This page features an HO scale micro-layout that I built for switching operation. I have named it the "Little Yuki Railway" after my late Maltese dog. It is the smallest layout that I have built as it measures about 12" x 27". It uses Code 100 track with an Atlas turntable that serves as a sector plate.
The layout track plan is inspired by the one featured at the bottom of page 9 in the book "Creating Micro Layouts" by the late Carl Arendt. The layout featured in Carl's book was built by Bart Bakker from the Netherlands. On my layout, I opted for operation with one locomotive and added structures and scenery. I operate the layout as if it were an Inglenook switching layout with 5 cars placed randomly on the three tracks (Station Track, Mainline Track, Side Track). The locomotive is stored on the fourth short track. The power system is Analog DC.
The object of the game is make up a three car train in a certain order on the middle track which is considered the mainline. The turntable as was mentioned, is used as a sector plate and will hold one small steam or diesel locomotive(Brawa Prussian T8 Boneshaker or PIKO Kreisel Lok 1 for example) and one short four wheel freight or passenger car. The sector plate allows the three tracks to be switched and allows the locomotive to rest on the fourth short track. The equipment is European prototype from the DB, DR, NS, DSB, SCNF, SBB, etc. I have swapped out all of the European type couplers with Kadee No 18 and No 19 NEM362 standard couplers. I think the Kadees are easier to work with. Conversion to the Kadees is a snap since all of my equipment features NEM362 coupler boxes.
All of the buildings are Faller kits that I assembled with Prieser figures and Wiking, Brekina, and Busch vehicles.
I named it after my late dog as the short locomotives and cars used on the layout remind me of her and the way she would move about.