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Hi All,

Just trying to figure out how to post images


This is my Trix Ee 3/3 Fitted dcc and Krois digital uncoupling system on the layout I have recently started.


The Goods shed is scratchbuilt, plastic card, cladded with real wood strips, still loads to do yet.. but I think it has a Swiss rural "flavour".

If any interest is shown, I shall be happy to post progress pics or even start a blog, maybe


This is my latest recruit a vintage Rivarossi Em 3/3 ( made in 1988) it needed some modification to get it to run on dcc, but its now become my favourite loco.






And yes, you guessed it, shunting is "what floats my boat"


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QUOTE (Busybeas @ 25 May 2007, 19:53) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>And yes, you guessed it, shunting is "what floats my boat"
Hello Busybeas,

I understand that with shunting the exact track layout is very important in order to get maximum buoyancy out of a layout...in fact it needs care to ensure it is not actually impossible to get the yellow wagon onto the red siding between the blue and green wagons etc.! Do you have a trackplan that you could post?

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Thanks guys


Goedel, I think you are referring to what is known as a "shunting puzzle"... that is a variation of shunting, that I am not really bothered with


I shall post some pics of the layout progress and plan later.. But here is some ( familiar ?) back ground..
As we live in a small house, there is no room anywhere indoors to model a railway. so I have a large shed /workshop in the garden.some 16 x 8 feet (in old money)


Aside from the usual household stuff, gardening, decorating gear etc,, just over half of my shed is devoted to my railway modelling project.

I have what is known in the UK as an " end to end" layout... specifically no tailchasing or circular movement of trains.. I treat it as a "stage"... where most of it will ( eventually) be scenic, ( Swiss biased, in my case) with a little fiddle yard ( yet to be built) off scene.. to change the stock.

One has to use a degree of imagination here... but isn't this what model railways IS about ?


Somewhere, ( no particular place) down a Swiss branch line ( as yet unelectrified) there is a small town, where a goods siding receives and sends various raw material, goods and finished articles to the rest of Europe.
The goods shed has a runaround loop and only two sidings to serve the local business'es.

Alongside the goods shed, there will be a small family business, manufacturing wooden tables, benches and chairs for the hospitaliity industry, they are a thriving small business, well known for the high Swiss quality

Via the goods shed, they receive raw timber deliveries and ship out the finished items by rail and road transport.

Further along, at what is the head shunt and storage siding... is a small builders yard... this concentrates on mainly drainage materials but serves the local population with the usual builders materials, sand, cement, aggregates , bricks and tiles etc.. They will also have a small plant hire section, so local builders in the town can hire mixers and mini -diggers etc.

In essence.. a loco will bring a rake of maybe 3 or 4 small wagons round a very nice large curved viaduct , into the main on the loop, decouple and wait at the headshunt, for these incoming wagons to be sorted, he may leave empty , running light or he may have some full or empty wagons to take on the return journey .. who knows ?

He may visit once a day or every other day , depending on demand of the local business's, in between the diesel Em 3/3 will sort wagons, as they are emptied /filled at the goods station...

I equally enjoy scenery as much as the trains.. so a train is not continuously moving... I hope to create a small "window" of Swiss scenery but a goods shed setting within a rural environment.
For me , the scenery holds as much interest and enjoyment as the railway itself, and gives it all a "reason for being there".

Yes, I know in reality its all daft,
, but its my escapism..my life "therapy".. and its important to keep my sanity in this very busy world we live in.
I do hope you will enjoy what I share with you..

More pics soon..


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Thanks Brian.

here's a few of the layout, its still only in its infancy.. the total length of what you see is around 10 feet.. a curved viaduct will sweep the layout around the nearest corner along the gable end of the shed, effectivley giving me around 14 feet of "scenic" with around 5 feet of fiddle yard.

Quite a space for a simple loop and 2 sidings.. but its the realistic space I am looking for, rather than cramming stuff in.. to give you an idea, my Em 3/3 at a steady scale (ish) speed can take around 4 minutes to get from one end of the visible section, you see to the head shunt..

Just the way I personally, like to run things.... chilled out in typical Swiss rural mode.


Overview, from where the viaduct will be, scenically taking in the goods shed, & siding, the wooden bench makers building and the builders yard, storage siding and head shunt.

There is also a lower level, in front of this far siding, where I intend to model a farmhouse scene.



This is the opposite view showing the wide entry curve from where the curved bridge will be, will allow me to actually see both sides of a train as it travels around what will be an S curve..



The beginnings of the builders yard / plant hire area..



The bench makers workshops..



These are all a zillion miles from completion,,, but necessary to give me an idea of spacing etc...
Each one will be as detailed as my skills allow, with lighting for those dark evenings


I hope it gives you an idea of what I am aiming for... progress pics will follow as I progress


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Hi Steve,

Very good indeed.


Pls more pictures.

If I am not mistaken you have a "Migros" goods wagon, just seen partially from one of the photos.

I am after this wagon for ages. Would really appreciate if you can tell me where I can get my hands on one.

cheers

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Thanks Baykal,

The wagon comes form a Brawa 2042 , a set of 3 SBB wagons, I got from THE HOBBY SHOP here in the UK.. here is the link.

Lovely set and a nice price too .. their service is really top class too..

Link

I must say, the quality of these wagons is fantastic.. the detailing is superb .. and of course, I needed to add some colour..to all those brown Gbs wagons I have, after all, the local Migros shop needs its supplies too


Some more Migros pics to wet your appetite






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Thanks Steve for the link.

Will order it.

I guess its the same wagon as in the below layout of one of my friends.

Migros here in Turkey is the largest market chain.



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QUOTE (Busybeas @ 26 May 2007, 07:07) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Yes, I know in reality its all daft,
, but its my escapism..my life "therapy".. and its important to keep my sanity in this very busy world we live in.
I do hope you will enjoy what I share with you..

More pics soon..

I really like the atmosphere that you capture in this post, with something so well conceived to escape to I am sure it will be a very rewarding experience. I suspect that some modellers who like the prototype of X railway and so buy the models may struggle when it comes to a layout because they don't associate, beyond the visual asthetics of the prototype, with the whole world that it neatly fits into and is a consequence of...glad you don't have this problem!! Look forward to more pictures as progress is made...

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Plenty of thought going into this I suspect.

Regards

John
 
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