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Märklin : My vintage show-layout "Stauffingen"
On this page I'll present my vintage show-layout "Stauffingen" :
Since the layout is currently (
) in the design-stage I will be changing this web-page
I have always been impressed with the various layouts that model-railroaders have presented at various fairs, so I decided to make such a presentable layout.
Who knows - one day I might be showing my layout at a fair.
First - the layout should be portable - and be divided into manageable parts, and the track layout should be adjusted to the size of the parts.
Second - I've always wanted to do something with Märklin M-track, since that was the tracks I played with as a child. Pure romantic sentimentality on my part.
Third - I also wanted to make the layout interesting and - if at all possible - interactive. More about this later
I wanted to make an "alt-anlage" - a vintage layout - not unlike the Märklin layouts in the "Track Layout" - "Gleisanlagen" - books that Märklin published in the 1950ties and 1960ties.
Very unrealistic layouts in modern terms - but with a distinct charm - and a lot of play quality.
But I didn't want to make just a replica of a vintage layout - although I might also do that in the future.
Basic ideaSo after various tryouts where I basically tried to make an oval layout interesting I found this layout :
As far as I can remember I saw the layout in this book from the ALBA ➚ publishing company :
so I cannot take credit for the idea of converting an otherwise "boring" double oval
No doubt Joachim M. Hill wasn't the first to have this idea either - but anyhow -
Fine-tuning layout planIn May 2016 I created the first drafts for "Stauffingen" :
The layout has been modified, adjusted and "tweaked" several times, but the basic idea stayed the same :
Then I wanted to make sure that the sections could be transported in a normal type car ( "SUV" or "estate" ), so I divided the layout into sections with a width of 90 cm and a length at 113 cm which is reasonable as long as you don't use a SMART.
The new version is 260 x 113 cm with 3 sections : 2 x ( 85 x 113 cm ) and 1 x ( 90 x 113 cm ) :
The position of where the M-tracks connect across sections were adjusted to fit where the sections connect which took a bit of tweaking, but it was necessary to ensure both a secure running and an easy assembling and dis-mantling.
It might be that it is easier to mount connection M-tracks across the sections
The 3 x 5109 that connects the gap could be a shortened 5106
So once I had the size of the sections fixed I could begin finetuning the actual tracks. A good friend ( hallo Martin ) pointed out that while I indeed could have an automated shuttle-traffic the initial layout plan could also be used for manual controlled traffic, which in fact would involve a significant amount of train-traffic - shunting and running.
"Stauffingen" is all M-track and filled with as many M-track objects that was possible : brigdes - turntable - crane - locomotive sheds.
But in contrast to Märklin's layouts I haven't tried to put every kind of track on the layout, so there are no "crossings - 5211 / 5114" - "industry track - 5120" - and no "double slip - neither 5207 nor 5128".
I haven't decided whether there should be catenary or not. I have plenty of M-track catenary, but I haven't planned for running with catenary power. More about this later
I haven't planned to put houses / buildings on the layout, but . . . More about this later
Layout baseEach section is made from a wooden frame with a plate of plywood on top - where the tracks are laid.
Side view :
Transportation - Assembling - DismantlingThe layout must be designed for easy transport - assembling and dismantling.
A secure transport involves putting each section in a wooden crate - or build a wooden crate around each section.
Assembling the layout is done in these steps :
All trafo's etc will be in a separate box control panel
Running the trains on "Stauffingen"My vision is to have 4 trains run as "shuttle trains" - "wende-zug" from tracks "A" and "B" to tracks "1" and "2" having the 2 trains meet at tracks "X" and "Y". Although the stretches "A - X" and "1 - Y" are the same length, the "X-Y" station will be signal-controlled.
So there will be 4 train variations :
Each pair of trains would be launched by the push of a button ( 1 of 4 buttons ) making it possible to have the spectators push the button. Of course this would have to be made "fool" - and "child"-proof - but would make a nice difference from the other "view-only" layouts at a fair. More about this later
Some kind of manual over-ride could be included so that the trains could be run completely non-automatic.
Participating at an exhibitionWord to the wise - it is strenious work taking part in an exhibition. There are so many small practical things that can ruin a week-end.
Since my family and I are about to move to a new house during July 2016 there will be a summer break in the planning, but the actual construction of "Stauffingen" could begin around August 01st.
As always : TO BE CONTINUED
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