Ingen järnvägsmodelleringsaktivitet har inträffat under augusti! Nu när hösten är här borde det börja igen, och i september är det ett evenemang som vi hoppas kunna gå på.
Vi har lagt till en mer djupgående recension (på engelska) av rundturen på järnvägsplatser här i Sverige. Du hittar den under “General Articles” från hemsidan.
Danska tillverkaren Dekas har informerat om sina svenska modeller, att IBAB TMX 1014 (DK-8750121~4) har kommit och att de flesta återförsäljarnas förbeställningar har skickats. Omkörningen av TMX från Vida och Tågkraft (blå och orange) bör komma i mitten av september.
Fleischmann och Roco har infört ett nytt artikelnumreringssystem, men i de exempel som de ger i sina nyheter om det stämmer inte helt överens med beskrivningarna, och det verkar som att det nu inte kommer att göras någon skillnad mellan Fleischmann- och Roco-produkter.
PCX87:s Volvo 343 finns nu i butikerna, liksom den andra omgången av 240 sedaner och herrgårdar.
Andra intressanta nyheter
Det sista C6-tåget gick på Blå linjen söndagen den 7 augusti. Vi är lite förvirrade över vad händelsen betydde. Tåget togs för tillfället in från en annan linje; C14 (av samma “första generation”) kommer att vara i trafik på den linjen i möjligen två år till; så evenemanget var inte ett riktigt slut på en era, som reklamtexterna antydde! (Vi förstår att den blå linjen hade en liten tilldelning av C6 från 1975 till 2003/4, som löpte tillsammans med C7, C8, C9 och C15. Men C6 användes mer på den röda linjen.) Trots det var det en trevlig dag ute , för att åka på den gamla bullriga och ojämna materielen och träffa en gammal vän från Storbritannien!
No railway modelling activity has occurred this last month! Summer shut-down is typical for Sweden, so it was not possible to buy materials, either. Now that the Autumn is setting in, things should pick up a bit, and in September there is one event that we hope to get to.
As hinted previously, we have now added a more in-depth review of the tour of railway installations here in Sweden. You can find it under ‘General Articles’ from the home page. (In the article, mention is made of problems with a new Doro phone. This has now been replaced following its inability to display incoming SMS; a problem other Doro owners have reported. So, for the first time, we provide consumer advice not related to railways: don’t buy a Doro!)
Danish manufacturer Dekas has advised of their Swedish outline models, that IBAB TMX 1014 (DK-8750121~4) has arrived and that most of the dealers pre-orders have been dispatched. The rerun of the TMX from Vida and Tågkraft (blue and orange) should arrive mid-September. (Our photo below shews the Heljan version of this loco!)
Fleischmann and Roco have introduced a new article numbering system, but in the examples that they give in their news item about it, do not fully tally with the descriptions, and it seems that there will now be no distinction between Fleischmann and Roco products.
PCX87’s Volvo 343 is now in the shops, as is the second batch of 240 sedans and estates.
The last C6 train ran on the Blue line on Sunday 7th August. We are a little confused about what the event signified. The train was brought in for the occasion from another line; the C14 (of the same “first generation”) will be in service on that line for possibly two more years; so the event wasn’t a true end of an era, as the promotional texts implied! (We understand that the blue line had a small allocation of C6 from 1975 to 2003/4, running alongside C7, C8, C9 and C15. But the C6 was used more on the red line.) Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable day out, to ride on the old noisy and bumpy rolling stock, and to meet an old friend from the UK!
Behind the Scenes
Before we get underway with our Mini-Series about the FLMJ; following our review of the Railway’s Epoch, better clarification and understanding was requested, so here is a brief summary.
For authentic representation of a period of railway history on model railway layouts in Europe, a division into different eras/epochs was established. Often this information on the epoch is given in the catalogues and/or on the product packaging. It is NEM recognised. The published periods are quite controversial, as they tend to have no direct reference between the epoch designation and a specific year or a specific decade. The time epochs could just as easily be given in the time segments of the decades or with specific year numbers, as is usual in North America. As a rule of thumb, then: ~Epoch-I until around 1925. ~Epoch-II from around 1920 to around 1950. ~Epoch-III from around 1945 to around 1970. ~Epoch-IV from around 1965 to around 1990. ~Epoch-V from around 1985 to around 2010. ~Epoch-VI from around 2005. Sweden’s new ‘blue’ themed liveries were introduced in 1989 and are said to be the start of Sweden’s Epoch-V. Previously, a major reclassification of rolling stock occurred around 1970, so that could be the Swedish start of Epoch-IV, not 1965 as suggested above. (But this is complicated by the 1967 arrival of the revolutionising Rc-loco!) So, the Epochs are vague within countries, not just between them.
The United Kingdom uses it’s own system and is already into Epoch-9!
Mini-Series about the FLMJ, 9: The Scenic aspect
Scenery was a sore point on the FLMJ. Very little was weather-proof, and nothing was cat-proof! In 1996, in the final days of the KRBJ, the whole infrastructure suffered extensive vandalism. Subsequently, only the track and platforms became permanent features. Everything else was taken in at the end of the day. This meant that it took a couple of hours to set up each time we wanted to operate the railway, and the same again to put away. This was in addition to cleaning the track in the mornings, and drying things off in the evenings if we had endured typical British weather! For some weekend ‘open’ events, not everything did get put away on the Saturday evening, just hidden from incidental view; but a good night’s sleep was not then possible!
All locations had a number of model buildings (which were mounted over locating blocks to ensure that they were correctly positioned) and most of the roads were painted down. Lövhöjden and the nearby Kopparberg received a bit more attention. Gradients and contours appeared in the scenery, along with corrective measures to keep the buildings upright in strong winds! Greenery was added, and the area around the loco-shed especially, became very photogenic. But the final and delightful addition was the lighting, around the loco-shed area and in the church much farther away.
The church in question was a model of the church from Seglora, now preserved at Skansen. Other authentic buildings were the Diö and Åmål station buildings at Månstorp and Lövhöjden respectively; but many other authentic representations existed all over the layout. Special mention should be made of the block of flats kit produced by Auhagen, of which we had two; of German origin, but so authentic for 1940s/1950s Sweden and still current today.
Most of the model cars were faithful to the epoch (see last month’s update), but we decided that rather than reject interesting models, we would treat the whole diorama as a heritage setting, and allow modern vehicles to creep in. Sometimes, these represent cars that friends have. But currently, thinking of Swedish brands, the most modern Saab is a 900 from the mid-80s and the most modern Volvo is the 850 from the early 90s. But whatever our new diorama is, it will have to accept a Swedish Koenigsegg from 2015! One of our members also has a private collection of SL buses, which are quite modern; but too nice to not have on the layout! Doh!
Before moving to the address where the FLMJ existed, the Director General had managed the Herpham & District Railway, a combined H0e/00-9 model railway; which was more of a scenic diorama with the small railway running through it. It was inspirational, charming, and a delightful setting that people enjoyed. With the new FLMJ being planned for an indoor location, the scenic possibilities are inspiring.
Next month, back to the railway itself, we’ll look at the track and infrastructure!