Chris Thompson is considering building a OO scale version of Lyddlow Mill. He makes very kind comments about my O scale microlayout on his blog but I would suggest a few alterations to the plan, alterations that I would incorporate into a replacement for the mill if I were ever to build one.
Three wagons on the siding, loco still off stage.
Lyddlow Mill is a reduced Inglenook with siding capacities of 2, 3 and 3. The cassette acts as the headshunt between the sidings and can hold a loco and 2, thus complying with the laid down limits for such a shunting puzzle. However, these limitations mean that the loco spends most of its time off stage and only appears in full view when there’s just a single wagon on the siding.
Two wagons, loco still partially hidden.
This is not good because Chris is building his version as a home for his Sentinel shunter, “Clara” and I think he’d probably like to see more of her.
“Clara” – Photo by Chris Thompson.
I would therefore advise making the sidings as capable of holding the loco and 2 or 3 wagons instead of being limited like mine.
The loco comes into full view at last, but with just one wagon on the siding.
The Inglenook rules could be still enforced by replacing the overbridge with a level crossing, which cannot be blocked by uncoupled wagons, and using a low relief building or an advertising hoarding as the scenic break to hide the cassette… And the brass band can be stood waiting for the gates to open!