Interesting Idea For A Module #8 (Basel Trams)

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…

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Modelable European Intermodal Facilities #2

Here’s the second part of what will become a series of posts about modelable European intermodal facilities.

Rheinhafen-Dreiländereck…Basel – Panoramio by Pierre Likissas – Own work, CC BY 3.0, View Image

For this post I’m looking at an intermodal facility in Basel, Switzerland; an important European rail hub and Switzerland’s only port city…

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Modelable European Intermodal Facilities #1

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…

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Interesting Idea For A Module #4

Modern River Bridge In Germany

I’ve always liked the idea of creating modules or cameos where you need to look through or around the scenery to catch a glimpse of the trains just as we often have to do in the real World. If you’re not sure what I mean I think the picture below sums it up nicely:

Railway Bridge by Herbert2512, CC0, View Image

It would be a real challenge to create trees and water realistic enough to pull this off and keep viewers interested until a train appeared but I think it would be worth the effort involved.

Unfortunately, whoever uploaded this image to Pixabay didn’t include enough information to find out exactly where the bridge is, but based on the livery of the carriage it looks like somewhere in Germany.

If German railways aren’t you’re thing I’ve seen similar pictures from locations across Europe and North America and the bridge is generic enough to be anywhere in the World really.

Interesting Ideas For A Module #3

Appleton Swing Bridge, Wisconsin, USA

Here is an interesting photograph of a swing bridge over the Fox River in Appleton, WI.

Appleton, WI Swing Bridge by Unknown, CC0, View Image

It looks a bit rusted but those modern relay cabinets on the bridge deck made me think it might still be in use. A quick search revealed that it is an active bridge on a short Canadian National line. It’s not a mainline, so trains using the bridge will be shorter locals that are serving industries further east…

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Interesting Idea For A Module #2

Attractive Grade Crossing, USA

If you’ve visited the site before you may have noticed one of the background images is a fairly typical North American rural grade crossing.

It’s another example of a photograph I found on the public-domain photo sharing website Pixabay. I choose to use it not only because it’s a particularly nice photograph but because it also reminds me of a similar crossing, although perhaps not quite so photogenic, that I stumbled across whilst out for a drive in Tennessee.

I’d always thought a simple grade-crossing scene like this could make a great module to watch-the-trains-go-by.

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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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Annacis Island Industries #1 (SSAB Hardox®)

The first Annacis Island rail-served industry I thought I’d take a look at is SSAB Hardox. Here’s a picture of their building, spur and unloading facilities taken by Chris City:

SSAB Hardox by Chris City – All rights reserved
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It’s a simple but has the potential to be quite an interesting and relatively compact module.

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Designing The Framework Of A Simple Module

Having chosen a modular standard, the first thing you need to do is start cutting…

No not really, the first thing to do is read the standards document because this will usually give you very strict guidelines on the dimensions of the endplate. The endplate is where different modules will be connected together and for this to happen easily and reliably, the endplate needs to be uniform on all modules of the same standard. As it’s such a key part of the module, it makes sense to design the rest of the framework around the endplate.

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