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

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

JUST SIT DOWN BY THE CONTROLS

 
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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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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

 
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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

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The N-scale’s size and detailing

N-SKALA DIMENSJON, STØRRELSESFORHOLD OG DETALJER | N-SCALE RATIO AND DETAILS | N-MAßTAB GRÖßENVERHÄLTNIS UND DETAILIERUNG | Photo: 0rvik

SIZE SET IN RELATION TO FINGERS / A HAND

  
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N-SKALA DIMENSJON, STØRRELSESFORHOLD OG DETALJER | N-SCALE RATIO AND DETAILS | N-MAßTAB GRÖßENVERHÄLTNIS UND DETAILIERUNG | Photo: 0rvik

IN RELATION TO THE CREDIT CARD SIZE OR A MATCH

  
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N-SKALA DIMENSJON, STØRRELSESFORHOLD OG DETALJER | N-SCALE RATIO AND DETAILS | N-MAßTAB GRÖßENVERHÄLTNIS UND DETAILIERUNG | Photo: 0rvik

DETAIL LEVEL ON THE N-SCALE IN COMPARISON WITH A MATCH HEAD

  
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Scale is important in model building. It indicates how big a model is compared to the actual size. This means that if a model car is in the the scale 1:2, it will then be ½ of the authentic vehicle. If the car is 5 meters long in real life, so the model will be 2.5 meters. And so we can continue. When the aspect ratio is 1:10 so the 5 meter long car are to be 50 cm, in other words half a meter. The most common model car scales are 1:43 and 1:18, a car 5 meters will be 11.6 cm and 27.7 cm in model. One parts with the ratio.

In model trains one has the scales: 1:24 (G), 1:32 (1) 1:48 (O), 1:64 (S), 1:76 (OO) 1:87 (HO), 1: 120 (TT), 1:160 (N), 1:220 (Z). Where 1:87 and 1:160 are the most common. These are the scales most manufacturers relate. Some also make products in between the scales to be adaptable to multiple scales, or to save on materials without size looks wrong. But the scale factors is difficult to imagine without having a model at hand. Therefore I wanted to take a picture and show how big (or small) N-scale is.

Here’s a locomotive and a wagon in 1:160 compared with my hand and fingers, as well as a smart card in credit card size and a match (which is the size of a lamp post). Not only can you see how small the ratio we’re talking about, but also how fascinating detailed the models are. One actually get room for 5-6 lines of text on the size of a match head. Therefore, N-scale is becoming more and more popular since the models are becoming more and more elaborate, and with better and better technical solutions.

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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