This rambling blog is about building a simple layout 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.
In forty-five years of modelling, I have rarely encountered such a satisfying task as this humble model. The parts fit perfectly, the design is simple, the potential for improvement is present (rusty ironwork) and it was relatively cheap. No need for exotic and harmful solvents, just PVA and some acrylic paint. There is more to do, some subtle weathering, otherwise it is finished.
The first batch was build in the mid-fifties, 12 sets of two-car vehicles and 152 sets of four-car vehicles, the original dome ended versions so beautifully captured in HO by Schicht and Rivarossi.
Late fifties was the five-car "Doppelstockgliederzüge" developed and
produced in thirty- three sets. It is the version introduced in 2010 by Piko, they were was used for long distance trains and is easy to recognize
with the flat ends and door openings between cars at "first floor".
In the beginning of the sixties came another version of the four-car
vehicles, similar to the ones from the fifties, but build as a
lightweight construction as the five-car "Doppelstockgliederzüge". Another thirty-three five-car "Doppelstockgliederzüge" were built at the beginning of the
1970's, this time for the "nahverkehr" with doors between the cars at
normal height and with a driving cab in one end. In the same period more four-car vehicles was build, this time with a
driving cab in one end and older four-car vehicles was rebuild with
All the vehicles was withdrawn from service in the period up to 1995 but the first version of the five-vehicle sets was withdrawn in the