Does Anyone Model/Run European Trains?

Originally Posted by John23:
Originally Posted by daylight:

Yes, I do.

 

 

Beautiful engine!!!  You should include the photo in the body of the post, so everyone can see it easier.

 

Thank you John.  Wasn't sure how to do that and agree with your comment.

 

Still waiting for the completion of DCC and sound install; taking much longer that I had hoped for.

Originally Posted by EBT Jim:

I *believe* lots of people around the world model US railroads/railroading. I was just looking at a real nice model railroad by a guy in Sweden ... a UP western US layout with AC44's and such.

 

But, do many Americans run trains from another land? MTH sells them, right?

I don't know if I would call it "modeling" European trains but I'm about to purchase the Orient Express set from MTH as these are things of absolute beauty. And we've always intendEd to make our smaller layout town have that Teutonic/European feel to it. I find the structures, cobblestone streets and squares to be so picturesque. 

 

Peter

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Hi Jay Jay and others.  Yes, I see your Corgi trolleys, and am happy to report that I

have 6 of them on my shelves.

 

Naturally I am happiest with my Hornby, Bassett Lowke, and Bing British trains, but

I'd like to put in a plug for Lionel's Shakespeare Express (son of Hogwarts).  The heavy die cast locomotive runs well and the whistle certainly captures the spirit of the GWR. Purists will question the scale, but I find that the locomotive works beautifully pulling

the Hornby #2 Corridor coaches.  Enjoy the photos.

 

Lewrail

CLOSE UP SHAKESPEARE EXPRESS

SHAKESPEARE EXPRESS AT NIGHT

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For those of you who plan to visit Europe here is compiled a list of sources (organizations, publications, clubs, forums, etc.) in various E.U. countries...

 

DENMARK 

http://www.spor0.dk/da/klubber.html

http://omjk.dk/web/index.php

FRANCE

http://www.cercleduzero.fr/

GERMANY

http://www.argespur0.de/

http://forum2.argespur0.de/forum2/viewforum.php?f=9

http://www.spurnull.de/

http://www.alte-spur-0.de/

http://www.0ec-koeln.de/

http://www.busecker-spur-0-tage.de/1.html

http://www.012-express.com/

http://www.spurnull-magazin.de/

http://www.fremo-net.eu/moduls...oesse-0/0-regelspur/

LUXEMBURG

http://www.amfl.net/

NETHERLANDS

http://home.kpn.nl/rkievit1956...weekeinde/index.html

http://nulspoor.blogspot.se/

SWITZERLAND

http://www.spur-0-expo.ch/

http://www.fremo-net.eu/moduls...ur-0-in-der-schweiz/

UNITED KINGDOM

http://www.gauge0guild.com/

http://www.classicogauge.net/forum/index.php

 

Sorry, if dealers/retailers/distributors/manufacturers are excluded, because I tried to avoid overloading this list with adverisements. Also Z, N, TT, HO, S, 1, G sources are excluded from this list.

This list is just attempt to map specifically the European coarse scale O gauge (vintage and modern tinplate) and O scale (1:43,5 and 1:45) situation, which can be extended by any forum member, if you happen to have some more European sources.

Please, keep in mind to get in contact with the mentioned clubs in advance and ask for an appointment, because most of them are small clubs in private premises with irregular opening hours. Some of the clubs attend at scheduled public events during weekends.

BetaNuSigmaPhi

Umm...yes. Rivarossi and Lima...so far. 

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I find European trains, and German ones in particular, fascinating...they are so very different from what we are used to here in the States.

And I believe they have the art of scenery down as good, if not better, than most of us here. Just look at any one of the numerous "YouTube" videos...

Mark in Oregon

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I have a LGB layout on the second floor I built in 1989. We are in Europe once or twice a year. I have always found  continental railways very interesting. My Lionel layout depicts the northeast in the late fifties, my LGB layout about the same time period in east Germany. I like them both. 

As I think I may have mentioned in another thread, this "lok" came to me with missing buffers, and only one powered truck, and that was not running.

