Sadler’s Sidings – 01 – An N scale table top shunting layout that uses T-TRAK/Unitrack technology.

G’day Folks, Back into it at last. Sadler’s Sidings is my current really active project. It is a table top modular shunting layout that uses T-TRAK/Unitrack technology to join 3 by 300mm long modules plus a 100mm long ‘end of the line module’ and two clip on bufferstops. Sadler's Sidings for NGForum Sadlers Sidings 2015 02 10 Long view The basic concept is focused around a freight forwarding company  called ‘Sadler’s Freight Forwarding’. I chose the name Sadler’s for two main reasons.  Firstly there is the prototype Sadleir’s Logistics who make use of regular rail service with their sidings in Melbourne, Perth & Sydney. See: http://www.sadleirs.com.au/sadleirs-logistics/interstate-road-rail.  Secondly, my grandmother on my mother’s side was a Sadler who migrated out to Australia from England early last century. By using that spelling I can capture the flavour and concept of the prototype operation  without issues of trying to be `accurate’. The layout is to represent a Sadler’s rail depot in the industrial area of a major city where there has been an original corrugated iron warehouse and as business has grown adjacent buildings have been occupied and renovated or replaced with more modern construction. Other industries and goods transfer areas will occupy the rest of the layout. Future expansion is always a possibility  and is very likely once I have goth the 3 main modules up to a reasonable level of scenery and structures. To see the Sadleir’s prototype operations in Google Maps and Bing Maps the street addresses are: PERTH: 75 Leach Hwy,Kewdale WA 6105 MELBOURNE: 525 Geelong Rd,Brooklyn VIC 3012 – Old Site now closed 550 Melbourne Rd, Spotswood VIC 3015 – New site, bo9th Google Maps and Bing Maps show views of old rail workshops on which the new depot is built. Photos of new site – http://www.railgeelong.com/gallery/newport-sunshine/spotswood-depot/ SYDNEY: 113-115 Punchbowl Road Belfield, New South Wales 2191 The overall scenery style is to be generic Australian. While I intend to operate Australian prototype rollingstock most of the time there will be sessions when I will break out my British, European and Japanese items and go IRWIL mode. (IRWIL – I Run What I Like). Sadlers Sidings 2015_02_10 _14Sadlers Sidings 2015_02_10 _16 Sadlers Sidings 2015_02_10 _09 Sadlers Sidings 2015_02_10 _07Sadlers Sidings 2015_02_10 _08 Sadlers Sidings 2015_02_10 _06One of the aspects of T-TRAK type modules is the 2mm gap that appears  between them because of the Unitrack overhang. On the usual T-TRAK situations the flow of scenery and general viewing angles normally reduces the effect, but in a table t0p situation where the operator is sitting only tens of centimeters from the modules the gap becomes more noticeable. My trial effort at closing the gap is to apply 5mm wide strips of approximately 1mm thick `craft foam’ along the ends of each module under the projecting edge of the Unitrack. The craft foam is compressible like neoprene and so it should be able to absorb any woodwork/overhang  problems. It should also be able to handle a coat of paint on the edge along with a light application of ground foam/static grass without losing the compression. T-TRAK Gap Filler 02 T-TRAK Gap Filler 01

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5 responses to “Sadler’s Sidings – 01 – An N scale table top shunting layout that uses T-TRAK/Unitrack technology.

  1. Reblogged this on Andrew's Trains – Formerly andrews-trains.fotopic.net and commented:
    I’ve been catching up on email from the last few days (the weekend weather was too nice and allowing myself some “offline down time” was simply too enticing). One thing that did pop up today was a Post from T-Trak Andrew about his T-Trak (module style) table top layout based on an Australian company ‘Sadliers Logistics’. Interestingly Sadliers provides Freight Car Load (FCL) and Less than Car Load (LCL) service across Australia using their own fleet of wagons. (Do I hear anyone saying ‘everything old is new again’?
    The layout is a deceptively simple layout, but has multiple switching locations on it to keep one or two operators busy for an easy 1/2 hours work each night, assuming you are not replacing all wagons. if you wanted a longer operating session then you’d replace all wagons on the layout and have to switch in everything from staging.
    Here’s the statement that nails about his approach:
    “The overall scenery style is to be generic Australian. While I intend to operate Australian prototype rolling stock most of the time there will be sessions when I will break out my British, European and Japanese items and go IRWIL mode. (IRWIL – I Run What I Like).”
    Take a look at his site. I think you’ll enjoy it; I did.

  2. Andrew;
    Just reblogged your post. Hope you don’t mind. Love the layout and the ideas and industry behind it. Keep up the posts I am interested in your operating scheme. Looking forward to more information.
    Regards

  3. ttrakandrew

    G’day Andrew, Not a problem at all with the re-blog. Appreciate the compliments. Andrew G.

  4. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    SOME OF US WOULD RATHER SWITCH…THAN FIGHT !

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