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Presentation of the layout and the modeler

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Presentation of the modeler


I was born in 1955 and i am living in belgium, just near the french border.

I studied electronics and have been working in telecom's during 30 years.

After that, i went back to school to study safety management.

I am now working as safety manager in a french aerospace group.

Layout features

First of all, it’s imperative to define the future layout’s specifications as precisely as possible.
Therefore, I wrote down a specification’s book in wich are listed the building imperatives, the layout room dimentions, the scale, etc…
Some people will find this a waste of time ?
I think not, as for me, it’s essential to know exactly where you’re going, thus avoiding lots of drifting along the construction of the layout.
At this point, don’t forget that the landscape is an integrated part of the layout that have to be in harmony with the track plan.
In real world, it’s the train that integrates in the landscape, and not the other way !
When I’ve a doubt about the relevance of this or that detail, I’ll just get outside and have a look to see how it is in real world.
I wander on site, making pictures, taking inspiration of the reality, or also have a look at photographs or even ask other expert for help.

Room size

Layout size



Layout style


Period and locale

Minimum curve radius

Maximum slope











4.2 x 3.7 m

4.1 x 3.6 m

Modular structure with frames.

Frames : plywood 15 mm.
Roadbed : plywood 8 mm.
Ajustables legs in 40 x 40 mm pinewood

C shaped double deck layout connected by an helix

HO 1/87
HOe 1/87 narrow gauge for the mine

Years 50-60 in western Europe.

540 mm.


Code 83 Roco and Tillig  (profile 2.1mm).

Code 83 Tillig.

DCC Lenz (see links page)

All automations "home made"

Level n° 1 (80 cm from the floor)   Coke plant + hidden staging yard.
Level n° 2 (130 cm from the floor)  Central station + mine + river and sawmill.
Level n° 2 (160 cm from the floor)  Alpine station.

Access lane 60 cm wide
Access hatches 60 x 60 cm and 60 x 40 cm
Landscape is removal for working access 2.5 m x 40 cm hatch behing the central station

Front side : halogen et power leds.
Backdrop : Fluorescent lamps "warm" ou "cold" depending the effect we want.

Painted directly to the walls.

Plywood 8 mm + stainless steel net + plaster and fibers.

Scratch building and "Cornerstone" Kit bashing.

The layout is made of 15 modules spread over 2 layers :
      7 modules for the first level -  8 modules for the second level.

Each module dimentions has been studied in order to make them easy to be moved.
The layout lighting and the main backdrop were built prior to the installation of the layout in the room.
The layout is conceived in conformity with the European Modelling Norms (NEM) as defined by the MOROP (see Links).

This webpage has been translated by the author and corrected by Eric Sainte.
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