Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I know what I like (in my model railway)

Good job that Genesis never used that title instead of "I know what I like (in your wardrobe)"
Something I neglected to mention last night when pulling together the design brief is what I actually enjoy doing with a model railway and that is shunting wagons. Mostly I don't care much for passenger trains. I suppose it's nice to have them to vary things. But for the most part I just want to take a short freight train. Break it up in the goods yard, shunt a few wagons about, make up a new train and run it off to the fiddle yard.
Louth had a very busy and sizeable goods yard. Maybe too big for a small first time P4 layout. Both Sutton-on-Sea and Mablethorpe had reasonable goods yards. Perhaps I could base the layout design around one of them.
Shunting brings up the issue of couplings. What type shall I use? I have always been a huge fan of 3-links. It's the way the real thing did it. But I'm also curious about auto coupling systems like Sprat and Winkle and Alex Jackson types. Thats a debate for an entire post but is something more to add into the mix of things to consider


  1. If you have access to MRJ 0, have a look at the article by Philip Hall on low visibility autocouplings using 3mm Sprat & Winkle ones. They were my choice when I wanted an alternative to 3 link couplings in P4.

    If you fancy going the whole hog and trying AJ couplings, have a look at

    Either way, good luck!

  2. Thanks Paul;
    I had all the first 60 issues of MRJ and then I got rid of them all when I emigrated. That mistake (getting rid, not emigrating) has come back to bite me many many times....

  3. I suppose you wouldn't consider Kadee as they are so unprototypical looking, unless you are modelling a US prototype. But I love 'em!

  4. Never really considered Kadees. Which is a bit ridiculous really seeing as how they are so easy to get over here...