9-28-2012
Large Scale Overhead Layout
Models of Swiss and German Locomotives and Cars

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Some of the G-scale overhead layout trackwork in the Train Room. The wooden track support structure is entirely scratch-built. There is about 168 feet of track, and seven electrically-operated switches.

More of the trackwork. There are several S-curves on the layout. Some to clear obstacles in the room, and others just because I feel they are graceful.

A busy station. A portion of the Alpine Classic Pullman Express can be seen at the far left. The Bernina Express is facing us. A Furka-Oberalp train is at the right platform. Video

RhB Bernina Express, powered by the Ge 4/4 II electric loco, "Reichenau-Tamins". The route of this Swiss train starts in Chur (1920 ft.) and winds its way up to the Bernina Pass (7405 ft.) and finally descends to Tirano, Italy (1407 ft.) The train crosses the famous Landwasser Viaduct and the circular viaduct at Brusio. Video

A Control Car is often found at the end of some Rhätische Bahn trains. The control car includes an engineer's cab with controls linked to the locomotive at the front of the train. This makes it possible to reverse the direction of operation without need to move the locomotive around the train. This can save considerable time and cost.

RhB Alpine Classic Pullman Express, pulled by the famous Ge 6/6 "Crocodile". The Pullman cars were recently refurbished to their original luxurious 1920s sytle, and the train now provides tours through the magnificent scenery of the Swiss Alps. Video

Alpine Classic Pullman Express at night. Decorative brass lamps are integrated into every-other wall hanger.

Furka-Oberalp Rack Locomotive. Rack railways provide a toothed "rack" to overcome the limits of traditional traction railways This HGe 2/2 loco operates on both adhesion and rack tracks, allowing it to operate on grades up to 25%. (The maximum grade for traditional locomotives is about 4%.) Video

Spreewald Steam Locomotive. The prototype of this locomotive still operates at a museum near Bremen, Germany. It was built by the Jung Locomotives Works in 1917. In the train room, it pulls a mixture of freight and Spreewald passenger cars. This was the first G-scale locomotive in the Train Room, purchased in Apil, 1992.) Video

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