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Author Topic: Cala Cuina (a small Southern European layout)  (Read 890 times)

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Re: Cala Cuina (a small Southern European layout)
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2020, 11:39:45 PM »
Hi all,

The fluffy things have been put away  ;) (filthy minds all of you, I dunno  :no:  :)) so on with a little more layout progress.

Have added the siding extension entrance and controller housing board. I'm still using the portable wine box controller for two reasons. Firstly I need to drill some holes in the new board for the wires and secondly it's a very good place to put my drink  :D.

Where the controller will go.....

20200216_221430 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

The siding extension entrance will have a small tunnel to hide a railcar at times as the track will one day go somewhere, the siding will be for freight only and I'll raise the platform, as they do on the Continent, for that purpose and any shunting can be in and out of the tunnel mouth, seen that done no problem.....

20200216_221443 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

I found an old map I did of Izaro which was for a previous layout of Tutera and Platja de Teixir which had to be dismantled but I've adapted it to include Sant Pau de Mar, which still exists on it's side in the railway room, and this 'kitchen' layout Cala Cuina. I've just taken a photo as our printer is broken so not sure if it'll be clear enough to get an idea of the geography.

Principality of Izaro map.....

20200216_221136 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

Everything is now situated in the rugged East of the peninsular and apologies for it being written in pen.....

20200216_221157 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr.

Will explain the places another time but will do a few train pics either later tonight or in the morn, see how I get on, but thanks for watching.

Cheers weave  :beers:
« Last Edit: February 17, 2020, 01:04:28 AM by weave »

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Re: Cala Cuina (a small Southern European layout)
« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2020, 11:49:32 PM »
Just caught up with this, Chris. Good one!   :thumbsup:
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Re: Cala Cuina (a small Southern European layout)
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2020, 11:01:46 AM »
Cala Cuina 1959 -

In 1959 a Consortium of hoteliers from the Costa Blanca arrive in Cala Cuina. Alejandro Pérez, who has a number of hotels in Alicante, had been alerted the previous year to the growing interest by the Government of Izaro for the development of tourism on the peninsular.

After successful discussions with the Department of Tourism, major development of Santandria was approved and Alejandro has now formed this Consortium to view his exciting plan and hopefully provide funds. Izaro has much lower taxes than Spain and also Government funding options so the train is full with similarly excited businessmen.

The Eastern end of the Principality is very rugged and not particularly accessible but there is a dual gauge, single track, mainly freight railway line from Estepera to Pont Castell with a link to the vineyards around Llimiana. Alejandro will explain all of this and his transport plans at a Champagne breakfast to be held at a rarely used upstairs room at Cala Cuina's station building.

The Consortium have travelled up overnight on the all first class 'La Luna Oriental' from Cartagena to Barcelona with through day coaches to Sant Cristofol, Estepera and Pont Castell. Transferring from their sleepers at Barcelona  to the luxury Butacas lounge cars and Pullman car of the Compania de los Ferrocarriles Andalus, Alejandro is pleased that train is being hauled by the new and therefore more modern 1800 series of diesel locomotives.......

20200216_221511 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

20200216_221857 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


The 1800 series of locomotives arrived in Spain from America in 1958 to be used on express and freight trains in the mountainous region of Galicia in North West Spain but in 1959 four were allocated to the Valencia region and for Rule 1 purposes a further two to Izaro.

He is also delighted, as they arrived at Cala Cuina, to see the Champagne wagon he had arranged sitting in the siding. He presumed some were already chilling in the meeting room and the rest were being transported to his hotel in Santandria. The Consortium would be here for a few days and he hoped that there would be plenty of toasting to be done........

20200216_221910 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


20200216_221948 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


20200216_222123 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


As their luggage was unloaded to be forwarded by road to Santandria, the Consortium sat down to their Champagne breakfast before Alejandro started his presentation. The reason for holding the first meeting at the station was to explain his plans for 'doing up' Cala Cuina and the logistics of the local area......

20200216_222152 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

To be continued.....

Bit long winded (and more to come) but hard to justify and explain one oval of track  :D.

Thanks for watching.

Cheers weave  :beers:






« Last Edit: February 17, 2020, 11:13:26 AM by weave »

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Re: Cala Cuina (a small Southern European layout)
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2020, 11:39:41 PM »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
  Thanks Chris, following with interest
          regards Derek

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Re: Cala Cuina (a small Southern European layout)
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2020, 09:49:10 AM »
Thanks for the updates Chris.
Scanning the forum quickly as we’re stuck in London.
We were supposed to return yesterday but Mrs PP developed a really nasty sickness and diahorreah bug so we’ll either travel back home today or possibly Wednesday.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Cala Cuina (a small Southern European layout)
« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2020, 10:47:57 PM »
Thanks Martin @port perran ,

Hope nothing too serious and that Mrs PP is feeling better.

Also I hope you didn't tell her that you'd posted her symptoms on here because Mrs weave would have put me in A&E if I'd done the same :D.

Safe trip home  :thumbsup:.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS Did you see the end of the EFL Trophy semi final? Don't mention it as you go through Exeter  :no:

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Re: Cala Cuina (a small Southern European layout)
« Reply #21 on: February 19, 2020, 07:50:00 AM »
A truly remarkable finish and well done Pompey.
Reminds me of City at Mansfield about 20 years ago in a League One match. City were losing 4-2 in the 89th minute and went on to win 5-4.
All great fun.
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Re: Cala Cuina (a small Southern European layout)
« Reply #22 on: May 19, 2020, 01:11:37 AM »
Hi all,

Been a while mainly because, for those that don't know, I broke my pelvis plus other damage falling off a ladder 8 weeks ago. That story is on the Port Regleun thread so trying not to repeat it but let's just say not much done as difficult to get around.

