Inspirational Modelling #3 (Boulder Creek Railroad)

Luke Towan & Boulder Creek Railroad

Over the last couple of months I’ve presented a lot of locations that could be recreated as modules but I haven’t done a lot of module building myself.

I’ve started a Stadtbahn module on a Gatorboard T-Trak baseboard but it’s still very early days. So I thought it might be useful to show just what can be achieved in a small space by highlighting the amazing dioramas of Luke Towan…

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Inspirational Modelling #2 (Adam Savage)

I’ll admit that I often get so focused on making super-accurate, perfectly-finished models that after starting a project I get paralysed and end up not finishing or even worse, I won’t even start a project at all.

Whether you suffer from what I call ‘model-makers paralysis’ or not the YouTube videos and forum threads I’ll be highlighting in this post are definitely worth taking a look at as they are full of useful tips and inspirational modelling…

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Annacis Island Rail Barge/Car Float Slip

It’s been much too long since I last wrote about Annacis Island.

So in this post I’ll be taking a look at the Annacis Island barge slip and the car float service that operates between Annacis Island and Nanamio on Vancouver Island.

Annacis Marine Terminal (AMT) ~ Delta by Chris City – All rights reserved
Used with permission, View Image

The barge slip is a fairly simple facility but it has the potential to add some interesting operations to a model of the Annacis Island railroad…

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Inspirational Modelling #1 (Shunting Tractors)

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.

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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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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Interesting Idea For A Module #6 (Chemical Plant)

Industrial Siding In Germany

Here’s a photo of an interesting little industrial scene in Germany.

Photo by Michael Gaida – Own work, Pixabay License, View Image

If you want to see a higher-resolution version click the View Image link above.

This photo caught my eye because it’s very reminiscent of a slightly neglected industrial spur in the United States…

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Useful Website: railgoed.nl

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.

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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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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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