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 Posted: Sat Aug 8th, 2020 08:30 pm
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The Ruston Light Railway layout is a micro layout,
2.67 square feet in size, measuring 28.5 inches long x 13.5 inches wide,
designed to fit in a storage box only slightly larger than the layout measurements.

This could almost fit the description of a ‘nano layout’,
as defined by Chris Nevard on his website.

My original idea was to see how small I could build a micro model railway layout,
using standard (that is, un-modified) motive power, rollingstock and trackage,
that was still interesting to operate.

The layout depicts ‘both ends of the line’ (rather than the trackage in between the ends)
of a British standard gauge light railway called “Ruston Light Railway”,
which was once a British Railways operated branch line,
that managed to escape Beeching’s axe by being re-classified as a light railway.

The layout having two fictional but plausible locations:
Ruston Junction and Ruston Town, a few miles distant from each other.

The Ruston Light Railway interchanges with the mainline,
somewhere between London and Bristol.





Ruston Light Railway Layout Track Plan.


The layout has only 2 turnouts (2 Peco Setrack left-hand turnouts),
and about 33.5 inches (85cm) of other track.

The turnouts were purchased specifically for this layout,
and the other trackage is recycled from previous layouts.

I had thought of using a double slip instead of turnouts to add some extra siding length,
but as the cost of the 2 turnouts was much less than the cost of a double slip
(or even a single slip, for that matter),
I decided to sacrifice any extra siding length I might have gained by using a double slip,
in favour of less expensive track.


Motive Power

Motive power is very small switchers such as the Ruston and Hornsby 48DS.
A Hornby DCC 48DS and flat wagon was purchased specifically for use on this micro layout.

There may be the possibility of adding an extra small steam engine,
though the layout really doesn’t need an extra locomotive.





Hornby 48DS shunter with flat wagon, being tested on my Petra “Pizza” layout.


One thing I did notice during testing,
was that the Hornby 48DS did not have very good slow speed control,
with the controller I tested it with (an old Hornby P5P controller).

So in the very simple wiring for the layout I added a 470 ohm 10 watt resistor.
This dropped the voltage to the track roughly in half,
which has produced good slow speed control for the 48DS.

I also added a switch to allow for bypassing the resistor,
if I have a DCC system powering the layout, or if I have a loco on it,
that has good slow speed control with the P5P controller on the layout.


Rollingstock

For passenger services, a 4 wheel brake van has been purchased,
with the possibility of a short 4 wheel coach also being purchased in future.

For freight services, a small collection of few 4 wheel freight wagons is sufficient.
I have the flat wagon that was included in the 48DS purchase,
and have also purchased a 4 wheel ventilated van,
and over time a few other wagons will likely be purchased.

As far as testing of the concept of this layout,
I have run the 48DS and flat wagon around the layout,
and with the few more carriages I might purchase,
it should be an interesting little layout to operate,
providing about fifteen to twenty minutes or so of operating time.

I am thinking I might add an auto reversing module to the layout for passenger services,
so I can activate it and just watch the trains go back and forth on the layout if I want to.


Scenery

Because the layout is so small, it didn’t take very long,
to add some reasonable scenery to the layout.

The layout is almost fully sceniced, with a number of buildings,
and scenery features including a few small hills and undulating landscape.



































Operation

Operation of the layout is operating of short trains ‘back and forth’,
between the two stations on the layout – Ruston Junction and Ruston Town.

So far, I have designed an operating session that includes the following:
  • An early morning passenger train, Ruston Town - Ruston Jcn - Ruston Town, with the brake van as the passenger car.
  • A mid-morning passenger train, Ruston Town - Ruston Jcn - Ruston Town, with the brake van as the passenger car.
  • A light engine run from Ruston Town to Ruston refuel point and back to Ruston Town.
  • A midday passenger train,Ruston Town - Ruston Jcn - Ruston Town, with the brake van as the passenger car.
  • A goods train, which has to be only 1 car long due to siding length and because the motive power is captive in the spurs at Ruston Town, which means that only 48DS and one car can fit in the siding there. This means that this train has to make multiple journeys to and from both ends of the layout, shunting cars at Ruston Jcn to get the next car for Ruston Town.
  • A late afternoon passenger train, with the brake van as the passenger car.




Shunting at Ruston Jcn





Goods train at Juston Town





Passenger train at Ruston Jcn





Passenger train at Ruston Town


To view more information related to this layout,
go to the Ruston Light Railway Micro category on my website.




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 Posted: Thu Sep 3rd, 2020 05:12 pm
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Hi James


The Ruston is the perfect loco for your micro build.

The modelling throughout is very good with plenty of foliage.


Nice work mate. 

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Kevin Johnson wrote:
The Ruston is the perfect loco for your micro build.


Yes, the Ruston 48DS is perfect for the short platforms and sidings on the layout.

I purchased the Ruston specifically for this layout, knowing that it was extremely short.

Regards, James




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Hi James,

Would a hand-cranked type yard crane on one platform and an A-frame gantry type crane on the other,

allow for easier goods transshipment onto your flat car by your crews?

Just some other scenic additions??




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Oztrainz wrote:

"Would a hand-cranked type yard crane on one platform and an A-frame gantry type crane on the other,
allow for easier goods transshipment onto your flat car by your crews?
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Hi Oztrainz.

Some cranes would imply transhipment / loading / unloading taking place, and would add some scenic effect too.
Although I don't really want cranes on the passenger platforms - passenger health and safety and all that,
I could add a crane or two beside the tracks.

I am not sure whether that will make those parts of the layout look to cluttered.
One end of the layout (Ruston Junction) is mostly an interchange point,
so having a crane there probably wouldn't be necessary.

But a crane could be added to the Ruston Town end of the layout.
It's certainly something worth me exploring.


The layout implies the sidings go further than they actually do by having the tracks right up to the layout edge,
so there could be cranes and other unloading apparatus 'beyond the layout'.

Regards, James




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Hi James,

What I had in mind was for something like:

At Ruston Junction:
https://peco-uk.com/products/yard-crane at the end of the goods platform.
This could swing one way to land stuff on the goods platform,
or the other to load a road vehicle parked beside the concrete base.

At Ruston Town have a look at Photo 4:
https://www.nswrail.net/locations/show.php?name=NSW:Corowa
There was a A-frame or gantry crane there in 1996.
With a bit of luck it might still be there for your inspiration.
 
The A-frames wouldn't have to be so high as in the photos.
You'd only have to plant one A frame on the platform,
the other could be in front of your white factory.

This is a way of simply getting stuff from rail to ground or vice-versa.

For something with a bit more lifting power, how about:
https://peco-uk.com/collections/ratio/products/traversing-crane
just a beefed up A-frame crane??

The A-frame version can be a relatively simple scratchbuild out of styrene sections.
You don't have to go big or fancy.




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Thanks John.

Will have a look at the cranes.
Might even try scratchbuilding the A-frame one!

I have seen the crane at Corowa,
it is still there, complete with winches, and other mechanisms.
I often go that way on my morning walks.

I used to live at Nowra, and met with a group of model railroaders,
at Gerringong and Nowra fairly regularly.
 
I wonder whether we have met?
Your name sounds familiar.

Regards, James




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Hi James,

Sometimes the world is even smaller than you think.
 
I'm not sure whether we've met or not,
but I'm pretty sure we have some mutual modelling friends.
Like Greg Ryan and John Cheek.




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A You Tube video I made today featuring my Ruston Light Railway layout.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbanEQsSz1A


Regards, James



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