My Time Saver - 1998
Many years ago John Allen devised the simple switching game he called the Time Saver.
Using 5 turnouts the make 5 spurs and 1 run-around, 5 freight cars, 1 loco it is easy
to build. The idea is to shift the rolling stock from their original locations to where
they need to be. Sounds easy doesn't it? Wrong!
Don't be fooled, with out careful planning you'll continually be in your own way.
Oh yes, I forgot to mention the stop watch. Speed counts! It's a bit like bridge where
each participant tries the same puzzle. The winner is the fastest switcher. Many are
the participants that have resorted to the vocabulary they learned in the armed forces.
I built mine using turnouts I had on hand so it's not an exact copy but the car capacities
of each spur and the run-around are correct. Here's how I put my turnouts together.
For more information about John Allen and his model railroads I recommend
Lynn Westcott's book Model Railroading with John Allen.
The timesaver outdoors.
The BCSJ I page.
The BCSJ II page.
The BCSJ III page.