Today I’ll post some shots of the best European modelling on display. We start with Gletsch, a HO-m model of the Swiss metre gauge. There seemed to be little compression of the station area, and the narrow gauge was allowed to sprawl though the landscape. Most impressive were the rack sections and steep gradients that meant the layout started near head height, the station was normal baseboard level, then the track dropped down near to the floor. One impressive piece of modelling was the broken water of the mountain torrent parallel to the lower rack section. I hope this comes out in the photos below.
Next we move to ‘Braggels Baenke’ (reminds me of that old kid’s show, ‘Fraggles Rock). This is a Dutch steam / early diesel terminus with some delightful modelling. Modellers in the Netherlands seem to have closest to the UK ‘ethos’ for scale modelling. I enjoyed the slow shunting movements, the nicely understated scenery, some delightful prototypes, and the working lifting bridge over the canal.
Finally, some O-gauge narrow gauge modelling. A modular layout with lots of very good structure modelling and even a working rope incline.
Next time, some UK visitors!