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Offline river6109  
#901 Posted : 07 December 2013 12:22:14(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Marklin in Oz Go to Quoted Post
I LOVE the scenery on this layout. Love There's a problem though, it really is winter now and with the thermometer reading a balmy four degrees Fahrenheit, I don't know if I want to keep looking at snow.
Scared
-Fred


Fred,


you can keep it for future warmer days BigGrin



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#902 Posted : 08 December 2013 00:18:35(UTC)
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its not far away from Christmas, I'm offering you a free cab ride and come along with me to enjoy the scenery and train spotting.
When watching the video you will find out there are 2 of me, one driving the train and one standing by the wayside. BigGrin

one could also regard the cab ride like a maintenance run and for the first time I can see what it looks like in the hidden sections (sort of)

enjoy your free trip and there will be more on the horizon.

regards.,

John

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#903 Posted : 10 December 2013 10:11:46(UTC)
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Hi video watchers,

its been very hectic for the last 3 days, trains coming and going, signals not working probably and trains are stuck, the last timber trains have arrived, SBB & BLS heavy locos have also been busy, the BLS Ae 6/8 is just picking up a load of cars from the Austrian Border while the BLS Ae 8/8 delivers the much needed iron ore.

With all the traffic, the SBB had to re-install the Ae 8/14 to get all the timber trains out of the region.

As usual I've been on the side track taking videos in freezing weather conditions.
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#904 Posted : 10 December 2013 11:07:54(UTC)
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Hi John,

If, one day, you made a full round trip of your lay out, that would a wonderful trip....RollEyes

Cheers,

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#905 Posted : 10 December 2013 11:26:53(UTC)
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Hi John, very nice video. I really like the lumber train and those squealing brakes! The

only ? I have for you is how can you be cold when it's 50F/10C in Perth? Laugh

Froehliche Weihnachten. Peter ThumpUp Smile
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#906 Posted : 10 December 2013 11:42:32(UTC)
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Hi John,

Enjoyed watching your video. ThumpUp

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#907 Posted : 10 December 2013 11:54:31(UTC)
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Hi John, very nice video. I really like the lumber train and those squealing brakes! The

only ? I have for you is how can you be cold when it's 50F/10C in Perth? Laugh

Froehliche Weihnachten. Peter ThumpUp Smile


the same here and ein Glückliches Neues Jahr.

the overhead system is getting better day by day.

with different width and shapes and is becoming a challenge to get it right. some blades are flat and the edges are sharp (mostly Roco SBB locos) whereas the Märklin ones are wider and the blade is rounded off at the edges, than the other problem is the spring to hold them up against the wire and than there are pantographs from Sommerfeldt and they are all right.

so you test the locos with one type of pantograph it works all right and you test it with an other one and you finish up ripping it backwards (ICE 2) but it has a release mechanism ( I don't think it was made on purpose), so locos have to be tested first at slow speed and this doesn't mean either they don't come off at high speed, which would be a real worry. with my new camcorder, it also helps to use this camera as a type of maintenance car., a.) you can see any foreign matter on the tracks or a BR 44 with a crooked leg.

When I get it right there shouldn't be any more problems in future. the wires are very stiff and there is no movements and this is why I have altered some Märklin pantographs so there is no side movement.
Tension springs vary as well it can't be to rigid but strong enough to get a good grip against the overhead wire and this is another problem I'm facing with but there is a solution for it, all I have to do is get some more tension springs and replace the ones which are too weak to make a proper contact.
Its a task and a half because of so many locos but most of them ok.


It just gives me a cold shiver when they are forecasting another hot day.BigGrin

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#908 Posted : 10 December 2013 12:07:55(UTC)
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Hi John,

Enjoyed watching your video. ThumpUp

Ian.



Ian, thanks for watching and I'm glad you've liked the latest video and good luck with your track laying.

I've inherited a habit from my younger days, when I was bright and remembered things, today I do the same things but forget to add things, think ahead (very hard to do) and I don't learn from my mistakes any more, I just keep on making mistakes but it occupies my day and sometimes night before I get anything further done.
As I've mentioned in your topic: k -tracks to remember to isolate the braking sections, well I put them in the wrong direction and some of them I didn't even include and it makes it even more harder to get the go ahead mode when one goes back and constantly is trying to correct your own mistakes.

not working for days on the layout it takes me a few days to get back into it and than I find things that I've left unfinished from the last time.

but in the end its all fun and I wouldn't like to have it any other way except if I remember it the next time BigGrin

Christmas wishes are coming later

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#909 Posted : 10 December 2013 12:16:45(UTC)
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thanks you all for watching:

Peter, Lasse, Brandon and Utkan,

Yes it will be wonderful and I think I would definitely celebrate the occasion on the other hand there has been a lot of remodelling, changing, improving and adding, so hopefully by the time I've finished the present layout configuration I'll be ready for the other modules.
Nothing much has to be done on the other modues, a complete Overhead system on the main station, re-doing the overhead on the other modules but this shouldn't take long, a few tracks have to be re positioned and that's it, oh, there is one more thing, the garage extension.

