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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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Lighting the Village (1)

Whether or not to add lighting to a model is a difficult matter. Lighting definitely adds “life” to models but can give some odd effects: for example, because I am using traditional DC control it is not a simple matter to light the carriages of my trains (although battery systems do exist, at a price,Continue reading “Lighting the Village (1)”

Building the Village

Innsdorf is intended to represent a typical resort village in the Engadin valley early in the winter sport season. There is a “dusting” of snow in the village, but skiing is taking place up on the surrounding mountain slopes. I wanted to create the sort of busy scene that a visitor would see in suchContinue reading “Building the Village”

Signalling Innsdorf Station

Swiss signalling is very distinctive and I had no idea (a) how it should work or (b) where I could buy the signals (or parts to make them). I searched on the World Wide Web for Swiss railway signalling and found some very comprehensive information, including a very helpful article on Wikipedia which I haveContinue reading “Signalling Innsdorf Station”

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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