Ulrich Röcher's Layout
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|Problems And What Could Be Done Better|
Generelly, the layout would win alot if the room would be wider and longer - about one meter. Then, I could have realized the track plan more "swinging"and so more naturally, with longer station tracks especially in the upper station. Fot myself - I can't change this anymore, but for the case that someone wants to use the plan for an own layout...
Most problems I have are caused by the old Märklin M track. Perhaps I'm the representative of a minority, but find it was the right decision to take this material which isn't up-to-date anymore out of programe. Especially the failure of many controlling track sections is quite annoying, often in a tunnel. So in newer parts, an electronical circuits (allready described) was used. The M track curved turnouts are well-known for their citical conduct in combination with models of other manufacturers. So I have consequently exchanged the wheelsets of all DC trains. Another problems are the turnout actuators - steering them wtth decoders, they don't switch so powerful because of the decoders' lower swicthing performance. Especially the double-slip turnouts get on my nerves quite often. So it's clear, why I wnat to carry out the planned shadow station with C tracks.
Also the transitions and connections between the parts of the lkayout which can be taken out are problematicDuring the construction, they all have matched very well - after a certain time the layout`s material has worked so much that no connection is matching anymore. In the gorge at the front side I had built all track connections diagonal - so that they were matching in the best way. This hasn't proved successful - I will renew them, this time rectangular. I also consider if track connections can be safely positioned with springs. But I want to do without rail joiners which can be pushed forward.
|The Old Town|
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|In the part of layout, between the stations of Lindental and Niederaudorf, there's Alt-Lindenstadt. Overview pcitures are Picture 14 and Picture 40. Pictures 41, 42, 43 and 44 are photos of the area just before the historical town. Picture 45 shows the track in fornt of the city wall. Picture 46 and 47 show part of the city wall. Picture 48 shows the whole, relentless truth: the town that doesn't really exist! It only consists of one street, some half reliefs, the rest are only background pictures. This old town was built on an own piece of board. Pictures 49 to 58 were taken before this board was board was fitted into the layout. These are really "Preiserleins", with a size of only a few centimeters!|
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