Montag, 14. Oktober 2019

Valkenveld in the 1970's

In the run-up to the exhibition in Edegem, Belgium on the next weekend, here a shot from Valkenveld in the 1970's. Photo by Marco van Zelst

Freitag, 11. Oktober 2019

Elmslohe track plan and concept

Here I want to show the concept and inspiration for the Elmslohe layout. All is fictional, but inspired by small railway lines in the North-West of Germany. The line was opened in 1896 as East-West-corridor between two main lines. It connected the towns of Lünningen and Barmhorst, hence the name Lünningen-Barmhorster Eisenbahn, or LBE. In 1910 the through station Elmslohe got extended with an industrial track and loading facility. In 1964 the part between Barmhorst and Elmslohe got closed, and Elmslohe became a terminus. The remainder of the line between Lünningen and Elmslohe is still thriving with lots of industrial spurs and people commuting into Elmslohe.

Sonntag, 6. Oktober 2019

Track laying

The track (Tillig Elite) is laid on two of the three modules. Next steps are to cut the rails in-between the two station modules (where you can see the 1mm plastic strip that sets them apart to allow for the cut). Followed by wiring and installing the turnout motors. By the way, I reduced the track plan from the orginal 8 turnouts to just 5. The layout seemed much too crammed. I am happy with the look now and actually the switching possibilities are still the same - or even better. I will write about the new track plan in a later post.

Sonntag, 29. September 2019

Progress on smaller, but fun, Elmslohe projects

I was working on smaller projects for the Elmslohe layout: a side building to the station building and a rail scale.

The station side building is almost finished. Still need to apply some details like rain pipes, chimney, do some coloring and weathering, etc. This will be done once I am happy with the led lighting (want to install a whiter led than the current yellowish one).

Construction mania.

A glimps into the small shed where I stalled the station bike.

Night-time glimps.

The Elmslohe weighing scale.

Freitag, 27. September 2019

Valkenveld goes international: next exhibition in Belgium

Valkenveld will be exhibited on 19 and 20 October at the MTD event "Modelspoor 2019" in Edegem, Belgium. This is the first appearance of Valkenveld outside The Netherlands. More information here.

Sonntag, 1. September 2019

A small shed for ELMSLOHE

I finished work on a small freight shed that will be placed somewhere close to the backdrop and team track on the new ELMSLOHE layout. The shed will not have a rail connection, but will be served by trucks.