The Burgerbahn is a HO (1:87) scale layout. Construction began in 1984, and it is mainly based on German stock and architecture up to around 1940. It's a very complicated track plan - far toot complicated, I think my main challenge was to see if I could actually build the thing.
The layout is about the size of a large living room or a short 1 1/2 car garage - 5.57m (18'3½") across the back wall, by 4.44m (14'7") along the right hand side as the sketch and track plans are viewed.
The main line has a hidden loop at each end and eight Fleishmann relays allow up to seven trains on the main line at one time, and with the aid of a few dozen DPDT toggles, it's possible to override the system in order to take control of a selected train.
The idea for the Burgerbahn layout plan was adapted from the MIBA publication MPM1 - "Modellbahner Planen fur Modellbahner", page 6 - in mirror reverse - an unworkable plan as published?? but I managed to adapt the general concept to Peco turnout sizes. The layout was drawn at 1:5 scale with the aid of photocopied turnouts from the back cover of the then current Peco catalogue. The method of contruction (using L-girders, joists, risers and cleats) was all learnt from the brilliant publication "How to build MODEL RAILROAD BENCHWORK" by Linn H Westcott, published by Kalmbach Books.
The layout is not based on any particular City although Hamburg is my favourite - I have incorporated ideas from various photos in my photo book "Reichsbahn-Album" by Alfred B. Gottwaldt which spans the years 1920 to 1940.
I wanted to get as much railway into the room as possible (like most suckers) but never forgetting my desire to be able to watch a train's progress over a decent length of track. This meant some compromising, such as keeping the height of the roundhouse lower than I would have liked.
Anyway, the general idea is that trains arrive at Hamburger which is the City station plus goods platforms, then progress through to Fries which is the hub of the Hamburger's industrial area and contains the Frie-ght yards. After Fries comes the outskirts of town - the scenic mountain line.
If I hadn't wasted much of my spare time on computers etc. (like right now, Dummkopf Bilbo!) the layout may have progressed to a more refined state, but to most people's eyes it looks pretty well finished enough anyway.
|BURGERBAHN LAYOUT PLANS|
|Sketch of Burgerbahn layout (improved image - June 2004)||Track plan sketch|
|Burgerbahn track plans showing both viewable and hidden tracks, room dimensions and track levels||Track plan diagrams|
|BURGERBAHN LAYOUT PICTURES|
|Early days - pics 01, 02||Dec 1984: Wide angle shot, the spiral|
|Early Days - pic 03||Mar 1985: Hidden storage levels.|
|Early Days - pics 05, 06||1985: The golden spike, bowl of spaghetti|
|Early Days - pics 10, 11||1987: The roadways and the viaducts take shape|
|Early Days - pics 14, 15||1987: The third viaduct and the control panel|
|Scenery Begins - pics 21, 22||Shaping the sculpture|
|Some colour at last - pics 29, 30||The viaducts revisited|
|Modelling a Structure - pics 33, 20a||The betriebswerk|
|Modelling a Structure - pics 37, 36||The Adler-werke|
|City Scenes - pics 39, 39a, 40||The backdrop|
|Modelling a Structure - updated June 2004||The roundhouse|
|Modelling a Structure - pics 47, 50||The platform steps|
|Industrial Scenes - updated June 2004||The yards at Hamburger|
|Station Scenes - pics 52, 56||Pardon the Swiss loco|
|City Scenes - pics 54, 53||Urban & Rural|
|Industrial Scenes - pics 55, 57||Fries yards|
|BURG BURGER - Nov. 2003 - BUILDING A MODEL CASTLE|
|The prototype - Burg Katz||My favorite pics of the real thing|
|The Model = Burg Burger||A Kingdom from Scrap Cardboard|
|BURGERBAHN NEW PICTURES 2003 - 2004|
|More pictures at last - November 2003||Seven new pictures|
|Many new shots - June 2004 - to Celebrate 20 Years of the Burgerbahn||A mammoth seventeen new pictures|
|Bonus pictures of the Ringlokschuppen (Roundhouse)||New digital camera pictures|
|PICTURES ADDED IN 2005|
|Underneath the Arches||The geometry would be inspiring if only....|
|Trams at Hamburger||Updated tram pictures.|
|Modelling a Scene||Transferring Cargo to truck and wagen.|
|More Industry Scenes||The smaller smellier factories|
|TRAIN SPOTTER'S CORNER (expanded 2006)|
|Mainly Close-ups of Locos etc (6 photos)||Electric Class Locos|
|Mainly Close-ups of Locos etc (18 photos)||Steam Locos & Misc|
|Railcars (Triebwagens)||The Flying Hamburgers|
|The "Micky Mouse" Express||The designs were so ahead of their time!|
|A Steam-hauled train||The Mighty 01 Class|
|BURGERBAHN ON VIDEO (YOUTUBE)|
|360 Degrees of Action||The whole layout in one video|
|Action at the Bahnhof||Worms eye view|
|Triebwagen in Action||Flying Hamburger departs Bahnhof|
|Train Spotting||Class 18 in the mountains|
|Action at the Bahnhof||Hamburger Bahnhof from the west|
|MILITARY MODELS AND THE BURGERBAHN (2006)|
|Pardon the 1:76 Scale||Military Loads|
|Pardon the 1:72 Scale||Two Railway Guns|
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