I have been trying to enliven my existence in these terrible times by, among other things, watching a lot of train and model train vids. This one i really like for its simplicity and the sound effects – especially the birds.
The layout was built by Rickard Arvius who lives outside Skövde in western Sweden. Rickard’s miniature world is built in HO scale with Märklin C Tracks, which allows him to run both analog and digital model locomotives. The track is built like a dogbone so that the model trains can run around without stopping.The dogbone is double track and is located in a part of a garage, which is about 75 square feet. Rickard wanted to concentrate more on the landscape than on the rail network. Therefore, the layout is fictional; Rickard was inspired by the rural environment where he lives with the classic Swedish wooden houses painted in red with white windows. The catenary is not connected. Rickard decided to install catenary pillars for a more realistic look, but there are no plans to install overhead lines at the moment. Therefore the locomotives’ pantographs are down to avoid hitting the pillars. Perhaps a contact wire will be installed in the future.
Hands up those who have seen a Spanish Model Railroad. I have not. This one is a VERY long dogbone with very nice scenery.
“This HO gauge model railway layout is based on the original railway line in Catalonia, Spain, between the city of Lleida and the city of La Pobla de Segur. The railroad is called “The Train of the Lakes” because of its beautiful landscape. Many tourists use this railway route when they stay on vacation in Spain. There are trains from the Catalan railway company as well as Spanish RENFE trains. The layout was made by the Spanish modeler Mr. Jordi Auqué. He was commissioned by Mr. Raül Valls, the editor of the Spanish Railway Magazine “La Revista MásTren”, to build a beautiful Spanish railroad display. The layout in 1:87 scale depicts a part of the railway line in Catalonia, and is almost 25 meters (80 feet) long. The locomotives and scale models of the Spanish RENFE trains are made by Electrotren, Ibertren and Mabar.”