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  1. The concept of my layout is pretty simple - recreate the Ludendorff Bridge in n gauge. The layout is a dumbbell format double track bridge with storage loops at each end. In display format, it measures 7.0M x 0.9M. This project started back in 2009 and following initial good progress, it stalled in 2011 due to a number of reasons. However earlier this year saw it restart and is progressing well. I'll get some progress photos up shortly. Cheers, Al.
  2. I've posted one a few things in the handbuilt track forum about my experiments with "finer" Z gauge, and I'm pretty happy with the trackwork, so I'm moving on with the layout plan I have in mind for this. Z Gauge has caught my interest for quite some time, but I began to develop a more serious plan after a holiday hiking in the Black Forest in 2016. The combination of dramatic scenery and railways around the seemed quite hard to beat! Picture - my own copyright The line that had really caught my eye was the Höllentalbahn (literally "Hell Valley Railway"), a single electrified track branchline running from Freiburg to Neustadt (Schwarzwald), and then continues as a diesel only line, known as the Hintere (lower) Höllentalbahn to Donaueschingen (the source of the Danube). Picture - Creative Commons 0 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%B6llentalbahn_(Black_Forest)#/media/File:Doppelstockzug_auf_der_Fahrt_ins_H%C3%B6llental.jpg The really dramatic section is around Hinterzarten, where the line crosses the famous Ravenna Viaduct (in the first picture). Map - Wikipedia user Lencer - Creative Commons CC-BY https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%B6llentalbahn_(Black_Forest)#/media/File:Verlaufskarte_H%C3%B6llentalbahn_2.png The trip certainly gave me thoughts about modelling this kind of scenery in a scale that would allow me to make the most of it. When I realised that Märklin had released a track pack of the distinctive combination of Br143 bo-bo electric loco and double deck coaches, it wasn't long until my wallet took a hit. I gather that the Br143's have now been replaced, but their boxy old GDR styling quite appealed to me. Photo with the loco and two of the three coaches on my coffee table The obstacle to building a layout, for me though, was the fact that the track available from Märklin is pretty awful. Points are not only expensive, but look terrible, with one-piece pivoting switch rails, plastic vees, and strange sprung metal contacts through the crossing flangeways. Slightly better trackwork is now available from Japanese manufacturer Rokuhan, but this is moulded with solid ballast shoulders, like Kato Unitrack in N and HO. Not bad, but not really at the standards I'd like. Then I noticed that RMWeb user WillVale (who unfortunately doesn't seem to be active on the forum anymore) had had a similar idea, and modelled the Hirschsprung stretch of this line in Z. Intriguingly, I noticed that he had adapted the Z gauge flex track to look quite a bit better. The trick was to slide the existing rail (code 60 I think) out, and replace it with code 40 flatbottom rail, which, luck would have it, fits nicely in the existing chairs. A solution for finer looking Z gauge track! But what about points? Will's solution was to only have plain track in the scenic section and confine the points to the fiddle yard. I decided to experiment with using the same code 40 flatbottom rail with 2mm Scale Association narrow gauge PCB sleepers, and templates printed from Templot with the Z-NMRA settings. The process of arriving at something that worked is documented in this thread. The long and short of it is that I ended up with a standard based around accommodating the existing Märklin wheels boiling down to: track gauge: 6.6mm; check gauge: 5.9mm; crossing flangeway: 0.7mm; check span: 5.2mm. It works pretty nicely! So, for the actual plan. I'm aiming for a single track roundy-roundy that will allow for at least a little operational interest - a small station, more or less inspired by the now closed Posthalde, perhaps with a hint of the also closed Hirschsprung, with just a passing loop and single goods siding. This will allow two trains to pass, and potentially even a very small amount of shunting. I'm planning to experiment with Microtrains (Kaydee) couplings. I'm still working on finalising the details of track plan, and the actual trackwork through the station will be drawn in Templot, so the Anyrail plan here is just an approximation. It should give an idea of the concept though. I'm aiming to fit the whole thing in 120x50cm (the size of a sheet of pink insulation board). The ruling radius is 195cm, which is Märklin's second radius. I had tried the first radius (145cm) for the hidden sections, but the Doppelstockwagen are so long (real things are 26m) that they really struggle at that radius - the flanges rub against the bodywork! The other key features will be a significant viaduct crossing a central valley, and some suitably idyllic (OK, twee) Black Forest scenery - farmhouses, stables, maybe a watermill, and certainly a castle perched amongst the pines. I've just got hold of some Z scale versions of laser cut kits of Black Forest prototypes by Thomas Oswald of MBZ. The laser engraving is pretty much the finest I've ever seen! I think I now have everything I need to finalise the design, so hopefully making concrete progress soon! Any thoughts or suggestions much appreciated! Justin
