My album of model railway photos

Published 9Feb2021 – Updated 12Feb202
This page is in group Models. It’s a log: newest at the top, except there may be newer entries inside chapters.

Background

Is it correct to write a disclaimer here, to turn down any anticipation of a great model layout? Not really. (Except, of course, my standard disclaimer telling that even if I mention a lot of companies here, it’s just for you. I want and get nothing from it.)  Some times I take a look at my layout – and models – and see them so pretty. Most of the time that’s all. I am left with a good feeling. But at times I play a with some ideas. The result may be photos, some of which may end up here. Plus the odd story attached. Do enjoy! (You may look at that disclaimer at the end of this note.)

Scene 1

All the photos of this H0/HO scene 1 contain:

1. The yellow building is Kladno St.1 by igra models. I have just built it. This was my first laser cut veneer / cardboard kit. As for buildings (as opposed to airplanes?), I guess I won’t miss the plastic kits, even if I do love them as well. This is article 111005 from igra model (Stellwerk Kladno H0, Google translated). This signal box or signalling control is quoted to still be in operation in Kladno, close to Prague.

Fig.1

Building the Kladno St.1 was pure joy! The glue that came in the box was fantastic. White, to easily see during building, water soluble to easily wipe off, and transparent when dried – almost invisible. I mailed igra models and they sent me a doc file of the building description, in German, which I had Google turn into Norwegian. My German is somewhat rusty. The description in the box was in Czech. Their description meant well, but leaves too much to having kit building experience. But the model itself is unbelievably accurate! 0.25 mm laser cut traces?  One advice is to cut out all the parts before doing anything (except the tiny parts like the railing for the stairs). I did not discover the yellow line around the half-way up of the building before it was too late, so I had to cut it and glue it on afterwards, all wrong (1) of course. It’s visible on the corner in the above picture. There is this yellow part and a ruby part, below the windows, and another ruby part above the window, but the latter does not go all the way around. I made an extra of those, below the window, because the drawing said there were going to be two, all wrong (2). I just didn’t see the yellow part. So I should have cut them all out in the first place. Strange that I ended up with one piece of cardboard that I didn’t see the function of. I still think it’s there for no reason, than perhaps to use as a cutting board. Another advice is to be very, very careful when cutting out the Kladno St.1 sign. It has a frame around it that easily falls off. Mine did at places, so I just cut the frame away. If I were igra models I would have scaled up the frame by 0.25-0.5 mm.

2. The yellow-orange loco is a Swiss BLS Te 2/3 model from BRAWA. I have written a whole blog note about it: BRAWA 0571 BLS Te 2/3.

Fig.2

3. The brown Class De 6/6 “Seetal Crocodile”. See Märklin 37511. Plus I have mentioned it at My Krokis notes.

4. The red Austrian ÖBB RH 1245. See Roco 48494.

5. The black German steam loco BR 24, from a starter set. See Märklin 29240. Women and children think it’s my nicest loco. It is nice, but it’s not electric.

6. The small German tank loco BR 89 DB that came in a separate box. See Märklin 3000. It was bought together with a three wagon plus an M-track oval plus two switches starter set, called Märklin 3200. Analogue, of course, since it’s 1960. I have not digitalised, neither this nor any other of my other analogue locos, it therefore stands on the powered track with a piece of paper underneath.
Aside: My long late aunt Gunvor and uncle Arthur Tholvsen bought it for me on a visit from Oslo to Göttingen in 1960. It cost 32.50 DM at Kinder-Paradies Siegfried. Including the 6013 trafo and some other stuff, 60.65 DM was a lot for a ten year old at that time. My parents were just supportive, not supplying me with money. This is about €130 as of 2021 according to my research (if a DM was 1.7 NOK in 1960 and the inflation of NOK from 1960 to 2021 was 13.5). I had saved for at least a year. (But thinking it over now, could there have been some sponsor money in the basket that I may have deliberately forgotten? I have heard that we collect recollections. But then, almost all of my uncles and aunts were without children, and were indeed generous to me and my sister.)

Fig.3

7. There are some rolling stock (wagons, cars) as well. Again, a mix of time periods or eras – as well as country.
(1) Towards the buffer is the SBB-CFF K3 Märklin 4605 from 1960. This is the dark grey boxcar with metallic, sliding doors. I see in the 1961/62 DK/nkr catalogue that they have depicted a brown version, even if the text says “grå” (grey). In the 1962/63 catalogue this was fixed, the said brown version existed for real.
(2) A couple of years ago I tried to find some more of the same, the closest I could find were two BLS 3010 J2d , see Roco 76832. They are both in the photos. No doors to open, but in return this is a scale model with three tiny handles per door – but with the iron bars at the one end made from thin plastic, instead of the metallic ones on the 1960 model. You can’t win them all.
(3) Then there is the longer, green baggage car with a partly raised roof, which is German Federal Railroad (DB) type Pwi “Donnerbüchse” standard car, see Märklin 4315. Observe that this rather good scale model still has sliding doors to open!
(4) There also is a Norwegian model there, the brown with a rather flat roof of the NSB (“N.S.B.”) G 31031, a Roco 4301E.
(5) Then, two cars that I bought when I searched for the shortest cars I could find. These are 79 mm long. There is one light grey Talbot hopper car from FS VFcck, see Roco 56251.
(6) Plus a brown of the same, a Schotterwagen from DB AG, see Roco 56246.
(7-8) Finally two red Märklin 4513 hopper cars that came with the 3200 startkit in 1960. It’s really a toy car, but it’s cute.