I apologize if I haven't posted an appreciation for the work you've done or thanked your for sharing your videos

regards.,

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#910 Posted : 12 December 2013 23:26:22(UTC)
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Well last night winter has really arrived, it was snowing all night and you can see the results for yourself.

for some of us, this is what we have to do for Christmas to make sure your presents are delivered on time.
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#911 Posted : 13 December 2013 09:47:51(UTC)
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Hi John,

You're video's are becoming very realistic looking....great snow effect. Cool

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#912 Posted : 13 December 2013 14:07:05(UTC)
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Hi John,

You're video's are becoming very realistic looking....great snow effect. Cool

Ian.


Ian,

Well to tell you the truth, its been so hot in the garage, the snow and ice has been melting BigGrin

the things you can do in 2 days is amazing BigGrin

just a few of statistics: almost 2,000.000 video viewers so far on my youtube channel



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#913 Posted : 13 December 2013 14:25:41(UTC)
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Hi John,

2M viewers on a model railway site....fantastic...well done.ThumpUp

How many views on your top video and how long has it been on youtube.

All the best.

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#914 Posted : 14 December 2013 03:47:54(UTC)
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Hi John,

2M viewers on a model railway site....fantastic...well done.ThumpUp

How many views on your top video and how long has it been on youtube.

All the best.

Ian.



Ian,

couple of month ago full screen bla bla bla website offered me a deal to improve the ratings of my top video: 8 trains.... and I've agreed to it. what I didn't realize they've taken it off my main stream, with other words they are managing my video now.
my last count was about over 500.000 viewers and I think the time frame it has been youtube is about 2 to 3 years.

I hope my recent videos and the ones in the pipeline should equally be as popular with the public may be even higher.
viewers are from far reaching countries and i seem to have a world wide audience. I wish China would open up their internet access, this would bring a few more billion viewers BigGrin.
suppose there is more one can do about to improve the viewing audience but I'm happy the way it is going for me.
there is a constant stream of watchers even if I don't download any new videos.

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#915 Posted : 19 December 2013 12:32:33(UTC)
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thank you guys,

last night wasn't the best night I had for while. I'm trying to extend the tracks under the castle with new tracks so I can continue to the next module (long freight shed).
I've improved the castle base by adding a board underneath it so when I try to slide it off it is not falling onto the tracks below and at the same time place a board on top of the catenary masts next to the castle.
I've taken all the lights off and will also change the connection by using light connectors you use for your loco's headlights and I reverse them, 1 connection sits in the mast and the other connection will be on the double light so if I take off the castle in future all I have to do unplug the lights from the mast and than I can put a board across the masts.
Anyhow I tried to move the castle over to the masts and I forgot to put a board on top of the masts. by moving the castle sideways one has lift it as well. by not putting a board there I couldn't proceed with castle, so I got stuck with it and at first I couldn't get it back in its original position, I couldn't let it drop down other wise all the masts from the trolley bus would have been broken, eventually I found a way to slide it back but in the mean time severely bent one overhead mast which I have bent back again.
Tomorrow I'll cut another board, the one I used to use is now a shelf.
when the castle is than lifted off and sits on top of the masts I can lay the missing tracks, its only about 4 or 6 and fix the overhead wires, in this particular small section under the castle there are 3 tracks and they all connect to the next module.
will show pictures tomorrow.

good night

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#916 Posted : 21 December 2013 09:09:30(UTC)
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for all you onlookers, watchers, critics and followers,



I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


regards., John



please don't drink and drive
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#917 Posted : 22 December 2013 00:15:27(UTC)
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Thanks, John. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours too.

We're going to a party here in our town tomorrow but we will be quite careful as

our town's police dept. is on the lookout for drinkers. Cheers,Peter BigGrin
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#918 Posted : 22 December 2013 07:29:22(UTC)
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here is another scenery look out and you can see the mountain scenery across the valley has been re vegetated, re forested and re moulded.
for this occasion we see the last express train to Vienna hauled by 3 x ÖBB Rh 1043's and the appropriate coaches hanging on to.

Semmering is the last outcrop of the Alps before heading down to a flatter area of Lower Austria to Vienna.



here are some photos from the Castle's underground tracks, this section will be newly laid and electrified and shouldn't take long, while I have the castle off its foundation i will clean the rest of tracks and overhead wires.

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#919 Posted : 22 December 2013 12:55:54(UTC)
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here is a preview of my extended layout construction

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#920 Posted : 22 December 2013 16:48:25(UTC)
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wow, some scary driving there, John. Cheers,Peter ThumpUp Smile
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#921 Posted : 23 December 2013 07:22:15(UTC)
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wow, some scary driving there, John. Cheers,Peter ThumpUp Smile


you're not wrong.

John

on a lighter note, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year, from far away.

regards.,

John

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#922 Posted : 23 December 2013 09:10:37(UTC)
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Hi John,

Again, great progress on the layout. ThumpUp

I'm on my 4 weeks winter break, get back to it in January.

You and the family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

All the best from Scotland.

