Inspirational Modelling #1

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

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,
CC BY-SA 4.0, View Image

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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The Ups & Downs Of 3D Printing Tanktainers

I’ve been a bit quiet about my 3D printed models recently; although I’ve made some progress I’ve also run into some problems which have really slowed me down.

So I thought I’d run through some of the steps I went through when trying to finish the models I’ve discussed in previous posts, some of the problems I experienced while doing that and what I’ll be doing next…

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Grain Silos: Useful Reference Photos

Grain silos are a common sight alongside railroads in agricultural areas and seaports in the United States and Canada.

Nebraska Grain Silo RAAM 2015 by D Ramey Logan – Own work, CC BY 4.0, View Image

Many of these silo complexes have evolved and expanded over time resulting in an interesting combination of different building materials and styles. As such they have the potential to make a fascinating scratch-building projects.

You’ll often find photographs of the whole complex but sometimes photographs of small details can provide inspiration for a project so I thought I’d share a few interesting photographs that I’ve discovered on the Internet…

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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,
CC BY-SA 3.0, View Image

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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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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Interesting Idea For A Module #5

Pite Älv Bridge, Inlandsbanen, Sweden

This picture caught my eye because it looks like the kind of railway operation you rarely see nowadays: a short passenger train, in a remote location and a shared rail/road bridge in Europe!

Inland Bridge by Gunvald – Own work, CC0, View Image

The bridge on it’s own would be an interesting scratchbuild but you’d probably have to scratchbuild or 3D print the rolling stock too if you wanted to recreate this scene in N scale…

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