Earlier I mentioned the Timesaver. With my newfound inspiration, I did some research on switching puzzles. I still plan to build a Timesaver, but I decided to start off with Inglenook Sidings. Inglenook is a fiendishly simple puzzle designed by Alan Wright in the UK. Simply put, you have 8 cars on three sidings, with 14 slots total. You have to make a train from a randomly selected 5 cars, in a specified order.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it?
I spent a lot more time than I’d care to admit.
It’s a motley selection of cars, starting with the small amount I had saved from years ago, winnowed down based on running condition and coupler style. Selection of the five cars was randomized by assigning each a number and then drawing from a deck of cards.
It’s done, and it seems like it may provide a few evenings worth of mental exercise. Now it just needs some scenery and an industry or two.