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#923 Posted : 23 December 2013 10:25:20(UTC)
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Hi John,

Again, great progress on the layout. ThumpUp

I'm on my 4 weeks winter break, get back to it in January.

You and the family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

All the best from Scotland.

Ian.



Ian,

thank you so much sharing your world of trains, you've done an excellent job not just creating the new home for model trains but the progress within the new home.
I will be watching with eagerness next year and see what's in the pipeline.

the same from here wishing you and your wife and all the relatives around you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I know we will not be drinking and driving.
Its been a pleasure looking at your collection and I'm sure I will get there one day getting my layout finished.

regards.,

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#924 Posted : 23 December 2013 13:46:34(UTC)
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Thanks, Ian. All the best to you and yours in 2014? I hope Father Christmas is very good

you, little Max and all the clan. Peter BigGrin
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#925 Posted : 23 December 2013 15:14:05(UTC)
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Hi John,

Thank you very much from great videos. I like to watch your on cab view video with many tunnels and great scenery.

You run some looooooong trains. They look really realistic as there is many freight cars. Your auto transport train is also looking great when there is 25? of auto transport cars (If I counted right) Cool .

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014!

All the best,
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#926 Posted : 24 December 2013 00:43:15(UTC)
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Hi John,

Thank you very much from great videos. I like to watch your on cab view video with many tunnels and great scenery.

You run some looooooong trains. They look really realistic as there is many freight cars. Your auto transport train is also looking great when there is 25? of auto transport cars (If I counted right) Cool .

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014!

All the best,
Janne


Janne,

Merry Christmas and Happy new Year to you to and all your friends and relatives.

small correction: 29 auto transport cars BigGrin and I like to get 35 all together and I have a seller in Australia who buys them overseas and then sells them on ebay here.

I'm just working on the last module with the long freight shed and also fix up the catenary and tracks under the castle, laid the tracks and started with the overhead, so a bit more will be done today, no trains over the Christmas period, we've received our Christmas present already for a New Year Concert and we are looking forward to this.

there will be much more to come in the near future so sit tight and wait for the exiting moment.

regards.,

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#927 Posted : 31 December 2013 02:23:36(UTC)
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my favorite loco(s) DB BR 194.

one has a sound decoder (ESU) and the other is a newer model (red panto graphs)

enjoy the video


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#928 Posted : 31 December 2013 14:26:50(UTC)
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1 1/2 hours to go and than its the New Year 2014, and what an exiting year it will be I can't wait for it.

I'm going to be 1 year older again but I don't have to worry to much about it, my computer clock doesn't work.

have a save and prosperous New Year
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#929 Posted : 31 December 2013 14:30:56(UTC)
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Hi John,

As usual, I'm running along behind you..9.5hrs to go..

Happy New Year mate.

Ian.

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#930 Posted : 31 December 2013 15:14:03(UTC)
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And we're running 5 hours behind you just across the pond from you, Ian. So that's 14 1/2 hours

behind you, John.

All the best to you and yours in 2014! PeterBigGrin
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#931 Posted : 01 January 2014 15:01:30(UTC)
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And we're running 5 hours behind you just across the pond from you, Ian. So that's 14 1/2 hours

behind you, John.

All the best to you and yours in 2014! PeterBigGrin


so how many more years will it take for the pond to become an ocean ? and could I have the calculation in hours please in case I'm running behind.


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#932 Posted : 01 January 2014 15:42:02(UTC)
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hahaha, John. From what I've read North America is moving away from the European

continent and Australia will one day crash into Asia but we don't have to worry, do we?

LOL Have a great year. Peter


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#933 Posted : 03 January 2014 09:36:46(UTC)
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Hi holiday people,

the Preiser Family has come back from their overseas holiday and the kids have time to play in the snow before school starts again.

the railway authority had to install another footbridge because of the ever increasing amount of tourists arriving.

the major of the village announced today funding has been received from the local government and the ski lift and the cable car will be running again soon.

We are preparing ourselves for the international ski season and in due course a lot of skiers will arrive and test the snow slopes.

here are some pictures of the recent events.

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#934 Posted : 05 January 2014 16:07:42(UTC)
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Hi,

although all the material for the cable car was available, there have been some delay, the motor (bought back in 1980), the gears had been ceased and the main cogwheel had no longer a grip on it. a touch of super glue fixed that and some new grease added to the teeth.
the workman than cut the cable and unfortunately one side was shorter than the other, also the switching arm was mounted upside down.

It will be all finished to morrow.

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#935 Posted : 05 January 2014 20:42:51(UTC)
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Hello,

The Preiserleins are back from overseas? Funny, because they are staying on Thunder Mountain, too - even in the same Auhagen home, "Haus Karin", and building an identical snow man...

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#936 Posted : 05 January 2014 23:32:53(UTC)
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Hello,

The Preiserleins are back from overseas? Funny, because they are staying on Thunder Mountain, too - even in the same Auhagen home, "Haus Karin", and building an identical snow man...