  3. Hi Guys, Around Nuremburg Fair time, I remember reading that Fleischmann were planning on stopping production of HO Models, to concentrate on N scale. Now, I can't find any mention of it ? Did I get it wrong ? Cheers from Down-Under, Frank Savery
  4. I recently conducted some research into Z gauge and bought some locos to have a look at – the typical Marklin, AZL and Rokuhan products. I recently sold the AZL and Rokuhan locos on ebay, but something kept me from selling the Marklin locos, so I'm thinking of building a little layout for them, if I have time. Before I start, however, I don't have a clue about German railways and have a few questions. I have the German Krokodil E94 heavy freight loco with a train of 5 fuel tank wagons, but would these run with a brake van, and which one would it be? I also have the general purpose E44, which I will buy some coaches to run behind it, but again I don't know which. I would like the smaller 4-wheel type, as the layout will not be big and it will only be a local train service. I understand the locos are described as 'Epoch 4' but the coaches I would like to use are 'Epoch 3'. Could I get away with this? As for the layout itself, I'm thinking of a small lake-side station with a passing siding. Mountains in the background, perhaps a tunnel mouth into the fiddle yard. Certainly nothing fancy as I won't have the time. I'll choose some appropriate kit buildings of a small station, a hotel maybe, a few outbuildings. If someone could answer my questions above, I'll work on a trackplan. Thanks in advance, Steve
  5. In der dunklen Seite der Stadt... On the eastern fringes of Steinrücken's Industriegelände, just beyond the town's power station, stands a paper mill. Built in the 1920s, the works survived the post-Wende industrial collapse and today operates in private hands as Steinrückner Papier GmbH. The paper mill enjoys a steady supply of wood from the Zellwald which comes in by road, however other raw materials are delivered by rail from further afield, such as lime from Rübeland. The mill sends out some of its production by rail. The wagonload consignments in and out are served by trip workings from Riesa and Dresden, some run by DB Schenker and others by the Mittelweserbahn. The line to the mill is the rump of the former Lommatzscher Kreisbahn, the only other remaining rail served site being a coal merchant's across the road (the eponymous Stromallee) from the mill. There's not much else further up the road, just a few farms and the village of Luga, and so the surface beyond the paper mill's entrance remains cobbled and narrow. Running past the paper mill site is KBS 506, the Borsdorf - Coswig railway. This was electrified as far as Steinrücken in 1970, becoming part of Dresden's S-Bahn in 1973. Push-pull trains run hourly to Steinrücken, others terminating further east, in Meissen. DMUs run from Meissen to Leipzig. At times of engineering on KBS 500 (Leipzig - Dresden), long distance trains may be seen running through Steinrücken. The line is single track, though a passing loop at the junction with the former Kreisbahn allows shorter trains to cross. That's the fictional background. I'll post this now to avoid losing it, then follow with some progress pictures.
  6. Hello All, I am having real problems trying to find and fit a suitable decoder for my Trix 22528 Prussian G8.1, later BR55 0-8-0 tender loco. As the decoder socket is in the tender under a lift out coal load, it should be a very simple job! It still runs exquisitely on analogue power. Initially I ran it on a Digitrax DZ126N (modified to fit!) and it seemed quite happy for a few days then blew the decoder. I thought, "oh dear, needs more oomph"! so have tried it with a couple of different Lenz Silver decoders. I've tested each of these decoders on my ESU decoder tester and they're fine. Everything reads fine on the programming track (decoder fitted to loco!). As soon as I put the loco on the main track, it just sits there and flashes at me! Doesn't that mean a short circuit or not enough power? As soon as I remove decoder and re-fit the blanking plug and use DC, off she goes again, smooth as silk! Needless to say, I've hunted up & down on the internet without success! I think this loco is fitted with either a "Sinus" or "Soft" motor - it is definitely not fitted with an old style ringfield motor, not enough room in loco and too smooth and quiet for that. Or, am I missing something obvious, please? Any help greatly appreciated. John E. PS My DCC system is NCE Pro cab but can call on Lenz 100 or Z21 if need be. PPS If photos of the loco in question are required, please ask and I'll take some!
