Reading one of your blogs a few weeks ago I discovered that I was building an Inglenook Siding layout, the British shunting puzzle with simplicity in terms of track layout.
Mine uses 4 or 5 trucks, the original using 8 trucks has 6,720 different shunting orders possible and was the brainchild of Alan Wright (1928 – 2005) so no shortage of shunting options.
Plus, one can add a challenge requiring the least number of locomotive movements or the quickest time.
My layout is made from bits from my main layout which is now being dismantled and re-built for the fourth time.
Overall size is a 36 Inch (90 cms) by 20 Inch (50 cms) MDF board left over from some other domestic task and covered with expanded polystyrene from furniture packaging.
The track pinned and ballast stuck with diluted PVA. The ballast and roads are made from grit scooped from the gutter at the side of the road and sieved to different grades. Expanded polystyrene packaging carved, covered with Plaster of Paris, painted and coated with sawdust made the landscape.
Fencing is matchsticks and cotton thread or strips of balsa wood.
Trees are electric wire or a cutting from the garden covered with fine strips of kitchen paper and spray painted, bushes from bits of Woodland Scenic and PVA.
Buildings from printouts, some from your excellent range, scrap and a bespoke balsa wood crane designed after looking at photos on the web. Plenty of pencil sucking and head scratching but at very little cost.
It’s been fun and provides plenty of entertainment while locked-down and subject to strict travel restrictions. A highly recommended layout for people with limited space and/or low budget to have a go at railway modelling.
Best wishes to you and all your followers,
Cooroy, Queensland, Australia”
“I have a layout I’ve been working on or started on in 2010… My wife gave me permission to actually take over a spare bedroom and after a while took down a wall between the bedroom and the living room.
I built a double decker layout and started building a helix but halfway through building I had an accident at work and almost severed my spinal column doing by a dislocated spine misalignment.
Pulling too many pallets of water and windshield washing fluid. Didn’t have it fused but had a rod inserted next to the spine screwed into it. The layout went on hold for at least six to eight months, then I found out I couldn’t finish the helix because my reach and bending were limited.
That’s still where I’m at today. Helix is not finished.. I can’t get help… Only comments that came back is “I’ll buy your rolling stock and track to help you!”
Yeah right! If that was my intention all the time! Idiots!
So it has been left unfinished for years…
Recently a Facebook friend offered a challenge; What SCENE could one build in the space of a business card (2 inches by 3 inches). The preference is O scale.
I shared with you a structure that I built for that space. Now I have also done two scenes with more on the way.
For one of the scenes, I used your new brick paper. I am sure you did not intend for that new offering to be used this way but… I do intend to use it for some other more appropriate structures as well.
Hopefully these two little scenes will give you a chuckle or three…
A big thanks to John, Jerry and Andrew.
I know I’m biased, but I think Andrew has done a great job with his buildings – particularly his crane.
And poor old Jerry. Sometimes it’s never plain sailing.
Lastly, I always find John’s creativity inspiring. It did make me smile.
I still enjoy seeing what you are all up to, even after all these years.
And if today’s post has inspired you, and you want to make a start on your own layout, don’t forget The Beginner’s Guide is here.
Please do keep ’em coming.