This invaluable, well-illustrated book is essential reading for all those railway modellers who are considering building a fiddle yard. The fiddle yard is a train storage area for locomotives and rolling stock that often remains out of view. For the modeller, it represents the 'rest of the railway network' and it is essential for layouts as it is somewhere for trains to 'come from' and somewhere for trains to 'go to'. This fascinating book defines what a fiddle yard is in terms of operational variety, storage and swapping trains. It demonstrates how a fiddle yard can be integrated into a model railway layout. It covers track-only fiddle yards using a single track, ladders of multiple tracks and reversing loops and considers design issues for oval and terminus layouts as well as combination fiddle yards and the importance of train length and baseboards. There are four detailed projects for the reader to build, each one providing a different fiddle yard solution. If you have ever wondered what fiddle yards are all about and whether your layout needs one, then this is the book for you.
Designing and Building Fiddle Yards by Richard Bardsley
Richard Bardsley is an experienced layout builder and show exhibitor in N gauge and 00 gauge. He has written over fifty railway-modelling articles and for over thirteen years he has been the editor of the bi-monthly N Gauge Society Journal, as well as being a member of the Society's management committee. Richard demonstrates and promotes N gauge model railways at shows and also designs and produces his own N gauge wagon kits. This is Richard's third book for Crowood, his other books being the highly acclaimed Planning, Designing and Making Railway Layouts in Small Spaces (2013) and Making a Start in N Gauge Railway Modelling (2013).
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