information about our layout
have been a model railroader since 1957. On a visit in Germany
1979 I found in a toystore window, a LGB-crocodile .I was lost
and bought a starter set. In 1989 I started to dig in the garden
, and our neighbours scratched and shook their heads.
Now it has growed to a 400 sq.metres layout with tunnels and
bridges .A small pond with a waterfall and fishes was the first
project .Now I have 450 metres of track (1500ft.) and over 40
switches and many home built houses .20 locos and over 100 waggons
makes the traffic. Everything is fed by a Zimo outfit.
winter is at our latitude (N 64) cold, long and a lot of snow.
Therefore I carry everything inside in the fall and build it
up again in the springtime. ( Some find it very peculiar ) I
have found that there are less electrical disconnections and
less destroying of the houses. It´s not necessary to lay
the track exactly like last year. The track is layed loose in
fine gravel 4-6 mm (1/4 inch) , and is electrical connected
every 5 meters.
It´s layed in three rounds, into a triple eight or separately
driven , so called show circuits. New is the wild line with
only one station and no more( 80 meters)
Many people call us for a show.
houses are POLA and PIKO but the most are home built houses
from our neighbourhood.
My home station Vännäs is of course there (185 cm
(74 in.) ) (I am a locodriver at the big railways ) Other houses
comes from the Inlandsbanan and other railway houses that I
find interesting to build .There are also our own villa with
a garden railroad MärklinZ ,our summerhouse ,grandma`s
house , old gas stations, a mill, a farm and a church. Most
of it is built from junk and other leftovers from friends an
so on. We can get stones and sand and so on for free, that makes
wife Karin is the gardener. Without her job the layout should
be just half. We tried roses an so on but we found that it´s
easier to choose flowers that suits here and don´t freeze
away in wintertime. There are also a lot of nordic flowers that
grows fast and are as beautiful as any "fine" flower
. Karin has planted a lot of one-year-plants ( over 2000 every
year) so we can also get some odd kinds flowers. I have a cousin
in Australia who sent us some seeds that works here.
Our layout is the second biggest in Sweden. My friend Kalle
i Yxskaftkälen Strömsund also build on his layout.
(Lat N64 is similar to Nome in Alaska)
We answer questions and look forward to tips and ideas on E-mail
also other tourist tips in Vännäs http://www.vannas.se/
Most of it is in English and soon it will appear in German
Also look at my swedish page Bildgalleriet,
there are pictures from our layout. I hope to get some text
under the pictures soon both in English and German. Look also
I once wrote from a trip to Ånge in the winter 1996, also
Karin & Gösta Dahlqvist Vännäs
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