The main feature of this
exhibtion layout is a working single track Bascule
Bridge (a drawbridge with
counterweight – to be precise the bridge modelled is a single leaf
through truss with an above-deck counterweight).
On either side of the bridge the double track main lines are combined into gauntlet track to run over the bridge. Gauntlet track refers to the where tracks converge onto a single roadbed and are interlaced without using turnouts or points. A switch frog at each end allows the two tracks to overlap, and the four rails run parallel over the bridge on the same sleepers and separate again at the other end.
The signalling, bridge operation and track power supply are interlocked. This will makes operating the layout particularly interesting. It also means that trains can’t crash into each other on the bridge or fall into the water when the bridge is up.
The bascule bridge is adapted from the Walther's model and is over 70cm in length. The gauntlet track is hand laid in code 83 rail utilsing the frogs from No. 6 Shinohara turnouts. The other turnouts on the layout are Micro Engineering.
PROTOTYPE & PERIOD MODELLEDKelly River is a freelanced layout. It is not based upon a specific place in North America. We have combined a number of US prototype layout design elements such as a junction with an interlocking tower, the gauntlet track and our focal point, a railroad draw bridge. We run trains from a variety of North American railroads from the 1940s through to the present day (not all at the same time).
GAUNTLET TRACKGauntlet track refers to the where tracks converge onto a single roadbed and are interlaced to pass over the bridge. Our research confirmed the use of gauntlet track on bascule bridges. A switch frog at each end allows the two tracks to overlap, and the four rails run parallel over the bridge on the same sleepers and separate again at the other end.
Gauntlet tracks are commonly used when a rail line's capacity is increased with the addition of an additional track, but cost or other factors prevent the widening of the bridges. Since there are no points or other moving parts on gauntlet track, a train operating on one of the tracks cannot be routed onto the other. Because two trains cannot use the gauntlet at the same time, scheduling and block signals must allow for this restriction.
The bridge modelled
is a single leaf through truss heel trunnion with an above-deck
"heel-trunnion" bascule bridge is where the moveable leaf and
counterweight each rotate around separate heels (called "trunnions").
Bascule bridge over the
Duwamish River, Washington State, USA
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Pat KELLY 1951-2005