Saturday, 4 September 2021

Leuchtturm Garten Bahn, making a start.......

 Brief background history, interested in model railways since 1965, indoor 00 loft layout, first house purchase in 1977, lack of space indoors resulted in operating 00 as a Garden Railway.

Moved from Analogue to DCC in 2006, enforced early retirement in Jan 2013 due to severe Arthritis and restricted movement in the hands and fingers meant using 00 was restrictive, hence a move to a G Scale Garden Railway.

Status quo until November 2019 when a new home was purchased, dismantling and packing up for a house move to the present home as of 1st April 2020.

From April 2020 due to covid lockdowns, very difficult to achieve very much, spent time on garden clearance, moving an existing shed and purchased and installing a new shed for the the garden railway activities.

All of the previous garden railway equipment has been reused on the Leuchtturm Garten Bahn all the track, points, point motors are LGB, DCC equipment a mixture of Massoth and PIKO.

This time around, more specific and regimented in acquiring locomotives and rolling stock, the theme is based around the Wangerooge Island Railway……….

Work commenced on constructing the garden railway in March 2021.

Timber construction at waist height, all treated sawn timber, plus an additional six or more coats of timber preservative, 2”x1”, 2”x2” for the framing, 6”x1” for the top covered in roofing felt.

How the existing garden looked as of April 2020.



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Tuesday, 13 October 2020

A brief history of the Wangerooge Island Railway.



A brief history of the Wangerooge Island Railway.

Of the Eastern most of the East Frisian Islands the 1000mm-gauge Wangerooge Island Railway has been running since 1897, originally constructed and operated by the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg. 

From December 1899 it was agreed that the Navy may also use the island railway tracks for their own purposes, provided that normal rail traffic is not disrupted. 

During 1920 the GOE becomes incorporated into the new Reichseisenbahnen of the German Reich, and with it the Wangerooge Island Railway. The vehicles now belong to the RBD Oldenburg and were based in the Oldenburg Hbf. 

During 1935 the RBD Oldenburg is dissolved, now the RBD Münster is responsible. The home of the vehicles remain at the Oldenburg depot. 

From 1939 the armament and war preparations start to take place on Wangerooge, the Navy now effectively control the island railway, which leads to considerable tension between the Reichsbahn and the military on the island. With the outbreak of the Second World War, civil traffic on the island collapses completely.

From May 1946, in addition to the extensive track construction, the Kriegsmarine also brought several vehicles to Wangerooge during the war, at the end of the hostilities the Wangerooge municipality is allowed to take ownership of the navy vehicles. 

September 1949 the Deutsche Bundesbahn is founded and the Wangerooge Inselbahn now becomes part of the new state-owned company. 

January 1972 the BD Münster is given up, officially Wangerooge is now part of the BD Hannover area.

January 1994 with the dissolution of the Deutsche Bundesbahn, the Wangerooge Inselbahn becomes part of Deutsche Bahn AG. 

In 1999, Deutsche Bahn assigns the island railway to DB Reise & Touristik, the long-distance transport division of the DB Group. 

In 2003 the Wangerooge island railway is added to the DB subsidiary DB AutoZug GmbH based in Dortmund. 

October 2013 DB AutoZug GmbH is dissolved, completely transferred back to the parent company DB Fernverkehr AG. This means that all of the Wangerooge Island Railway's vehicles change ownership again, and remain so to the present day.

Leuchtturm Garten Bahn, making a start.......

 Brief background history, interested in model railways since 1965, indoor 00 loft layout, first house purchase in 1977, lack of space indoo...