This week we had a trip to the local park at Killisberg, just on the other side of Stuttgart, which amongst other undoubted attractions has a 15″ railway, run by the local tram company, of all people. We haven’t been here for nearly ten years. Here we can see the passenger train about half way around the circuit.
Sometimes I look at things like this and think: why can’t we do something more useful with this? For example, the main entrance and only station on the circuit are at the opposite end of the park from the main play area and petting zoo. Why can’t they do the same as other park railways, and carry push chairs, with an extra station at the playaground?
Judging by the numbers of families who come on the tram with push chairs, who then have to walk the length of the park to the play area, they would gain a fair few riders for very little change to the way the line operates.
Alas, as is so often the case, no-one asks my opinion, and the train just trundles around the park bringing people back to where they started.
This is the sort of style I’d like to make for our, as yet nameless model: track snaking through the woods, occasionally alongside/crossing the road.
I don’t think I’ll nake a model of this train though. the setup is a bit too fancy for my liking. A grubby working loco with a train of rusty wagons is more to my liking.
Still, it is good to see some real narow gauge trains for a change and get a few ideas together.
More modelmaking progress coming soon…