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post 14 Jan 2009, 16:25
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If and when I ever get my layout finished (sometime in the 2020s at current rarte of progress) I am wondering if it woudl be possible to create a retro-future model railway. I am imagining a gleaming white monorail, sweeping through parkland studded with Corbusier-type architecture with streamlined befinned cars in the car parks and everyone wearing silver jumpsuits. One of my teachers actually had this idea when I was at primary school (he was a keen modeller) and as a class we actually started putting something together, but never actually got to the train stage (I assume nobody actually makes fictional monorail tracks and rolling stock).

Has anyone out there done something like this, or tried to model any kind of fantasy railway - either set in an imagined future or even not in this world at all? (there was quite a lot of train action on Mars in the movie Total recall I seem to, er, recall - now - a Martian layout - that's be something!"
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post 14 Jan 2009, 16:50
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Monorails are (or have been available) in model form - I think that Diseney used to market on.
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post 14 Jan 2009, 17:41
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I suppose the ultimate challenge would be Maglev ... about as far away in concept and execution as I can imagine from my archaic non-DCC efforts ....
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post 14 Jan 2009, 19:05
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The film "Things to Come", made in, I think, the mid-1930s, has a futuristic 'townscape' with trains running in tubes at high level between buildings and other fancies of the future.

Several years ago I came across someone who had set a railway within Tolkien's 'Middle Earth' stories - a fantasy within a fantasy!

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post 15 Jan 2009, 13:28
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In the Warhammer 40,000 universe there is an extensive Mag-Lev transport system. I'm currently reading a book called Mechanicum which is set around 30K and the characters use the Mag-Lev.

You could hunt around for a product that Hornby brought out in the very early 80s. I barely remember it but I did see it in a shop window in Banbury but I think I would have been 6 or 7 at most. It does pop up on ebay from time to time.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Rare-Hornby-3DS-Miss...emZ350122448286


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post 15 Jan 2009, 15:33
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*** I did have a go at this in my late teens - 1970-something... Using Brass curtain rail and fan drive/battery power initially, followed on with some of the then "new fangled plastic" H section curtain rail with slot car copper tape each side of the lower H member.

Never did get the "wheeled" mechanism I tried to create to work well...

There's certainly a working scale model of Sydneys Monorail in the market somewhere - with sectional monorail track... Its been a while since I saw it but it didn't look at all badly done... and it had gleaming white monorail Mike!

perhaps some web searching.

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QUOTE (eddscott @ 15 Jan 2009, 13:28) *


Blimey - haven't seen any of that for a while!

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Roco have a model of the maglev train but I haven't seen one close up to see how it works.


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Funny this is mentioned. I have some Warhammer 40k figures that I discovered when relocating and thought that maybe one of my sons might be into them later so didn't throw them out!

I have toyed with a cameo diorama style layout set in the Warhammer world and was goin to have the track under the layout with a powered bogie wheich carries an electromagnet. The electromagnet then moves a fixed magnet concealed in the "train" along some mythical rail or track.

The other way that doesn't look to bad would be some track embedded in the ground, I thought of using 0 gauge track and one of the Warhammer tanks and making something out of that.
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Have a look at this site for a fantasy garden layout, its loaded with pictures of the wierd & wonderful! (and a few normalish). I particularly like the "Welcome to Trainsylvania!" railway.

http://4largescale.com/chris/c38.htm

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Blimey ... seems there is more out there than I thought. I love the idea of a Middle Earth layout. With the Stagecoach franchises run by orcs! Seriously, could a 4mm scale maglev be made to work? I understand that the fundamental problem with maglevs is the switching problem ...
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I saw a layout in Adelaide where all the stations were named after places in middle earth but it's still a big step from that to having orc's and wizards.

One of my mates was talking about doing a Harry Potter layout.


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post 18 Jan 2009, 20:57
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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 18 Jan 2009, 20:51) *
One of my mates was talking about doing a Harry Potter layout.

With the popularity of the books & films the only surprising thing is not having seen A HP exhibition layout yet !
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QUOTE (Brian Considine @ 18 Jan 2009, 20:57) *
With the popularity of the books & films the only surprising thing is not having seen A HP exhibition layout yet !


Could be interesting making a flying Anglia!

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Hi Mike

In the early 60th this running model of the Disneyland monorail was available - made by Schuco.

Watch the German site: DISNEYLAND ALWEG MONORAIL SYSTEM

You also find there informations about the E+R - Piko - Disney and Ostermann monorail models.


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