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I had some left over stuff from a Fairbanks Morse project, and was able to swap out and power both trucks. I wired them together to enlarge the electrical "footprint", and now this old gal runs as well as any of my other engines (Atlas and Weaver, all Pittman powered), using less current and is actually quieter! I used short roofing nails for the buffers. Have begun to enhance the details somewhat:

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There's only so much I'll be able to do, what with the truck-mounted couplers. Am waiting on some proper size wire to replace the large handrails below the windscreens.

Since this is (currently) my only German loco, I'm able to focus on it exclusively and hopefully will end up with a half-way decent model when I'm "done".

Mark in Oregon

PS:...just wish I could do something with those awful couplers...

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PS:...just wish I could do something with those awful couplers...

you could replace the ugly Lima/Rivarossi couplers by using Bing/ACE/Darstaed-type hook couplers, which look much more realistic, you can find them on the britsh ebay.co.uk while searching for Darstaed products.

BetaNuSigmaPhi

Miketg posted:

Hi everyone,

Miketg posted:

Hi everyone,

It has been a while since I have posted any photos or pictures of my 0 scale German layout Georgenstadt, so here it goes. Miketg

Nice, I see you are running 2-rail O-scale era mixed era (loco from era V and scenery vehicles era III).

Some time ago I was running 2-rail and 3-rail European trains on the same outdoor layout...

...and indoor, too...

Here are my old catalogs, which give an overview of my own limited edition production, all handcrafted...

https://issuu.com/johannis_likos/docs/catalog2015v2

https://issuu.com/johannis_likos/docs/catalog2015v1

While running modern European trains, I prefer plenty of coaches in reduced length than few coaches in true scale length.

BetaNuSigmaPhi

BetaNuSigmaPhi posted:
tcox009 posted:

I have a number of CW Hornby and bassett lowke items which I run

...look also for Hachette Hornby O gauge tinplate replicas...

The lithography of Hachette looks good but further they are flimsy build and the clockwork mechanism (which has plastic parts) is weak. I would not recommend these and go for the real Hornby.

Regards

Fred

jay jay posted:

Here is the layout of one of the heirs of Ferdinand Porsche, located in southern Germany. It appears to be O Gauge stud-rail, but I may be wrong. I think it is open to the public.

 

 

No, it is HO with Märklin tracks, you will notice the crocodile teeth in the middle of the tracks, which are for AC power, instead of the center rail as we know from O gauge 3-rail.

BetaNuSigmaPhi

Thank you everyone for the kind comments. The buildings are all scratch built and some of my techniques were published in OGR in the mid 90's. The locomotive was made by Huebner about 35 years ago but the repaint is fairly recent. All the coaches are old Rivarossi stock with cardboard interiors made in Germany in the late 90's. They take a while to assemble but are well worth it. Most of my rolling stock is epoch 3 but I also have lots of items from epoch 2 to contemporary models. It had been a while since I had run the Rivarossi coaches behind a powerful locomotive. If any of you read Continental Modeller, the layout was in the January issue.

Miketg

Miketg posted:

Thank you everyone for the kind comments. The buildings are all scratch built and some of my techniques were published in OGR in the mid 90's. The locomotive was made by Huebner about 35 years ago but the repaint is fairly recent. All the coaches are old Rivarossi stock with cardboard interiors made in Germany in the late 90's. They take a while to assemble but are well worth it. Most of my rolling stock is epoch 3 but I also have lots of items from epoch 2 to contemporary models. It had been a while since I had run the Rivarossi coaches behind a powerful locomotive. If any of you read Continental Modeller, the layout was in the January issue.

Miketg

Huebner is superior quality, like Lenz, Kiss, Demko, Fulgurex, etc.

