Broken turnout

I have prepared my Märklin K-Track turnouts to be operated from below the benchwork. While removing the cover under the track, the switch rod broke apart. I have rebuilt it from a tiny strip of 1 mm styrene. I hope this works.


19th Century Culvert: Second try

This version of a culvert is built from 1 mm styrene. The curved tunnel is made from 0.5 mm styrene. The profile of the rocks and bricks have been carved into the surface of the styrene. The idea is to paint the parts accordingly to recreated the look of the original.

19th Century Culvert: Second Prototype

After not being satisfied with the result of my first try, I took my bike, camera and dog to search a new prototype for my little culvert.

This culvert is a little overgrown but the basic shape is still very good visible. In contrast to my first try this culvert has been built from rock and bricks. The tunnel is round and not square. So this element is a little more complex, but we will see how it works out.

19th century culvert, first try

I used 1 mm styrene to build a model of this culvert. This is my very first work with this material and my very first try of modelling anything based on a prototype. Here is the result.

Honestly I’m not too happy with the result. After trying to add some texture to the concrete part failed and I have stopped the work on this part. I will look for a different prototype.

Culvert: A Prototype Inspiration

The Marschacht-Layout has a small stream on the left that is crossed by the tracks. Thus I need a culvert. There is a railroad line in my village, that has been shut down several years ago. Several small drainage canals cross the old railroad line. I found an interesting culvert a few hundred metres out of the town.

It has been built using a combination of rock and concrete. The railroad line has been built in the beginning of the 19th century. So I guess this culvert has also been built at that time. The basic form is not to complex and might be built by a beginner like me. So I will give it a try.

Right-Of-Way-Details: Poly Dome

Today in the US there are a lot white poles with colored tops stuck in the ground. These are Poly Domes. They are used to inform and warn the public about any delicate infrastructure that is buried beneath, such as gas pipelines or communication wires or fibre optics. Specifications and examples of the real thing can be found at ACP International including the specs of poly-dome-markers.

Lance Mindheim mentioned them in an article about vertical elements. Cody’s Workshop on MRVP shows a nice tutorial how to build right of way details such as poly domes.

This is indeed something to keep in mind when detailing the scenery around the tracks.

The project deserves a name

I think my small Märklin layout deserves a name. Basically it resembles an Inglenook Sidings. The scene is completely freelanced but the near stream and the agricultural trade station reminds me of a location in a small town a few kilometres away. The name of this location is “Oldershausen” and this will be the name of this small layout.