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This rambling blog is about building a couple of simple layouts 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.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Wight Model Rail Group - jolly nice folk.

In 2008, Grafenwalde, my DDR nebenbahn, was sold to the Wight Model Railway Group, this year I thought that the group might wish to sell the layout however it is has been repurposed and the group has generously offered to return some of the unique items that made Grafenwalde so special.

What nice people, I am extremely grateful for their act of kindness.


Friday, 18 August 2017

Schotterwerk Heberndorf -1


For some odd reason and for the past twenty odd years ballast loaders seem feature on my layouts, possibly this is the origin - Ludwigsstadt 1971


A simple layout was built and exhibited around Europe, it proved to be quite successful. 



Move on ten years and a new, larger home layout is being planned, a ballast loader could be used in front of the view blocker that hides the storage sidings. This time the ballast loader at Heberndorf provides the inspiration, it has been featured in Hp1 #29


And the real thing, 


More to follow......................



Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Eternal search - sucess!

Once upon a time, you could rely on Fleischmann to produce the goods. If the offered a loco in the standard range, you could order it and know that it would arrive in due course.

However I have found a Fleischmann DR BR41 Reko 413471 that no one had for sale.
Thankfully I have also obtained a Rivarossi Dosto and a green Piko DRP Gbs. But otherwise everything seems to going a bit Pete Tong.