Rail Served Industries In Europe #4: Nestlé Suisse, Orbe, Switzerland

This building has been on my radar for a while after I stumbled across it while writing about the Terminal Combiné Chavornay SA back in 2019. What’s the connection?

The Nestlé Suisse facility in Orbe is just up the railway tracks from the town of Chavornay.

Here’s a Streetview of the modern loading facilities at Nestlé in Orbe:

I’d not seen a loading bay with exterior weather shielding like this before and I thought it might be an interesting feature to recreate in miniature…

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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.

Interesting Idea For A Module #5

Pite Älv Bridge, Inlandsbanen, Sweden

This picture caught my eye because it looks like the kind of railway operation you rarely see nowadays: a short passenger train, in a remote location and a shared rail/road bridge in Europe!

Inland Bridge by Gunvald – Own work, CC0, View Image

The bridge on it’s own would be an interesting scratchbuild but you’d probably have to scratchbuild or 3D print the rolling stock too if you wanted to recreate this scene in N scale…

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Annacis Island

Location: Vancouver, Canada

Annacis Island is a largely industrial island on the Fraser river in British Columbia, Canada. It is located in the Delta region of the Vancouver metropolitan area, just south of downtown Vancouver.


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The numerous industrial buildings and extensive network of track (including a rail-barge terminal) you can see on the map above  provide plenty of opportunities for modules or a larger industrial switching layout.

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