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Quiet earth (was: Exercise module for Plettenberg railroad in 1/22.5 scale)

Started by Hydrostat, November 08, 2012, 11:40:26 AM

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Hi all you folks out there,

I'm Volker from Germany and I'm going to show you my latest work. Like Helmut and Frithjof I've already written in the German forum buntbahn.de (same user name). I hope my own English causes you less pain than Google's translation tools, so here it is in summary:

What you see here is the module I'm doing just for training. But I'm planning to build some modules or scenery of the "Plettenberger Kleinbahn", which ran until 1962. The railroad transported standard gauge wagons on special narrow gauge wagons to the industries in and around Plettenberg. Here you will find some information about it: http://www.sauerlaender-kleinbahn.de/vorbild/plettenberger-kleinbahn/.

With my exercise module I'm trying to find out what I can achieve with my resources before starting the "real thing". The module is not ready yet and has some shortcomings (more about that later), but nevertheless I want to introduce it to you. The situation I want to represent is a fictional railroad siding to a factory as it might have looked like in Plettenberg.

First some impressions and details:

Please forgive me the little forgery:

To be continued ...

Best wishes
I'll make it. If I have to fly the five feet like a birdie.
I'll fly it. I'll make it.

The comprehensive book about my work: "Vollendete Baukunst"


No cheating, Volker. Everyone knows those are real streets, trains, and track and not models. -- ssuR

Chuck Doan

Welcome and thanks for posting this. Very nice streetwork. Great little details, and the fact it works makes it extra nice. Hope to see more!
"They're most important to me. Most important. All the little details." -Joseph Cotten, Shadow of a Doubt


Malachi Constant

So, how do you get your exercise on this exercise module?  Do you run up & down the street hoping to see a train?  Or dash back and forth across the street hoping not to get hit by a train?  So many possibilities!  ;D

Oh, and the cobblestones, trackwork, sewers and such all look quite good.  ;)

-- Dallas Mallerich  (Just a freakin' newbie who stumbled into the place)
Email me on the "Contact Us" page at www.BoulderValleyModels.com


really nice work.please it would be nice to know more details-eg,scale ,code of track ,detail items all that stuff.
kind regards kim


Definitely up to the usual buntbahn standard!!!!

Keep the photos coming - particularly as you progress into the full size design.
Ian Hodgkiss
The Steamy Pudding - an English Gentleman's Whimsy in 1:24 scale Gn15 (in progress)
On the Slate and Narrow - in 1:12 scale (coming soon)
Brisbane, Australia

Ray Dunakin

Welcome aboard! Very nice work, hard to imagine it's just a practice module!

Visit my website to see pics of the rugged and rocky In-ko-pah Railroad!

Ray Dunakin's World


That's some really nice looking cobblestone & detail.

Welcome looking forward to more of your work.

Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?
George Carlin


Hallo Volker,

Welcome to the forum, and thank you for posting your wonderful project. Truly lovely work. The cobbles, curbs and sidewalks look and feel just like ones I have admired and stood on in person.  I look forward to seeing more of this build, and your other work/projects.

There is a google translation of the BUntbahn page with Volkers SBS, that answers many of the questions re. this project, at the link below:


I am an unreliable witness to my own existence.

In the corners of my mind there is a circus....


Andi Little

KBO..................... Andi.

shropshire lad


Read all four pages of the buntbahn thread (thanks Marc). Nice to see such simple techniques giving such great results.

Even downloaded the sheet of drain covers!
Ian Hodgkiss
The Steamy Pudding - an English Gentleman's Whimsy in 1:24 scale Gn15 (in progress)
On the Slate and Narrow - in 1:12 scale (coming soon)
Brisbane, Australia


Hey Russ, Chuck, Dallas, Kim, Ian, Ray, Jerry, Marc and Andi,

nice to be here now  :). Many thanks for your kind words!

The module is in scale 1:22.5 with 45 mm track gauge. The original was one meter gauge. It's my first project in that scale after pausing with modelling completely for over 25 years (back then in HO scale). The track used is LGB code 332 brass rail (and that's the main point for always being an practice module only). Obviously it's not necessary to post the buntbahn thread in english again ... Please ask me if there are questions left. Had to laugh out loud reading it in English ...

Maybe you're interested in my other threads about self built trackage http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.buntbahn.de%2Fmodellbau%2Fviewtopic.php%3Ft%3D10977 and the modification of a LGB wagon http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.buntbahn.de%2Fmodellbau%2Fviewtopic.php%3Ft%3D10887.

So I will go on with the current state: The lettering on the facade was still missing.

I quickly discarded my original plan to cut the letters out of paper. You would see any inaccuracies and unclean edges in characters at once, especially since the original would have been made of metal with its smooth edges. I have therefore adopted Frithjofs grateful offer to mill the letters of brass.
I delivered a vector graphic of the desired font to Frithjof, which he imported into Inventor (or traced it) and then produced results in a route file. The following 7 images come from Frithjof – Thanks for that!

To assemble the letters exactly on the building later, a jig was added.

Next step on the milling machine:

Here you can see the pins soldered to the browned letters and the jig.

We centered the jig on the wall and drilled holes of 1.5 and 1mm diameter. A drill inserted into the first borehole prevents unintentional shifting during the further work.

To carry out the distance to the wall, we have merely placed two brass strips, ...

... which could be taken away afterwards and then had an equal distance of all the letters. The letters also sit quite firmly without glue, but as a precaution I fixed them with a bit of thinned wood glue.

I'll make it. If I have to fly the five feet like a birdie.
I'll fly it. I'll make it.

The comprehensive book about my work: "Vollendete Baukunst"


Welcome - this is just what we need a fresh bit of inspiration before we all end up in "the great modelling slump" lovely bit of modelling superb attention to detail -just keep it flowing