Cheers - AkLaugh
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fascinating revelationConfused

To be honest I haven't seen Mr & Mrs Preiser, I've just taken the story out of the local Schlossberg Daily newspaper

I didn't know they were twins, triplets or had an extended family........and if not who are they, impostors, or illegal immigrants ?

I'll talk to Mr & Mrs Merten later on today, they are neighbours and I've been told they come from the same country originally

by the way my snow man is different, it just is because its made from real snow not this imitation stuffBigGrin.

Herr Auhagen was and is a world known international architect and he has indeed build many homes in different countries, they all come in kit-form and very easy to assembly, so there is nothing odd about seeing the same type of home somewhere else. You should talk to Herr Auhagen because he has a variety or a collection of home kits.
What you describe sounds believable and I don't doubt you for one minute, so they must be related, don't you agree ?

I'm going back to the village today and I'll ask them if they have relatives on Thunder Mountain, if they are at home of course.

please keep me posted if you find any extra news.

John

P.S. see if you can get any DNA samples

with the photos below one can notice the reverse arm is down instead of in the upright position and the middle photo show the whole structure back to front, both items have been rectified.

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#937 Posted : 06 January 2014 22:49:49(UTC)
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here are the first trail runs of the cable car.

we have had a couple of faults but these have been fixed by our engineer, tomorrow it will be certified and than passengers can view the valley from above and also the higher peaks, refreshment will be served in the Moosburg restaurant.

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#938 Posted : 07 January 2014 00:09:50(UTC)
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Excellent, John. Can Preiserlings be fitted into those cars? Peter ThumpUp Smile
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#939 Posted : 07 January 2014 02:24:23(UTC)
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Excellent, John. Can Preiserlings be fitted into those cars? Peter ThumpUp Smile


Peter,

thanks for your comment, yes they can, there is a screw on the bottom and the whole cabin comes off leaving the roof with the interior light and the support arm.

next job is the ski lift but I'm waiting for some winter dressed people because some of them in summer clothes
10 chairlifts are almost € 90.00, not cheap.
the new shipment includes, skiers, winterly dressed people, passengers and travelers and this lot most probably comes to € 200.00, so figures aren't cheap compared to buying a loco.
for some reason, I assume winterly people aren't thought after as much, you can't buy them by the hundred lots.

I've ordered some from Preiser, Merten, Faller and Vollmer

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#940 Posted : 07 January 2014 12:12:28(UTC)
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Dear John,

I cannot get close enough for DNA samples, but I managed to take several snapshots taken in a hurry - see attached photos of children tobogganing and adults skiing on the slopes of Thunder Mountain plus suspicious Christmas activities at "Haus Karin" in the valley...

Cheerio - Ak BigGrin
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#941 Posted : 07 January 2014 12:59:06(UTC)
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Ak,

great scene

looks like we're all happy now,

one thing, you shouldn't leave a female skier on her own.

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#942 Posted : 07 January 2014 13:19:50(UTC)
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Hi John,

You must be getting all the snow this year, we've had none here yet....

Maybe I shouldn't have said that...Smile

All the best.

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#943 Posted : 07 January 2014 15:58:08(UTC)
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Hi John,

You must be getting all the snow this year, we've had none here yet....

Maybe I shouldn't have said that...Smile

All the best.

Ian.


Ian,

and it looks like pretty much the same on the mainland.

its going to be snowing again tomorrow, the fir trees have lost or should I say haven't had a coat as yet.

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#944 Posted : 14 January 2014 16:54:03(UTC)
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its still winter but nothing much has changed.

had a few locos running forwards and backwards to clean the middle contact and this is fine now, a few more tracks tomorrow.

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#945 Posted : 14 January 2014 17:10:02(UTC)
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Hi John,

Thanks for the update photo's. ThumpUp

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#946 Posted : 14 January 2014 22:19:07(UTC)
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John,

You have a beautiful winter scenery and nice details. You are very lucky to have enough room for such a large layout having both winter and summer scenery on different sides. I could never ever get it done ready as it is so huge layout. How many years have you build it and how many years have you done the scenery?

I appreciate your hard work very much John ThumpUp .

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#947 Posted : 15 January 2014 08:42:07(UTC)
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John,

You have a beautiful winter scenery and nice details. You are very lucky to have enough room for such a large layout having both winter and summer scenery on different sides. I could never ever get it done ready as it is so huge layout. How many years have you build it and how many years have you done the scenery?

I appreciate your hard work very much John ThumpUp .

Cheers,
Janne


Janne,

thank you for your kind words, well the initial layout took us about 4 years to build with an estimated cost of A$ 200.000, in the last 2 years as you most probably followed our redesign covering certain areas of the inner circle (overhead system) the outer tracks (again re designed and an overhead system was constructed , the latest of course the snow module which was originally 1 module = coal mine, 1 module = snow scenery, this has now been combined, the track configuration has been altered and again the overhead system has been erected.

for some reason we have more dust this year or say last year and I have to fill in all the open little gaps to stop this happening again.
another problem is always, when the trains don't run the middle contact suffers slightly from oxidization but a quick run over with sandpaper under a cleaning carriage gets it going again, no hassle.

