Posted by: bgtwindad | August 15, 2012

Staging Yard Extension Complete

  by BGTwinDad
, a photo by BGTwinDad on Flickr.

In other news that I’m trying to get caught up on, the new Williamson Staging yard/shelf is now largely complete and operational.  The extension hooks onto the layout via a clamping fixture (for lack of a better term) on the end of the layout proper, and then plugs into the DCC bus via a pair of Anderson PowerPole connectors.  When not in use, the extension is made to hang on the wall out of the way, using shelf-track hardware for the wall mounting.

The extension provides 3 single-ended storage tracks, plus an A/D track with a run-around.  All tracks are wired to easily retrofit train detection hardware, when I hit the lottery.

This yard, as it plugs into the layout, represents the Williamson end of the track schematic.  Trains exiting the yard throat enter the layout at the upper left corner and proceed clockwise around the right end before reaching the Glover’s Bend yard.

The track interface at the layout/extension joint has no joiners, and relies upon a simple “tight fit” similar to those used in the FreemoN modular standard for the connection.

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