Instead of cutting the part of the movie showing Your manual operations (turnouts and uncoupling), which is like "Stop motion" (invented by ... George Melies and still in use ! ) in some movies, it would be much better and more "fun" for You to use electric control for the turnouts (Rokuhan ? ), and an uncoupling track if You use Magnematic (permanent magnet by Rokuhan, or switchable DIY solenoid). Unfortunately I cannot write anything about reliability of the remote uncoupling, because I don't use it : my engines (most GP's) stay coupled to the trains when they push back into the dead end tracks, because this procedure is fully automated and it would be difficult to detect the exact position for controlled uncoupling.
It's YOUR layout, and YOU must be happy with it ... BTW, in my eyes Rokuhan's track and turnouts are the best, I used them for my layout, too, as You can see here (but I built my own electronics : so I am able to repair the things I built myself ! ). I began with the track, then the electronics came, and now landscape comes last (my room is full with "Roofmate" waste, I need often small parts for details or slots ... )
Last Edit: Dec 5, 2019 14:39:18 GMT -5 by alberich
The GREAT appeal of this layout is: the tracks are in continuous transition and curves. Virtually no tracks are parallel to the framing or locations. PERFECT. Like, Texrails "West Texas" (http://www.azlforum.com/thread/1152/west-texas-project?page=7) and Steffen B's "Newcomer Layout" on Trainboard: www.trainboard.com/highball/index.php?threads/newcomer-layout.89953/page-5
Too many layouts parallel to the framing, straight-line track and roundy-roundy. I know space may seem limited, but we've all seem small layouts that look great.