my name is Andreas Kilian and I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. After much thought and having read, appreciated and learned a few things through your posts, I decided why not send you some initial pics of what I’m building.
My Model Railway days started way back in 1981 in Switzerland when we bought our very young kids a Märklin oval: 1 engine, 3 cars and no turnouts, and, of course, it was analog. The fun didn’t last very long and so I packed it up and put it somewhere.
A while ago I discovered it and thought now that I’m retired (have been since 2009) and alone, I have the time to put something together. It’s strictly for my amusement, and that will show though some of the pics. My first attempt was in what used to be a living room, roughly 20 x 20 feet. Didn’t work the way I wanted, so I started a new one in my very large basement. That didn’t work out either because I discovered that the humidity in the spring and summer is too high. High enough to develop mold and mildew. What next? Back into the living room but with a different idea.
Having grown up in Switzerland, using Märklin HO, and most of my engines being Swiss replicas, you might think my layout would show a part of Switzerland. Well, you would be wrong. It’s strictly fantasy land. The only thing “Swiss” will be something that I hope will actually look like the Matterhorn, once it is completed.
I’m not a very good photographer, and so, like the layout itself, it’s all very amateurish.
Just one more thing. I did, for a while, think about going into N scale, which offers far more possibilities as regards the layout, but for me, HO scale has more of a realistic look. And so, when I decided to go partly digital, I stuck with HO.
Pic 4: This triple arched bridge can be moved to the side so that I don’t have to crawl underneath.
Pic 5: There is absolutely no spare room between the canyon walls and the sides of the trains.
Pic 8: The East side of the Matterhorn “under construction”. It will measure 85 cm from base to summit.
A huge thanks to Andreas. A wonderful narrative – and I do love seeing your layouts as the take shape.
If it’s inspired you, and you haven’t taken the plunge yet, the Beginners Guide is here.
That’s all this time folks. Please keep ’em coming.
Latest ebay cheat sheet is here (some nice HO stuff about at the mo).