Piet Brijs - Model railroad trackplan


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This page presents you the lay-out.
The trackplan is created with the help of Sébastien Marchant's Railways software for model track planning, version is 3.0.12 of May 1999.

The first one shows the visible tracks of the lay-out. The dotted tracks are the invisible ones. The second one shows the hidden station and the rest of the non visible part of the lay-out. The few dotted lines represent visible tracks (also shown in the first track plan)

You will find pictures of the trains and the scenery in the tour pages.

As long as I can remember I have trains. About 65 years ago I bought my first Maerklin train. Since that time I build several lay-outs. This one is the largest and the most sophisticated.
In 1982 we moved to this house. The track plan was designed in the winter of 1982/1983 with the use of templates. The first tracks came in the winter of 1983/1984. Originally it was a combination of M en K tracks. After a while I decided to use only K tracks on the visible parts. During the years I replaced all M track by K-track, so I have only K track now. The mainline has mostly R4/5 curves and slim switches.
During the years I made some modifications on the original plan, so at the end the lay-out didn't match the original drawings entirely.
You could say that the lay-out is finished, but I'm still working on it. Most of the modifications have to do with maintenance, enhancing the scenery, adding more electronic gags, replacing Maerklin signals by Viessmann, and so on....

In 2000 I started the conversion to digital. At this moment all the trains run digital.
The rest is controlled in a traditional way.
Most of my trains are digital with a high performance motor. I still have and use some delta locomotives. Some of the older (non digital) and delta ones are upgraded to digital. I also bought a lot of new ones. Now most of my locomotives have a sound decoder.
The rest was added to the growing stock of "out of service" locomotives.
On advise of my dealer I bought the Intellibox controller and later on the Intellibox boosters. In 2012 I converted to the Esu Ecos controller with Esu boosters. I already used the Ecos for programming the decoders, which is far more user friendly than the old Intellibox.

Some statistics about the lay-out:
  • Measurements: 4,60 x 3,00 metre
  • Difference in height between the highest and lowest track level: 50 cm
  • About 145 metre of tracks including: 34 turnouts (all kind of) and more then 100 contact/circuit tracks.
  • 38 signals (semaphore), most Viessmann.
  • Over 100 buildings (great and small). Most of the buildings have interior lights (more and more converting to LED)
  • More than 1.800 Preiser figures, including the passengers in the trains.
  • Over 100 model cars, some with working head, tail and flashing lights.
  • 20 carriages (horse powered)
  • About 860 trees, excluding a lot of small bushes.
  • More than 100 streetlights, emplacement lights and so on.
  • 20 locomotives on the tracks.
  • A large number of reed contacts, relays, switchboards and hundreds of metres wiring.
  • 1 controller and 3 boosters, including 4 transformers
  • 3 transformers for signals, turnouts, and so on,
  • 2 transformers for streetlights, houses, and so on

  • Lay-out
    Visible part

    Lay-out part 1

    Hidden station and other invisible parts

    Lay-out part 2

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