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Offline mike c  
#1 Posted : 12 August 2020 15:16:39(UTC)
mike c

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https://www.20min.ch/sto...z-kommt-weg-618754392760

I first saw the layout as a 9 year old when the family visited Luzern while living in Switzerland. I was there again in 1985.
I remember watching as an employee opened a door and entered the layout. You could see the spiral loops that were used to increase the elevation of the tracks. On the real Gotthard, the trains made 3/4 to a a full circle to gain altitude. On the model, the trains often went around many loops in order to exit the tunnel at the next track level.

When I first saw the layout, the rolling seemed to be a mix of Hag, Fleischmann, Trix Express and some Maerklin. When I was there in 1985, it was a mix of Hag, Roco, Lima, Liliput and other brands. It was cool that the trains were a little updated compared to 1971/72, but a little disconcerting to see exact scale, 1/93 and 1/100 models combined in consists.

The last time I went there (2004), the rolling stock was mostly 1/87 and it looked better. I was, however, disappointed in the way that the layout had been moved. It seemed to have less impact in it's new setting.

It is with sadness that I read that the layout is being phased out. Switzerland still has Smilestones, Baumgartner and Kaeserberg, but it will not be the same.

Regards

Mike C
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Offline kiwiAlan  
#2 Posted : 12 August 2020 17:55:07(UTC)
kiwiAlan

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Originally Posted by: mike c Go to Quoted Post
https://www.20min.ch/story/die-legendaerste-modelleisenbahn-der-schweiz-kommt-weg-618754392760

It is with sadness that I read that the layout is being phased out. Switzerland still has Smilestones, Baumgartner and Kaeserberg, but it will not be the same.


I don't think that is what the article is saying. They seem to state it will go into storage while they replace the building with a new one, and intend to put it on display again.

Offline jvuye  
#3 Posted : 12 August 2020 22:46:10(UTC)
jvuye

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Originally Posted by: kiwiAlan Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: mike c Go to Quoted Post
https://www.20min.ch/story/die-legendaerste-modelleisenbahn-der-schweiz-kommt-weg-618754392760

It is with sadness that I read that the layout is being phased out. Switzerland still has Smilestones, Baumgartner and Kaeserberg, but it will not be the same.


I don't think that is what the article is saying. They seem to state it will go into storage while they replace the building with a new one, and intend to put it on display again.



Yes that is correct Alan §
"Sicher aber bleibe das beliebte Modell erhalten." : it is sure that the beloved model is being preserved!
Where it woill be displayed again is under evaluation.
I could not have seen this emblematic and inspiring layout disappear!!


Jacques Vuye aka Dr.Eisenbahn
Once a vandal, learned to be better and had great success!
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Offline Unholz  
#4 Posted : 06 September 2020 17:48:20(UTC)
Unholz

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Location: Switzerland
Because it is apparently unclear what will happen with the layout, the local railway enthusiast club has launched a petition aiming at saving it:
https://www.openpetition...fahr?language=en_GB.utf8
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Offline seatrains  
#5 Posted : 06 September 2020 18:26:17(UTC)
seatrains

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Posts: 654
Location: Shoreline, WA
This is a great layout and i took in as many as I could when i visited Europe. I signed the petition as it allows non-residents to sign. I hope it will be around for all to visit when they get the new building complete.
Thom
European Train Enthusiast - Pacific Northwest Chapter
4th Division, Pacific Northwest Region, National Model Railroaders Association
Offline hxmiesa  
#6 Posted : 07 September 2020 08:57:16(UTC)
hxmiesa

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Location: Spain
Originally Posted by: Unholz Go to Quoted Post
Because it is apparently unclear what will happen with the layout, the local railway enthusiast club has launched a petition aiming at saving it:
https://www.openpetition...fahr?language=en_GB.utf8

Signed!
Best regards
Henrik Hoexbroe ("The Dane In Spain")
http://hoexbroe.tripod.com
Offline kiwiracer  
#7 Posted : 07 September 2020 09:27:20(UTC)
kiwiracer

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Posts: 5
Location: Manawatu, New Zealand
Signed petition above.
Don't dodge difficulties, meet and defeat them. (Anon)
Anyone can eat an elephant, one bite at a time (Anon)
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