My name is Guy de Valk, and I live in Brussels (Belgium).
I am 81 years old and I have recently started building a model railway based on the Belgian Railways (SNCB-NMBS). The location is completely fictitious.
Most of the Buildings are scratch built, some other from Superquick material.
I have made a short video and slideshow of a part of my attempt recreate the atmosphere of the Belgian Railways I knew in my youth…
Sorry my work is not perfect far from it, so please be indulgent.
My age and bad eyesight are probably the Reason for it … lol
The Station I tried to represent is a rural one, with a sawmill served by a private siding. The trackage is mainly Fleischmann and some Peco. The points are controlled by a wire in tube system by Mercontrol.
There is still an awful lot to do. The layout occupies a room of my house, entirely dedicated to my railway. It is 5 x 3 metres, so not very large… and it is located alongside 3 of the 4 Walls.
I am presently working on the left hand side. When that is finished I will start on the right hand side with a larger station and a “fiddle yard” underneath.
I join that video, just in case you’d like to publish it in oune of your messages .
Thank you for your interesting e-mail, they are so very welcome and enjoyable.
All the best to you and your loved ones.
PS. Please find attached the video of Trignolles ! (my fictitious station)”
although I’ve kept quiet since my contribution, I still enjoy seeing and reading all the posts that come my way.
I have noticed that a number of people are using track layout software before starting the actual building of the layout. And so have I with my latest version, that is, however, still only on the drawing board. Like Glyn, I also use Märklin (because of my Swiss background), and have used RailModeler Pro for designing it. I think it’s the only one that works for Märklin with MacOS.
Now that it is ready to go to stage two, I wonder whether any of your readers have suggestions how to transpose the design onto the table? is it hit-or-miss like my previous three layouts, or are there any tools available?
Grateful for any suggestion
PS: I’m attaching a pic of my latest layout version, which may give readers an idea the “challenge”. eventually, there will be ups and downs, tunnels, flat and mountainous scenery. The red arrows give the direction the trains are traveling in.
A big thanks to Guy – I really enjoed the video.
That’s all for today, folks.
Please do keep ’em coming, and if today is the day you start your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.