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[WBE] Logging railroading convinced again

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 13 March 2018 with 9 Comments

Hello folks,

last weekend, I exhibited my Hon30 forestry railroad layout in Sinsheim/Germany together with the “copied” layout build by Bernd. The new sawmill-module acts as interchange between our layouts and it was the first time, that we combined both together for an eight meters long layout.

We didn’t have any test-setup before, but everything matched together perfectly. It was the first exhibition for Bernd, so he was very excited. But hi did great, even during the official photo-shot.

The interest in our layout was very well. Many knew the layout from the internet, others saw them for the first time and got caught by a totally different concept of model railroading.

As in the last years, the layout was shown in the competition of private home layouts, sponsored and organized by the Miba-magazine. All nine layouts got voted by a jury, composed of model train experts. Despite the high quality of other layouts, the operation, joy and flexibility of our layout concept convinced the jury again. Finally we got honored with 1st place.

Motivated by our success, we’re full of new ideas for the next event.

Regards, Gerd

[WBE] The new module is done

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 6 March 2018 with 9 Comments

Hello folks,

just in time for the model train show starting on Friday, the new module got finished. I added the backdrop and some small details. I’m very pleased with the result, which turned out better than expected.

I’ll build a transport-crate for the new module this week and the whole layout will travel to Sinsheim (Germany) Friday morning. It would be nice to meet one or the other reader of my blog in person ;-)

Cheers, Gerd

[WBE] detail work and lots of boards…

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 27 February 2018 with 5 Comments

Well, the most work is done… Since I got the landscape and flora done last week, I just finished the last huge step, detailing the sawmill-area. I also printed the name plate, which is shown in German here. There’s also an English version printed. The stacks of boards and timbers are made from balsa wood […]

[WBE] Weir, trees and grasses…

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 20 February 2018 with 6 Comments

Hello, the last week, I’ve build the weir for the water-wheel and added it to the canal. Since the time is running by very quick, I directly planted the trees to get the progress continue. The next evening, I started with the bushes and grasses. It took some time to get the whole layout covered, […]

[WBE] Ballast and first greens

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 with 2 Comments

Hello again, another week has passed. I added the ballast to the tracks as well as basic green ground cover I use. The ballast is spread out dry along the rails. I use a mixture of Noch model train ballast with sand and fine turfs. Once the ballast is done, I moisture everything with rubbing […]

[WBE] Wires and hills

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 with 5 Comments

Hello, another week has passed. Once the electrical stuff was done, I gave the rails an airbrush weathering and spend a light grey dry-brush to the sleepers. To raise the hills, I glued some layers of foam (used for house insulation) to the layout and cut them to shape. I use a wire-brush in the […]

[WBE] digging out the mill creek

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 30 January 2018 with 7 Comments

Hi folks, I just got the “go” for the Exhibition in Sinsheim/Germany on March 9-11th. So it’s time to get some more progress done on the new module. I made a cut out to the module box just beside the sawmill to add the mill creek. I added strips of plywood to gain some depth […]

[WBE] A new module for my Hon30 layout

Posted by Gerd on Tuesday, 23 January 2018 (Comments Closed)

Hello logging railroaders!!! After spending so much time on my Resita loco, I’ll switch to a smaller scale project. I just started work on a new module for my Hon30 forestry railroad. I look forward to exhibit the layout again in March 2018, so it would be great to show something new. Once the module […]

[WBE] German/French forestry railroad meet – The uneven twins

Posted by Gerd on Sunday, 26 November 2017 with 2 Comments

Hello again from the smaller Hon30 railroad, in spring this year, I showed some layouts from other model railroaders, which were based on my design of the WBE. Bernd Iron copied my entire layout with some additional segments, and gave it a totally different look. Yesterday, he came for a visit and brought some of […]

[WBE] The new Decauville “Progres” loco from Minitrains is released !!!

Posted by Gerd on Saturday, 4 November 2017 with 1 Comment

Hi folks, the new Decauville Progres loco from Minitrains (Announced in 2017) is now available. I picked mine up from Minitrains on the Model Train Show at Friedrichshafen yesterday. The loco is very well detailed and looks tiny, but matches well into the world of Minitrains. This loco sill start my new set of french […]