Fleischmann with Nor-Cargo and Bring on Norwegian freight wagons

 
 
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FLEISCHMANN FL845332 | NOR-CARGO | GODSVOGN | GÜTERWAGEN | FREIGHT CAR | Foto: 0rvik

NSB FREIGHT WAGON WITH A NOR-CARGO TRAILER

 
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FLEISCHMANN FL845332 | BRING | GODSVOGN | GÜTERWAGEN | FREIGHT CAR | Foto: 0rvik

NSB FREIGHT WAGON WITH A BRING TRAILER

 
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Finally some Norwegian models in N scale! There are few of those, but it appears that there will be a change. Fleischmann has launched two NSB-wagons for transporting semi-trailers, including the trailers, respectively from Nor-Cargo and Norwegian Post cargo department, Bring. There are descriptions everywhere that the wagons belonging to the NSB, but they are marked with SJ. I reckon it’s still true, and that they are made based on correct original models. The cars are in different design, but both have reasonably great details. The wagons can be ordered from GLM.

Nevertheless, I must point out a few things. The models are not as good made, as promotion photos to Fleischmann would suggest. The different colors of plastic parts, details of the vehicle and trailer, as well as print on the semi-trailer is not equivalent as notified in advance. Do also note that the part of the trailer carts are molded so the wheels do not go around (except the front pillars which can be detached). But, by all means – they are great models to be in N scale! Just a little paint on a few details so they become super!
 

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Class 701 Catenary maintenance car from Minitrix

 
 
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MINITRIX 12465 | DEUTSCHE BAHN | BR 701 TRIEBWAGEN | CLASS 701 RAILROAD SERVICE TRAIN | TYPE 701 VERDLIKEHOLDSTOG | Foto: 0rvik

RAILWAY SERVICE TRAIN

 
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Here’s a great model from Trix Minitrix! A maintenance lokomoitv from Deutsche Bahn in N-scale. Beautiful details, almost as if it was in H0 scale. The locomotive comes with a digital decoder installed. There is light functions, and it goes well on the rails despite it only has two axles. Of course I wish it came with a sound decoder, but at present it’s not available. One can bet on it coming in the near future. Looks like the Märklin focuses on Trix Minitrix series. So I cross my fingers!

The model has a fine design, and the ability to pull out and rotate platform on the roof, and bend the railing. There included a ladder to hang on the side of the crane. Pantograph is of course possible to fold out. There included some small parts which are not mounted on the images. It is also available in a yellow version of 1:160. Norway has had such locomotives in use, at NSB train goes under the name Revision wagon LM1 and is used among other things to the electricity audit and diagnosis.

 

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MINITRIX 12465 | DEUTSCHE BAHN | BR 701 DIESELTRIEBWAGEN | CLASS 701 RAILWAY MAINTENANCE TRAIN | TYPE 701 VERDLIKEHOLDSLOK | Foto: 0rvik

A DIESEL LOCOMOTIVE SAME AS NORWEGIAN NSB LM 1

 
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Don’t need to bring your own model railway on your vacation anymore

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HOTELLROM | HOTEL ROOM | HOTELZIMMER | WASHINGTON HOTEL AKIHABARA | TOKYO | Foto: Washington Hotels

WASHINGTON HOTEL IN AKIHABARA, TOKYO, JAPAN

 
Photo: Washington Hotels
 
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HOTELLROM | HOTEL ROOM | HOTELZIMMER | WASHINGTON HOTEL AKIHABARA | TOKYO | Foto: Washington Hotels

A HOTEL ROOM WITH ITS OWN MODEL RAILWAY INSTALLATION

 
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HOTELLROM | HOTEL ROOM | HOTELZIMMER | WASHINGTON HOTEL AKIHABARA | TOKYO | Foto: Washington Hotels

JUST SIT DOWN BY THE CONTROLS

 
Photo: Washington Hotels
 

Are you one of those who are struggling to take with you all the 30 bags of model railroad equipment when going on holiday – then the solution is finally here! In Japan, some hotels figured out that they will offer special hotel rooms for their guests who are model railway enthusiasts. Washington Hotel in Akihabara, Tokyo, was the first, and can offer a room with a nearly 6 square meters large model railway. The track is made as an urban Japanese city environment in n-scale and offers space for two train drivers.

