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Offline synojack

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Tannental, A German (sort of) inspired layout.
« on: March 20, 2020, 01:17:11 PM »
Hi all,

Thought i'd make a new thread here to update as oppose to one I posted originally in layout construction here:

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=48183.0

This project was initially going to be a british outline layout however, a combination of being dissapointed with the quality of a couple of the british outline locos I purchased and being thouhroughly impressed with a fleishmann and Arnold loco I bought, combined with the fact that continental style buildings seem to pop for a a far more reasonable price on ebay than the british outline stuff has lead to this taking on a far more central european vibe. I must stress that this layout is based on no prototype other than whats in my head and whatever that rule is, 2 I think? My layout my rules? Applies heavily here and there's likely to be a mix of rolling stock from not just different eras but entirely different countries making an appearance. :D

So without further ado here's some pics of the progress thus far,


Here's the village/ town area, complete with church, shops, pub and watermill:







Here's some pics of the terminus area, this is likely to change a fair bit. Possibly with the addition of a bay platform and goods sidings:





Here's my mining area, again I have no idea how coal mine works but this is how I imagine it working in my head  :D The coal face is there so you know there's coal present in the hills, a mineshaft complete with T gauge track represents an ~ 18 inch gauge minecart track which transports coal into the loading thing where coal is deposited into wagons on the standard gauge line for transport to elsewhere.



Here's a few other bits which I think look quite nice:






Still got plenty to do and I imagine I'll be making a fair bit of progress in the coming months with all the time spent at home.

Cheers, Jack.

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Re: Tannental, A German (sort of) inspired layout.
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2020, 01:35:41 PM »
It's your train set, so your rules!

I do like the idea of using T gauge as a mine track.

And your buildings certainly look the part for rural Germany. Inspiration for my Swiss layout.

I'll be following your progress closely....
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Re: Tannental, A German (sort of) inspired layout.
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2020, 01:51:58 PM »
Very nice indeed.

Best wishes.

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Re: Tannental, A German (sort of) inspired layout.
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2020, 01:53:49 PM »
Great work!  Look forward to seeing more...



Funnily enough you've chosen the same name as my previous exhibition layout I had back in the early 90s.  Sadly very lacking in decent photos, but I did find these:







Nick.   2016 celebrating the 20th anniversary of "Königshafen" exhibition layout!

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Re: Tannental, A German (sort of) inspired layout.
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2020, 02:04:10 PM »
Very nice work Synojack.
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Re: Tannental, A German (sort of) inspired layout.
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2020, 03:00:41 PM »
Thanks for the kind comments everyone, I'll be sure to keep you updated.

ntpntpntp, what a coincidence, your old layout looks incredible. I developed a love of those little noch pine trees and must have 60 or so on a a relatively small layout. The town itself is in a river valley and so i just put pine valley into Google translate.

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Re: Tannental, A German (sort of) inspired layout.
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2020, 03:36:36 PM »
Love the way your line meanders through the countryside and can understand the frustration with UK stuff

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Re: Tannental, A German (sort of) inspired layout.
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2020, 08:38:27 PM »
That's a great start Jack. You have created some lovely scenery. :thumbsup:
Being disappointed with British outline models was one of the reasons that I "moved" across the Channel 30 years ago. :(
« Last Edit: March 20, 2020, 08:40:50 PM by swisstrains »
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Re: Tannental, A German (sort of) inspired layout.
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2020, 08:53:50 PM »
Being disappointed with British outline models was one of the reasons that I "moved" across the Channel 30 years ago. :(

Yep, same here back in the mid 80s.   Whilst British N has certainly improved in more recent times,  the quality of Continental models and much wider variety of available brands still wins out for me.
Nick.   2016 celebrating the 20th anniversary of "Königshafen" exhibition layout!

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Re: Tannental, A German (sort of) inspired layout.
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2020, 08:13:55 PM »
Love the way your line meanders through the countryside and can understand the frustration with UK stuff

Cheers, I was going for quite a relaxed kind of feel. Yeah, I had some n gauge stuff as a child back in the late 90's/ early 2000's and I'm sure it hasnt improved a great deal since then. In fact i have one minitrix 0-6-0 from back then and while it doesn't look great, even now it runs better than some of the current stuff!

That's a great start Jack. You have created some lovely scenery. :thumbsup:
Being disappointed with British outline models was one of the reasons that I "moved" across the Channel 30 years ago. :(

Cheers mate, the selection does seem a lot better and the fleishmann class 78 I've recently purchased ran like a dream straight from the box.


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Re: Tannental, A German (sort of) inspired layout.
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2020, 09:22:28 PM »
Have added a few bits and pieces over the last few days and thought I'd add some more pics.

Found a pic of the very early stages which I hadn't posted yet, this shows the baseboard before any scenics had gone on. I used lollypop sticks cut up and glued on top of each other to produce the desired gradient, with a lollypop stick being about 2mm thick so an additional lollypop stick was added every 10cm giving a 2% grade. Thin balsa wood was then stuck on top of that and cork on top of that before the track was laid.



Have also added a few people and animals,

Couple of guys admiring the DB class 78 at the platform:


Couple of people having a heated debate about the nature of the divine outside the church:


The main road now has some activity:


A shepherd tends to his flock:


A DB 103 and GWR Grange sit next to each other, not sure how the grange ended up here but there you go :D

 
Finally a view of the whole layout:




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Re: Tannental, A German (sort of) inspired layout.
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2020, 08:56:35 PM »
very nice - a lot of action ina small space - I'm envious
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