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Designing and Building Fiddle Yards - A Complete Guide for Railway Modellers

By Richard Bardsley

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ISBN: 9781847978165
PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION): 07/08/2014
PAGES: 176
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 246x189 mm
INSIDE: 141 colour photographs

This invaluable, well-illustrated book is essential reading for all those railway modellers who are considering building a fiddle yard. The fiddle yard is a train storage area for locomotives and rolling stock that often remains out of view. For the modeller, it represents the 'rest of the railway network' and it is essential for layouts as it is somewhere for trains to 'come from' and somewhere for trains to 'go to'.


  • Defines what a fiddle yard is in terms of operational variety, storage and swapping trains
  • Demonstrates how a fiddle yard can be integrated into a model railway layout
  • Covers track-only fiddle yards using a single track, ladders of multiple tracks and reversing loops
  • Considers design issues for oval and terminus layouts as well as combination fiddle yards and the importance of train length and baseboards
  • Examines common design features of track alignment, turnout control, a diode matrix and the protection of models
  • Shows the reader how to build four detailed projects, each one providing a different fiddle yard solution

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Latest Reviews
" Almost every modern railway uses a fiddle yard of one sort or another and, as this book illustrates, there are many variations to consider, and with this book to hand it is a 'must read' for anyone contemplating the building of a new layout. "
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Reviewed By: MRC Bulletin

" It is a "must read" for anyone contemplating the building of a new layout. "
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Reviewed By: Model Railway Club

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