Just a short note. The layout is all ready for it trip to the Dundee expo tomorrow. I took a few photos shortly before and after closing it up. Sadly they didn't come out too well; I don't think the auto focus was working properly. Still they do give an idea of where I am at.
All the best,
The Dundee expo went really well with very few spontaneous derailments and coupling failures. I did do a few rear-enders though! Several people opined, on the basis of plenty of detail and the tiny size of the trains, that Breitenfurt was the best layout there. (Smug feeling.) No awards tho'. I'm just about back down to earth.
I've put up three photos of the layout on my diary/blog. Some more will be available later but the won't be very good as the autofocus AND exposure controls were misbehaving. I think it's something that I am doing, but don't know what. Anyway, do have a look.
Well, I really did make a mess of those pictures from Dundee. (There won't be a full report as my camera's focusing was playing up.) Since then my life has been pretty chaotic with a wind band weekend (I play the horn) and a trip to Utrecht to the Eurospoor 2011. And now I am preparing for next weekend's expo in Elgin. I have had to change out a turnout and an adjacent length of track, repair a signal that got damaged during that task. Also one of my Märklin turnout control boxes failed and has had to be swapped with one that has spare places on it. Finally, I am wondering whether to wire up the station lights - it's a lot of wires. I will try to post some images from Eurospoor, and Elgin, when I get some time. (I have a lot of practising to do for a concert at the beginning of December.)
While at the Eurospoor I managed to acquire an extra Bavarian S3/6 and a second Badischer mixed traffic set (Märklin 81420), both at a very reasonable price (compared with British prices).
Finally, a question. I keep losing the coupling bars from my Henschel-Wegmann set. Fortunately, so far I have found them after a diligent search. However, I fear that that one day one will disappear for ever. Does anyone here know where I can get another set of these bars? They are no longer manufactured.
A while ago I was asked if I had any videos of Bahnhof Breitenfurt – Ost to which I replied that I didn't have a video camera. However, a friend of mine, Gerry Coogan, came to see the layout at the Elgin MRC exhibition last weekend and his videos are now all on Youtube. Rather than clutter up the forum with a load of links, I have set up a draft webpage with the necessary links on my site. You can see it at
. It's a bit of a mess but I will tidy it up later. Note: there are no internal links to this page, only the one above.
Hi Everyone. It's been a long while since I did an update. The simple reason is that I hadn't done anything worth reporting on the layout. However, that has changed now. The platform lighting, with one exception is complete and working; the footbridge is now complete and in place (with lighting) and the houses have internal lighting. It looks pretty spectacular. So the next step was to take some photos. To be able to do this, I had to move the layout to another room (also necessary to get it ready for an exhibition on the 17th & 18th) and start experimenting. My aim is to improve on the effect I got at the end of 2010 (see diary). I'm not there yet but have put my first photo on my website diary. Do have a look.
With best wishes,
Just a very short message as I have a lot to do before I leave for next weekend's exhibition. I have posted five more photos of my layout, five by moonlight and one after the clouds have covered the moon. I do promise that there will be some daytime photos soon (and, maybe, a couple of videos). Anyway, do have a look at
Well, the Moray MRG exhibition in Elgin (Scotland, not IL) has been and gone. It all went pretty well though the usual problems of tired locos on the second day afternoon manifested itself. Anyway, I am happy, which is the important thing. The visitors had a lot of positive comments though quite a few just walked past noses in the air. No prizes though.
Anyway, I have been very busy on the web. I have completed reports for the Dundee MRC and Moray MRG expos. Sadly the former is very patchy as I did something to my camera and most of my photos were unusable. I have only competed the Breitenfurt part of November's Elgin exhibition and the rest will follow over the next week.
Thanks for the comments. There are some videos. Go to the Elgin page and you will see a link at the bottom of the text. I am also hoping to upload some videos myself but I am still struggling with the editor. I'll post when they are available.
With nothing in the offing and with other things occupying my time Breitenfurt Ost sort of got pushed to one side for several months. Then, like London buses, three came at once. (Well,, not quite. One was in the offing in October but 2 weeks ago two invites landed in my inbox within minutes of each other! One month to get things sorted (panic). About the only thing I had done was to lay chippings between a few of the tracks and now I discovered that a mix of inexperience and with only one good eye I had managed to get the grit into point motors and train detectors. Anyway, the whole sorry story and more is on my website (usual address).
In case anyone is in the north of Scotland (some hopes), the first expo is in Inverness on 8th & 9th September. More info on my website.
I haven't kept you up to date with the layout as most of my updates to the website were all pretty boring with lots of text and few images. However, I have added a few images from the exhibition if you are interested. Of course, they are not much different from those in the spring. Worth having a look though, if you are interested.
I've been really busy this last couple of months (not just on railways) so, just to give you a summary of my recent activity, here are my latest web pages. I only just finished the Inverness one. Please, if you spot any mistakes, do let me know.
I just checked my access files and was horrified to see hundreds of errors reported. My apologies for the two links that didn't work. I hadn't realised that the forum software had abbreviated the addresses. Here are the correct links; do have a another look.