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Adnalms Järnvägar is a voluntary organisation dedicated to the promotion of an interest in the railways of Sweden, and especially to modelling the railways of Sweden in H0 scale. Adnalms Järnvägar is also the legal owner of the FLMJ. Following the formation of the Scandinavian Railways Society, Adnalms Järnvägar has taken a ‘back seat’ in its activities, allowing the SRS greater potential in the realisation of its aims and objectives.
Left - The first signs of a Swedish model railway. Here are the first models laid out in the garden at the parents' home in Chertsey!
Right - A 'promotional picture' featuring an 'Rc' locomotive and two very Swedish houses!
A sub-division of Adnalms Järnvägar is "Adnalms Förlag (Järnvägar)," responsible for publishing all material in relation to Adnalms Järnvägar and its subsidiaries and associates, such as "FLMJ-Nytt," etc.
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In July 1992, work started on the construction of a Swedish model railway at the Director General's home. The KRBJ (as it was then known) opened about a year later. Following devastating vandalism in late-1996, the whole railway was rebuilt and renamed during 1997, and became the FLMJ. At the end of 2000, the park home around which the railway was located, was replaced by a newer, wider unit. The new FLMJ was started in May 2001, and officially opened in May 2002.
Fjällnäs is a name taken from the north of Sweden, and our model will reflect the northern environment. Lövhöjden is taken from the central area, and Månstorp from the south; and our models are being designed to reflect those areas. As is so typical in Sweden, there is a mixture of traditional Swedish design, alongside other European and American influences. The FLMJ is designed primarily as a working railway, and work is in hand to extend the line to Fjällnäs, as well as install overhead power cables (catenary) and a fully working and interlocked signalling system.
Left - The start of the garden railway at the new home. This is Köpingsvik on the day the track was laid.
Right - The very first open day featured Röjeråsen built on old floor-boards. Here is the inaugural train.
Having modelled the modern British scene for many years, and then ventured into freelance Narrow-Gauge, a visit to Sweden inspired a new direction for the owner’s modelling interests. With the invaluable assistance of suitably knowledgeable friends both within Sweden and without, the projection and development of this railway has been possible. The railways of Sweden are not as popular among modellers as some other countries ... and that makes the appeal even greater!
This is the original route to Röjeråsen on the old floor-boards - complete with a 90º turn!
Right - A more serious attempt at Röjeråsen, using second-hand baseboards donated to the railway.
Why the Garden?
There is not a lot of room inside a Park Home for a model railway. Having spent many years in a large bedroom in the parents’ house, with a railway around the perimeter, the prospect of down-sizing was gloomy! Also, the lack of gardening skills enabled "two birds to be killed with one stone," to coin a popular saying!
Left - A third attempt - this time building the super-structure up on old pallets!
Right - Scenery is limited, due to the outdoor nature of the layout. But scenes like this are very pleasing!
H0 scale (1:87) is undoubtedly the most popular scale on the European continent, and despite a fair temptation to venture into a larger scale, the prospect of having to build all rolling stock from scratch or kits put an end to that idea. Most of the major European model manufacturers do produce variable quantities of models for the Swedish scene, and thus the decision was made.
"Rc 1010" on the Södra Stambanan between Ålunden and Månstorp, working in connection with the placement of the masts for the overhead cables on the new FLMJ
In order to keep the FLMJ in working condition, it is maintained and operated by a group of Friends, collectively known as AJF (Adnalms Järnvägsförening). There is no fee for membership of AJF, but Friends are required to make a commitment to the railway, and to comply with the general instructions in our rulebook.
From time to time, non-Swedish models are permitted upon the railway. But it must be remembered that as a Swedish railway, we would rather see Swedish trains (and others that authentically work into Sweden) in preference to anything else. We do permit visiting models from time to time, but these should be booked in advance and will be subject to a thorough mechanical and electrical examination before being permitted to operate. Guest Operators are also welcome, but they will need to be supervised (in accordance with the rules) until we are satisfied that they are competent in and conversant with the operational procedures upon this railway.
The FLMJ operates on 12v DC analogue, complete with isolating sections, easy maintenance, imagination, and more money left over to spend on the railway! Due to the outdoor nature of the railway, we use high frequency track cleaners, which have been very effective allowing us to operate a reliable railway, and none of our models have been damaged by it. (We can isolate these track cleaners if owners of visiting models prefer!) These cleaners are not compatible with "Digital Command Control." Whenever a fault occurs on an Analogue railway, we are usually able to trace and fix it with simple tools and a bit of logic. In most cases, no cost is incurred with such repairs. With the Digital system, it is likely that a chip needs replacing, and these cost roundly £100. On the same token, our Analogue models cost about £100 less than their Digital alternatives (prices based on good quality European models). The Analogue system does not give us "Sound." Digital models have sound that is not deep enough to be authentic, and too loud for the scale (necessary to be heard). One of the most essential ingredients of a creative hobby, is imagination, and "sound" is a good example of this. There is a belief (generated by the manufacturers) that DCC models are compatible with an analogue layout, and we have experience of visiting DCC models at the FLMJ. When they have stalled, they have needed resetting before they can continue (especially those with sound), and have been known to bring the complete FLMJ to a stand-still! We have experience of these DCC models working in the wrong direction and managing a maximum speed of a scale 5km/h! Sadly, we have also observed a "need to convert" attitude among DCC modellers, and it is becoming more a religion than a hobby! With the FLMJ, we are preserving our sanity, imagination, ability to use logic, and a lot of money; as well of course as the opportunity to enjoy (and share) our creative hobby. Long may this continue!
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All pictures on this page by Adrian Allum.
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