The hotel room has a double bed, costing about 280 US$ a day, and you have a view to the Shinkansen (the legendary Japanese speed train). It has pictures of trains on the walls, as well as a good selection of railway-related DVDs. There is, moreover, not only in Tokyo you can find hotel rooms with model railways. Hotel Metropolitan Nagano offers a suite with a 12 square meter large railroad. Here you can find speed trains, natural scenery, and two cities. 1065 US$ you must pay for a night, or 42 $ for an hour.

Sorry for the bad picture quality, but it’s the only photos I manage to find online.

 
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Minitrix 3-piece rail bus, with light and sound

 
 
 
 
 
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MINITRIX 12467 | SKINNEBUSS | RAIL BUS | 3-TEILIG SCHIENENBUS | Foto: 0rvik
 
 
 

VT98 3-PIECE RAIL BUS

 
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Sometimes you will find goodies you did not know existed, by chance, and sometimes if you are lucky to find those at a great price. I had contacted several shops in Germany and other online stores, and asked if there were rail buses with light and sound, and everyone said there were no such thing on the market yet. But suddenly I found a minitrix set, originally with sound decoder installed, ready to use. And the price was half of the original price, so I just had to have it. It remained in Berlin until disposal.

After almost a year so I got down and got the train set collected, as well as the other items that I had laying on hold. And it was pleasantly surprised of the rail buses from Trix in N-scale. Lovely details, runs well on rails and has many great audio features. Lovely to see it on the small 1:160 rails. A purchase can in no way regret, on the contrary, this model train is recommended! Do note that not all the little extra part is mounted on the pictured train set. I plan to post a video of the locomotive sometime soon!

 
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Bought six used freight wagons

 
 
 

ROCO | 1:87 GODSVOGN | HO FREIGHT CARRIAGE | H0 GÜTERWAGEN  | Foto: 0rvik

ROCO FREIGHT WAGON

 
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FLEISCHMANN | 1:87 GODSVOGN | HO FREIGHT CARRIAGE | H0 GÜTERWAGEN  | Foto: 0rvik

FLEISCHMANN SLIDING DOOR GODS CAR

 
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ARNOLD RAPIDO | 1:87 BILTRANSPORT | HO AUTO TRANSPORT CAR | H0 AUTO TRANSPORT WAGEN  | Foto: 0rvik

ARNOLD DOUBLE CAR TRANSPORT WAGON

 
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Every time I visiting Berlin I take visiting all the regular model railway shops. Last time I was in town I was broke as a church rat, but had yet to take a round trip to see if there was anything exciting. One day I ended up visiting Michael Dümchen, near the Zoologischer Garten, where they sell used model trains and other model railroad items. Much exciting to find, but with just over 20 € in my pocket, so it was 6 wagons to 3 € apiece. Not the prettiest, but decent to have as wagons on sidetracks and in the background.

 
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Model railroad on a festival for gay youths

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FIRE AV MINE BESTE KOMPISER | BEST FRIENDS | BESTEN FREUNDE | Foto: 0rvik

MATES RELAXING WITH MODEL TRAINS IN THE SUN

 
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EN LITEN MODELLJERNBANE | A MINI MODEL RAILROAD | EINE MINI MODELLBAHNANLAGE | Foto: 0rvik

NOT EXACTLY WORLD’S LARGEST MODEL RAILWAY, BUT IT WORKS

 
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I constantly try to get more people to begin with model railways. It’s the perfect hobby for anyone with an interest in technology and gadgets, good concentration and patience, and creativity and imagination. I stand inside with all. But one can not deny that model trains glory days belong to the past – or? An increasingly technical development and attention to details has resulted in a new and growing interest for the railway in miniature. The hope must be that the youth of today are interested in activities outside the PC.

