This is a small layout being built on an old test track baseboard, mainly to keep me busy during the planning stages of my bigger one.
The board is 5 feet by 2 feet, which means that is the size of the finished layout as the side and end frames come above the level of the base. Partly as I have much of the stock and trackwork already it is based in the Baden region of Germany, on the edge of the Black Forest. Furtwangen does exist, some Kilometres East of Freiburg-Im-Breisgau, but if it has a station it is nothing like this, and it never has had a tramway.
This is the baseboard and trestles, originally made as a test track for the late Gwyn Humphreys. At that time it had a twin oval of track. The commectors on the end are a leftover. As I'd used the board before the top was inverted on the frame to give a good surface. It is standing in my new play-room, which I'd promised myself when I retired.
This is the first attempt at getting what I want into the space. The tramway will be raised at a higher level than the railway around it, plus one inch at the nearest end and plus three inches at the far end.., (yes, a Continental layout measured in Imperial). The tram station will be the loop in the foreground. The loop in the background is the tramway fiddleyard, which is on a slope of 1 in 20 (not steep for a tramway). The turn at the far end is tramway radius 1, and mostly radius 2 at the near end. The slope upwards on the front is beyond the station loop. Points on the tramway will be sprung.
The railway round the outside (underneath the street at the far end) will have a loop at the station with a spur to a small shed at the near end and two sidings into a factory at the far end. The line is one of the smaller private railways, using a small B-B diesel of East German origin. On Sundays the local Eisenbahnfreunde run a steam train. Fiddle sidings for this are three double-ended short loops at the back.
Next stage is to try out the trackplan and play to see if it works.
Edited by Les1952, 28 May 2012 - 14:36 .