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Honey, I Shrunk the TymeSaver: Part 1
Jack Trollope's Standard Gauge
Using ingenuity and Fleischmann "Profi" switches, Jack Trollope has squeezed a TymeSaver layout down to a near-minimum -- this HO Standard Gauge MicroTymeSaver is exactly 4 feet 8.5 inches (1435mm) long and 9 inches (229mm) wide. All sidings will hold two 40-foot US cars (or a small switch engine and one car), except the upper left siding. Making the layout 10 inches wide will extend that siding to fit two cars as well. Jack's design shrinks the TymeSaver from 576 square inches to 565 square inches (3645 square cm) with all spurs holding two cars. Can it sink lower?
Honey, I Shrunk the TymeSaver: Part 2
Emrys Hopkins's Less than Four Square Foot
Honey, I Shrunk the TymeSaver: Part 3
Chris Gilbert Lops Off Another
This layout is one of those arrangements that seems so natural that you almost say, "Of course! I should have thought of that!" But of course, only Chris Gilbert did! Using three turnouts and a single-slip switch Chris has conjured up Shrunken Headshunts, a fully functional TymeSaver layout in 60"x7" (152x18 cm) -- a total of just 420 square inches (2736 sq cm). It looks like this is the minimum size we can get. Or is it?
Honey, I Shrunk the TymeSaver: Part 4
Jack Trollope Fractionates
to Shrink Even More!
Where will it all lead? Jack Trollope has returned
to create The Fractional Flyer (with a little help from Carl Arendt) and reduced
the timesaver to 55"x7.5" (140x19 cm) -- an improvement that yields a 412.5
square-inch shelf layout! The board is now filled with track, the switching and shunting
opportunities are multiplying ... and we breathlessly await the next round of reduction
below 412.5 square inches (2660 square cm).
Honey, I Shrunk the TymeSaver: Part 5
Chris Gilbert Breaks the 400
Sq. In. Barrier
Using Y turnouts as his "secret weapon," Chris Gilbert created WhYme!!?! and reduced the TymeSaver's size to 52"x7.5" (132x19 cm), for a total area of just 390 square inches. Y turnouts require less space than "straight" turnouts, because their legs diverge at a wider angle. This plan makes use of 5 Peco Y switches to cram 3 spurs and a runaround track in an almost rock-bottom space! But wait...
Honey, I Shrunk the TymeSaver: Part 6
More Design Tricks Save Another
With Foggy Bottom, we've pared the TymeSaver down to 334 square inches -- about 2.3 square feet (2184 sq cm). This layout uses several space-saving devices. Peco Y turnouts reduce space needs, and a transfer table (traverser) serves as both a runaround (top two tracks) and a third spur (bottom track).Trace out the shunting patterns, and you'll see that this layout provides the same operating capabilities as the other plans in this series despite its "different" appearance. (Note: the basic shelf for Foggy Bottom is 44"x7", but the 13" transfer table requires an extra inch top and bottom to function properly. So the total area of the layout is (44x7)+26 = 334 square inches.)