  7. Guest

    HO to OO?

    Bonjour I am making an enquiry as I need some Italian/German/French railway wagons to run on an OO gauge layout. I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this (any suggestions to where I may get help would be much appreciated ). I am thinking if I try and remove the wheelsets and replace them with British OO gauge ones, they might work but would the body of the carriage be too narrow? i am asking this before I attempt any surgical maneuvers on any railway wagons! Any suggestions would be much appreciated
  8. Since I've pretty much settled on a plan, and am beginning the build, I thought I should start a thread... The KoffeeBahn is set in Germany in Epoch III (50s-60s). The name comes from my obsession with coffee, and the name of my first Loco 'Kof'. I am using Lenz track and rolling stock. I am modelling an industrial location, possibly very loosely based on Bremen, or a non waterside location, currently without a prototype. I have tried to include enough sidings for an inglenook, and also a timesaver, but want the operations to have a reason... These are the two options: The wharf: Just industry: Due to the layout of the room, and the fact it is my son's bedroom when he is back from Uni, I need to be able to lift the baseboard out of the way. I am planning on having three parts, with the upper part not moving, the lower single road being removable, and the main middle section being constructed on foamboard, so light enough to lift away. The idea is illustrated in the second picture with the orange lines. I like the idea of the wharf, since it gives a reason for the shape of the layout, but am not convinced I can do a good job embedding the tracks, although that is not necessarily 100% required. I have seen the wharf edges available, so that should be OK to do. The other issue might be hiding the join of the single road. The second version uses a low relief shed to hide the track inside it. The track feeding in from the left I would like to come in over a bridge, and can possibly have a decent run along the wall. I am currently trying the track out on the insulation sheets to make sure it all really fits. And testing the operational principles. All for research you understand :-) Thanks, Pete
  9. I'm looking to build a layout loosely based on bits of the Rhine valley between Bingen and Koblenz. What I have planned so far is derived from the layout at Boppard, much simplified, and with a substantial change to how the branch departs from the station, due to issues with hiding one end exit of the layout adequately. A (not-to-scale) drawing of Boppard HBf: Having tried to fit the full (shortened) platform across the layout, it was obvious that it dominated the scene, so I went for the end of platform with station throat pointwork idea. The problem was then how to hide the platform disappearing into the hole in the sky. There's not much in the way of road over-bridges along that line, added to the fact that the branch line climbing alongside the loco shed crowded that end of the layout a bit, so I've made the branch leave in the opposite direction, but with a reversing move from the station. Here's three versions with differences being how to use the space next to the loco shed: I'd appreciate feedback on whether the junction seems plausible, and anything that's glaringly wrong! The position and angle of the mainline track at each end has to be where it is as it adjoins helices that fit with another layout. Anything else can be changed! Some of the workings-out that brought the idea to this point can be found here.
