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 Posted: Thu Jan 11th, 2018 09:37 pm
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Hi guys,

Now that I have retired, a tiny little layout has been built in six months.
It fits in the load-space in the Yeti and will travel across Europe being exhibited to the public.

This is the blog, try and enjoy.

Tim Hale


Pottendorf- a shortline in Bavaria






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 Posted: Thu Jan 11th, 2018 09:40 pm
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Very nice!. Congratulations!.

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And to make matters worse, the home layout that is in build is an East German theme based on Thuringia in the 1970s

Have fun


An old skool layout

 






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and where are the Trabants?.

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Just beautiful! I love short line railroads, no matter where they are located and this one is excellent.
The scenes and scenery remind me of many "stateside" lines.

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It is more subtle than Trabants, there is a Simson Schwalbe beside the parcels shed.

The little layout is just about complete, the larger layout has another six months of work before I can consider it to be 'almost' finished.
The layout was intended to be used as a portable showcase,
but age and its sheer size meant that it became a permanent fixture and the 'tiddler' has taken its place.

The less than obvious attraction of East German railways is there retention of mainline steam until reunification,
and their continued use of loco hauled passenger trains rather than multiple units.
It was just different, in the same way that modern Central Europe retains a certain charm and fascination that has been lost elsewhere.

We don't bother about the political implications,
certainly no watch towers or fences because these were only a feature of the borders. 
End of speech.

Tim




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Hi,

We have been on the road






The notice clipped to the layout is a simple explanation as to the why, where and when (we don't reveal the who).

The shows were about 750 miles apart on successive weekends - one in England t'other in Germany.

It was the first showing for the layout.

The only failure were the Kadees, we have reverted to a manual coupling with a neo-magnet to lift the loop.


Couplings - old skool


Tim




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Very nice!

You wouldn't happen to have a video showing how that coupling system works, would you?




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Hi,
Not much news to report, the small expo layout, Pottendorf, has been stored for its next outing and attention has been focused on the permanent workshop layout, Grafenwalde, that serves as a test track with scenery.

The trackplan is very simple, an uneven oval with a few sidings.

 
Recent activity is the construction of a few ancient kits that comprise the station group, all the structures originate in Franken, a region just north of Nurnberg. In addition, a couple of small German buildings that do not look too out of place.

This is the station, a mixture of Kibri kits:-

and the lavatory block:-


Finally the goods shed:-


The trick is to create a cluster of buildings that are homogeneous, only natural 'earth' colours are used.
Old advertising posters can be found easily on the internet, the Salamander company was a shoe manufacturer who often used enamel metal posters* at stations in Southern Germany.

Tim
*very collectable


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