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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Interesting Idea For A Module #4

Modern River Bridge In Germany

I’ve always liked the idea of creating modules or cameos where you need to look through or around the scenery to catch a glimpse of the trains just as we often have to do in the real World. If you’re not sure what I mean I think the picture below sums it up nicely:

Railway Bridge by Herbert2512, CC0, View Image

It would be a real challenge to create trees and water realistic enough to pull this off and keep viewers interested until a train appeared but I think it would be worth the effort involved.

Unfortunately, whoever uploaded this image to Pixabay didn’t include enough information to find out exactly where the bridge is, but based on the livery of the carriage it looks like somewhere in Germany.

If German railways aren’t you’re thing I’ve seen similar pictures from locations across Europe and North America and the bridge is generic enough to be anywhere in the World really.

The Klappbrücke (Bascule Bridge) In Husum, Germany

For reasons now unknown to me this post has been sitting in my Drafts folder for quite a while now so I thought I’d get on and publish as it’s actually quite an interesting location.

Husum is a maritime town in the far north of Germany with a pair of modern bascule bridges that look like they’d be good candidates for a bit of scratchbuilding.

View From The Harbour Bridge by Frank Vincentz – Own Work, CC-BY-SA-3.0, View Image

As the bridges are only about 45m long they’d also fit nicely on a module…

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T-Trak Modules

You may have noticed that over the last year, I haven’t actually built any modules despite doing the design work and finding suitable plenty of suitable locations. Unfortunately, my plan to have a space to build those modules hasn’t come to be… yet. However, I’ve still got the desire to build something and practice modelling techniques but to make this a realistic prospect anytime soon, it’s going to need something small, relatively cheap and easy to store.

Johnstown – Oheygi T-Trak Module (Paul Ohegyi) by Topherson – Own Work,
CC BY 2.0, View Image

I’ve talked in previous posts about wanting to create small modules or cameos; where the scenery is of equal importance to the trains and where the scenic elements are used to frame a scene. T-Trak modules might be the answer…

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Interesting Ideas For A Module #3

Appleton Swing Bridge, Wisconsin, USA

Here is an interesting photograph of a swing bridge over the Fox River in Appleton, WI.

Appleton, WI Swing Bridge by Unknown, CC0, View Image

It looks a bit rusted but those modern relay cabinets on the bridge deck made me think it might still be in use. A quick search revealed that it is an active bridge on a short Canadian National line. It’s not a mainline, so trains using the bridge will be shorter locals that are serving industries further east…

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Dordrecht Island #2 – Bridge Over The Wantij

Today I thought I’d take a look at a lift-bridge over the Wantij river in Dordrecht. The bridge is located to the east of the city of Dordrecht, near the chemical plant I talked about in my first post on this area of the Netherlands last week.

_DSC3702 by Martijn Deleij – Own work,
Used with permission of Martijn Deleij, View Image

It’s an unusual looking structure, maybe not to everyone’s tastes (there seems to be a lot of ‘modern’ rail and bridge architecture in the Netherlands) but it would definitely make a very interesting bridge module and scratchbuilding project. 

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Converting Maps and Images To N Scale

Most of us probably understand that 1 measurement unit in our N scale model world is the equivalent to 160 measurement units in the real world. I use the term measurement unit because it could be feet, metres, inches, centimetres, millimetres etc. I prefer to use metric units so as an example 160 real world centimetres would be  1 centimetre in N scale.

Scale ruler by filmingilman – Own work, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, View Image

All pretty straight-forward but what happens when we’re making a model of an object like the Derwent Way swing bridge and we don’t have access to the prototype to take measurements?
Well, aside from accepting you’re unlikely to be 100% accurate we’ll need to convert the measurements on the drawing, satellite images or if we’re really lucky, the plan of the real World object we want to build to N scale.

Read on to find out how to do that…

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Scratchbuilding With Card, Styrene and Texture Sheets

Now things are settling down after the house move I’ll soon have the space I need to actually start making some model structures so I thought I’d do a quick post on some of the techniques and materials that I intend to use when scratchbuilding structures.

Plan and tools by Ian Robins – Own work, CC BY-NC 2.0, View Image

I’ve built some simple structures from styrene in the past but I’ve been following a thread by grahame over on RMWeb forum that discusses card and styrene structure scratchbuilding; after seeing the amazing results he achieves, incredibly quickly too, I know I’d like to give card building a go.

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Annacis Island Industries #3 (Western Transloading Corporation)

I remember when I started getting interested in North American N gauge I used to see adverts for the North American Railcar Corporation Hawker Siddeley cylindrical hopper wagons everywhere… and I remember really wanting a rake or two.

CP 608386 Cylindrical Hopper Car by Pete Hughes – Own work,
All rights reserved by creator – Used with permission.

They’re beautiful looking models and just like the real wagons they are produced in a range of colourful liveries. You can see the range on the Pacific Western Rail Systems website by clicking this link.

So you might wonder why I’m mentioning these models in a post about Annacis Island industries?

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