I’ve always wanted to model an intermodal facility, now more than ever since I’ve started putting together my own 3D printed tanktainer models. However most intermodal facilities are huge and even in N scale they’d take up a lot of space, so I’d all but given up on the idea.
I didn’t realise that smaller intermodal facilities still existed but in the last couple of weeks I’ve found a number of modelable facilities in various locations throughout Europe so I thought I’d do a series of posts on each of the locations…
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.
From what I can find out, this is the Pite Älv bridge which is about 12km to the north of a Swedish town called Moskosel. The line itself is known as the Inlandsbanan and although Wikipedia says otherwise it looks like the Inlandsbanen proper runs from a city in the south of Sweden called Mora, all the way up the middle of the country to Gällivare in the Arctic Circle.
The further north you get the more sparsely populated the areas around the line are and it reminds me very much of old Canadian passenger railroading both in terms of scenery and operations. There are pictures of wooden decks next to the Inlandsbanan tracks, seemingly in the middle of the woods, where passengers can flag-down a passing train and being something of a hit with tourists they also schedule special trains for fishing trips. Brilliant!
It’s the ideal landscape and railway for large scenic modules with long diesel-hauled resource trains framed by mountains and short colourful passenger cars darting between stands of trees.
Back to that bridge for a moment. Interestingly there are quite a number of shared road/rail bridges in Sweden; and the Swedish bridges on that list are a part of a longer list of road/rail bridges from all over the World.
Seeing this bridge also reminded me of a bridge in Scotland that I’d been reading about recently called the Connel Bridge. You can find out more on Wikipedia.
Sadly, the Connel Bridge no longer carries railway traffic but if you’re interested in modelling UK steam railways and want something a little unusual the Connel Bridge might be perfect.
Having done some research on the Inlandsbanan and seeing how beautiful it is, I’ll definitely be covering it in future posts.
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:
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.
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.
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…
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.
According to a website called Bridge Hunter it’s what’s known as a Warren through truss bridge and interestingly it’s only about 330ft (100m) long. Scaled down to N scale, the bridge would only be about 2ft (60cm) long, perfect as a centre-piece on a river crossing module.
For some reason I’ve always liked the CN livery and Appleton, WI looks like it has some interesting rail served industries (scroll the map above easteards) so it might be somewhere I’ll take a closer look at in the future.
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.
If you’ve visited the site before you may have noticed one of the background images is a fairly typical North American rural grade crossing.
It’s another example of a photograph I found on the public-domain photo sharing website Pixabay. I choose to use it not only because it’s a particularly nice photograph but because it also reminds me of a similar crossing, although perhaps not quite so photogenic, that I stumbled across whilst out for a drive in Tennessee.
I’d always thought a simple grade-crossing scene like this could make a great module to watch-the-trains-go-by.