Summer Holiday Diesel, July – August 2012

For clickable index please expand description! Mainly diesel scenes, some steam and electric from: July 8: Czech Republic: Brno and Pernstejn festival, regular trains with nostalgic diesel and some steam. Including classes T478 and M286. August 1-2: Hungary: Class 418 (M41) and 628 (M62) around Lake Balaton, some GySEV former ÖBB Schlieren coaches. July 17-19, August 7-9: Croatia: GM diesel near Zagreb, on the line to Split at Perkovic, Prgomet, Labin Dalmatinski (including steep horseshoe curve on the other side of the mountain and semaphore signals) and Kastel Stari. Including “Adria” Budapest – Split with through coach from Moscow and several freights on steep grades. August 9-10: Italy: new NTV “Italo” AGV at Milan Porta Garibaldi station. August 10-14: France: TGV ride Milano to Chambéry, diesel lines through the Alps Grenoble – Gap – Briancon, Briancon – Sisteron including night train to/from Paris. Chemins der Fer de Provence narrow gauge railway Digne-les-Bains – Nice including as highlight former Portuguese Mallet steamer E211 on specials Puget-Théniers – Villars-sur-Var. Trains on the Côte d’Azur line between Cannes, Nice and Monaco, including night trains, older local rakes and TGV. ———————————————- 0:14 Diesel helpers at Brno hl. n. without electricity 2:19 Pernstejn festival diesel and steam: Tisnov, Stepanovice 5:54 Beautiful T478.1002 7:20 Prudká 9:30 Tisnov ———————————————- 11:44 Balaton northern
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Ruschbahn Summer 2012

Ruschbahn is a ‘G’ scale model railway with mainly LGB loco’s and Massoth DCC operation created by Andy Rush and John Dunford in Andy’s garden and depicts a fictional section of the Rhatische Bahn in around 1935 operating to a timetable compiled by Andy. Goods trains have their wagons sorted and loaded or run empty according to their waybills. A new innovation this year are tail boards colour quartered red and white to be added on the last wagon or coach of every train by the dispatcher so that operators know trains are complete when they come out of the mountain tunnels. Operation of this railway is a real pleasure and great fun ending with fish, chips and mushy peas from the local chippie.

Accucraft WD Baldwin – Slow Summer Goods Train

Some slow and some very slow running here as Roy Wood’s Baldwin, now fitted with single channel R/C on the regulator, hauls a rake of Binnie wagons loaded with coal and Portland stone. For the final section I have used half speed, which deepens the sound of the chuff and seems about right for this loco. My thanks to Roy for the smooth driving as usual.
Video Rating: 5 / 5

CP Rail Summer 1996 (In HO)

Many have been asking for this, so here you go! I have finally returned to “Railfanning in HO”. Here are some shots of a small CP Rail freight train, depicting a train from around 1996. The C424 (lead unit) was retired by CP in 1998, while the SD40M-2 (2nd) was acquired by CP in 1995. All filming was completed on the West Island Modular Railroad Club’s layout, of which I am a member. Please visit their website, All filming was done on Feb 16th, 2010. Finally, a HUGE thanks goes out to 1jackdk, fmnut and mygirl22ward for allowing me to use their amazing audio. Please check out their videos, each of their channels is listed below Thanks for watching, and stay tuned for more model railroad videos in the near future.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

HO Scale 1920’s Bavaria in the Summer railroad layout

A little European flavor makes this HO Scale 17 ft x 27 ft layout different from the run of the mill. This layout is themed around Bavaria in the summer bringing back the nostalgia of the 1920’s. Two main lines and lots of hidden track deliver plenty of operational action, in addition to a yard equipped with operating turntable and the cog-line back & forth in the mountains. Both main-lines have catenary across their entire runs. Small villages and large towns populate the landcape, filled with classical half-timbered buildings typical of the region. In the mountains several castles including a large imposing Schloss dominate the countryside below. Forced perspective is achieved by using a mix of HO and N scale structures. Also present is a detailed vineyard where great German wines are born. A custom painted backdrop extending the Southern German countryside into the distance completes the tableau. Go to for eye-popping still photos!

Rochester’s PAL Model Railroad Heaven – The Edgerton Lionel Train Layouts – Summer, 1950 View

December, 2009 visit to the Rochester, NY PAL Model Railroad Heaven – The Edgerton Model Train Room. This is the Summer layout – first on the left as you enter the room from the “Observation” platform. While many of the scenic elements have been preserved from initial 1950 construction, the track plan has been updated into a multi-level over-under arrangement replacing what was once a more open yard area. The track is now K-Line Shadow Rail O Gauge with the new style low-profile Super Snap switches/machines. Maury Klein of K-Line Electric Trains donated track and switches for the first major overhaul of the Summer & Winter layouts about 25 years ago. This newer K-Line trackage is reportedly a gift from Lionel when they acquired K-Line’s inventory at the time Kader took over and licensed K-Line to Lionel. The Polar Express is traversing the scene in this video. These Layouts were prominently profiled in the Lionel / Bantam books of the 1950’s in the chapter titled “Model Railroading As A Civil Project”, and the story of their construction by the Police Athletic League is detailed in those pages. Lionel was the supplier of the all of the train equipment at that time. All four layouts, Summer, Fall, Winter, & Spring, represent landscapes in/around the Rochester area. The original backdrops have all been preserved and worked in to the layout updates.
Video Rating: 4 / 5