Begining with such a hobby as 30-year-old student at an elite school, made ​​most people more amused than to show interest when told about the model railroad hobby. Especially when you are a faggot, as it not goes into the most gay area of ​​interest (no, I do not mean as opposed to makeup and clothing). For most gay guys are ordinary boys, yet few people are interested in trains and model railroad, and technical toys. Fair enough, some buddies build and collect the Lego © Technic series.

The surprise was still great when I created a Model Railway Group on the site Gaysir (a kind of MySpace / Facebook for gay people), and the group had 100 members within two weeks. Norway is a small country! In other words, as it turned out quickly, I was not alone. And when I was thinking, I have gays friends who both work at the National Rail Administration, as metro and tram driver at # Router (Oslo public transport company), electrician at Mantena (railway workshop), and so on. And when I look at the Instagram of my queer friends, there’s a lot of trains, trams and metros.

In other words, I was struck by my own prejudices, which I had to disprove. Model Railway is a perfect hobby for all boys and men (yes, and women also)! And due to moving this summer I had to suddenly bring some of my model railroad equipment, when I was to hold a photo course for a week at a festival for 200 queer youths. When one of the female participants got ecstatic meeting me and showed her enthusiasm for my website about model railroads, so I had to unpack my model trains!

And suddenly I’m sitting there, on a deserted island in Østfold, with a bunch of buddies playing with model trains. Though not a big installation, it was fun to see the interest. There sat one architect, an upcoming fighter pilot, an upcoming composer, an upcoming psychiatric nurse and a primary school teacher and drove trains on a patio in the sun. Not only does it bring hope that prejudice is about to break down, but also that the hobby has a good future! One only need to spread the good word!

As I even call myself … an architect, photographer, cake monster, and gay model railway enthusiast with a car mania! ;)

SBB Re 460 2000 with lights, interior lighting, engine noise, and sound effects

731373 FLEISCHMANN | RE 460 | EL-LOK | ELEKTROLOKOMOTIVE | ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE | Photo: 0rvik

SSB CFF FFS RE 460 REIHE 2000 ELLOK

 
Photo: 0rvik
 

Fleischmann has the produced a N-scale version of the classic Swiss Reihe locomotive Re 460 from SBB Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (also known as CFF – Chemins de fer fédéraux Suisses (French) and FFS – Ferrovie federali svizzere (Italian)) that is Switzerland’s national rail company. The electric locomotive has the model name Lok 2000 and was built by ABB Asea Brown Boveri and SLM Schweizerische Lokomotiv-und Maschinenfabrik (which today is part of Stadler Rail Group).

The locomotive was designed by the world famous designer Pininfarina from Torino in Italy, which, incidentally, is best known for its car design. The train is 18.5 meters long and 3 meters wide, has a weight of about 85 tons and has a maximum speed of 200 km / h. It was built in 119 copies, and operates daily the Swiss railway. There are also versions of the locomotive in Norway as NSB EL 18, at Finland’s VR-Yhtymä Oy Sr2, and KCRC TLN / TLS with KCR (Kowloon-Canton Railway) in HongKong.

The model is a true copy of the real SBB CFF FFS Reihe 460 108-4, and is beautifully finished with great details. Model train comes pre-installed with digital audio decoder to engine sound and other sound effects and lights at both ends, and interior lighting. It has great driving qualities on Minitrix rails, and are beautiful to watch in action. The plan is to repainted it to a Norwegian EL18-lok. But it will be when I have been steady on both the paint and decals in 1:160. Until then it is Switzerland that rules!

The model is 11.5 cm from buffer to buffer, and has a height of 28 mm and a width of 19mm. More info at Fleischmann here.
731373 FLEISCHMANN | RE 460 | EL-LOK | ELEKTROLOKOMOTIVE | ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE | Photo: 0rvik

731373 FLEISCHMANN N

 
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A TRIX Minitrix start sets was the beginning

11488 TRIX MINITRIX | STARSETT | START SET | STARTER SET | Foto: Märklin GmbH

11488 TRIX MINITRIX | STARSETT | START SET | STARTER SET | Foto: Märklin GmbH

MINITRIX 11488

 
Photo: Märklin GmbH

I realized that I was going to be living for a time with no room for a larger model railway, at least not a Märklin in HO scale. And then had to make a choice. I concluded that N-scale was the solution, and should one start from scratch, start sets is the best solution. So for well over a year ago I took a look at the start sets which was interesting in terms of locomotives, wagons, and the following equipment. I wanted a set from a modern era, digital, and preferably from a minitrix since I was already familiar with Märklin.

