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Keiditschstadt - DB 1981-1990 modular Kato layout
« on: July 30, 2020, 10:55:09 PM »
Welcome to Keiditschstadt!

Keiditschstadt is a fictitious twin town of Southgrove, my British modular layout town, located in the former West Germany in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) near the then DDR border.

It's named after a former schoolmate who I first knew in 1981 when he entered sixth form at my secondary school. His mother taught at my junior school.
Keiditsch is a fairly uncommon surname in Germany and I'm unaware of any place bearing that name there.

The layout will be based on Kato DioTown modular forms with many scratchbuilt and kitbuilt elements present.

Track control is traditional DC. Stock reflects Deutsche Bundesbahn practice 1981-1990 (Epoch IV)

Here's Southgrove's twin town square, named Keiditsch Square/Keiditschplatz. It'll be reciprocated in my forthcoming minature Keiditschstadt as Southgroveplatz.





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Re: Keiditschstadt - DB 1981-1990 modular Kato layout
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2020, 02:58:02 PM »
I look forward to seeing this progress, as I've also used Dio-town and Kato buildings on the Swiss layout I'm building....
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Re: Keiditschstadt - DB 1981-1990 modular Kato layout
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2020, 03:35:47 PM »
My setup is based on Kato's concept and geometry of easy erection and dismantling of layouts.
I don't have room in my flat to keep a layout on display all the time. Everything has to be put away after a running session.
For demonstration purposes I've laid them on the floor although I own tables to protect the models from dust and damage.

The Japanese and UK road markings will be altered to represent former West German practice although the brown/grey curved road pieces are generic to all my scenarios - UK, US and West German.

The layout can be arranged in two sizes depending on my mood and available space:



The mini size Keiditschstadt (or Keiditschdorf?) will be represented by a unstaffed halt and loco shed.





The maxi size Keiditschstadt will feature a bus-rail interchange, loco shed, brewery, town square and shopping centre.
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Re: Keiditschstadt - DB 1981-1990 modular Kato layout
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2020, 04:17:06 PM »
Now you see it, now you don't ...



The layout is now put away in my spare room!



Now, I'll introduce some unmade plastic kits from both former West and East Germany, bought from British eBay suppliers.

Vero dwellings and goods depot - Auhagen still produce these.
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Re: Keiditschstadt - DB 1981-1990 modular Kato layout
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2020, 10:14:16 AM »
I rethought my maxi version and the outcome is that the bus-rail interchange is moved to the other side.

There's gaps in Kato DioTown's base plates but after viewing several Faller and Kibri modernist style stations on eBay, I realised I could fill the gaps by modelling a station, offices and a row of shops for a fraction of the cost by using surplus empty clear plastic cases.

I dug out all I could find to prove the feasibility of the idea.


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Re: Keiditschstadt - DB 1981-1990 modular Kato layout
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2020, 08:45:23 PM »
The one thing that strikes me about the plan is that you are very, very close to a double track circuit, allowing you to operate two trains simultaneously, except for a short single track section, top left in the latest photo. Personally, I'd eliminate that and have two full circuits so that you can operate two trains simultaneously - not necessarily both roundy roundy, one could circulate while the other shunts etc. If that constriction is part of your operating pleasure, then fair enough.
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Re: Keiditschstadt - DB 1981-1990 modular Kato layout
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2020, 08:28:29 AM »
Whilst the sight of two trains running simultaneously appeals to many people, in my experience as a solo operator, realistically I can only focus on one at a time.

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Re: Keiditschstadt - DB 1981-1990 modular Kato layout
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2020, 05:18:09 AM »
I rethought my maxi version and the outcome is that the bus-rail interchange is moved to the other side.

There's gaps in Kato DioTown's base plates but after viewing several Faller and Kibri modernist style stations on eBay, I realised I could fill the gaps by modelling a station, offices and a row of shops for a fraction of the cost by using surplus empty clear plastic cases.

I dug out all I could find to prove the feasibility of the idea.



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Re: Keiditschstadt - DB 1981-1990 modular Kato layout
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2020, 01:35:06 PM »
Always nice to see planning in progress. Will keep an eye on this as it looks promising!

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Re: Keiditschstadt - DB 1981-1990 modular Kato layout
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2020, 06:29:06 PM »
Progress has been made on building the modernist style station.



Three plastic cases have been cut to length and combined.
One other will form the main station building, which is in the process of being incorporated into the station approach.
However so much styrene and liquid cement has been used in the process, including offcuts, to the extent that I'll urgently need to visit my local shop to obtain more sheets, and most crucially, glue!

All the superstructures are removable and I'll spend ages on cutting and gluing plastic strip to attach to the clear cases.

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Re: Keiditschstadt - DB 1981-1990 modular Kato layout
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2020, 06:39:28 PM »
I'll urgently need to visit my local shop to obtain more sheets, and most crucially, glue!


Make sure you don't use that much glue that you urgently need to visit Casualty.  ;)
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Re: Keiditschstadt - DB 1981-1990 modular Kato layout
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2020, 07:12:24 PM »
I made progress on the main station building, platforms including subway and street approach.





A BR 215 and two Silberlinge carriages fit in the platform to demonstrate its length.
The next stage involves extending both platforms along the curved tracks, materials for which have just been bought.
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Re: Keiditschstadt - DB 1981-1990 modular Kato layout
« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2020, 09:52:35 PM »
Good progress! Who makes those platforms please?

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Re: Keiditschstadt - DB 1981-1990 modular Kato layout
« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2020, 07:02:14 AM »
Good progress! Who makes those platforms please?

I scratchbuilt them using styrene sheet and strip:
Platform sides: Evergreen 1 x 6.3 mm strip (item no. 149), some sections used Evergreen 2 mm square strip laminated together (item no. 164);
Subway walls: Evergreen 1 x 7.9 mm strip (item no. 350);
Platform tops and staircase: Evergreen 1.6 mm square tiled, 1 mm (40 thou) thick sheet (item no. 4501)

all braced using various offcuts for strength
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Re: Keiditschstadt - DB 1981-1990 modular Kato layout
« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2020, 12:01:07 PM »
Excellent! Thank you.

 

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