  10. Hi all, Over the last couple of years ive dabbled in some German railway stock. I’ve round that my rivarossi cars (in blue and green liveries) are longer and seem a slightly bigger scale to my Fleischmann cars (of what seems to be 80s schemes) being a lot shorter. The latters quality is amazing but when running they do look rather odd together. So who is the true length, And if I were to buy Roco or another brand, what length are they going to be closer to out of what I already have. Thanks for any information! Dan
  11. bimble


    As I'm hoping to actually get some building done this summer I figured it would be a good time to start a layout thread in the hope I'll might even have some trains running by Christmas... With space in the shed for a layout of 3m x 0.7m (10' x 2 1/3' in old money) I took some inspiration from the Raurimu Spiral in New Zealand to fit a longer run than might otherwise fit on the baseboards. It's going to be German N gauge, mostly because there is just something I love about German railways and the locomotives. And by setting it in the 1970s I can run steam, diesel and electric all at the same time! Not only that, looking through old photos and seeing 2-10-0 class 52's (such as the locos in the last photo) hauling 4 coach local passenger trains... it's almost like DB in the 70s just ran with Rule 1. I've even seen a photo of a Class 01, Pacific express loco, pulling double decker commuter stock tender first. As you do. The thing is, we would quite like a layout that has a slight roundy hint to it, because sometimes it is nice to just watch trains run. But with a station, even in N, being at least a meter long, with then the station throat, then the hiding the returns to the fiddle yard... that doesn't leave a lot of space. At least on the flat. So I'm going up! A combination of a 4 1/2 loop helix, a 1 1/2 loop spiral (just when does a spiral become a helix??) and three complete traverses of the baseboards gives around 15m worth of running. The two large baseboards will be scenic, where as the small board (with the helix) will be left open, because 1) it'll make access easier, 2) helices are pretty cool. The first two traverses are done at a constant gradient of 1:50, whereas the helix/spiral are up to 1:32 (unfortunately the are limited by baseboard size). There has been a few tweaks in the station area, I have moved the rightmost points further right to increase the platform length. The pair of sidings going off towards the top are going to be to a hidden mine. So empty wagons will disappear and then later full ones come out. And even though it's not for the layout I thought we need a photo of a train. I've no idea how often I'll get to update this thread, but I'm hoping to get a lot of building done over the summer and maybe have trains running by Christmas. Or at least by a Christmas!
  12. MODEL TRAINS IN THE VALLEY 2015 6th Annual Club Open Day Sunday 25th October Milland Valley Memorial Hall, Iping Road, Milland GU30 7NA (Close to The Rising Sun at Milland Cross Roads & Milland Stores in the South Downs National Park) For the first time at this event over 8 club , members & guest layouts in 00, HO & N, covering British, American, German, Italian & Japanese prototypes Refreshments; Club S/H items table; Demonstration; Free off street parking. Venue is disabled friendly with ramps and toilet facilities LAYOUTS DUE TO BE ON DISPLAY Many of the layouts will be operational some with scenic work incomplete British Sturminster Halt – S&D - N scale New club “No name” Southern branch line terminus set in Cornwall-OO scale Idylton Vale – Suburban tram layout 1950’s OO scale German - All in HO scale Friedrichstrasse - Through station in Berlin Epoch 3 Buroklammer - Complex mountain spiral modern image Uberernst - Branch line terminus- part of a 30 year old exhibition layout due to be refurbished (Not currently operational) - Epoch 2 German branch line Italian Travo- small station – H0 American Pinkmans Gorge- narrow gauge mountain country -HOn3 scale South River Terminal-small switching (shunting) layout -HO scale Japanese Kuritu Line - Tram/light rail - N gauge
  13. Hi All, I simply had to bring your attention to detail of this gents work, English translation here; https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?sl=de&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.stummiforum.de%2Fviewtopic.php%3Ff%3D51%26t%3D60658%26hilit%3DKPEV&edit-text=&act=url The whole topic is quite amazing but from partway down on page 17, he started to really blow me away! Original German text: http://www.stummiforum.de/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=60658&start=400 Enjoy! John E. Edited for topic tags!
