22 February 2008

Prototype pictures

It's about time I added some pictures of the prototype Grimstad station area. Here are a couple, and the trackplan for the prototype.

Here is a picture from one of the last summers before the line closed down. Notice all the flowers! The track on the right actually goes through the whole freight depot for some reason. The railcar is a Bm87. The flowers on top of the buffer stop is something I wish to incorporate in my model version, and even the three employees standing on the platform and a photographer taking this picture :)

An overview of the whole area. If I were to build it stricly in 1:87 it would be 4,4 meters long. My version is 3,3 so it's not that bad, and the two main tracks are of correct length. The portion from the first turnout to the locoshed will be somewhat compressed. The siding with the sharp curve that goes out to "Torskeholmen" will be built on a section on it's own, but that'll be step two of the contruction process.

This is a very helpful picture for me, and it's shot from the "roof" of the tunnel. You can barely see the open turntable in the front, with the track to "Grimstad Skipsophugning" to the right. This will be modelled only with a track that ends on the module side. Between this track and the main track you can see the coal shed, and in the back, the freight depot and the station buillding.


Denny said...

Great shots! I can finally see how Grimstad looked. Your compression ratio is great, just imagine what you could do in N scale :)

Tore Hjellset said...

Yeah, but I would have an even bigger problem with the rolling stock ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi Tore,
I'm an italian Fremohican, and member of Denny's gang too.
Nice historic photos and plan!
Could you please translate for us latins the terms "Skippsopphugning" and "Torskeholmen"?
Which kind of freight were traded in/out here?

Keep up the good work, and thanks for the text in english!

Franco, a.k.a. Pik

Tore Hjellset said...

Hello Franco, and thanks for your kind word!

Skipsophugning: Means a scrap place where they take apart old ships and sell the parts/metal from them.

Torskeholmen : Means actually "Cods Island" (Cod= the fish type). It's a small peninsula with two trakcs and water all around. Originally all sorts of goods were shipped out here, but I'm planning to go to the local library to find out exactly what it was. They apparantly have an old book about this there :)