Once again, we discover a work of art in the field of model railroading or railway modelling. In this video, we enjoy one of the finest Swiss model railway layouts, that has rails for both narrow gauge, correctly metre gauge, and standard gauge model trains. This Swiss model railroad was constructed by the British model maker Brian Rodham and took about ten years of work. The L-shaped layout has been gradually developed, altered and expanded upon.
The overall length is 4.6 metres, the width is 1.1 metre, but 1.4 metre at the widest point of the L shape. The height from the water level to the top of the mountain is also 1.1 metre. The height of this modelled mountain clearly tells us that Brian Rodham has always liked the scenery found in Switzerland with its lakes, waterfalls, meadows and high mountains. Many years ago, he bought books in England about the “Rhätische Bahn” (Rhaetian Railway), the “Gotthardbahn” (Gotthard Railway) and the “Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon-Bahn” (Bern-Loetschberg-Simplon Railway) written by Franz Marti and Walter Trub. Looking at the photographs in this books inspired him to visit Switzerland. After his visits to Switzerland he decided to build a model railway.
He started the construction in the loft space in his home but soon he knew he would need more space because the cramped conditions were a little difficult in the loft space. So he started the second model railway from scratch in his garage space. The base was a timber space frame and he used crumpled, thick lining paper coated with PVA glue to make the landscape, the hills and ravines. The rocks are formed with a type of expanding foam usually used to insulate roofs. All kinds of blended colours in Daler Rowney Acrylic paints were used to make the rocks look lifelike. At first he made a number of houses from Kibri model kits, some of which still remain on the model today. After this he knew he should build some timber chalets from scratch as the Kibri model buildings had mainly flat bases and the buildings needed to fit into a variety of rugged parts of his miniature world of Switzerland.
Many chalets and barns were based on the buildings in the old town in Brienz and Zermatt. He tried to make them look as authentic as possible. The roof tiles of the chalets and barns are all individual tiles cut from thin card. He incorporated a lake and a number of waterfalls to give a dramatic appearance. The latest addition to the model railway layout is a timber constructed roofed bridge which crosses one of the waterfalls. Using static grass on the landscape was a great improvement to the appearance of the layout as originally he used basic scatter materials. He used a variety of shades of greens and browns to show the contours. The browner colours can be used under trees to create shadows. The texture looks better too rather than the flat surface of the scatter materials.
Brian Rodham began the layout with HO scale but felt he would like to have an HOm scale railway running in tandem with this as you would find in Switzerland. For better understanding, it should be noted: In Europe the 1/87 scale is called HO scale or H0 gauge with a track gauge of 16.5 mm or 0.65 inches. Metre gauge railways in 1/87 scale use a track gauge of 12.0 mm or 0.472 inches and are called HOm scale or H0m gauge, except in the United States, where this scale is called HOn3½. However, most of the locomotives and carriages on the HO scale railway are by Roco. The metre gauge RhB railway locomotives and stock are all by Bemo.
Because Brian Rodham also collects model cars, especially Swiss model buses by Rietze, we can discover some miniature vehicles on the model railway. Finally, it remains to be mentioned that the pantographs of the locos are of course in contact with the overhead line or catenary. In addition, authentic Swiss model signals are in use on the layout. Whether we want to call it a piece of art or a masterpiece in rail transport modeling, it is magnificent to watch the winding railway lines and wooden houses in this beautifully designed miniature world.
model railroading model rail railway modelling model railroad model railway model trains Pilentum railway model train diorama swiss model swiss model railway layouts swiss model railway swiss model railroad Switzerland narrow gauge metre gauge meter gauge h0 scale ho gauge ho scale model railroad h0 model railroad layout model railway h0 model railway layout model trains ho scale narrow gauge model railway narrow gauge model railroad
If you would like to support the artistic work of Pilentum Television, please use this link www.amazon.com (United States) or www.amazon.co.uk (United Kingdom) for every purchase at Amazon. This is an affiliate link. This means that if you click on this link and purchase items, Pilentum Television receives an affiliate commission. The price of the items is the same. By using the Amazon affiliate link, you are helping to support Pilentum Television’s film and video production.
Do you already know the offers for model railroads and model trains on eBay’s website for the United States? There are many offers for freight cars, locomotives, passenger cars, track, starter sets, parts and accessories, rare railroads and trains, power and control, storage and display, books and guides, and even mixed lots.
If you are looking exclusively for new products, then you should look at the website’s section called “Best Selling Products”. In this section, you can find out which scale models and model rail accessories are extremely popular with model railroaders.
1) Best Seller: Model Railroads and Trains
2) Best Seller: Model Railroad Freight Cars
3) Best Seller: Model Railroad Locomotives
4) Best Seller: Model Railroad Passenger Cars
5) Best Seller: Model Railroad Train Tracks
6) Best Seller: Model Railroad Starter Sets and Packs
7) Best Seller: Model Railroad Parts and Accessories
8) Best Seller: Other Model Railroads and Trains
If you are a so called bargain hunter, then you should look at the following links regularly. Pilentum Television has filtered all the offers that have received the most number of bids with these links. This is an important quality feature of the offers on eBay. You may be able to expand your collection of locomotives and railroad cars inexpensively.
1) Most Wanted: Model Railroads and Trains
2) Most Wanted: Model Railroad Freight Cars
3) Most Wanted: Model Railroad Locomotives
4) Most Wanted: Model Railroad Passenger Cars
5) Most Wanted: Model Railroad Train Tracks
6) Most Wanted: Model Railroad Starter Sets and Packs
7) Most Wanted: Model Railroad Parts and Accessories
8) Most Wanted: Other Model Railroads and Trains
Have you already seen the deals on model trains and model railways on eBay’s website for Great Britain? There are many listings for coaches, locomotives, track, starter sets, wagons, parts and accessories, other railways and trains, power and control, storage and display, books and guides as well as mixed lots.
If you are looking for new products exclusively, you should take a look at the section named “Best Selling Products” on the website. Here you can find out which scale models and which model railway accessories are particularly popular with model railway enthusiasts.
Best Seller: Model Railways and Trains
Best Seller: Model Railway Locomotives
Best Seller: Model Railway Train Track
Best Seller: Model Railway Coaches
Best Seller: Model Railway Wagons
Best Seller: Model Railway Starter Sets and Packs
Best Seller: Model Railway Parts and Accessories
Best Seller: Other Model Railways and Trains
Are you looking for bargains? Then you should check out the following links regularly. With these links, Pilentum Television has filtered all the listings that have received the most bids. This is an important quality feature of the listings on eBay. Perhaps you can expand your collection of locomotives and wagons at a reasonable price.
Most Wanted: Model Railways and Trains
Most Wanted: Model Railway Locomotives
Most Wanted: Model Railway Train Track
Most Wanted: Model Railway Coaches
Most Wanted: Model Railway Wagons
Most Wanted: Model Railway Starter Sets and Packs
Most Wanted: Model Railway Parts and Accessories
Most Wanted: Other Model Railways and Trains