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"Pecherei" (pitch line) - a micro 2 weeks project

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:23 am
by Alexanderrainer
Hello all,

it's time to introduce my latest two weeks project and by the way my very first in Gnine: The "Pecherei", you may call it "Pitchery" or "Pitch line".

The theme is a small line in the middle of a forest, where pitch is gathered from pitch pines and transported to a small boiler.

I adapted Carl Arendts SAP-line, added two more siding tracks around the turntable (11 cm diameter) and squeezed into A4-format which was an experiment I had to solve. So the measurements are 297 x 210 mm.

For the baseboard I used two MDF-sheets, cut in A4 format. The lower Sheet is the real baseboard. The upper MDF-sheet works as trackbed and turntable to keep consistent height of track.

Trackwork is made with Pilz flextrack, which appeared to me very plausible with its sleepers. In the background I used a Kato unitrack 90 degree crossing.

Motive power are "Tiny" and "Speeder" by Steve Bennet mounted on Kato drive's. The other rolling stock is either built from scratch or from the pepper7-shop.

I enclose some pictures with the building progress:

Started with a 1:1 planning and A4-sized MDF plates:

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Cutoffs of turntable an space for the Kato 90 degree cross in the upper MDF-plate:

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For the trackwork I pulled off the track profile off the sleepers, which where glued down first an fixed with additional small pins on the critical end points.

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Trackwork finished:

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Ready to send away to maybe a friend :wink:

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Finishing an underframe of the baseboard:

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For the left building I used foamboard, decorated with print outs of brick wall, door and windows. For the right shed I used stiring sticks from the "Meckie". Roofs are either sand paper glued around a small MDF sheet and corrugated card board. Fence and the planks of turntable are from Balsa wood. Way pads are square's cut out from grey expandend plastic slab.

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First running, lightning and smoking tests. Yes, like in the prototypical SAP-line there is a small Seuthe No. 5 smoke unit put into the chimney:

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Landscaping is fun...

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... and still fun:

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Ready for transport to the Leipzig exhibition "Modell - Hobby - Spiel 2013":

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Pictures at an exhibition:

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And yes, the motive power and rolling stock is running quiet well around the tight curve (7,5 cm radius).

Behind the curtains: My modeling friend Michael Giersberg, a true Gn15 hero, is saying goodbye on my behalf at the end of a really nice show at the Leipzig "MHS" fair, where we also exhibited our Gn15 layouts "Walddestille Schwarz&Brand" and the pond manor "Teichgut Edel & Faul" (more about this elsewhere later):


Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:20 am
by Bilco
Hi Alexander,

Many thanks for posting the photos of your layout - it's amazing what you are able to fit onto the small baseboard - it wasn't until I saw the first photo of the loco on the track that I realized quite how small it is!

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:21 am
by chris stockdale
I started by reading the 'two weeks project' bit and thinking, 'OK, This will be interesting to watch' only to quickly realise that the two weeks have already past and we get all our treats in one go. Wonderful, thank you!

A Gnother layout that proves that railway modelling requires neither a great amount of space nor a lot of time to create something really good and have some fun.


Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 1:20 pm
by Simon Andrews
Great little Micro 8) :!: :!:


Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:02 pm
by demaine22
Great idea and a wonderful micro! 8)

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:43 pm
by RoGNer

Simply wonderful! Thanks for posting - so good to see something simple and fun - cant get much better than Gn15 - apart from going GNine!

Best wishes



Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:23 pm
by bahnindianer
Hallo Alexander,

what a nice layout. I hope i can see it in Germany at one of the next shows.

Greetings from Ladenburg to Mannheim


Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:02 am
by Alexanderrainer
Hello all,

thanks very much!

At least it was real fun to prepare something nobody at the Leipzig show expected. The focus of the show was gardening scale this year so I could ask the guys of the "Modellbahnsofa" in front of the public, if they could imagine to do gardening scale on a desk top and sized on a space which is usually filled with work. After enjoying their asking eyes I raised the black drapery I put on the layout earlier. :lol:

Forgot to mention, that I did the backdrops of a photo taken by myself some years a go in a forest here in Germany, printed out and glued down to foamboards.

The "curtain" in the background of the shed is made of a small cutout of a baggy partially cut in stripes. I improved it by squeezing sinker beads on the down end of every stripe:


Next steps will be to make an own lighting but without making a complete box of the micro. So the requirement is a light weight construction, very likely a LED thing.

@Georg aka "bahnindianer": We will see, if any show here could be interested, perhaps the new Sinsheim show.

Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:04 pm
by KEG
There is no such thing as gardening or garden scale.

...if they could imagine to do gardening scale on a desk top and sized on a space which is usually filled with work

Some toytrain makers call their products, which are supposed to run on 45mm track, "G-Scale" A huge variety of scales, from approx. 1 : 15 - 1 : 30 is offered. Some even have 5 or more scales wihtin a single

The term Gn15 was invented 12 years ago by Steve Warrington und Steve Bennett. They wanted to market a prototype of 15 inch on readibly
available track. They they choose HO or 00 track to get close. This scaled out for abour 1 : 23, more or less.

Later some modellers wanted to use even narrower ready made track in this scale. That is how G-9 or Gnine was invented. Not really something, one would expect in a 1 : 1 garden.

Alexander´s little Gnine layout is quite amusing. A parody on G-Scale.
And of course, it makes us remember Carl Arendt, who´s pages are a source of inspiration for millions of users.

Have Fun



Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 4:51 pm
by Alexanderrainer
regarding to "Not really something, one would expect in a 1 : 1 garden.":

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