Ruud’s been in touch with his German model railway:
I’m following the mails in your site already for some time now.
I don’t have much time, so progress is very very slow.
But thought still that I do have something to share.
First of all, I see many different layouts and each having its own purpose, depending on the priorities set by the builder. And that is good. Most important is that we love what we are doing and enjoy it.
I for me would like to make something that reflects the purpose of a real railway. You must have the idea that people are transported from one place to another and that goods are transported to the place where they are needed. One should not have the impression that trains are just running around, though they do of course.
Therefor I set for myself some rules.
One should not be able to see the train running back at the other side of the layout.
Platforms should at least be long enough to let the passengers of all carriages step out without braking their necks of legs. (My platforms are 2 meter, which allows for 7 or 8 carriages.)
The buildings should give the real impression of a city (in my case).
The number of tunnels in mountains should be kept to the absolute minimum. (Tunnels in real world are very expensive and made only if there is no way around it.)
My layout will be in 5 modules, which can be transported separately if needed.
Still working on the 1st module. That is showing a bit of the idea that I have in mind. But still far from finished. But I made a start ?
I have included a few pictures.
“Alastair saw the post on the trains running for days. Attached are photos of my layout.
I have been following your site for a number of years and enjoy the comments and have built a large number of your buildings but too late for my layout.
Myself and another n scaler from our local club are building to work with the club’s HO layout.
Our module will have both scales on it with HO track on the top and a 3 foot x 12 foot.
A big thanks to Ruud and James.
That’s all for today folks, all except that the obvious: the curtain must come down on the silly sale.
Thanks to each and everyone of you that has supported the site and grabbed this deal. $9 isn’t a lot but it all helps keep the blog rumbling along.
One of the things I like about your site is you show work in progress. Here’s mine.
Thought you might like to see it because it’s made entirely from your new kit.
It’s not finished and nor will it ever will be because I’m just messing around.
If youre scratch building never make the mistake of just jumping in and expecting perfect results.
Start with a prototype, one that you use just to find your feet and get ideas.
I’ve been thinking about a fire station for some time so thought I’d have a go.
One thing about John’s videos is he seems to play with the prints and just have fun.
I think this is the way to do it so here’s my first attempt.
I’ll get finished pics to you when I do the thing for real. I just wanted to see if the ideas in my head would work.
Pleased with the way it turned out.
that’s the great thing about a prototype. It needs more shouty signs, i just printed them off in corel. There needs to be more ‘relief’ as John calls it on the doors. Some weathering will make all the difference. There’s lots I’ll change but pleased with it so far.
The doors haven’t worked out as well as I’d hoped. that’s the great thing about a prototype. Not sure how I’ll fix. I’ll probably use a different pattern from another kit but i wanted to see what I could do just with the latest one.
DId have fun and it got me thinking about what I can do in the final build.
I’m happy for anyone to comment on what I’ve done and how I can improve it.
A huge thanks to Mike – absolutely love what he’s done – I think it’s a great start.
I do totally agree with him about John – he seems to play and have with fun with his builds.
And it looks like Mike has done the same with his prototype. It’s all from the latest kit too.