from the front via Seep point motors driven through a CDU. Uncoupling is achieved automatically through the use of Kadee couplings with surface mounted magnets. The trees are handmade by the use of clay coated wire and scatter and there is significant use of static grass.

Westwood Stabling Point
The higher level features a single track branch leading to a small loco stabling point. The stabling point is DCC controlled, operated from the rear and sees a variety of locomotive traction being stabled and fuelled between duties. All of the locomotives used have been weathered to some degree and many are fitted with sound decoders. The whole layout is self supporting and enclosed in a box which incorporates integral lighting.

Heavy freight locomotives stabled between duties at Westwood Stabling Point.

Overall presentation as seen at exhibition.

Class 33 traction takes on fuel at the refuelling point.
If you are interested in booking this layout for exhibition then please contact Peter West for further details and infomation.

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