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Stakčín - Slovakian Branch Line

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An overdue update on my layout. Progress has been a bit stop,start due to the fine weather but I have finally got the station and yard buildings just about finished. A few photos below of the station  building and offices which is based on the original but also a bit freelance. The interior is lit and detailed. A picture of the real thing is in a previous post.

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Also done is the semi-abandoned goods shed

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And the abandoned weighbridge building

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Another near ever on-going project has also been finished; I picked up an old Sachsenmodelle DB liveried 'B' coach cheap on e-bay and figured it should be easy to repaint into the original ZSR/ZSSK all over red livery. I got the numbering decals from a Czech ebay type website. It was also a suitable guineapig project to be vandalised ( as is a fair proportion of ZSSK coaching stock )

 

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Finding the correct decals for anything ZSR/ZSSK has been a nightmare but luckily I made contact with someone in Slovakia who makes and prints decals and very kindly made up the decals I needed. I now have enough decals to update my 721 Hektor loco, decorate my 810 'wheeliebin' railcar kit (when I build it) and convert a good proportion of my freight stock to correct ZSSKC numbering. All at a very reasonable price - Thanks Martin

 

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I can also recommend a Czech website for DCC Sound Projects JBR Sounds and I have now fitted sound to my Nohab, as well as changing the chip in one of my class 750's. The Nohab sound is excellent as is the 750. Far superior, in my opinion, to the standard Roco sounds or indeed the Artol class 750/ 754 sounds which are used on my other locos. It does mean you have to post your expensive decoders overseas along with cash,  but despite obvious worries of never seeing anything again (!) they were returned by registered post in 10 days. Great service.

 

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And finally a pic of a stabled 'Grumpy' hiding behind the goods shed. There is still a lot of work to do on the fine details in this area of the layout but before that I will be turning my attention to the so far un-landscaped scenic section that is the approach to the station.....

 

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Looking really good.

 

Not heard of the JBR Sounds before, had a look on their website and they do a silenced 751. I do have a Roco one that was always silenced so I don’t really want to put Artol sounds into it (as they only do noisy ones :-) ). Do JBR use Zimo or Lok Sound?

 

For my Nohab’s (Belgian or Danish) I use either Dirks sounds or my own Lok Sound file that has “Full Throttle” on it. The Roco sound is very basic by comparison.

 

One question, who makes your station “yard lights” they look excellent. Really like the weathering of the buildings looks spot on, something I must attempt on my layout.

 

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Looking really good.

 

Not heard of the JBR Sounds before, had a look on their website and they do a silenced 751. I do have a Roco one that was always silenced so I don’t really want to put Artol sounds into it (as they only do noisy ones :-) ). Do JBR use Zimo or Lok Sound?

Thanks Neil,

 

I sent him Zimo 645's. Not sure if he does any others. Petr communicates in english, so pm me if you want his email. I will certainly use his services again.

I have Artol sounds in my two grumpies and it does have a silenced version included. If you select function 5 and start the engine then everything is the same except there isn't much noise when under load!

For my Nohab’s (Belgian or Danish) I use either Dirks sounds or my own Lok Sound file that has “Full Throttle” on it. The Roco sound is very basic by comparison.

 

I've not heard of dirks sounds - I shall google... One thing I don't like on the Nohab sound (and on the Artol 751's) is the power/exhaust sound as you reduce speed; the chip simply steps back down through the acceleration sequence - I've also noticed this at model shows. In my mind this is not prototypical; in reality the driver will shut off power and either coast and re-apply power or coast and then brake. I have overcome this by changing CV398 (on my Zimos)  to '2', which means if I reduce speed the engine note runs back to idle and will power up again if I increase speed. I am relatively new to DCC sound so this might be old news!

 

One question, who makes your station “yard lights” they look excellent.

They are JM detail. I got them from here 

 

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I have Artol sounds in my two grumpies and it does have a silenced version included. If you select function 5 and start the engine then everything is the same except there isn't much noise when under  

 

They are JM detail. I got them from here 

I had no idea the Artol sounds had a silent option, i’ve just tried it out on one of my noisy “Grumpies”. Has the correct “dull” sound on pull away just as I remember it. Will order a Zimo chip and speaker my CD Cargo 751 will be getting a sound chip!! (All my other ones are noisy ones).

 

Thanks for the link for the lights, will investigate.

