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    Macey Yard: Switching Puzzle

    Macey Yard is my version of Alan Wright's Inglenook Sidings switching puzzle.

    Detailed information on Inglenook Sidings and John Allen's Timesaver can be found on Adrian Wymann's The Model Railways Shunting Puzzles Website

    Adrian's Inglenook Sidings Shunting Puzzle page.


    Macey Yard is a 1 foot by 4 foot layout constructed on 2 inch foam that sits in a rectangular masonite hardboard base that it 3 3/4 inches tall.

    My version is built with Atlas Code 80 Flex Track, two Atlas Custom #4 switches/turnouts, three Micro-Trains magnetic uncoupling sections, an Atlas rerailer section and four Atlas bumper sections.



    Macey Yard is designed to use cars that are approximately 40' long and all are equipped with Micro-Trains trucks with short extension couplers.

    The switching lead will hold the switcher and three cars. The center yard track will hold five cars past the magnet. Each of the other two yard tracks will hold three cars past the magnet.


    Today I experimented with taking model photos with natural light. I never had a layout, module, or diorama that I could take outside to try it before.


    This is a lengthwise view of the layout from the switching lead end.





    The yard tracks.





    View from the yard back towards the station.

    Tad

    The "All Day & Night" Railway Company
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    The switches/turnouts are operated using Caboose Industries 218S ground throws. Green is straight and red is diverging.





    Road crossing and yard end of station.





    Road crossing.





    Trackside of Macey Station.



    The station is an old Bachmann passenger station kit. I cut the mullions out of the windows and painted it.
    Tad

    The "All Day & Night" Railway Company
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    Rear of Macey Station and parking lot.





    Eight cars are used on the layout. Each is a different color.





    Each car has an associated icon/token that is the same color as the car.





    A round is intitiated by drawing five icons/tokens and placing them in order drawn by the appropriate number.



    The object is to block a five car train on the center yard track in the same order as the icons/tokens.
    Tad

    The "All Day & Night" Railway Company
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    The Macey Yard Job is MP 9181, a Life-Like SW9/1200.




    MP 9181 switching Macey Yard.







    Tad

    The "All Day & Night" Railway Company
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    The Arkansas & Louisiana Midland Railroad
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    This is great Tad!! :thumbs_up::thumbs_up:

    :D :D

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    Thumbs up

    Thanks for posting this Tad great stuff and definite food for thought

    Glen:thumbs_up:


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    Nice job!

    I like the use of the tokens. And the scenery is well done, too.
    They say I'm ADHD. I think I'm just misunderst... Oh, look! A chicken!

    My Railroad: The Chestnut Hill & Frost River Railroad

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    That cool! Very interesting puzzle. I may need to try that.

    JSL

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    Ya lost me on the...

    ..."drawing five tokens" bit- I have after a few minutes thinking (oh man my brain hurts trying to figure other peolple's stuff out) and I'm not sure this is right- but- you pull pieces out of a hat(?) randomly----> (the drawing part- there's no instructions on where you pull these five tokens from- a freinds sock? (Pheewwwweeewwwwwww) and line them up (wait a sec- let the air clear here!) and then you have to order/arrange the cars per the draw?

    "How do you 'splain this"?- Ricky Ricardo (Episode 21- Bad Neighbors- 1956, Warner Bros).

    Mark
    Last edited by Lark; March 28th, 2010 at 01:36 AM. Reason: I'm not reading in-depth links to figure out someone else's problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    ..."drawing five tokens" bit- I have after a few minutes thinking (oh man my brain hurts trying to figure other peolple's stuff out) and I'm not sure this is right- but- you pull pieces out of a hat(?) randomly----> (the drawing part- there's no instructions on where you pull these five tokens from- a freinds sock? (Pheewwwweeewwwwwww) and line them up (wait a sec- let the air clear here!) and then you have to order/arrange the cars per the draw?

    "How do you 'splain this"?- Ricky Ricardo (Episode 21- Bad Neighbors- 1956, Warner Bros).

    Mark
    Exactly. The Inglenook puzzle is "how to arrange the cars from the sidings into a randomly selected train order."

    You may draw the pieces out of whatever container you like, so long as the result is sufficiently random to keep the game interesting.

    I recommend avoiding the socks, though.
    They say I'm ADHD. I think I'm just misunderst... Oh, look! A chicken!

    My Railroad: The Chestnut Hill & Frost River Railroad

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