Swedish Model Railroad

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.

Spanish Model Railway Layout with Cab Ride in HO Gauge

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.

I added a visit to my Bucket List.

Pic of a Model Freight Train alongside a lake – or is it the real thing

I have had this photo in my “blog sometime collection.” When I first saw it I thought that nobody would be daft enough to build a model with curves like that. When I went back to the source I found out it really is real. Have a look …….

Freight train wriggling along by a lake

After I had looked at for the the umpteenth time I finally figured out (I think) that the pic was taken with a very long lens thereby foreshortening the view.

If anyone has any better ideas I’d be happy to heat them.

Lionel Trains Promotional Video from the Black and White Days

The heads up for this vid came from club member Ben Sochacki.

The video, in my opinion, is quite remarkable for two reasons. The first is the children’s faces. The kids are glassy eyed taking in the wonders in front of them. Second, Lionels’ animation is quite amazing. I have seen but a few layouts that can “do” what these 50+ year layouts “do.”

I have watched the vid three times trying to take it all in!!!!!

Sir Rod Stewart reveals his epic model railway city

Sir Rod Stewart IS the rock singer Rod Stewart you know.

This article appeared on the BEEB’s (BBC) website as well as appearing in the UK newspapers. Nancy Thornburn gave me the first heads-up, Club member Earl  Craighill gave me the second. I am not going to count how many others I got. Enough of my twaddle and on with the show:

Railway Modeller front page

He’s one of rock’s biggest stars, but Sir Rod Stewart has finally revealed the fruits of his other great passion – model railways. In between making music and playing live, Sir Rod has been working on a massive, intricate model of a US city for the past 23 years.

He unveiled it as part of an interview with Railway Modeller magazine. He then phoned in to Jeremy Vine’s BBC Radio 2 show to rebuff the host’s suggestion he had not built it himself. “I would say 90% of it I built myself,” he insisted. “The only thing I wasn’t very good at and still am not is the electricals, so I had someone else do that.”

Sir Rod has released 13 studio albums and been on 19 tours during the time it took to build the city, which is modelled on both New York and Chicago around 1945. “A lot of people laugh at it being a silly hobby, but it’s a wonderful hobby,” he said.

He told Railway Modeller he worked on the skyscrapers and other scenery while on tour, requesting an extra room for his constructions in his hotels. “We would tell them in advance and they were really accommodating, taking out the beds and providing fans to improve air circulation and ventilation,” he said. The scenery and structures are his forte, rather than the locomotives and tracks. “I find beauty in what everyone else sees as ugly – rugged skyscrapers, beaten-up warehouses, things that are very run down.”

Photos of the layout show dozens of highly detailed buildings plus bridges, ships, vegetation and streets teeming with vintage cars and taxis. “When I take on something creative like this, I have to give it 110%,” he said. “For me it’s addictive. I started, so I just had to finish. I’m lucky I had the room. If I’d have realised at the start it would have taken so long, I’d have probably said, ‘No! No! Nah!'”

The 74-year-old singer, who once had a hit with a cover of Tom Waits’ song Downtown Train, put the model city together in an attic at his home in Los Angeles.

Describing the level of detail that went into the scenery, he told Vine that even the pavements had to be suitably grimy.

“You start off with a grey. And then you add a little concrete colour, so every paving stone is slightly different,” he explained. “And the cracks have to have some black chalk… and then you add a little bit of rubbish in the gutters, you add a little bit of rust here and there. I enjoyed the building more than I did the running.”

Fellow musician and model railway enthusiast Jools Holland also appeared on Vine’s show, telling him: “When you get these big scale ones like Sir Rod’s they are like a work of art. They’re like an amazing painting that’s been created in three dimensions.”

Two months ago, Sir Rod revealed he had been given the all-clear after being treated for prostate cancer.”

Pics of his layout:

Rod Stewart’s layout Pic #1

Rod Stewart’s layout Pic #2

Rod Stewart’s layout Pic #3

Rod Stewart’s layout Pic #4

Rod Stewart’s layout Pic #5

The article mentions one of Sir Rod’s hits “Downtown Train.” Here it is:


Vancouver Garden Railroad

If you have half an hour I have two vids of an astoundingly beautiful G scale garden railroad located on Vancouver Island. A Canadian couple gave me a heads up. They told me that when visiting relatives they had been taken to this great garden railroad. Two years ago it was selected by the Victoria Conservatory of Music for a fund raising event as one of 10 outstanding gardens in the area. 600 donors came to see it during one weekend and loved it.

This vid is a cab ride on the Layout. It takes you on a trip over 1,500 feet of a specially landscaped Garden. the layout is called Gartenbahn, Fuehrerstandsmitfahrt.

This vid takes you around the same route in the opposite direction. The views are quite different.

It’s probably the best “true” garden railroad I have ever seen.