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I realise that for most modellers, size is everything however for an element within our community size only matters because we lack space. The new project is ideal for folk who aspire to O Scale but live in an apartment, condo, etc but more importantly it really works. 


It is eminently do-able. My special thanks to Carl Carendt's website. Hopefully everything will fit in the hatchback, especially as the the single board is only 1200mm long by 600mm with no awkward joints.

Just 1,2m long and effectively four wye turnouts, the plan uses the many of the buildings that are used on Pottendorf. The rolling stock has to be small, again, this suits my rolling stock of small Oe locos and wagons. The clever design makes use of some buildings (from Stangel) that I have already built for Pottendorf.

The backscenes will form a protective 'box' for the scenic boards whilst the expensive fiddle yard is replaced by cassettes. A clip-on modesty board across the front of the storage sidings will allow some privacy at shows.  Separate cool LED-strip lighting will be independent of the main boards.

Anyone still interested?

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I'm interested.  This reminds me of many of the layouts I see on the British forum I participate in.  The size is very common there actually.  Not many people have the space to do big layouts like we all dream of over here.

I like it because the limited scale means that available time is tightly focused.  Many of the British layouts I see are really akin to big dioramas, with often high levels of detailing and realism.  It's a manageable scope.


For those who have a small space in which to build the layout, the temptation to cram everything into the space can be overwhelming but if we realise that we see only a small amount of the 'big picture' do we really need this approach?
This is a corner of the goods siding on Pottendorf, it has a few abandoned oil drums and the detritus of logging but nothing else. Even then, there has been considerable restraint to keep it simple without the usual cliches.

Instead, all the effort was expended on the grass and weeds, the stuff that is so often regarded as 'filler' and it is not even finished as there are still a few taller weeds to be planted for effect.

Near to the site of the former station at Heilingenstadt,  there is an allotment tucked away beside a couple of houses, this is my take on the scene.

The railway line would have once passed just behind the fence but on Pottendorf it is just visible. 
This scene is captured on my home layout 'Pottendorf', a simple test track based on the actual Wiesentallbahn in Oberfranken, today a popular tourist line about 45kms north of Nürnberg, better known as the Dampfbahn Fränkische Schweiz.

Pottendorf was inspired by the Bayerische Lokalbahn, a network of small branchlines which once comprised of half of the route mileage in Bayern. The available space is rather small for 1:45 but the prototype was a not a railway built on the grand scale, most stations are merely a curved loop and a siding which is easy to replicate even in O gauge.

The link within my signature takes you to my blog.


Last summer, we were touring and noticed the use of agricultural buildings as fair game for flyposters - they are always neat, no grafitti just local information being shared. So we took a bunch of photos of the posters and in the end I just used them for my own piece of Oberfranken.

OK, now I had better share my YouTube video of an ELNA loco entering Streitburg. We had popped across for a few days and the weekend turned really warm, consequently the steam special on the Sunday was very popular.

If anyone has questions about 1:45 German O Scale, just drop me a PM, really happy to answer any questions.

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The brewery warehouse has a couple of very welcome visitors, they bring good luck to the building (and its owner) and are icons of the locality. The storks are long-distance migrants, wintering in Africa, returning to the same location and partner.

Don't bother trying to find a source, they are 3D printed one-off examples.


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