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.
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…
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.
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…
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…
Dordrecht is an island to the south east of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
It is home to the historic city of Dordrecht and the sixth largest seaport in the Netherlands. There is a large rail-served industrial area with a port on the west of the island and a large rail-served chemical plant in the north either of which would make a good basis for an industrial module or European themed industrial switching layout.
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?