The choice was ultimately between the Swiss Starter Set Trix 11131 or the French set Trix 11488. I really fell in love with the SNCF locomotive, so it became french, but it was hard to find for sale since it was no longer produced. But then there appeared an auction website, with a new and unopened set and as the only bidder I got it for next to nothing compared to the retail price. Suddenly, I was a happy owner of an N-scale start sets. The only problem was that they did not ship to Norway.

But since it is a common problem when one buy something in mid europe, I had the solution ready. A German friend of mine had received shipments before, and gladly helped this time too. So it took over a year before I finally had gotten myself down and picked up the package. It is, after all, cheaper to buy flight tickets Oslo – Berlin – Oslo than it is to get the package sent to Norway including customs duties, brokerage fees, and VAT on c. clearance. At the same time, I had several items lying at his place.

I did not know that the box would be so large and was really too big for hand luggage, but any male security guard are being charmed by model trains, so it did not create an problem. It tingled when got home and unpacked the new train set. The feeling was clear, one had made ​​the right purchase! Although I have not ended with trains in 1:87 (HO scale), it’s the N-scale that I’m going to build next. And it must be said – it is amazing how detailed objects in 1:160 are. Impressive and fascinating!
 
 

11488 TRIX MINITRIX | BB 67000 | SOCIÉTÉ NATIONALE DES CHEMINS DE FER FRANCAIS | FRENCH STATE RAILWAYS | FRANZÖSISCHE EISENBAH | Foto: 0rvik
 

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11488 TRIX MINITRIX | GODSVOGN | GÜTERWAGEN | FREIGHT WAGON | Foto: 0rvik
 

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11488 TRIX MINITRIX | GODSVOGN | GÜTERWAGEN | FREIGHT WAGON | Foto: 0rvik
 

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11488 TRIX MINITRIX | GODSVOGN | GÜTERWAGEN | FREIGHT WAGON | Foto: 0rvik
 

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11488 TRIX MINITRIX | TANKVOGN | TANK WAGON | TANKWAGEN | Foto: 0rvik
 

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New websites about model railways, model cars and building kits

1 WEBSITE BECOMES 6

 
Illustration: 0rvik

It was time for an update of the old website, and I wanted to separate between the two different scales, H0 and N, which I am building. Also, I have my great fascination for cars resulted in an extensive collection vehicles for model railroads, and thereof I wanted to create a website for all the cars, buses, and trailers in 1:87 and 1:160. I have further great interest in buildings and architecture, and since the collection of kits also increased, it was natural to create a website for those also.

Has also improved the website for the English- and German-speaking, so they can now browse the page in their own language. But it will be like before where English is written manually, and German is stripped translation from Google translate, as I do not speak the German language to well. The posts and images is slightly larger, and perhaps provide a better experience, and the website is customized for use on tablets. Will try to update them all regularly, but essentially it will be page about railroads in 1:87.

I will also create a separate page with an overview of the various Norwegian stores have different items in trains, cars and kits in the two scales. It’s also open for those wanting to advertise on the side. I will hereafter mention stores that either provide discounts, free shipping or other positive sercive, as it costs time and money to operate and update such hobby pages. Feedback from various retailers shows that they get increased traffic from my site, and that my linkage has positive effects for their stores.

I am no professional model railway enthusiast but I have a great interest in the hobby. I dreamed for years during childhood about model trains and got my first opportunity to begin with model train as I approached my 30s. In other words, just been doing it for a few years. Hope you like the new sites. Feel free to give me tips and feedback, and please write comments on the various items. Are you a model railroader and have your own blog or website, please contact me so we may be able to link to each other.

 
The old site: Modelljernbane.internettside.com (no longer updated)               Link to the new pages in the lower right corner!




      


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