Yes, I know well Continental Modeller, an interesting British railway magazine for Continental European and Overseas train modelers, in which have been published in the past few of my articles:

1. ”The OSE A-550 series diesel”, Continental Modeller, issue Feb. 1998, page 66-69, Peco Publications
2. “OSE H.560 CLASS”, Continental Modeller, issue Dec. 2000, page 512-515, Peco Publications
3. “Slovak second class and couchette coaches”, Continental Modeller, issue Aug. 2004, page 484-488, Peco Publications

For subscriptions look here: http://www.pecopublications.co...nental-modeller.html

BetaNuSigmaPhi

I just recently purchased these French LR passenger cars along with a few JEP cars that I am currently working on.  I am now looking to add to the lot as well.  They seem to fit size wise with my American Flyer prewar 3/16th's 0 gage locos as well...IMG_0375

Dennis Holler If its old and broke, I like it

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sncf231e posted:
BetaNuSigmaPhi posted:
tcox009 posted:

I have a number of CW Hornby and bassett lowke items which I run

...look also for Hachette Hornby O gauge tinplate replicas...

The lithography of Hachette looks good but further they are flimsy build and the clockwork mechanism (which has plastic parts) is weak. I would not recommend these and go for the real Hornby.

Regards

Fred

The clockwork gears inside can be always replaced by MTH/Lionel motorization, no problem, not at all.  Yesterday I received my very 1st Hachette wind-up clockwork electric loco and it is great, just great, you'll love it! Any way, together with Hachette litho cars queued in a row  at the platform of MTH's Leipzig passenger station, which is by the way a Märklin vintage replica, would look great, just great, trust me. I have seen a photo where a guy disassembled the tinplate body of two Hachette PO-type locos (http://www.binnsroad.co.uk/railways/hachette/24.jpg) and made out of them a nice huge French S.N.C.F. 242.BE.I-type (http://www.apmfs.fr/242be1.html), just great, you'll love it!

BetaNuSigmaPhi

rattler21 posted:

WW II German box car

In 1960, we unloaded two Cadillac chassis in Italy bound for Pina Farina onto flat cars with a small shack for the messenger.  The shack was similar to the one on this box car.  John

Maybe it looked like this? This is an Italian 3-rail 0-gauge car made by Elettren of Italy.

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Regards

Fred

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Hi everyone,

Well I had some time to today to take some more videos with the help of my daughter. The locomotive is a Bavarian Glaskasten made by SCE of Berlin over thirty years ago. The three cars it is pulling are Bavarian branch lines coaches made by Lenz. To be honest, I could watch this train run all day.

Miketg

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I have the MTH Orient Express Set pulled by the 2-3-1 Chappeon.  I really do not like the O43; however, I was on many trains in France in the 50's and 60's with most pulled by steam and I will never forget all the steam including my looking down the stack while the engine went under the walk bridge.  My mother got upset with my appearance after that introduction to cinders.  My German friend who lives near the French southeastern boarder has his entire attic covered with every model of UP power. 

Between 1960ies and the 1980ies almost until the end of the former Yugoslavia I have frequently traveled on the Orient Express route. I recommend to watch the Agatha Christie and James Bond movies covering this topic.

I noticed some difference between European 3-rail O gauge and 2-rail O scale models, because some are 1:43.5 (mainly in UK) and others 1:45 (more in Continental Europe). For more details read the product description in the manufacturer's catalog. Here is the official standardization paper: http://www.morop.org/de/normes/nem010_d.pdf

BetaNuSigmaPhi

I model OO/HO. It's basically a small 4x8 layout based around the GWR that I am currently building. I plan to operate a 14xx and autocoach for passenger services and maybe get a GWR toad brakevan for goods trains. 

- Joe

Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters, METCA,

Independent Hi-Railers Eastern Division,

Ocean County Society of Model Railroaders,

Raritan River Chapter of the NRHS,

Black River Railroad Historical Trust

 http://raritanriver-rr.com/

http://www.blackriverrailroad.com/

 

 

"You're too young to remember the Raritan River!" -Told to me by a man at a train show.

Not quite railroad here, but I do have an Aral tank car. The basis for this circa 1960 structure is a laser cut kit that was included in the German SNM magazine or 0 scale magazine. I added some extra details with more to come. Now I just need to enlarge my layout. MiketgIMG_8032 [2)IMG_8028 [1) (2)IMG_8031 [2)

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