This page is features an HO scale micro-layout that I built as an Inglenook Sidings Switching Layout. I have named it the "Middle Europe Forest Railway". I included a turntable in my design that allows me to store my locomotive in an engine house when not in use. The turntable track also serves as part of the headshunt as well. Examples of Inglenook type switching layouts can be found on the internet. This type of layout originated in England (If I recall). My layout is pretty generic and I mostly run European equipment on it.
I used Atlas Code 100 track sections, PECO Electrofrog turnouts and an Atlas Turntable. The wiring is standard DC and is fairly simple. I use a stereo jack and socket to allow the MRC 1300 powerpack to be easily removed for storage. The buildings are removeable and a handle on the side of the layout makes it easy to carry the layout like a guitar case.
The Inglenook layout is designed for a switching game. See the web for more information on how the game is set up and run. Its a fun way to enjoy model railroading in a small space and for a minimal outlay of money.
(Above) The mainstay locomotive of the Middle Europe Forest Railway is a Prussian T8 Type 0-6-0T tank engine(Class BR89). This locomotive was known to crews as the" Bone Shaker" due to its rough riding qualities.
The Inglenook layout is shown in the photos below using US prototype equipment. Only the vehicles, rolling stock, and locomotive have changed.