Inglenook Shunting Puzzles. / Blackburn, Simon.

In: The Electronic Journal of Combinatorics, Vol. 26, No. 2, P2.8, 19.04.2019, p. 1-18.

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An inglenook puzzle is a classic shunting (switching) puzzle often found on model railway layouts. A collection of wagons sits in a fan of sidings with a limited length headshunt (lead track). The aim of the puzzle is to rearrange the wagons into a desired order (often a randomly chosen order). This article answers the question: When can you be sure this can always be done? The problem of finding a solution in a minimum number of moves is also addressed.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberP2.8
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalThe Electronic Journal of Combinatorics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2019
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