About the blog

This rambling blog is about building a simple layout in HO, the available space is rather small but the prototype was not built on the grand scale, most rural stations were merely a curved loop and a siding, which is easy to replicate.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

New blog - Saalbahn

Rather than feature two layouts on this blog, a dedicated site to the larger layout has been created - Saalbahn .
The intention is to build a small passing station based on a fictional location on the southern section of the line, the single line status from 1947-81 is reflected by the track plan.


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Greenery and the 'cottage'- 2

The cottage garden seems to be very productive.

The odd structure at the rear is a rabbit hutch, once a staple of rural protein.

Careful reference to gardens in Oberfranken was essential to the authenticity of the scene, excellent sources of information were the preserved villages at Bad Windsheim and Fladungen.

The scene is almost perfect

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Cheap but good

The Peco SL-40 buffer stop is a bargain (£1.40) when compared to imported items (Roco £5.50) - it is easy to obtain and modify. 

The buffing beam has been replaced by strips of coffee stirer and coloured with dabs of acrylic raw sienna and washes of dirty brush water.

A similar set of stops is rusting away just outside Regensburg, there are many variations of the same theme.