Still here…

I’ve recently moved house and as you might expect I haven’t had time to make any posts with everything else that’s been going on.

I can’t believe it’s been almost two months. In any case I’ve recently made some time to do some experimenting and writing so I’ve got some new posts in the pipeline and I’ll be back to regularly updating the blog very soon.

Simon

Interesting Idea For A Module #2

Attractive Grade Crossing, USA

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.

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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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Annacis Island Industries #2 (Ebury Place Transload Dock)

While researching the Vancouver area I’ve found a couple of examples of shared transloading docks like this now defunct example in the Marpole neighbourhood.

Marpole Spur East by Chris City – Own work, Used with permission, View Image

Presumably shared docks like this gave any of the nearby industries without dedicated spurs the opportunity to have a car spotted at the dock for loading or unloading of goods.

Although it’s even more rudimentary than the Marpole example above (it doesn’t even have a roof) there is a transload dock on Annacis Island too…

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Sliedrecht Station and the Betuweroute (Netherlands)

I thought I’d introduce a location that at first glance might seem a little bit of an unusual choice for a module and that unusual choice is Sliedrecht station in the Netherlands.

20141230 LTE 186 237 + 238, Sliedrecht by Bert Hollander – Own work, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, View Image

You can just about make out the platforms and building of Sliedrecht station in the centre of the image above. The local, mostly single-track line serving the station is on the left and the double-tracks behind the sound barrier on the right are the Betuweroute; the international, freight-only rail line mentioned in the title of this post (more on the Betuweroute in future posts).

Despite being quite a run-of-the-mill location, Sliedrecht has always struck me as a great location for an unconventional (freight-only routes are a little more uncommon in Europe),  watch-the-trains-go-by module with the added interest of a separate single-track line with passenger service and local freight workings…

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Getting Onto Annacis Island (The Annacis Island Swing Bridge)

Having introduced Annacis Island in previous posts, this time I thought it would be worth taking a  look at how trains actually get onto the island. That’s because they make use of a rather interesting road and rail bridge known as the Derwent Way or Annacis Island swing bridge.

Booms by Glen Ritchie – All rights reserved
Used with permission, View Image

The slightly cryptic image above doesn’t reveal a great deal about the bridge itself (it’s a view from the control tower of the bridge as it opens/closes for passing river traffic) but it has the potential to make a very interesting module and scratch building project…

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The Stadtbahn (Berlin City Railway)

The Stadtbahn is the main overground east-west railway in the city of Berlin, Germany. This entirely elevated, four track route carries an interesting array of S-Bahn (the Berlin metro), regional and express passenger trains (from Germany and further afield) through the city centre.

By JuergenGOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

The interesting architecture and variety of trains that use the line would make for some very interesting modules.

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Berlin S-Bahn BR 481 by Lemke Hobbytrain

It’s that time of year when all the major manufacturers start releasing the details of the new products they will be bringing to market.

I spend an imaginary fortune looking through all the catalogues thinking about what I’d like to buy but there is one product from Lemke Hobbytrain that I really might have to purchase and that’s the BR 481 of the Berlin S-Bahn.

By Wikimedia-User Jivee Blau (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The BR 481 is ‘the’ train of the Berlin S-Bahn, the high-frequency transportation system in and around the city of Berlin.

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The Letchworth Model Railway Exhibition

Happy New Year.

It’s been a while since my last post and I thought I should get on and finish the post I started many months ago about a local model railway society exhibition I attended back in November 2017.

This annual show is organised by Letchworth Model Railway Society and usually has a really interesting mixture of trade stands and layouts in a range of scales, so it’s well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

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