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Automated fiddle yard
« on: October 05, 2017, 07:43:50 pm »
I am looking for something to automatically move up trains within a fiddle yard siding to allow a train to enter the siding behind the first train - assumes siding is long enough to take both trains and has isolating section in appropriate place within the siding.
It will be a DC layout.  :helpneededsign:
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Re: Automated fiddle yard
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2017, 08:08:21 pm »
Have a read on the top blog entry here  http://www.nelevation.com/blog/

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Re: Automated fiddle yard
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2017, 08:29:23 pm »
Heathcote Electronics were the first brand that jumped to my mind. Never used them, but been aware of them for years.

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Re: Automated fiddle yard
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2017, 02:30:13 pm »
Thanks to all who replied.
Looks like I will be going down the Heathcote IRDOT-2D route. :D
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Re: Automated fiddle yard
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2017, 02:58:39 pm »
I believe Block Signalling do something similar too, may be worth comparing, I know their IR detection modules are very well priced. Again, not used them, but have investigated.

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Re: Automated fiddle yard
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2017, 03:27:13 pm »
I think @Al.  has automated the storage sidings on the Bridge at Remagen layout - wonder what control electronics he's used?

I can certainly recommend Heathcote Electronics' gear - I 've used several of their IR-DOTs and a shuttle unit to automate two small fiddleyards for an end-to-end configuration, and also a crossing barrier controller.  Very reliable, the most I've had to do is stick a small white paper circle under a loco or coach if the chassis itself is not quite reflective enough.

[edit] btw, my layout's main fiddleyard has 13 lines each arranged as two halves as you describe @greenlaneman , they're usually split 6+7 for twin track running but technically the whole yard can be bi-directional.  In all the 20+ years it's been around on the exhibition circuit I've never actually got round to automating it. The operators just manage it manually, and that can be handy if for example we get a request for a specific train  or just want to change the running order to synchronise the trains running in each direction for our own amusement!
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Re: Automated fiddle yard
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2017, 03:47:20 pm »
Ive used block signalling components and diodes to make Horseley Fields fiddle yard shuffle up trains..



 

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