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George D
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Posted - 02/08/2019 :  09:38:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome aboard, Roger and thanks for introducing yourself.

George



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Coaltower
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Posted - 02/15/2019 :  12:26:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Folks

I am looking forward on meeting you all

Clay



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Ben de Vink
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Posted - 02/21/2019 :  8:31:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As a new member trying to find out how this works, let me begin with introducing myself.

My name is Ben de Vink, age 51 from Vlaardingen, a small town near the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands which happens to be the biggest port in Europe and even some time ago, the biggest of the world.

So, truly a Dutchman.

I also work in this vast area as a security officer at the gate of an oil terminal.

I have been a model railroader for about 30 years, started out as a model truck collector. Initially, the model railroad was only an excuse to have some movement on my lay-out which was, and still is, a port complex.

Being single and thus having the only say in my household, I decided to set up shop in my living room. It is a space of roughly 5 x 5 m2 so that equals tot 15 x 15 sq ft ? Unfortunately, due to location of the kitchen, balcony and hall this space required for an island shaped layout design.

And although my space is limited, my dreams are not. And the only way is up so there it is; a 3 layer walk in lay out. Because of the space restictions and no compromises to reality there is no room for the track to connect the levels. All three decks have an open end track which is in fact the terminal of the line.

On the upper level is the refinery with storage tanks and jetty's for a deep sea tanker and for an inland/short sea tanker. The middle deck is made up of the container terminal moddeled after the Pier 400 Maersk terminal in Los Angeles. Complete with a Maersk container ship resembeling an 8000 TEU 'S'class containership. Which i shortend to 3 m/9 ft in order to fit in the room.
The lower level has the Bulk terminal with part of a bulk carrier. Furthermore a ferry terminal(traffic UK-Netherlands) and a small inland container terminal which used to be on a level higher. 'Plenty of work to be done and never finished', that's my motto.

All is situated in present day (era V-VI) and H0 scale. Maybe should have chosen N scale but there is a reason for that.

My favorite H0bby part is the construction of the lay out scenery. My least favorite part is the electrical stuff at which I absolutely s*ck. No solution for that problem yet.

Since the maximum track length is no more than 5 m/15 ft there is no need for DCC. The refinery has the longest track with some turnouts and switches. So there is interest to be able to run the trains by some sort of remote operating system but as said...

The main focus of this lay out has always been the scenery and an approximation of reality, so no 'track spaghetti' in order to run as much trains as possible.

Besides this lay out I do enjoy some spotting. Not train-, truck- or plane spotting but 'Port spotting' in which the whole area is of interest. With a special interest in shipping containers.

Would love to come and visit the port of Long Beach / Los Angeles someday. But for now Google and Bing Maps will have to suffice.



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Posted - 02/22/2019 :  08:59:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome to the Forum, Ben, and thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself to the other members!



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George D
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Posted - 02/22/2019 :  09:09:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome aboard, Ben. Sounds like you have an interesting layout.

George



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George D
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Posted - 02/22/2019 :  09:09:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome aboard, Ben. Sounds like you have an interesting layout.

George



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