The Pre-planning Fact-finding Tour

Before I could do much in the way of planning my Alpine layout I really needed to visit Switzerland specifically to look at its railways. While I had visited a few times, always by rail, I had not really looked at the railways themselves very much with a view to building a model. Although I had been building model railways all my life, they had always been based in England, where I have always lived, and the way they work has been second nature.

I had decided to base my layout on the Rhätische Bahn because that was not a cog railway and therefore had the most interesting spirals, tunnels and bridges in order to cope with the mountains, and so a stay in the Engadin Valley, near the towns whose stations I thought might make the basis of an interesting model, seemed like a good idea, and our tour manager on last summer’s holiday in Grindelwald suggested Samedan. Today’s video is the story of this research for Innsdorf Modellbahn.

Short visit to the Engadin, Graubunden Canton, Switzerland, to research for the model railway

If you would like to read more about the trip, then it is described fully in my rail adventures weblog, www.mwtrips.co.uk. The club whose layout is shown at the local museum in Bergün is the Albula Bahn Club.

Published by Mark Warrick

amateur photographer | railway modeller | rail travel blogger

2 thoughts on “The Pre-planning Fact-finding Tour

  1. Hi Mark,

    Seems like a great trip. Perhaps you’ll have to go again just to check some minor details . . .

    The trees and foliage on that museum layout look very realistic. I notice that the pantograph on the museum loco is often well clear of the power cable. Are you able to keep your HOm locos in contact?

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    1. Hi, Chris,

      Thanks for your comments. I dare say we shall return some time but there is no hurry: that was our third visit to that region (I think!) and was the detail-checking trip, really. We do need to get back to Neuchatel (where some of Alison’s ancestors came from) and would have gone this June if we could have.

      The pantograph situation is interesting. I did not notice at the time that it was clear of the wire but as soon as I saw the video it was so obvious! I have managed to keep my own in contact, which does, of course, require some careful positioning of wires, but my layout is very much smaller and simpler than that one. I have not yet built the fiddle yard and so have not yet faced the issue of wiring the pantograph as the train leaves the wire-free environment to enter the scenic section. That should not be too great an engineering challenge, I hope!

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