The Orkhavnbanen layout
Dimensions: 200x200 cm (6"7' by 6"7')
Taking part in an exhibition from time to time is great
opportunity for fun and mingling with fellow modelers. After several
years of exhibiting our previous layout "Handzaam
Havenbaantje" (handsome harbour layout) we'd decided
it was time for something new and in October of 2001 we began
the construction of the Orkhavnbanen layout.
Important condition for this new project was that it wouldn't
be too large, heavy, wide and complicated. That way we could carry
the entire layout in a single car to exhibitions and keep the
time we spend on building it limited. No of the above criteria
were met however. It does fit in the car, but it would require
us to go by train then ;-) Despite the simplicity of the track
and minimalistic use of buildings or complicated scenery we haven't
reached the level of detail where we'd like to be. But that's
not a problem, it has to remain a hobby, right? ;-) We do have
quite a number of (sometimes wild) ideas to incorporate into the
layout. To get a first impression of the layout we made a cardboard
and clay mockup, scaled down to see if we could fit everything
we'd wanted on the space available.
Orkhavnbanen, a Norwegian narrow gauge railway
We fancied a mountainous layout with steep rock walls, waterfalls,
tunnels and plenty of scenery. After all, the landscape was there
first! Many layouts in the exhibition circuit have a Swiss, German
or Austrian prototype, we decided to build a layout from one of
our favorite holiday countries: Norway. Because narrow gauge takes
much less space we opted for h0e, 1:87 scale on 9 mm track.
Our aim was to design and build a free-lance layout, with no particular
prototype in mind. The electrified railway begins in the ficticious
coastal village of Orkhavn and climbs up to a reverser station.
In that the line diverges to disappear into a tunnel. In all,
a simple layout, intended to show off our preferences for detail,
scratchbuilding virtually anything, like buildings, rolling stock,
trees and Scandinavian cars. We'd like to leave the misery of
large layouts with high speed trains to others. During our research
we found the Tamshavn railway near Trondheim and it didn't take
long before we used it more and more as our source for inspiration.
for more sites about the Tamshavn railway in Norway.