Ulrich Röcher's Layout
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Pictures 59 to 65 show the steel bridge on the left layout part. I have built this bridge myself with brass sheet metal, cauterized brass parts and stainded balsa wood for the footbridge. On Picture 66 you see the lattice construction of the bridge.
The construction of the tunnel entrance shown on the Pictures 67 and 68, was an experiment, I wanted to try what can be done with Hekidur wall sheets. I think, the result doesn't let any doubts that industrially produced tunnel entrances often are not the best solution. I made the experiences also with the tunnel entrances shown on Picture 69 and Picture 70 - intentionally they have been designed simplier. These picture salso show that tunnel tubes are standart on my layout. I find it embarassing if a train - equiped with interior lights - shows that the tunnel tube is only 5 centimeters long, and after it, just the "Nirvana" begins!
Pictures 71 and 72 show the trap door when it's closed, Picture 73 when it's opened. A very unusual concept which has proved successful. But there will be problems if you open the trap door while trains are standing on it. Then, it is raining railways!
Riight behind the trap door, like on Picture 73 and 74 you can see the mountain with the forest of 600 trees. Still the missing completions in the foreground are disturbing. For the construction section No. 10, I consider to built the transitions partly with walls, partly with a raised road, in any case the disillusioning front side and the "grip hole" are complety covered.
In the layout's left rear corner, I placed a town with houses from the end of 19th century (in Germany this time is called "Gründerzeit"). It's shown on the Pictures 67, 31, 75 and 76. Ressembling to the middle-age town, also here only few houeses were carried out as complet buildings, other houses only as a half relief and the most of them only as a background scenery. By the way, all houeses are equiped with complicated light change circuits - also the half reliefs, so that there is also motion during the darkness. The buildng you see in the foreground of Picture 75 contents 17 light bulbs. Perhaps also the streetlights are interesting: on Picture 75 you can see the antique streetlights very clearly. Both lamps were grinded off a little bit on the back side and directly glued on the wall. That way, looking from the front, wroking street lighting and depth are pretended.
Now some pictures of the large Kibri bridge over the gorge hanging forward: its total length is 1,40 m. The whole bridge is only shown on Picture 15. Picture 77 is allowing an interesting insight or grasp. When the movable part is taken out of the layout, the bridge is being seperated betweenboth lattice bridge sections and both middle arched bridge sections. The right lattice bridge section (on Picture 15) is fixed on the layout, the left one has to be pulled out before taking out the hanging gorge.
Finally still a view on the control desk (Picture 78). To save room, it has been installed diagonally beyond the layout. For the computer control, I'm planning to install a 15"-panel at the right side of the control desk instead of the car radio and a keyboard with integrated trackball or touchpad just below. Moreover, the computer monitor will be used - via a TV connection - also for the pictures from the camera car. I didn't allready make up my mind about the software wich will be used; until now, I found Railware (www.railware.com) by Andrea Hinz quite good.
|Meanwhile, after 13 years of contruction, the track plan has been closed for the first time after completing the steel bridge at left the front side, all main lines can be operated completely now. During the first tests the concept of the track plan actually kept all its promises. But there's still al ot to do: just right and left, there are still two large holes in the layout - they will save quite a few weekends ;-). For the compter control, the answering signal system and the complete software are still missing. There are also still some points where the safety of operation isn't so good anyway, so that I still have to rework there. I think there's still work for a few years, until I can speak of a "finished" layout.|