Here are the rules of the WRG 3xA4 layout competition, provided by Andrew Knights:
The Newsleter is your baseboard template. The board size is three A4 sheets end to end (landscape). This gives a board that is 20.9cm wide and 88.5cm long. That is the scenic board area you have to work with. The layout must have a minimum of three points, but no more than six. For the purposes of the competition we are using a “paths rule” to determine the number of points.
If you use a “paths rule” the tandem point is the same as two points. This combination has three paths. On the same basis a double slip is four ways, also two points! If you can, and wish to, fit a slip into your plan, it will count a two points, as will a tandem turnout. Diamonds do not count (no switches). Not sure that helps, but it may clarify the situation.
Further to this, some degree of operation must be possible on an un-extended board. An extension of track equal in length to an A4 sheet may be added. This ”stick” is not part of the scenic layout. It is not a permanent attachment. It must be plain track and attach to one track on the layout only. It must not be a sector plate, or any other form of off board switch. It may be used as a cassette, ie a train storage track (fiddle yard).
So, to summarise:-
Three sheets A4 landscape.
Minimum of three points and a maximum of six,
Some degree of operation in the un-expanded form and an A4 Length stick may be added as an extension.
As long as the above criteria are covered, scale gauge and prototype (if any) are wholly within the entrants whim.
Entries that provide the Editor (and judge) with copy for the newsletter may be more kindly smiled on at the judging! The prize(s), as usual, will be a free year's subscription to the Newsletter. Judging will take place at the WRG Personal Layout Show 2010 in Arundel.
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