this is an update on my new lower FY. I found the lack of hight between the top & bottom yards made it impossible to turn the train without de-railing everything. So I have made a rather basic means of turning by constructing an extention leading from the FY on to a legnth of track just long enough to accommodate a train.
FIrst thing to consider is the fact that it will be just a few inches from the door, it cannot be a turntable. As the fiddleyard is at an angle to the door there has to be an intermediate curved section which also has to be hinged to allow access through the door. ( first picture ) A support leg needs to support this curved section when in use, I have a temp. one at the moment. Also, a support on the wall has to be fitted to rest the cassette on. I carefully measured the hight and drew a line on the wall but when fitted I found that it was !mm lower than tha line. when I test fitted the cassette complete with rail I realised that it ran under the baseboard supporting the canal. There was 1mm of clearance!!! ONE CASE OF A MISTAKE BEING A GODSEND!
Of course I don’t need to turn the diesel raicar or auto train, just a goods train but I have just tested the cassette and it works perfectly.
When the train runs on to the cassette I unclip the electrical connection, lift and turn it (very carefully I may add) and replace on the supports. The train then runs off on to the fiddleyard ready for the return journey.
I have included a seiries of pictures showing an overall view of the layout.
Please excuse the mess.
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