Inspirational Layouts #1: Schwungischerplatz

I thought it might be worth doing a series of posts to share some of the layouts and models that I have found inspirational in the hope that they might inspire you too.

So here is Schwungischerplatz…

Schwungischerplatz – Photo by Matt Lamb – All rights reserved – Used with permission,
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In the words of it’s creators (Marc Fuller of Ickenham & District Society of Model Engineers), Schwungischerplatz is: “…an N gauge model railway layout representing a busy scene in a German city”.

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Inspirational Modelling #1 (Shunting Tractors)

While researching rail-served industries in the United States and Europe I’ve often seen pictures that include interesting looking rail-car movers or shunting tractors like this Mercedes Road Rail UniMog:

Unimog U-400 As Two-Way-Vehicle by LosHawlos – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, View Image

For a while I dabbled with the idea of creating a 3D model of one of these units but put the idea on the back-burner because I’d assumed it would be impossible to motorise something as small as a shunting tractor in N scale.

Then I saw this amazing bit of modelling posted on the East Surrey N Gauge blog: It’s shunting Jim, but not as we know it….

A fully-working, ‘free-range’ shunting tractor in N scale!

After taking a look at the video I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s an amazing piece of engineering and very inspirational.

Interesting Idea For A Module #7 (Line 24, Belgium)

Road/Rail Bridge In Belgium

Following on from my recent post about the Remersdaal viaduct and Line 24 in Belgium, I thought I’d do a quick post about this nearby road/rail bridge:

Remersdaal – Spoorwegbrug by Frans90245 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, View Image

All things considered it’s fairly ordinary road/rail bridge but it’s a perfect scene to recreate as a T-Trak module…

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Line 24 (Part 1): The Remersdaal Viaduct, Belgium

The Remersdaal or Remersdael (German spelling) viaduct is a rather utilitarian concrete structure located in the attractive rolling countryside of north-east Belgium.

NMBS 2372 on the Remersdaal Viaduct by Jan Derk Remmers – Own work,
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As you can see from the picture, the viaduct is nicely framed by the surrounding hills and trees and has the potential to make a very interesting feature…

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Interesting Idea For A Module #6 (Chemical Plant)

Industrial Siding In Germany

Here’s a photo of an interesting little industrial scene in Germany.

Photo by Michael Gaida – Own work, Pixabay License, View Image

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This photo caught my eye because it’s very reminiscent of a slightly neglected industrial spur in the United States…

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Useful Website: railgoed.nl

I’ve been a fan of Lance Mindheim’s industrial switching layouts since I first saw his Downtown Spur in the US magazine Model Railroader. When I became interested in European railways I wondered if it would be possible to create something similar based on European practice and locations.

I’ve been able to find rail-served industrial areas just by searching maps using OpenStreetMap or OpenRailwayMap but frustratingly it’s not always possible to easily find photographs of the buildings or operations at these locations.

Then I found the railgoed.nl website after browsing the links page of railtrash.net.

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Werdohl-Elverlingsen Power Station, Germany

I hesitated to tag this post as an Inspiring Prototype because coal isn’t exactly a well regarded power source these days. However, putting the politics aside and focusing solely on model making; a power station plant of any type is an impressive structure and quite a scratch building challenge.

Coal-fired power station, Werdohl-Elverlingsen, Germany by Dr.G.Schmitz – Own work,
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The Werdohl-Elverlingsen power station is no exception. However, it does appear to have a relatively compact footprint for a power station and of more interest to modellers, a resident shunting locomotive and some pretty interesting track work…

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Useful Website: RailTrash

A while back I did a couple of posts about the Dordrecht Island in the Netherlands. The western side of the island has a rail served industrial area that I thought might make a good basis for some industrial modules or even a larger European themed industrial switching layout.

The Silo Dordrecht building caught my eye and it was while I was searching for images of that structure that I stumbled across a website called RailTrash

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Modelable European Intermodal Facilities #2

Here’s the second part of what will become a series of posts about modelable European intermodal facilities.

Rheinhafen-Dreiländereck…Basel – Panoramio by Pierre Likissas – Own work, CC BY 3.0, View Image

For this post I’m looking at an intermodal facility in Basel, Switzerland; an important European rail hub and Switzerland’s only port city…

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