Ohio - JS
This N-scale layout is themed on Chemnitz (former GDR) during WWII and will depict a historically correct picture of the Deutsche Reichsbahn operations in this era. Basically, it is a figure 8 layout with the main focus on Chemnitz station and the surrounding industries.
During my stay from 03/25/2012 to 04/05/2012, the staging room was wired, the required ramps were installed, cork subroadbed and track were laid, and the existing track was wired. We are still waiting for a lot of track to arrive so this layout is somewhat operable but does not yet even resemble the intended goal. RIght now, the customer can run trains in circles. Control is Digitrax® Digital Command Control and the track used is Peco® Code 55 Finescale as it gives the best impression of European trackwork.
The staging room is equipped with a scratch built manual transfer table and allows to park up to 8 full length (locomotive + 13 passenger cars) trains. Chemnitz station will also have platforms for this train size. However, in contrary to the double turntable seen in the track plan, we will only install a single turntable.
Testing pulling power of a Minitrix German Class 01 with 13 coaches on 4% ramps.
Mix of German and American trains and brands. All trains run on address 0 (conventional locomotives, non decoder equipped) under Digitrax DCC.
During this stay, I concentrated on the tunnel area butted against the wall to the staging room. The tunnel needed to be covered with scenery. Besides, since the ordered track didn't arrive yet, I had nothing better to do...
The scenery base is made of pink foam risers and spray-on foam for the tunnel portal area and a classic grid base plus hardshell for the rest of the scenery.
There are 3 access hatches in total:
- the tunnel portal area at the left side of the layout
- a mid-section hatch, and
- 1 hatch close to the right tunnel portal
Below are some pictures showing the result for the basic scenery. It will later be detailed according to the theme (WWII), with some artistic licence...
Apart from the above work, I also added a new passing track to Chemnitz station so my customer has more possibilities to run trains. Oh yes, I had to bring some homework: a bunch of Fleischmann and Minitrix engines that need DCC-decoders are sitting on my workbench waiting for their digital hearts...