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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.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Return of the K.Bay.Sts.B - Locos

When the larger layout is rebuilt, it would be interesting to include some 'foreign' locos to the roster as the supposed location is somewhere South East of Frankfurt in the Spessart. This is a Mittelgebirge, a range of low wooded mountains, between Bavaria and Hesse, it is bordered by the Vogelsberg, Rhön and Odenwald.

The G5/5H seems particularly appropriate as the class was designed for the hilly Spessart area. The Bavarian G 5/5 was the most powerful, ten-coupled locomotive of all the German state railways (Länderbahnen). In this respect it was far superior to the Prussian G 10 and even the Prussian G 12 was unable to match it.


Whilst the S3/5N is a visitor from Nürnberg
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Both are Trix but a world apart in terms of engineering, the G5/5 is a modern product of the Matrix group wheras the S3/5 is a 30 year old Trix Fine Art brass loco, one of the very few small brass locos that actually works.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Express coaches -1

One of the pleasures of  modelling Ep1 in HO is the hunt for old stock, unfortunately Ep1 tends to be the domain of 'Special Series', the passenger stock for Schleching is no exception. Thankfully there will be just two mainline passenger trains and a mixed local for the branchline.

The Express - all Fleischmann except the exRoyal Train Mitropa sleeper








 Steam heating car







P.Sts.E.V. Baggage car











Mitropa sleeper








Mitropa sleeper (Hofzuges von Kaiser Wilhelm II)







KPEV 1/3 







KPEV 3rd








KPEV 3rd 

Monday, 17 April 2017

Ep2 Luxury travel

These are interesting:-


It is odd that any modern depiction of Ep1 or early Ep2 seems to be branchlines or other minor railways but surely this was the 'Golden Age' of railways, why not celebrate the luxury of the era with something more ostentatious?

An express with a couple of these coaches in a train would look rather special behind a nice dark green P8?