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Cassette Fiddle Yard for Sweethome

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Cassette Fiddle Yard for Sweethome
Posted by jon grant on Sunday, October 14, 2007 5:54 PM

I made a start on one of the 2 new fiddle yards for the layout. They utilise home-made storage cassettes which locate using 2 brass bolts - again home-made. As well as aligning the tracks, these bolts also pass the current top the track on the cassette.

The fiddle yard is just a flat table made from MDF sheet(homasote?), raised at one end with 1/4" plywood to raise the track level to that of each cassette. I have also added side panels to prevent stock accidentally falling off.

There is also a raised end-piece so that the 2 fiddle yards can be bolted together to form a box for transporting. 
 



The bolts - I soldered brass tube to copper-clad sheet, which is screwed to the raised portion of the fiddle yard. The track is also soldered down and a portion of the copper-clad has been removed to stop short circuits occurring. 


Each cassette is made from strips of 1/4" plywood with cork sheet glued on. I pinned flexi-track down and secured each end to copper-clad with the same brass tube. Aluminium angle was screwed to the sides to protect the stock and there are also lifting handles and movable end stops to prevent stuff rolling off.


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Posted by jon grant on Sunday, October 14, 2007 6:05 PM

The track power is connected to the fiddle yard using a pair of wires with a jack plug at each end, which takes a matter of a few seconds to attach.


I only have the legs to attach under the board and these will be hinged so they fold inside the frame for transport purposes.


The first ever view looking from the fiddle yard through Hays Engineering

 

Looking towards the train in the fiddle yard


This photo has given me the idea to paint the back of the fiddle yard sky blue for effect.


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Posted by Heartland Division CB&Q on Sunday, October 14, 2007 9:26 PM
That's really impressive!  Thumbs Up [tup] Can you tell us what is the capacity of the fiddle yard?

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Posted by selector on Sunday, October 14, 2007 10:02 PM
Nice work, Jon.  Isn't it great when a plan comes together? Cool [8D]
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Posted by spidge on Sunday, October 14, 2007 10:37 PM

Jon, nice execution.

Instead of painting the inside of your staging consider a backdrop so when that photo is taken again it looks like the train is emerging from anothe industrial area. You could use a simple picture backdrop or buiding flats made out of foamboard.

Just my $.02.

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Posted by modelmaker51 on Monday, October 15, 2007 12:30 AM

Quote: "MDF sheet(homasote?)"

FYI:

MDF = Medium Density Fiber board=particle or chip board. Wood chip product

Homasote = pressed paper product

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Posted by jon grant on Monday, October 15, 2007 1:53 PM
 modelmaker51 wrote:

Quote: "MDF sheet(homasote?)"

FYI:

MDF = Medium Density Fiber board=particle or chip board. Wood chip product

Homasote = pressed paper product

 

Over here in the UK, MDF looks and feels like thicker hardboard (homasote?), while chipboard is an entirely different - and heavier - product, with visible wood chips in it - I hate using the stuff as it expands when damp causing all sorts of problems.

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Posted by jon grant on Monday, October 15, 2007 1:55 PM
 spidge wrote:

Instead of painting the inside of your staging consider a backdrop so when that photo is taken again it looks like the train is emerging from anothe industrial area. You could use a simple picture backdrop or buiding flats made out of foamboard.

 

I like your idea, but unfortunately this is not an option. I'll show you why, when I get the second fiddle yard constructed.

 

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Posted by Maurice on Monday, October 15, 2007 10:59 PM
Brilliant! The cassettes look huge. How long are they? I am working on a cassette for my layout so I may steal some of your ideas. Thanks.
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Posted by Johnnny_reb on Thursday, July 17, 2008 5:26 PM
bump.

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