Observe that I have had to replace the wheel sets of all my non-Märklin cars with AC wheel sets, like this: Roco 40196. See AC wheels (NEM 340) (below).

8. Then, two Mercedes-Benz first A-Class model cars. The blue is a Busch 48600 (here) and the yellow is from Herpa 022941(in red, here).

9. Since I grew up by the transformer station that my father worked at, I needed to include a transformer. It is a Kibri 9922.

10. Then the tree. A nice gift from grandchildren Anna, Jakob and Filip.

Johan Magnus Gundersen (1955)

Aside: My mother’s father, Johan Magnus Gundersen, and I on 22.10.1960 walked from Bjerregaards gt. 13 in Oslo down to the Gnisten (Knut André) shop and bought the Märklin 4605 model for 19.25 NOK (by 13.5 = 26€ per 2021). This was my first time in that shop, coming from the smaller town Hamar, I just could not believe my eyes. This shop was full of model train stuff. Crammed. My grandfather was shocked by the price, but I had that money, too. I almost ironed the yellow 10-krone and blue 5-kr. (NOK) bills as I collected them. My grandfather died less than a year after, 75 years old, from diabetes. On the picture he’s about as old as I am now (70). I think this was his and my common walk. (I actually copied the receipt with a “new” ball pen, with some remarks added. I still have it.)

Studio

Fig.4

Of course, my layout is not electrified, even if I only have this one steam loco running digital. I arranged it all for this photo shoot, since I did plan to add catenary at some time, and had them in a box.

The best light often is daylight without sun, used for fig.2 and fig.3. But for fig.1 I wanted some different lighting and used the one you see in this photo. Diffusers are necessary to avoid too distinct shadows. There is no daylight in that picture.

The camera used is a Lumix DMC-TZ100 with fig.1 and fig.3 with f-number 8 and and fig.2 with f-number 4.8. Timing was for fig.1 @ 1/13 sec, fig.2 @ 1/80 sec and fig.3 @ 1/30 sec.

Scene 2

Some time, I hope!

Scene N-1

Go to Models and have a look at my other model blogs. There are quite a few photos there.

AC wheels (NEM 340)

The Märklin “AC wheels” standard is defined in NEM 340 [1] and Wiki-refs. NEM = Normen Europäischer Modellbahnen. It is the “DC wheels” (like Roco etc.) that constitute the standard for HO model railway running. These wheels are tighter on the rail because there is a current pickup issue when the two poles are on each rail. However, for Märklin, pickup is easier since there is the “third rail” (the dots in the center) which is one pole, and both rails constitute the other pole. Märklin will therefore have less current pick up problems than DC. However, the DC wheels on Märklin track will be more susceptible to derailments. They will easier climb the Märklin track in a curve and hit parts of a Märklin switch when they quite fast change direction there. So DC wheels should be replaced for AC wheels when running on Märklin track. This gives Märklin rolling stock a competitive advantage on Märklin track. This is also the reason why you should always buy locomotives ready-made for “AC”.

See the problems I had with a very nice Fleischmann model that wasn’t NEM 340 even if shipped as one, which I had to return: My Fleischmann 396071 DR-Baureihe E 60.

Observe that with digital operation, both “DC” and “AC” have lost their meaning since both now are “pulsed DC”. The old Märklin motors will run both on AC and DC, since they are commutated series universal motors (Wiki-refs). Also observe that Märklin Z scale is pure DC, and all scale 1 are digital pulsed DC.

Disclaimer

I have no other layout than some old Märklin M track and a wooden table (here). I haven’t taken the time, as I once did (here). And I have no photo studio. But still I have a lot of fun with these models! A lot! Even if I mix eras like I didn’t know they existed.

References

Wiki-refs: Acta Diurna. Album (ancient Rome). NEM (Normen Europäischer Modellbahnen). Univerasl motor

  1. NEM 340 = Wheel Set and Track for Special Systems , (special system = Märklin = “AC wheels”) which does not exist in English. The German standard is “Radsatz und Gleis für besondere Systeme” at Radsatz und Gleis für besondere Systeme from https://www.morop.org/index.php/de/nem-normen.html (English   https://www.morop.org/index.php/en/nem-the-norms.html) (also see Wiki-refs above).