Exhibition Layout

Idea 16, Operator Out Front option

Written by David Head. Posted in New Exhibiton Layout

Many many model railway layouts taken to exhibitions are designed to hide the operator and just allow the viewer to see the train on the scenery part. Our Murranbilla layout was no exception with a hidden staging yard at the back where we stood when not operating the layout, or the operators in the middle looking out to the public.We could shunt the yard as it was on the inside.

But many will say we are hiding from the viewers, which is true. A contrary view is to be with the viewers to talk to them as you operate the layout. Some will say the operator out in front gets n the way, but there again all the viewers get in the way as well !!

With this in mind I show you plans 16's variants. Both plans are shown using the full size triangle and industry spur.

(Editor: The Ashford and Littlmore layout of the Waverly Model Railway Club has this feature. I did not see it in use at the Waverly 2009 Exhibition.)


Click to EnlargeLike plan 14's concept of the section of track from the coal siding to the bridge on a 180% curve, we see the layout with the yard side open to the public. We have to live with a modelling concession in terms of the curve is the "wrong way". Mainline operators would still stay behind the backdrop. But the shunter would be in and amongst the public. After all he can take his time to shut, talk etc.

You can see the layout by going this way introduces Bandiana into the mix, well a very fictional version to save space.

It also means that the staging out back will have to be very well planned since the bridge scene eats into the rear most space. True we get stub ended staging behind the bridge.

Yes the non-scenic triangle means for a COMPLICATED layout. But offers maximum flexibility! Because of the length of the mainlines around the main part of the layout, I can see the triangle will not affect trains if uses when the train are not there!

The other feature is the whole triangle-Bandiana part need not be built initially or taken every time. there would be enough of the BG triangle to turn BG locos.

Click to EnlargeLike plan 13's concept in terms of a elbow, we see the layout with the yard side open to the public. Mainline operators would still stay behind the backdrop. But the shunter would be amongst the public. After all he can take his time to shunt and chat to the public.

You can see the layout by going this way introduces Bandiana into the mix, well a very fictional version to save space.

The staging will be longer, but planned to be a lot smaller in width. There is no need to have the SG & the BG next to each other. However I have planned the passing loop at each end so trains can be ready to head into the scenery as soon as the opposing train is in the back areas.

The other feature is the whole triangle-Bandiana part need not be built initially or taken every time. There would be enough of the BG triangle to turn BG locos.

This is a longer construct but worth it I think.

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