Rail 2008

From March 7 till March 9, 2008 the x-th version of Rail was held in Houten, near Utrecht in the Netherlands. It was nice show with many excellent lay-outs. I picked out some which I fancied most. I hope you enjoy the photo's as much I enjoyed the show.
DSCF1764  The Gauge I layout of "Vrienden van Spoor I" (Friends of gauge I) was impressive by it's sheer size. The scenery though had pieces of artistry like this station DSCF1765  The same layout also featured a Meyer compound articulated steam loco. Beautiful in its well detailed green livery. DSCF1767  and BIG DSCF1768  Especially photographed for Dieter: Altbau E-loks.
DSCF1769 DSCF1770 DSCF1772 DSCF1774+73  The terrific depth of field on this photo was achieved by combining two photo's with  varying focus points with Combine ZM Software
DSCF1775  The most eye catching layout of this show was Jacq Damen's layout. The track work wasn't especially impressive. It was long and rather austere. Trains running didn't attract very much attention. Now I mention it, I can hardly remember rolling stock, except for this standard 98 727 mallet tank engine, modified and weathered almost beyond recognition. No, it was the buildings that attracted so many spectators. Their building work is no less than spectacular. My photo's can't even begin to show the beauty and detail of the buildings on this layout. DSCF1776  Another view on the mallet DSCF1777 DSCF1778  This photo shows the real beauty of the layout. Just one track running along it. But on what a bridge! You can even see the traces of the white lime along the masonry.
DSCF1779  And this megastructure was mainly built of veneer wood. Until the last detail!! And beautifully weathered DSCF1779b  A detail of the same photo DSCF1780  a detail of the area DSCF1781
DSCF1782  a very dead 96-0 DSCF1783b  A conversion at the barn. Remember: this is H0 scale!! Take a look at the door and the window sills DSCF1784  The signal box was a miracle, a precious gem. DSCF1785  Not only was the exterior superbly weathered and detailed...
DSCF1786a  the interior was completely fitted as well DSCF1787a  another detail form the same layout DSCF1788  The saw mill DSCF1791
DSCF1792  a real treat, if there was anything that was not, was this quarry building DSCF1792b  A detail. Eine Augenweide, a treat for the eye, would the Germans say. This is were I left Jacq Damen's layout DSCF1793  On the layout  of the MSVW Weert I found this multiple rail semi turntable switchy thingy. Nice idea if you lack the room. DSCF1798  There was a live steam layout too
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DSCF1800 DSCF1801 DSCF1804  In the trade area I saw this giant Big Boy (Gauge I, I guess) DSCF1805  And now you're in for another treat. Fork Creek's Yard is a simple station area in On30, but again (I start repeating myself) what a beauty and love for detail.
DSCF1806  Shay waiting for things to come half way out of it's shed DSCF1808 DSCF1807 DSCF1811
DSCF1812  Overview of the layout in the length DSCF1813  Again skillful weathering DSCF1817b DSCF1819b
DSCF1821  At the rear of of the layout there was a connection to a standard gauge railway. A huge locomotive was slumbering there DSCF1822b  The same around the corner DSCF1825b  A very small English layout called Hepton Wharf, built by a British modeler. Scale OO. A masterpiece of only 50 by 150 cm. Just a few tracks, little scenery, but soooo much atmosphere!!! DSCF1826b
DSCF1827b DSCF1828b DSCF1829  Courcelle, a French layout in 7 mm scale, by Richard Chown. An Englishman building a French layout?? Well, why not??? He did a terrific job. DSCF1830b
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DSCF1837 DSCF1839  A Dutch layout. Simple yet very nice. DSCF1840 DSCF1841
DSCF1842 DSCF1843a  NS series 8700 loco. Standard factory stock design from Hohenzollern. DSCF1844  The beautiful, compared to the importance of its railway too large, station building of Eext. DSCF1845b
DSCF1846 DSCF1847  Crossing in an era where time seemed to matter a whole lot less. DSCF1849  The last layout I photographed was the one of Ausbesserungwerk and Bahnbetriebswerk (overhaul and depot respectively) of Rosenthal. Huge in surface, impressive in its quantity of loco's. It also appealed to my occupational interests (I work in the rolling stock maintenance and repair business) DSCF1848  an overview
DSCF1850  Wheelsets awaiting overhaul DSCF1851 DSCF1852 DSCF1853  The Bw
DSCF1856 DSCF1857  Probably the largest European streamlined loco: BR 06 DSCF1858 DSCF1860
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