Wow, doesn’t time fly?
Back in January I wrote a post about
how I built a light-weight and relatively cheap T-Trak module using Gatorboard. Since then almost three months have passed but in that time I’ve finally decided what to model and have actually made a start.
So what did I chose to build on my first module?
Continue reading “Building On My Gatorboard T-Trak Module”
In this post I’ll be taking a look at the Rhine intermodal port facilities of Swiss logistics company Ultra-Brag.
Destiny by Andreina Schoeberlein – Own work, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, View Image
Ultra-Brag have three tri-modal (road/river/rail) facilities in the Swiss city of Basel. These are located in:
the Kleinhüningen neighbourhood of Basel; the Birsfelden municipal area to the east of Basel; and the port of Auhafen in Muttenz, a little further east.
The relatively compact nature of these sites means they could be built as modules/cameos, as shelf-layouts or even included as part of a larger static layout. Read on to find out more…
Continue reading “Modelable Intermodal Facilities #4 (Ultra-Brag)”
Trams In Basel, Switzerland
I’m always on the lookout for prototype photographs that capture railway activity from a slightly different perspective, particularly if it might work well as a viewpoint in a slightly unconventional module or cameo.
While browsing the
https://www.bahnbilder.de/ website I came across the photographs of Gisela, Matthias and Jonas Frey.
View From The Courtyard Of The Basel Art Museum by Matthias Frey – Own work, Used With Permission, View Image
They have an interest in both architecture and railways and as a result they have taken some really interesting and inspirational photographs…
Continue reading “Interesting Idea For A Module #8 (Basel Trams)”
I thought I’d do a quick post about the
Südwestfalen container-terminal in the town of Kreuztal, Germany. The facility is served by the KSW Kreisbahn Siegen-Wittgenstein Gmbh railway and as there aren’t any Creative Commons licensed images of the facility here’s a shot of a KSW freight train.
277 807-4 (KSW 46) of the Kreisbahn Siegen-Wittgenstein passing through Dillbrecht (April 2015) by Johannes Martin Conrad – Own work, CC BY 3.0, View Image
Now I say quick post because a bit of research revealed the site as I initially saw it in Google satellite image no longer exists, so it’s a race against time to try and grab the old satellite imagery before it’s updated.
Luckily the facility itself is not gone but it’s boundaries have been expanded and unfortunately the terminals old gantry crane has been removed so it’s no longer quite as compact or interesting as it once was.
However there are quite a few older photographs of the facility still around on the Internet so let’s take a look at the Südwestfalen container-terminal before the recent renovation work…
Continue reading “Modelable European Intermodal Facilities #3 (Kreuztal)”
I thought it might be worth doing a series of posts to share some of the layouts and models that I have found inspirational in the hope that they might inspire you too.
So here is Schwungischerplatz…
Schwungischerplatz – Photo by Matt Lamb – All rights reserved – Used with permission, View Image
In the words of it’s creators
(Marc Fuller of Ickenham & District Society of Model Engineers), Schwungischerplatz is: “…an N gauge model railway layout representing a busy scene in a German city”. Continue reading “Inspirational Layouts #1: Schwungischerplatz”
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…
Continue reading “Annacis Island Rail Barge/Car Float Slip”
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.
I’ve been intending to go back and write more posts about some of the locations I’ve already featured on my blog but I’ve got side-tracked again…
Riomaggiore Railway Station by СССР – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5 CA, View Image
…this time by a beautiful and particularly modular friendly coastal railway in Italy.
Continue reading “The Liguria Coast Railway, Italy”
Road/Rail Bridge In Belgium
Following on from my recent post about the
Remersdaal viaduct and Line 24 in Belgium, I thought I’d do a quick post about this nearby road/rail bridge:
Remersdaal – Spoorwegbrug by Frans90245 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, View Image
All things considered it’s fairly ordinary road/rail bridge but it’s a perfect scene to recreate as a T-Trak module…
Continue reading “Interesting Idea For A Module #7 (Line 24, 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…
Continue reading “Line 24 (Part 1): The Remersdaal Viaduct, Belgium”