As I have mainly run my electric locos lately with a few exceptions of steam locos I like to get the whole thing running again and this is what I'm working on at the moment.

there are also little bits and pieces which crop up from time to time, worn rubber tyres, programming of locos, correcting the overhead wires, dead track spots (using 2nd hand turnouts or tracks from the previous track configuration). another thing has to start soon and this is the wiring under the board to make sure there is enough power going through the tracks.

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#948 Posted : 15 January 2014 08:51:56(UTC)
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Hi John,

Thanks for the update photo's. ThumpUp

Ian.



I wish, the amount of parcels you receive would be on the same par here as my wishlist is growing day by day, new locos, more carriages and people in the thousands, its good I'm still young and fit to enjoy my wife's patience.BigGrin

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#949 Posted : 15 January 2014 09:00:02(UTC)
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John,

You have used much money and done huge work with your layout. Beause your layout is so big and you have so many locomotives and rolling stock etc. it really needs one fulltime worker. Are you still working (I mean somewhere else than with your layout)? It´s good to have something to do at least Wink . When I see your layout and now how much locomotives and rolling stock you have this all can be possible to maintain only when there is true love Love in MRR. Same goes with Mehmet Utkan, who has large layout and awesome Collection of Märklin.

All the best,

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#950 Posted : 15 January 2014 10:15:07(UTC)
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John,

You have used much money and done huge work with your layout. Beause your layout is so big and you have so many locomotives and rolling stock etc. it really needs one fulltime worker. Are you still working (I mean somewhere else than with your layout)? It´s good to have something to do at least Wink . When I see your layout and now how much locomotives and rolling stock you have this all can be possible to maintain only when there is true love Love in MRR. Same goes with Mehmet Utkan, who has large layout and awesome Collection of Märklin.

All the best,

Janne


I'm retired and have been so for the last 4 years, time runs away more than it has ever done before, you get up when you like it, you have an afternoon nap when you feel like it, you go on holidays when the weather is right,

I do not do any maintenance work on my locos and haven't done so for years, they all run ok since I've added ball bearings to the shafts.

maintenance is mainly on the layout itself and this can become a bit frustrating at time.

I don't deny my interest in model trains and it does supply me with constant challenges and this keeps me occupied for years to come.
My obsession has however melted down to a realistic overview what is manageable and what is out of hand. I'm not here to collect nor am I interested about the value or possible sale figure of my collection.
In due course I will sell the layout unless my son likes to take over the never ending task to keep it up and running.

It had been a white elephant for many years because of its size and my business commitments at the time from 1970-2005.

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#951 Posted : 19 January 2014 00:53:45(UTC)
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My layout with seasons

anyhow another video has been produced, this time a BLS scene (Bern Lötschberg-Simplon Railway) the lco I've used is a Roco Ae 6/8 and one of the more wonderful locos on Swiss railways.

the Roco model is exquisite and has an enormous pulling power although I've added some rubber tyres.

the loco itself has 6 Axles powered and 4 of them have rubber tyres. Inside part of the the interior cabs and driver its all metal and the weight therefore is substantial.
for the first time my recently bought HAG BLS transport cars (bought from a forum member) have had their first run on the layout, they are all metal and the first carriage behind the loco has a maintenance tool just in case anything goes wrong BigGrin , the fact is when I reverse the loco going back uphill it derailed hence the extra weight.
I bought an extra carriages which is the loading carriage and I need another one at the other end. the Loco for these transport cars are usually, BLS Re 4.4's, one at each end, Roco only makes the Ae 4/4 and buying a HAG loco is very expensive. So I have taken an alternative loco, the BLS Ae 6/8.

the amount of carriages I will have, there are 2 still missing) it is too long for the snow section and an other idea was to have a shuttle service to turn the train in reverse when it comes down the hill in the summer section of the layout. at the moment I only have 2 tracks so it would need another track and I don't think I've got the room for another track, so the end result most probably will be it will go onto the mainline where there is more room for all carriages.

I wasn't happy with the pantograph as there is only one on the loco, so I've changed the slider (when buying the loco it comes with 2 different width sliders, one prototypical and the other is more robust and wider in width and lengthwise) added a different spring to keep the pantograph tighter to the overhead wire and its working just fine now.

it took me a while to get the whole train going as I found some levels of the tracks weren't up to standard (hidden section).

enjoy the video until the next time, note: the last section of the video was taken by my bullet HD camcorder

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#952 Posted : 19 January 2014 14:37:27(UTC)
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Very nice video Cool Thanks for posting.

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#953 Posted : 23 January 2014 12:59:02(UTC)
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I like to publicly thank Wu for his help by getting me started to download my videos in China with a very similar youtube website.

not speaking one word of Chinese the google translate button has helped me a lot but other parts of downloading, sharing my videos on other Chinese websites has become a bit like a computer game in itself.such as a real Chinese name, so I had to translate my name into Chinese, copy and paste it and carrying on registering on the individual websites, than there are categories, tags and the same applies here, Western words are not excepted or should I say sometimes they are and other times they're not (I've got no clue why this is) and than there are other websites which don't allow you to transfer it into English.

