Freitag, 31. Januar 2014

Inspiration: Crailoo

I am more and more thinking that I should not look for landscape inspiration too far from home. The Gooi area around Hilversum offers interesting scenery: the Veluwse Heuvelrug with variations in height, heather, woods, and so forth.

I might even exchange one of the road bridges with a "nature bridge" offering wildlife the opportunity to cross my Valkenveld tracks safely. A prototype can be found in Crailoo near Hilversum.


Donnerstag, 30. Januar 2014

Cork and two bridges

I laid the cork strips for the roadbed of the four main tracks (from Jeweha N-scale). The only track missing is the junction to the single track line. This will be added as soon as I have received the Peco turnouts. The cork on the images is already glued to the board, the tracks are loose.
I quickly built two bridges from cardboard to get an impression of how it will look like. The idea is that the bridge on the left hand side is an older one made of bricks, the other one was just recently built for a new road to Valkenveld.

The two tracks on  the left are of the double track main line. The ones to the right of the freight and depot sidings.



The modern bridge spans currently wider than necessary as the junction track of the single track line still has to be added on the right hand side.






Mittwoch, 29. Januar 2014

Frame Finished

I finished construction of the frame for the Valkenveld micro layout today. It consists of chipboard (750 x 300 x 8 mm) on a rectangular, wooden frame made (69 x 27 mm).

Samstag, 25. Januar 2014

Wish List: new Rocky Rail Sdggmrs

New from Rocky Rail and definitely on the wish list: five versions of Sdggmrs cars loaded with trailers from Ewals Cargo Care, Arcese, Ambrogio, Nothegger and TTS. Length over buffer 210mm.

Rocky-Rail RR60306 Bauart Sdggmrs
Taschenwagen Bauart Sdggmrs der AAE Cargo HUPAC Intermodal, Epoche VI, beladen mit 2 Anhängern von Ambrogio.



Rocky-Rail RR60301 Sdggmrs AAE Cargo 2x Anhänger
Taschenwagen Bauart Sdggmrs der AAE Cargo Crossrail, Epoche VI beladen mit 2 Anhängern von EWALS Cargo Care.

Donnerstag, 16. Januar 2014

Valkenveld Track Plan

Heureka!

Finally the idea materialized. I found an interesting micro-layout on the web based on a UK prototype (see here and on flickr). This plan can act as diorama as well as extension to my fiddle yard layout. I plan to use measurements to fit exactly into a Billy bookshelf from Ikea (75 x 30 cm). I adapted the plan a little bit to accomodate for my situation and allow more locomotives to be stored when attached to the fiddle yard section.













Here is my adaptation of the plan to fit my space (75 x 30 cm). I added another turnout and mirrored the original plan to allow an extension to my fiddle yard:











With a size of 75 x 30 cm the layout fits neatly into a bookshelf from Ikeal. This allows setting the layout on different heights as wells as easy access to couple it to the fiddle yard.

Samstag, 11. Januar 2014

Inspiration: container terminal

Mak G1206 van Northrail en deze is verhuurt aan WHE - Wanne-Herner Eisenbahn und Hafen. In de haven van Emmerich om het tweede deel van de containertrein op te halen. Source: flickr

Mak G1206 van Northrail en deze is verhuurt aan WHE - Wanne-Herner Eisenbahn und Hafen. In de haven van Emmerich om het tweede deel van de containertrein op te halen. Source: flickr

Samstag, 4. Januar 2014

New tools for the Valkenveld workshop



I bought two sets of beginner's tools for my workshop to start working on more serious modelling projects now that the "playground layout" is ready for action.