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The Building of a Model Railway

I am building a model of a Swiss Alpine railway, based on the RhätischeBahn in Graubunden Canton in south-east Switzerland. It is quite a challenge for someone who has been making model railways since childhood but always English, always in 00 gauge and never with overhead electrification. I hope you enjoy following these challenges!

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Laying the Track

Track-laying needs to be a job that takes time and care. I used Peco HOm gauge flexible track and live-frog points. Never having used a narrow-gauge trackage system before I had to learn about clearances, minimum radii, etc., so it wook a while to come up with a suitable practical and Swiss-looking layout. I printedContinue reading “Laying the Track”

Laying the Foundation

A firm foundation on well-built baseboards is essential for a reliable model railway. I had an additional challenge which was to store an existing layout in the same room; my solution was to make double brackets that could hold the old railway beneath the new one. One day I hope that both will be availableContinue reading “Laying the Foundation”

How it all began

I first visited Switzerland when my wife discovered that her family history went back many generations ago to a family in Neuchatel Canton – you can read about it in my travel blog if you are interested – and then we visited the Alps on a Great Railway Journeys holiday to celebrate my sixtieth birthdayContinue reading “How it all began”

Web links:

Market Deeping Model Railway Club www.mdmrc.org

Swiss Railways Society swissrailsoc.org.uk

Mark’s Rail Adventures www.mwtrips.co.uk

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