My aim is to get a bigger audience and I think its the way to go. I have had one viewer so far, this is a good start so there are 1,360,719,999 to go.

Shouldn't take that long.

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#954 Posted : 31 January 2014 11:23:35(UTC)
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Back on the home front, the snow scene is taking shape slowly, an other parcel arriving hopefully in 3 weeks time. at the same time I'm getting the braking and acceleration section set up and my first attempt was an utter failure. couldn't get my locos registering and there was no sign of any loco braking at all in the braking section.

after a lot of deliberation I found the problem, one of the signal modules was faulty or should I say my soldering skills wheren't up to scratch, since than I've disconnected a pair of these and everything is working fine (what a miracle).
so far I've done one track, tonight I'll attempt to the second track and over the weekend I will continue with the other 6 tracks, when this done I will again try to produce some videos and I must also comment how easy it is to program the ESU V4 decoders especially for the braking section but this is another task I have to perform in due course and there are plenty of locos which I have to program. We are trying and this was part of the whole redesign of the layout to accommodate all trains with similar siding length's so the programming will be the same for all locos depending which track they are assigned to. on the snow scene the outer 4 tracks will have the longest train's, the next 2 will be mainly diesel and steam trains with a moderate amount of carriages and the last 2 tracks (mountain track) will have long freight trains but lesser passenger carriages as the 4 main lines.

pictures will follow

You only can establish a strong view by creating it yourself, the critical point is when you've finished with your creation can you view it from different points without the establishment getting bored with it

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#955 Posted : 09 February 2014 09:39:49(UTC)
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We had a very lucky escape, Moosburg has been nearly wiped off the map after a devastating avalanche hit the small community of Pill Moos in Tyrol, Austria, a farmer cleaning the roof of his farmhouse noticed the avalanche and took this video, great damage was reported from the first farmhouse and to clear the road would take weeks.


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#956 Posted : 21 February 2014 13:11:00(UTC)
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an enchanting Winter scenery Part 5


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#957 Posted : 21 February 2014 13:48:19(UTC)
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Excellent video, John. Just loved it. You've made me want to call Lufthansa, book a

ski package deal to Salzburg in a lovely chalet with Deckbett (fluffy comforter). And then

for dinner a nice Schweinefleisch cutlet with Roestli potatoes. Sounds good, No?

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#958 Posted : 21 February 2014 13:53:15(UTC)
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Excellent video, John. Just loved it. You've made me want to call Lufthansa, book a

ski package deal to Salzburg in a lovely chalet with Deckbett (fluffy comforter). And then

for dinner a nice Schweinefleisch cutlet with Roestli potatoes. Sounds good, No?

Peter ThumpUp ThumpUp ThumpUp Smile


Not Lufthansa. Lauda AirBigGrin

Peter,

yes I think this would be just perfect, thanks for your compliment, don't forget the Glühwein

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#959 Posted : 21 February 2014 16:49:43(UTC)
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at least we have some skiers and holiday makers arriving and leaving

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#961 Posted : 21 February 2014 16:56:09(UTC)
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Great video. ThumpUp

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#962 Posted : 25 February 2014 16:00:42(UTC)
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I'm in the process of connecting my ESU Switch pilot servos and they're working just fine, another 2 to go and this covers 12 turnouts. so hopefully we'll have some more train videos

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#963 Posted : 25 February 2014 17:49:06(UTC)
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John,

A great layout with great videos and pictures as always.

You mentioned in the text above that you have modified all your locos and added ball bearings to the shafts. As I understand you are running a three rail system, and so is this modification to both Märklin and the AC Roco locos you are running ?

What does this modification involve and do you have an pictures or videos showing this modification?

All the best

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#964 Posted : 27 February 2014 08:23:14(UTC)
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Glenn, thanks for your compliments

I haven't found it necessary to convert Roco locos with ball bearings as their motors are pretty quite and they have a different gear system most the time wurm gears.

I think I've created a topic where as I've shown how to proceed to drill a hole into the motor shield and the back of the motor block all you have to do is take the plastic insert out (DSM) older locos with a different diameter shaft in the back, this option is somewhat more difficult and you would need the proper tools to do it.
I'll find the topic for you and than guide you there.

I haven't had much luck with the ESU switch pilot servo modules so my theory how to connect them is out of the window and I'm now waiting fro an answer from ESU what to do next.

It has put a delay into progressing further with the wiring and the automated system I had in mind to create. What one anticipate to be a straight forward exercise has now become a little drama what to do next. I'm sure there is a solution but at the same time I don't want to throw money down the drain if I can make modules my self or minimize the amount of modules needed and at this stage I, don't know where I'm going.
ESU mentions you benefit from this and that (switch pilot modules) but so far I haven't been able to use any of the benefits I thought I can implement.

here is the ball bearing topic

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Offline GlennM  
#966 Posted : 28 February 2014 12:32:02(UTC)
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Glenn, thanks for your compliments

I haven't found it necessary to convert Roco locos with ball bearings as their motors are pretty quite and they have a different gear system most the time wurm gears.