 

Thanks,

 

Neil

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An update on my layout on progress the last few months. The pics below show the rough planning and then construction progress so far of the scenic approach to Stakčín. This area is entirely fictitious but is inspired by the railway north of Banska Bystrica in central Slovakia.

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Some photos of progress on the approach to the station

 

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I have also made and painted facias that make the baseboards much tidier

 

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and finally as a distraction from the scenic work I have started building my 810 'wheeliebin' railcar kit

 

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Tim,

 

Some really solid progress there, looking good! Who makes the rock formations and what material are they?

 

Peter.

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Tim,

 

Some really solid progress there, looking good! Who makes the rock formations and what material are they?

 

Peter.

 

Thanks Peter - Its the Noch Limestone Rock Wall. It comes in 32cm x 18cm foam sections. I used a small saw to cut them into undulating formations. Also the rocks in the lower section (what will be a river) were cut out individually (off cuts from the top section) and glued together, the gaps then filled with putty and painted.

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A bit of an update on my layout; Progress slowed to nothing over the summer months apart from the odd bit of tinkering with rolling stock. I've not done any scenic work at all but have completed the 810 railcar and trailer coach.

 

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This was a plastic kit, motorised with a Bramos chassis and fitted with lights and JBR sound. It required a bit of hacking to get it to fit together, the trailer coach went together really easy by comparison. The transfers were made by Martin Model.

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Last year a forum member very kindly sold me a batch of Slovak rolling stock at a very reasonable price for which I am very grateful. Some of which is seen behind a 754 above. The coaches were mostly in the early ZSR livery which I have set about updating to what would be seen late 2000's onwards...

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Above is a B coach in green livery - I removed the stripes using thinners and a cotton bud then 'washed out' the paintwork using thinned down matt white and then light weathering to give the slightly run down look of rolling stock of this era.

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I have also repainted and weathered some of my collection of Eas wagons and also made removable log loads for them. The wagon on the left is a full repaint from DSB orange and the decals are by Martin Model. On the right is out of the box and weathered using thinned down enamels and drybrushing. The log loads are off cuts of buddleia from the garden, dried out and cut then glued to florists foam. This makes them very light. The ratchet strapping is by Scale Model Scenery - this should actually extend down the side of the wagon but then I would be able to run empty wagons which I didnt want.

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A bit of an xmas update;

 

Santa brought a Čmelák. A Roco version, which is now fitted with JBR sound and I also have Martin Model transfers to turn it into ZSSKC 771-195 at some point.

 

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I have also started some scenic work - here is a pic of the wood yard end of the station

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And a photo of the start on the woodyard scenic details. I'll be using the xmas break to make a dent in the required scenic work. More photos to follow....

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A few pics of work over the xmas holidays:

 

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Scenic groundwork in the station loading yard

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Overgrown, abandoned goods shed

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Static grass applied to the wood yard end of the layout. I think it has captured the unkept look of the real thing!

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The wood yard has been walled/fenced with a scattering of weeds. It awaits the piles of processed logs and other details.

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What will be the main road crossing disappearing into the backscene. Roadway markings still to be figured out..

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An update to my layout;Img_4029.jpg.f4cea21f217012d33116d2485b86a83d.jpg

Above : next the station I have made the semi derelict barn/garage that exists in reality. In the space next to it I decided to add a station bar - the sort that is so common in eastern europe, although Stakčín doesn't actually have one in reality. Both structures scratch built from plasticard.

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Above: The scrubland on the approach to Stakčín station

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Above: Dwellings and yet to be detailed gardens on the approach to Stakčín. The houses are WEPE kits.

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Above: Random e-bay purchase, a Roco Siemens Herkules ER20 lok. These do run on ZSR metals - although probably not to Stakčín as yet. I've fitted it with JBR/Jacek sound - which is excellent as ever.

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A few general shots of the layout taken yesterday;

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I've been busy over the last few months finishing the bulk of the scenic work on the approach to the station at Stakčín. There is still quite a bit to do to the grassy area at the front. And also many layers of varnish to go on the river.

 

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Also I have lined the road. I did this by hand using masking tape
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And in keeping with others in this section I have been distracted buying unsuitable motive power but I couldnt resist another NoHab. This one is a NMJ model and came sound fitted, although I have since replaced the speak with a better quality one. A very nice model
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