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:
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…