About the blog

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.

Monday, 19 March 2018

The books that started it

Two excellent books, originally borrowed from the local library but eventually copies were bought. Both can still be found for the price of a German magazine.

The Last Steam Locomotives of Western Germany - Brian Stephenson 1978. Ian Allan,
Images by area with caption in both English and German.

Railway Holiday in Bavaria John.H Price 1967 David and Charles
Most of the books in the series, fulfill what is the  basic mandate for “the series offering what it purports to”. With what was then West Germany being a big country in its own right, the publisher divided it into two, allotting the north to W.J.K. Davies, and the south to J.H. Price. Price eloquently describes the DB main lines (by no means totally ignoring what light-railway and narrow-gauge went on in the south) for his 1966 tour – “Railway Holiday in Bavaria” (which also took him through Baden-Württemberg)

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Interesting local trains for Ep3

These are all from around Rosenheim, they show a surprising variety of coaching stock. With one or two exceptions, all the vehicles are available in HO.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Life in a toilet

This must be the third or fourth time that I built this kit since 1980-something, it is the toilet block from Kibri 9504 Langenthal, one of my all time favourite kits.

The wooden sides were given a wash of DecorArt acrylic burnt umber, the window frames are painted with a satin tan to replicate oil stained wood. It just needs some further weathering. The chimney stack is always a bugger to get square and it needs some mortar to complete the job.

Despite its age, the kit is rather wonderful and this is how it should look.

But this is my version