I think I've created a topic where as I've shown how to proceed to drill a hole into the motor shield and the back of the motor block all you have to do is take the plastic insert out (DSM) older locos with a different diameter shaft in the back, this option is somewhat more difficult and you would need the proper tools to do it.
I'll find the topic for you and than guide you there.

I haven't had much luck with the ESU switch pilot servo modules so my theory how to connect them is out of the window and I'm now waiting fro an answer from ESU what to do next.

It has put a delay into progressing further with the wiring and the automated system I had in mind to create. What one anticipate to be a straight forward exercise has now become a little drama what to do next. I'm sure there is a solution but at the same time I don't want to through money down the drain if I can make modules my self or minimize the amount of modules needed and at this stage I, don't know where I'm going.
ESU mentions you benefit from this and that (switch pilot modules) but so far I haven't been able to use any of the benefits I thought I can implement.

here is the ball bearing topic

http://www.marklin-users...r-shield.aspx#post444243

regards.,

John



John,

Many thanks for this, I shall have a good read over the week-end.

All the best

Glenn
Offline river6109  
#967 Posted : 01 March 2014 14:49:42(UTC)
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its been a cold day so I had a view minutes to take some pictures of Moosburg Station

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Offline Ian555  
#968 Posted : 01 March 2014 15:59:29(UTC)
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Hi John,

That's very nice work on your layout, thanks for the photo's. ThumpUp

All the best.

Ian.

Offline river6109  
#969 Posted : 13 March 2014 01:32:00(UTC)
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Today, we are going far away and for some of you it could be next door, We are in Sweden, its winter and the train hauled by a SJ DM3 has been collecting all the iron carriages (going forwards and backwards) and will continue its journey to Narvik in Norway.
You also can see the newer Loco for the Iron Ore train the Iron ore 101, unfortunately there is only 1 part of the loco the other half had been stolen about 5 years ago due to a break in.

John


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#970 Posted : 13 March 2014 07:04:42(UTC)
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Thanks John, my response is my sister's comment "only the ceiling gives it away".

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Offline river6109  
#971 Posted : 13 March 2014 07:50:17(UTC)
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Thanks John, my response is my sister's comment "only the ceiling gives it away".


Damn it, I have to try harder the next time to keep the unwanted material out BigGrin , I'm glad you've enjoyed it.

Now you can watch the return trip from Narvik to Kiruna, John

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Offline Ian555  
#972 Posted : 13 March 2014 09:31:40(UTC)
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Hi John,

Enjoyed watching the latest 2 video's. ThumpUp

Ian.

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Offline steventrain  
#973 Posted : 13 March 2014 20:02:31(UTC)
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Great videos, Thanks for watching.
Largest marklinist Layout with Centrail station 2/Mobile station 2/60174 boosters/C-Tracks/K-Tracks/Favorites class BR01, BR23, BR50/Insider Club membership since 2004.
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Offline river6109  
#974 Posted : 15 March 2014 14:57:24(UTC)
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Its been a hectic week, we left Sweden and finished up in Switzerland to look at some of the Swiss consist they are running along the Gotthard line.
I was lucky to find 4 locos hauling an iron ore train, 2 Re 6/6's and 2 Ae 6/6's, Märklin and Roco produces them as models as well so we were pleased to find them on our first day.

the driver noticed me taking pictures so he started and stopped the train just for us.

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#975 Posted : 15 March 2014 23:08:07(UTC)
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the heavy snow falls had an impact on the freight rail service, first they tried 2 locos and 3 and now 4 and they are still having difficulties moving out of the station area
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#976 Posted : 16 March 2014 16:50:54(UTC)
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We are almost there, changed the couplings on the locos, tomorrow have to grease the coupling mechanism and hopefully we can have a full iron ore train going past until the last carriage has past and the train can come to an orderly halt.

the whole iron ore train weighs about 15 kg and going up a curved incline isn't bad but the 4 locos handled it without any problems. bit of a shaky start but this is from 2 locos starting immediately and 2 starting with a delay so I have to figure out how to synchronize them all together, the speed is ok. the whole train is about 7 meters long
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#977 Posted : 19 March 2014 02:10:31(UTC)
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video and photos from a bygone era
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#978 Posted : 30 March 2014 10:10:50(UTC)
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an update of the latest photo gallery, the overhead system, a new forest has been added (Moosburg) and an overall view of the layout.
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#979 Posted : 30 March 2014 10:19:23(UTC)
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more gigantic photos

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Offline PJMärklin  
#980 Posted : 31 March 2014 09:45:58(UTC)
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Hi John,

I DO enjoy the images of your huge layout - what are the dimensions?

I also like to see your Sommerfeldt - it looks like some stücken date from the 1980's like mine; is that so?

Regards,


PJ
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#981 Posted : 31 March 2014 11:15:27(UTC)
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Hi John,

I DO enjoy the images of your huge layout - what are the dimensions?

