On Wed, 20 Aug 2003 09:41:13 +0100, John Sullivan wrote:
=>There certainly must be some difference between them, or Model
=>Railroader wouldn't differentiate between them. See the September issue,
=> Fiddle yard: In model railroading, offstage tracks where trains,
=>locomotives, and cars may be turned and rearranged to keep traffic
=>flowing _during_ an operating session. Manual handling or "fiddling" of
=>rolling stock, usually avoided on the onstage portion of a layout, is
=>acceptable in a fiddle yard.
=> Staging yard: In model railroading, offstage storage tracks where
=>trains wait to appear as if coming from a distant terminal or a junction
=>with another railroad, and where trains can go to give the appearance of
=>going to a distant terminal or a junction.
IMO MR is splitting hairs. Creatinly, "staging ( yard, tracks)" is the older
term in NorAm, and it's only since MR imported "fiddle yard" that they've
started to try to make a distinction. My reading of older UK model mags
indicates that "fiddle yard" included both meanings too.
Anyhow, we'll see if the distinction catches on. My bet is it won't, since in
practice it makes no difference whether you have whole trains lined up, or
whether you rebuild trains -- you need the variety for prototytpical
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