I had another thought on this after my long post. How can one say it is a requirement for a model railroad when it is not a requirement for a real railroad? Would that mean if someone duplicated one of those real railroads in HO, N, or Z scale that it would not be a model railroad?I added a 4th question regarding whether a yard is even required on a model railroad.
That is an interesting way to look at it. Of course that is what tore our last club apart too. There was the operations crowd and there was the crowd that wanted public approval with oohs and ahs for their work.When normal folks think model trains.....they mostly imagine a single oval of track with an engine and 4-6 cars. Maybe a couple simple buildings.
If they happen to visit YOUR layout....and YOU have a full blown switchyard....signals and a nice control panel.....and a huge roster of engines and cars.....then they are like...."OMG!!! I never knew you were a total train maniac!".
This is the meaning of a yard.
... To me yards are one of the more interesting aspects of a model railroad, that if done well, whether its a 2 tracker or a monster 30 tracker, can contribute to the overall operations on a MR larger than its size.
Wouldn't the "business" of a yard depend on the traffic and complexity of the work and not necessarily the size of the yard? Assuming we are talking about a classification yard, I wonder if one could put together a formula for such a thing. What would the variables be...It seems like just the right size to keep the yardmaster occupied - but NOT stressed - for ~2 hours, the typical 'scheduled' time of one of my op sessions.
Iron Horseman, how can a well designed yard, that does what the owner wants, not be a properly designed yard?
It could be a well designed yard for one purpose, but then the layout owner copies this yard design he saw somewhere, but uses it in a different way, for which it was not designed for.
For example, that "10 Commandments" link is a good list of guidelines to consider when designing a yard, but there's a lot of real-world yards that might only score a 2/10 compared to those requirements. If one were to blindly follow that list exactly and not understand HOW they're going to operate the yard, it is not properly designed.
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