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  1. Quite a few people I expect. If not for visible parts of a layout, useful for hidden sidings/fiddle yards
  2. Have now received my 631 - A cracking job! Cab door footsteps are missed off but I agree with Kato's compromise to make the loco universal on Kato track. .
  3. They've only just beaten you into service (sadly as I dislike them - much prefer my loco and coaches ICs)
  4. Looks good. Plausible / might have beens/ nearly were's are my favourite type of layout .
  5. One must assume that as the 607 6071 kits are for 140mm track that Arnold made 140mm radius track at some point. One option is to bite the bullet and buy Kato or Tomix tram track to replace your Fleischmann track. .
  6. In the meantime, I have taken delivery of one of each of the two versions of Hai** van from TT Trams/Shapeways. I know MDS are about to issue RTR ones, but the Shapeways ones are a different variant, and I plan to use already prepared 'stick on sides'. I prepared the 'stick on' sides for us on bashed about Roco Hbis vans, which worked up to a point, but the stick on sides will be much better when fitted onto the otherwise accurate body of the Shapeways ones.
  7. My Parcelforce letter arrived today...It's a mile or so away but I can't get at it! .
  8. The other magazine to go is Objectif Rail. To be fair to the French magazines, some of them are cottage publishers not mainstream, because there is not a huge market for mainstream publishers to be interested. The long ceased 1980s orange cover 'Rail Magazine' was also a cottage publication. This is on reason why Le Train keeps going due to its tie up with the Germans. .
  9. As a Swiss-o-phile, I love that the 18000 at Didcot retains a (very small) but nevertheless dead give away that it is Swiss - namely the Roma I and Roma II cab end numbers (that's as in No.1 end No 2 end, not a running number). They are of exactly the same styling as found on still active SBB locos. one of them is just visible between the top cab door foot steps in the linked pic: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fairways4/39838486972/ .
  10. Yes they have. Small shunters. They have also produced small shunters for Swiss (Tm2/2 aka Tm234). All look to be out of stock now (all limited runs) Pirata's web presence is confusing as they mix their own products with the 'shop' selling all other N stuff. .
  11. Very sad subject when not one but two of the 'proper' French railway magazines have just ceased publication. .
  12. I agree with the comments about 4-wheelers. These did not really survive into Epoch IV in western Germany. E44 (after 1969 class 144) and E94 (after 1969 194) were active for many years, right up to the 1980s so hauled modern vehicles. If I get time I will post some photos of an Inter Rail trip I did to Bavaria in the early 1980s specifically to see the 'Altbauelloks' (old electrics) of classes 118, 144 and 194 which were concentrated in Bavaria near neighbour states. At that time coaches on regional services were either Umbauwagen or silver fish. From the trip cited above, I have photos of 144s on trains of just 2 silverfish, so eminently suitable for a compact layout. I also have one shot of a 194 on 10 short bogie tankers. No brake vans were used, but when hauling tanker wagons, electric locomotives usually had the front pantograph up not the rear one, to reduce the risk of sparks from the back panto nearest the wagons from causing something nasty... .
  13. Agree/confirm etc with previous replies. It is an Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) class 2043. These locos have very little in common with a Class 60 (wrong size, wrong wheel arrangement, wrong type of diesle (diesel-hydraulic not diesel electric), wrong age (2043 much older than Class 60)! If anything they are more akin to the BR western region Hymeks. Green coaches to suit this loco wouldn't look much like MkIIIs either I'm afraid. Suitable coaches for the Class 2043 would be the Swiss design lightweight ÖBB regional coaches: Schlieren http://www.nwrail.org.uk/home/altfelden/schlieren/schlieren.htm http://www.roco.cc/en/product/234399-0-0-0-0-0-0-003002/products.html And as seen e.g. in this gallery with 2043/2143s: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vaclavrouca/galleries/72157670297230376/?rb=1 As such this post doesn't actually belong in the Swiss railways sub forum, except for the fact that they can be seen in Switzerland, although not in the ÖBB livery. viz my shot in 2013 at Olten http://railfoteurop.piwigo.com/picture?/4871/category/106-lenzburg_aarau_olten
  14. In reply to I would heartily recommend N Gauge for a compact German layout. Many compact layouts seen on the circuit are end to end but I now favour and would recommend a continuous run as modern models can negotiate pretty tight curves so the size of the oval can be quite 'tight'. I have started building a series of compact layouts based on paste table boards which are 2000 mm by 560mm and most stock will go round the sharp radius curves. Some of my layouts use Kato unitrack and some use Peco/Minitrix/Fleischmann. I am quite a fan of the Minitrix sectional track which is quite realistic and German designed so fits in with German modelling. As far as prototypes go: I'm not sure if you want 'city urban' or just 'urban' setting. If you want the former then a single track line with through station is more likely to be small and compact than a terminus, although a few minor 'town' or 'city' termini exist in Germany, such as Nürnberg Nordost. However even a compact town terminus is likely to have quite a few tracks whereas a through station might just have one platform or a loop with an island platform or two platforms. Even with extensive electrification, shunting and trip freight has long been the preserve of diesels in Germany. For the 1960s right through to today a 290 diesel (http://www.bahnbilder.de/name/galerie/kategorie/deutschland~dieselloks--98-80-vmax-bis-100-kmh~br-3-290-v-90.html) would be absolutely standard for freight trips, or the mixed traffic 211 (DB V100) which worked on both freight trips and local passenger. All over Europe electric and diesel main line locos can be seen hauling short freight train, anything from a single wagons upwards. Very short passenger trains were less common in western Germany than in the old DDR, and in the late 1990s early 2000s one coach passenger trains were a regular sight in the ex-DDR. I made a specific trip in 2001 to ex-DDR (Colditz and east thereof) to see these in action. And at this era former west German DB classes had become mixed with former DDR classes so you could set a layout in the former DDR. Even much more recently two coach electric hauled trains were common. 2013: http://railfoteurop.piwigo.com/picture?/4324/category/89-april_13_weissenfels 2015: http://railfoteurop.piwigo.com/picture?/6766/category/193-floha
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