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  1. He did Jack. 5th article down. http://www.carendt.com/scrapbook/page65/index.html
  2. You've got the makings of a good layout there Biggsy. What you've got there is an Inglenook layout that is used as a shunting game. Operationally, it's perfect and it will provide you many hours of shunting enjoyment! Have a look at http://www.wymann.info/ShuntingPuzzles/sw-inglenook.html All the best and good luck! Sam.
  3. How have you worked it out? There is no hope in hell that this layout is only 6' x 20'. Sam.
  4. Why does it "have" to have 5 lines? As before, a "Please" and a "Thank You" may work in your favour along with a more detailed response. James went to the trouble to assist you with some help to support your ideas and I've not noticed a single comment of appreciation. Sam.
  5. I've moved from the railway scene on to aviation, but I still get the odd bits from time to time. Wansford, Nene Valley by Caerus Aviation, on Flickr "Black Fives" by Caerus Aviation, on Flickr Sam.
  6. Interesting thought on the GmP and it's one that I'll think about. Thank you DM. My only thought with the expresses was that Bellinzona is well placed on the Gotthard line to justify such traffic. Maybe modellers licence could come in to play again with the creation of a "new" express service for the route: "The Gotthard Express" or something along those lines. You've raised a valid point with the S-Bahn heading beyond Thusis too. I guess it kind of defeats the object of what it was introduced to do, but I read somewhere that it has been known for S-Bahn stock/services to head down as far as Filisur, so I suppose it's not beyond the realms of possibility for a set to reach Mesocco or Bellinzona. Thank you for the information Keith. It is most helpful and it gives me a bit more hope! It's also reassuring that I could also run any RhB Stock. I must try and procure a copy of John's book by the sounds of it. I thought I recognised the video clip and then "The Box Tops" start up. I have seen it before, but thank you for finding it again for me. Sam.
  7. I did notice that a few bits are inaccessible and a lot of the images are unavailable on the Polier site. Well, that was my thought process. If they can convert the Arosa line, why not the BM? Short trains can be justified I think. It's strange you should mention the Pendelzug and the Allegra, however. I've been doing a little bit more research and noticed that the S2 Line for the S-Bahn runs from Thusis - Chur. Is it possible to consider this service (or another fictional service) being run from Thusis or Chur to Mesocco with more conventional stock like the Ge4/4 series locomotives and appropriate stock or the Glacier Express continuing to Bellinzona? With this S-Bahn service, the typical formation is a Be4/4 + 1 or 2 coaches + ABDt Driving car. With the 1 coach set, this comes out at around 650mm according to the Bemo website. That's a shade under 26" which is more than adequate for my space saving intentions. Even with the addition of a second coach, I'm still looking at a train length of well under 36". Sam.
  8. Thank you for the addition Keith. DM: Yes, I thought that may be the case. This leads me on to an idea. There were plans to connect the BM to the rest of the RhB network at Thusis. I've had a look at a map of the region and without looking at any of the original plans, a route that follows the valley to Thusis would seem the logical step, thus the rough route (in my mind) would be: Mesocco - San Bernardino - Hinterhein - Splügen - Sufers - Anderr - Zillis-Reischen - Thusis This then leads me to consider a "modern day" alternative, which would alleviate any need for scratchbuilding historic stock. Any thoughts on this? In the mean time, I've come across a couple more links for your observational delight. http://www.polier.ch/page/bahnen/tessin/bm/100.htm http://www.flickriver.com/groups/[email protected]/pool/interesting/ Sam.
  9. Morning guys, Been busy planning a little something that may come to fruition one day. I'll keep it brief.. The traverser type fiddle yard is at baseboard level. Taking the line to the right, we head for the helix which takes us up to the highest point on the layout, the station. Upon departure, we enter a tunnel which signals our decent back to the fiddle yard, gradually losing height through the scenic section above the fiddle yard itself, but a little bit steeper around the non-scenic section at the back of the layout. The inner loop at the station should be able to easily hold a Ge 4/4 III locomotive and 6 Glacier Express coaches. Aqua - Scenic Yellow - Non-Scenic & Helix Pink - Fiddle Yard *Note* Grid squares equate to 12". In addition, this plan is technically 12' 10" (154") to suit my bedroom space, but the additional 10" can easily be removed. I floor is open for any comments, thoughts and/or critisism. All the best, Sam.
  10. No worries Paul. Glad you found it interesting. It's certainly a charming stretch of the RhB network, albeit now defunct.
  11. Hi guys, I happened to wander across this glorious website a little earlier on and I'm entranced! The Bellinzona - Mesocco route is one that I hadn't really heard of until I saw "San Vittore" by Christian Gevecke in Continental Modeller and ever since, I've been doing some sporadic research. The attraction for me is the relatively short formations used on the route. The majority of photos on the site show a single railcar with a pair of 4-wheel coaches or a coach and a van. With my limited space, this is very appealing. Cama station has stood out a bit for me. The overall size of the site would suit what I have available for space. It would also make a wonderful first attempt at a prototype location, OHL catenary, scratch-building and Swiss/RhB railways in general. This has been more of a "Show and Tell" posting, but if anyone has any thoughts or comments regarding setting out with a model of this location or if you have any further information, I'd love to hear more! All the best, Sam.
  12. Make that 3 of us! Greetings to the forum from Basildon. Good luck with your intentions and ambitions. All the best, Sam.
  13. There are many threads on RMweb, many websites, many plan books to have a browse through. Planning is the fun bit! Also, a touch of basic, common courtesy might be a bit useful in your endevours too. It's not a dig, but simple things get the best results. I wish you luck, Sam.
  14. I think then, on that basis, the little bit of extra work for the double bolt system would reduce my pitiful attempt at wiring! Thank you.
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