(Cover page picture by Jens Wimmel, shot on my Scandinavian diorama)
Harald Freudenreich, specialist in hand-made Z-scale brass models link: www.fr-model.homepage.t-online.de, launched some time ago rolling stock from Scandinavian countries, mainly Norway and Sweden.
Having Scandinavian genes, I couldn't resist and had to buy some. They are so beautiful and the finest when it comes optical and running qualities. In consequence, the NOCH layout was transformed from being typically German into some kind of hybrid Scandinavian, mainly by by exchanging the German cars into Swedish, by using only Scandinavian rolling material and by building a nice story around it.
Rob Kluz did fall in love with the story and the layout and published "Trollfjord" - as we named it - in his Z-Track Magazine. Holger Spaeing also felt that the story about Midsommer at Trollfjord deserves to be told a larger audience and published it in full length and colourful big pictures in his online journal "Trainini". Here is the link: www.spur-z-atelier.de/data/uploads/pdfs/trainini-2015-07.pdf
Busy times at Midsummer at the Trollfjord;
But soon all will be all quiet again - as the Trolls once demanded
By the request of so many, I will try to zoom in even further and try the very close ups of the little switchers by Dr. Scheibe and some rolling stock of Harald Freudenreich. Allow me a word of warning since this really takes our Z-scale to its limits since now all things look like they are HO or even bigger;
I ad been asked several times if "Sinnweiler" was my first layout. No, it is not. My first layout i built in the late 70ties, no pictures exist any more, but I remember that it was quite long (about 5 meters) and I was permanently fixing something. A landscape was there, but not really convincing or anyhow as sophisticated as it could. I used it mainly to run long trains.
In the mid 80ties I decided to scale back and to do several smaller scale modules. The first one foresaw a small steam engine shop in the black forest.
It became a huge success when you count its exhibitions, prices, competitions and publications and it helped to give Z scale more visibility. Saying so, here are some pictures from the 80ties (my apologies for the low quality);
With the know-how and the experience I acquired with the module "BW Donaueschingen", I started building the second module by the end of 1989.......
The second module was significantly longer (2 meters) and themed only a scenic depot in a canyon in the black forrest. I tried to be as close to the prototype "Bf Hirschsprung" as possible and had the luck that Maerklin released the prototypical rolling stock just after I completed this module and showed it at the first exhibitions.
Therefore, you see on the early pictures improvisations of the rolling stock and later on only the prototype derived ones from Maerklin.
First the depot;
and then all the rest......... ;-)
Well, some may wonder how the third module looked like, which i build 1994.
.....a really big Bavarian steam and diesel engine shop as a stand-alone layout topic.
Quite a challenge - also history long ago!
One nice publication, but never ever seen again since then. A pity !!!
Hope you enjoyed my dive into history.
But the story continues. I did what I would recommend today every beginner in Z scale modelling - start small with something modular. Experiment with the new techniques and materials out there. Look what the other scales are doing / achieving - and especially how they do it - don't be shy to ask in N or HO.
And having spent so many hours all by myself constructing layouts, this time I wanted to do it together with a partner. It makes much more fun when you can share experience and the endeavour.
Dirk Kuhlmann became my partner and my friend.
Dirk explaining the concept behind Deal Island, Chesapeake Bay and Kniephaven to a TV team.