  14. Hi All, PLEASE NOTE: The up to date story so far now starts from post number 22. Hope this makes things clear. After much deliberation, I reluctantly had to shelve my plans for "Swarzwaldbahn" as it may be that we don't stay in this house for ever more, in it's place I am planning not one but two(!) German layouts instead. These will actually share the space allocated for my British P4 layout "Windley" and one will get worked on, followed by another as my mood and interest waxes and wanes. Why the need for two German layouts then? Well, the first plan to develop was a bang up to date stone quarry type of terminal using very modern loco types as produced by Vossloth & Voith in real life and by various makers in H0 scale. I only really know the modern German scene in real life since my first proper visit in about 2008, I did visit in 1977 but didn't see many trains as it was only a flying visit. Although I do very much like this period as it was very colourful and there was a lot of very interesting traction about so, if I feel like back-dating to this period, I can do so. My need for the second layout comes about from my fascination with what we would call the 'pre-group' period of the Bavarian railways. This will be set in about 1920 when the old liveries of lined green (akin to our Great Northern livery) would still have been about as well as the then current plain green livery. This requires more changes than simply changing the stock/road vehicles etc. The rail section would have been lighter in the early period, signals would be typically Bavarian, track layout different, roads would be still commonly dirt tracks, not to mention the dress of the people, signage and so forth. While I only have a space of 9' x 7' with maximum depth of baseboards being 18", I have developed the following plan with a little help from friends in other places! This is the modern quarry version! The track on here is Tillig Elite and some may spot straight away that Tillig don't do a three way point yet and they certainly don't do a curved three way! Fortunately for me Herr Weller does, see: http://www.g-weller.de/ and the appropriate point bases are now ordered. Looks like I'll need all my P4 experience for these! Operation will be simple enough but hopefully entertaining; big main line loco brings empties into one of the loops, drops train and runs around onto loads then back onto sector plate. Private owner diesel then shunts empties through the loader and builds up a fresh train. While this happens, a small railcar can shuttle back & forth into the station, which is more of a halt really. I haven't yet drawn up the 1920's version of this yet but this will use Peco code 75 track, the station facilities will have to be enhanced slightly and local goods facilities added. Whether I continue with the quarry theme or go for a coal tippler, I haven't yet decided but I do have a nice collection of Bavarian bogie hoppers! More to come presently - if the interest is there! John E. Edited to clarify latest changes. Note: A suitable name for the Prussian layout has finally been chosen.
  15. Wintonian

    The start

    I've always admired the Lenz 0 gauge system since I saw some pictures on their web site. Last year at the Winchester 0 gauge American/ Continental meet I made an "unplanned" purchase of two small carriages and followed that with an "impulse buy" of their "good value" start up set at the German Railway Society show at Sutton Coldfield this year. The set contained a Lok shunting loco, some wagons, track, one point and a Lenz DCC controller. The loco and rolling stock is DCC fitted for lighting and uncoupling, with the loco also sound fitted. I regularly visit Carl Arendt's Micro/small layout site and recently noticed a proposed small shunting layout set on a line cut by the internal border between East and West Germany in the 1950's. it allegedly fits into a space 1650 x 350 (See small layout scrapbook No 89 for Sept 2009 on www.carendt.us/scrapbook/page89/index.html) I hope to have slightly more space than Carl's correspondent allowed but haven't decided exactly how much. This blog will follow the planning and construction of the layout which is a German translation of a local place name. I hope my colleagues at the Liphook and District club will join in!
  16. Guten tag! Going on holiday's supposed to be good for you, and my visit last week to Bamberg last week was quite a tonic, even though I managed to spend only a short time at the Banhof. Where a holiday may not be good for you, is when it re-awakens a nascent interest, and my visit did just that. Amongst other things I sawon static display in Regensburg a pretty little metre gauge 0-6-2T (*photo below) which formally ran on an extensive system out of Regensburg (about 100km, I believe) The locomotive reminded me of a really nice Zeuke 0-10-0T reviewed in Model Railway Constructor in November '62. I was attracted at the time, but was more interested in remaining steam here in UK. I was considering, therefore, of starting a shelf layout (say 200cm x 30cm) having a simple track layout (not necessarily narrow gauge) using a locomotive like it, but, frankly, don't know where to start. I'd like to have bought something while I was there in Bamberg, but that proved impossible. Can I ask advice on where to start from you all, please? For instance, is there a suitable model railway society here, or would joining GRS be useful? Any pointer would be appreciated. Regards to all, Cliff
  17. Hello all! Ive recently purchased a four set of Fleischmann geared wheels for a kit Im assembling. I dont know of any kit conpanies that produce wheels in the US where I live, so I had purchased a used set off eBay. The set is in good condition and I think it will work. My issue lies in that I dont know how to remove the gear off the axle. In fear of damaging the set ive stopped trying to move it. If anyone knows how to safely remive it im all ears. Im unaware of what loco model it came off of, it was listed as steam on the page however. Edit: my plan is to remove the gears off two of the wheels and move one gear to the center of the axle of the third. The fourth I guess will be a spare. The plan is to use a worm gear motor to move the loco in question.
  18. These were just announced in Nurnberg and will be produced in April. HOe/HOn30 scale running on N-gauge track (9 mm). A Pechot-Bourdon "may" be produced in the future. http://schmalspurbedarf.de/Minitrains_neu_%202014.pdf
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