I also like to see your Sommerfeldt - it looks like some stücken date from the 1980's like mine; is that so?

Regards,


PJ


PJ, thanks for your compliment, the complete layout is 13m x 5m what you see at the moment is about 8m x 5m.

there is the main station Bonn missing on the far right beyond the long freight shed opposite is the extension of the freight terminal and the opposite site of the snow modules is a HOe line and 4 main lines.

I'm not sure what you mean by Sommerfeldt - Parts from 1980 ?

regards.,

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Offline Alsterstreek  
#982 Posted : 31 March 2014 11:31:45(UTC)
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an update of the latest photo gallery, the overhead system, a new forest has been added (Moosburg) and an overall view of the layout.


So I am not the only one to whom this happens: I hope the brick was placed there on purpose?RollEyes
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#983 Posted : 31 March 2014 12:48:31(UTC)
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Hi John,

I DO enjoy the images of your huge layout - what are the dimensions?

I also like to see your Sommerfeldt - it looks like some stücken date from the 1980's like mine; is that so?

Regards,


PJ


PJ, thanks for your compliment, the complete layout is 13m x 5m what you see at the moment is about 8m x 5m.

there is the main station Bonn missing on the far right beyond the long freight shed opposite is the extension of the freight terminal and the opposite site of the snow modules is a HOe line and 4 main lines.

I'm not sure what you mean by Sommerfeldt - Parts from 1980 ?

regards.,

John


Hello again John,

What a big layout. Does your comment mean that there is another 5 x 5 m to be completed?

How interesting, I too feature Bonn as my main station (end station) : see below.

What I meant was that you seem to use Sommerfeldt caternary (as I do) and some items seem to be from the 1980's (as are mine ) !!

Regards,

PJ

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#984 Posted : 31 March 2014 14:27:38(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Alsterstreek Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: river6109 Go to Quoted Post
an update of the latest photo gallery, the overhead system, a new forest has been added (Moosburg) and an overall view of the layout.


So I am not the only one to whom this happens: I hope the brick was placed there on purpose?RollEyes


Alsterstreek,
How dare you call this a brick, this is a newly erected high rise building and its made of millions of little bricks (handmade and fired)BigGrin

to let you in on a secret, this brick has been put there for a specific reason but over time I've forgot to remove it.
the purpose for the brick to be there is when I take off the castle from its foundation above the overhead masts, I place a board on top of the masts and than lift and shift the castle onto the board and the brick is holding horizontal.

the other reason is, so you can see it is a modelrailway and not the prototype BigGrin

John

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#985 Posted : 31 March 2014 14:30:48(UTC)
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PJ,

all my models already have been made and they are currently stored in cages, very nice pictures from your station, you are right there are a lot of things on there which originate from the 80's, the layout started in 1980. my Bonn station has on each side 2 middle buildings, I'll show you some pictures of it.
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Offline Ian555  
#986 Posted : 31 March 2014 16:06:32(UTC)
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Hi John,

Fantastic photo's of your layout. ThumpUp

It's bigger (65m2) than some houses over here in Scotland.

All the best.

Ian.

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Offline river6109  
#987 Posted : 31 March 2014 16:54:41(UTC)
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Ian,

I have come this far but I can't run any trains on the outside continuously they all come to a stop on each end but what I will do at least, program the locos so they can stop at the Moosburg station and let another train go, what makes it also a bit difficult I haven't received my ESU radio control back and this would be handy when a train comes to the end I can see it and stop the train or I have to take videos from each train and than combine it with the video editor.

At least the weather haw cooled down dramatically and you wouldn't believe it we had the first rain Saturday and Sunday and more rain tomorrow, this is the first rain after 5 month. the avocado tree couldn't handle it, not enough water and the fruit just dropped from the tree.

John
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Offline Ian555  
#988 Posted : 31 March 2014 17:50:55(UTC)
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Hi John,

Not sure if I'm on the same planet as you, first rain in 5 months...we're lucky if it goes 5 hours without it raining.

But at least you had some snow...Wink

All the best.

Ian.

Offline river6109  
#989 Posted : 01 April 2014 08:27:39(UTC)
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I'm letting you know, the layout will be dismantled and all other work has stopped, I'm getting fed up with all the problems I've got and its no longer enjoyable, so this means I will no longer post videos or pictures.

John
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Offline Ian555  
#990 Posted : 01 April 2014 08:54:39(UTC)
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Hi John,

Good try....Wink

All the best.

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Offline Irish Rail  
#991 Posted : 01 April 2014 09:03:23(UTC)
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Good one!

That worked for me!

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Offline PJMärklin  
#992 Posted : 01 April 2014 09:56:09(UTC)
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PJ,

all my models already have been made and they are currently stored in cages, very nice pictures from your station, you are right there are a lot of things on there which originate from the 80's, the layout started in 1980. my Bonn station has on each side 2 middle buildings, I'll show you some pictures of it.


Hello John,

Thanks for the pictures - nice big layout with lots of room for many themes and ideas!

Regatrds,

PJ
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