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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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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