Modular station - HO - Maurizio Melis

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This is a modular layout designed to fit into a small apartment or garage. The design is based on an european (namely italian) small terminal station, with the provision of future enlargement to a "transit design" scheme.

[track plan]

On the current design the main line enters from the right on the first station track. That will be electrified and (as all italian railway lines) open to passenger service. The future second main line (diesel) will be connected to the small stub on the right (second station track) close to the lower double crossover. That's all for passengers: three trains can be accommodated in the "worst case scenario" (station in a transit configuration, a crossing together with an overtake at the same time), even if track n°3 will be used mainly for switching.

Therefore track n°3 is the yard lead for the embedded Inglenook with the 2 stubs going to the "industria alimentare" (food processing plant). A great assortment of closed, reefers and tank cars (oil and wine, we are in Italy, remember) can be spotted there. Of course, if track 3 is needed for a train stopping at the station, the stub must be vacated (see my modified inglenook on Carl Arendt's scrapbook).

Moreover there are two other stubs on the other (top) side of the station for local freight traffic, and a small loco shed.

The layout can be put between 1964 and 1994 (to use most of my rolling stock): passenger traffic will be mostly local trains, with the occasional intercity or section of night train dropping in.

Later times will see Push and Pull consists for the local and traditional for the rest. Curiosly enough on former times the intercities will be EMUs (the famous italian ETR series), and the local will have to run around the locos.

When the diesel line gets connected there will be some DMUs (called littorine) or late period tender steam locos.

Small steam or diesel shunters will "stay" in the shed and take care of switching.

Layout will be wired for DC while the big loco fleet will endure DCC conversion.

Change number 1

- Now the "industria alimentare" has its own yard lead, connected in both directions, even if it is now shared with the loco servicing track. - The stub on track 3 now may be vacated when "long" trains are coming on that track, cars can stay there if it is only a DMU stopping for passengers.

Complete review due to relocation.

The track plan has been revised with some major changes. [revised track plan]

The image shows the entire track plan, including the return loop on the right side and the very small terminal station, also on the right side. On the left side a fiddle yard represents the southern side of the branch line. For clarity, blue tracks are electrified, yellow ones are for steam / diesel operations.

The station now is partially on a "transit" configuration, with 4 available tracks instead of three. The main line enters on the 3rd track, track one will be used for branch line DMU, track 2 for crossings (timetable is arranged to reduce them to a minimum) but mainly for mainline service. Shorter trains and freights can now go to track 4 using one of the inglenook tracks.

Due to the hig altitude of the station, 4000ft / 1200mt amsl, there is no turntable, but a wye. The wye track arrangement will reflect the dismissing of steam as the tracks now are also used for the "industria alimentare" yard.

The double slip turnout has been moved into the yard / wye area in order to ease up overhead wires construction and to allow a more realistic setting.

Layout wiring is DCC only, and service is still as described above.

Any comment and suggestion is highly welcome.

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