OPERATING THE ST AGNES RAILWAY Pt 2

Welcome to St Agnes

Views of the Layout

Further Views

Map of the “St Agnes”

Operating the “St Agnes”

The Budd Cars

The Transistor Throttles I use

Calculating Scale Speed

Using a Model Lathe 1

Using a Model Lathe 2

Using a Model Lathe 3

Making Searchlight Signals

Ersatz Ground Signals

Making Dummy Signals

MRE “Hints and Tips”

Building my Throttles

Exhibitions and Layouts

Building a Layout in a short time frame

Simple Street Lighting

Simple Cut out Buildings

Canadian Trees








Updated July 2017


My layout represents quite a few miles of main line, two end stations, a branchline, two loco depots and ... well it is all in my imagination just as many larger layouts need a bit of imagination to cope with the selective compression needed. A mile long (1.6 kilometre) passing siding for example would need 66 feet of length (about 20 metres) alone and most of us cannot operate in an aircraft hangar. I operate alone a lot and it is just great to be able to set a train going while doing other tasks in the shed, or just when I am in need of a bit of stress relief.

I imagine the main station(s) as a division point where cars can be marshalled into trains similarly to that when I lived in Peterborough in South Australia. There were no online industries there and there are not any in my layout yard either but there was a lot of activity including splitting of trains to take into account ruling gradients and "branch traffic" which would probably take a bit more to explain.  You can check out the MAP of the St Agnes Railway as I envisage it

The actual layout (while not quite to scale) looks like this






The stations run like this

ST AGNES - Trains are made to run "Eastbound" through A usually after having crossed an inbound train. You will note that to progress to the mainline it will have to go through B then to E or D to get out to the main line.

EAST ST AGNES – is a simple passing siding running between E and D that allows an extra crossing point and allows long trains to run in both directions.

I use some shorter trains hauled by my steamers or trains such as passengers or transfer freights. Once out on the outer line which becomes the main, a train will do 10 laps or so before coming to Redwood Junction ...

This is the only spot on the line where "local" switching can take place. The physical half lap between "D"and "C" is run before the train "branches off".

Trains for Ridgehaven proceed through another 10 laps to Tea Tree ...





Tea Tree - Some trains notably some of the shorter ones out of St Agnes or Ridgehaven, run to Ridgehaven (take your pick) then switches into further "Eastbound" trains which the returning train will cross back from whence they started. Or Eastbound trains can proceed onto Banksia 10 laps further.

BANKSIA is simply a passing siding for all trains etc to provide a stopping point. There is a water tower on the layout where the steam locomotives "take water". The mainline trains then run another 10 laps to Ridgehaven





RIDGEHAVEN - The opposite end of the line. What ever locomotives and cabooses/ vans arrive from tSt Agbes (B) must return to St Agnes and vice versa.

However simulating loads can continue in one direction while empties could travel the other if you had a lot of ore cars for example

Heading back through Redwood Junction, the transfer runs involve the train running into a  "cleared" passing siding between B and A, uncoupling and running around the train through C and D before fetching its caboose. There should be cars switched into the middle road between D and A by the local switcher or shunter (depends on your vernacular) while the transfer has been out on the main line. These cars are then returned to St Agnes while the cars "delivered" by the transfer run will be made into the next East Bound run which the transfer train will "cross" on its arrival back at St Agnes.






Now open the next page and the map page open and this will give you some idea of what happens in an operating session or sequences of operation.

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