There have been a few small changes by the sea though. I've changed the station building and platform on the road side plus I've extended the road width wise so it can accommodate cars, buses, taxis and trucks to the small goods platform.

The road was going to be on the 6 inch wide scenery extension (yet to be built) but made more sense to have it on the main board. It can then overlap the extension without too much of a join visible hopefully with the road then rising steeply up into the hills.

Few pics to start off. Here's an overview of the layout without much on it yet. It shows the new platform configuration which will make a bit more sense when I add some bits and bobs in a while. I haven't stuck much down yet as a lot needs more painting first and I don't have the colours to hand.....

20200518_193038 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

The right hand tunnel is stuck down and the mod rockin' to it's left will rise up over the controller when I have drilled holes for the wires on the controller ledge and can see how high it needs to be and how far back it can go for good controller access.....

20200518_193101 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


Pic just to show how small the layout is and that's without the near tunnel as yet but as I said before it's really just to run a few trains, test all my stock and practice scenery. The sea bit was me just testing colours for way down the line when it'll be landscaped properly....

20200518_193117 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

You've probably noticed it already but there is another track alongside the main one at the beach end. I wasn't happy with how the tunnel mouth to the left looked. It had to be double mouth for coach clearance as on a curve but looked wrong so I got some Z gauge track and created a meter gauge local line from Cala Cuina to where I know not yet which shares the tunnel and then diverts off. It's not powered and I have an N gauge dummy tram on it's way and hope to convert it with Z gauge bogies or something like that....

20200518_193135 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

Think looks better and will add scenic interest and another reason for normal trains to stop here.....

20200518_193324 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

Pic of the tunnel the other end. This covers the curve to give the impression of the track going to the left. I know it loses yet more visible track but that's OK as looks better and the layout might be just part of a bigger one in years to come. I'll probably stick a single tunnel mouth onto the front of the double one to hide the curve in the tunnel....

20200518_193340 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

Have got some more pics to show in the week but will finish now with a few from the early '60s. A RENFE Mikado 141F heads towards Pont Castell, making a brief stop at Cala Cuina, with a couple of luxury Butacas saloon cars on it's final leg from Barcelona. On the return leg coaches are added at Estepera and Sant Cristofol (the capital of Izaro), the clientele usually composed of local and Catalan businessmen.......

20200518_193911 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

Few more things added to the raised goods platform ie. a wall and shed.....

20200518_193935 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

The train briefly stops but the driver is not happy as he seems to have lost both of his front buffers somewhere  :doh:......

20200518_194019 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

Thanks for looking. Stay safe and don't go up ladders  :no:

Cheers weave  :beers:






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Re: Cala Cuina (a small Southern European layout)
« Reply #23 on: May 19, 2020, 07:14:26 AM »
Good to see an update Weave.  :beers:

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Re: Cala Cuina (a small Southern European layout)
« Reply #24 on: May 19, 2020, 07:35:10 AM »
Nice to see the update Chris . It’s looking good.
And , just take things gently and stay safe.

Cheers
Martin
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Re: Cala Cuina (a small Southern European layout)
« Reply #25 on: May 19, 2020, 04:34:36 PM »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
Thanks for the updates Chris, take care & stay safe regards Derek
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Re: Cala Cuina (a small Southern European layout)
« Reply #26 on: May 20, 2020, 08:45:24 AM »
Pic just to show how small the layout is and that's without the near tunnel as yet but as I said before it's really just to run a few trains, test all my stock and practice scenery.

You know, Chris, the longer I've been in the hobby, the more I realise that small layouts are much more fun.

It's looking good.

All good wishes.

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Re: Cala Cuina (a small Southern European layout)
« Reply #27 on: May 20, 2020, 11:38:16 PM »
Hi all and thanks for the replies.

Had quite a good mod rockin' day today. No pics of that until tomorrow or Friday as it's all a bit messy at the moment. I sort of make things up as I go along but it's good to have an under structure of sorts to then work on top of.

Am more up beat about the layout now and physically hope to start back on crutches tomorrow (if the surgeons can make up their minds) as well so thought some champagne was in order.

These pics were taken before I was let loose with the new mod roc as I felt good mojo vibes and was thirsty  ;). I was neglecting my French coverage of the Principality but I don't have much stock downstairs so we will have to travel forwards to the '90s where an SNCF dual voltage BB 25500 in 'beton' (concrete) livery loco emerges from the tunnel ending its long journey from Épernay....

20200518_195633 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

An SNCF BB 63000 diesel sits at the goods platform waiting for the special delivery......

20200518_195646 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

Le champagne est arrivé.....

20200518_195415 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

Bit of careful manoeuvering to make it safe.......

20200518_195848 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

20200518_195918 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

20200518_195955 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

All safe and sound......

20200518_200147 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

As all this was going on no one noticed the new (old) station building under construction  :D....

20200518_200238 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

20200518_200258 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

Thanks for looking and more updates soon.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS. Don't worry, I've had one or three pints of English cider today and a glass of Chianti with my dinner but don't tell the French (or the Spanish)  :no:  :)












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Re: Cala Cuina (a small Southern European layout)
« Reply #28 on: May 21, 2020, 12:04:18 AM »
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign:
   Glad the champagne arrived safely hope you are allowed up & about soon   :beers:
      stay safe regards Derek.

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Re: Cala Cuina (a small Southern European layout)
« Reply #29 on: May 21, 2020, 11:30:37 AM »
I like this a lot.
Indeed the look of the Unitrack impressed me enough to order a circle of the stuff from Hattons; which arrived this morning.
Now I can run-in some locos and then probably make a "pizza style" more permanent scenic circle.
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