The Concept & The Reality
Inevitably, there comes a time when the vision of the track plan becomes becomes the reality in your hands. That is, as much as I wanted to replicate the above perspective drawing for my own railroad, there comes a time when you realize that you won’t be replicating someone else’s vision. It will be yours. Doing the scenery is often when this issue arises.
I was able to place the 8970 station building, the 8971 freight station and the Kibri gravel facility. Finding the two station buildings was easy (since I had them squirreled away in my collection of kits), but finding the older Kibri gravel works kit proved to take a bit longer. This structure eventually turned up on eBay, but I later found out that Kibri has issued a structure kit which includes the gravel loader. Please see here.
There are six residences in the middle of the railroad, one of which immediately was replaced by one of my favorite Kibri structures, the White Horse Inn building, here. This would begin the process of customizing the perspective vision of the track plan into my reality.
There were several things I wanted to retain. The solitary residence at the far left of the perspective drawing was important to me. Initially, I had chosen to place two Märklin 8964 residences, but they proved to be far too large for this small railroad, becoming scene stealers because of their size. They were replaced with several Kibri residential structures. A Vollmer residence was placed across the street from the White Horse; this structure was big enough to possibly have a small shop such as a bakery.
Overall, the small village feel of the 6.2.1 perspective drawing has been retained, but I could not resist several other little tweaks. Most notable was placing a steam locomotive service facility in the short siding at the lower right (where a VT97 railbus is parked in the drawing). I knew that I wanted a steam locomotive on the railroad, and ultimately chose an 8803 Class 24. Adding a steam service facility resulted in the addition of an 8996 water tower and two water cranes. One water crane (purchased from Shapeways) was placed at the engine facility and the second was placed on the main line. I kept moving the tower’s location around until I found a location that did not disrupt the scene view I wanted. The addition of the steam locomotive meant that I needed a coal supply for the locomotive.
The need for a coal supply for the locomotive produced an interesting turn of events for the Kibri gravel loader. The gravel loader was repurposed into a coal loader, the only visible component of a coal mine in the area. This is not that uncommon, with the mine head, support structures (tool room, miners’ change room, ventilating equipment) and the mine entrance set on the opposite side of the hill, beyond the perspective view (please see this note). In operation, the steam locomotive would take on its coal fuel at the mine tipple, with water, sand and other necessities being supplied at the storage siding.
What I’m Not Satisfied With
Earlier, I used two Märklin track bridges over the railroad, one at each end. I did this out of expediency, but I was unhappy with their appearance. They were soon replaced with something fabricated, replaced with something closer to the vision of the perspective drawing: