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Not Distracted…

Given my tendency to go off and get interested in something which inevitably becomes another project on the “to do” list it’s a wonder I get anything finished at all. Because of this, I’m determined not to be distracted by this locomotive I saw while waiting for a connection at Karlsruhe station:

It’s a Siemens Vectron, in use by one of the many small companies now operating in Europe. I see a lot of these on the railway that passes our village but they’re generally electrically powered, whereas this is a diesel version, and because I’m a nerd that’s interesting.

I look at locomotives like this and I think “That’d look really smart in the green and grey of the Körschtalbahn…” and then I add a few rationalisations: for example that it is a recognisably modern locomotive so it will set the location and time immediately, and I’m hoping to have two trains passing, so I’ll need two locomotives.

Yeah, that sounds good.

There’s even a dual electric/diesel version… but I’m not convinced that would work on a model because everyone would assume it was supposed to be an electrified railway but I’d forgotten to add overhead wires. I suppose I could make a livery with a large “DUO” on the side or similar, and maybe a sunflower, emphasising the KÖB’s green credentials.

This is purely academic of course because I don’t have time to make one. No, absolutely not.

Apart from anything else, look at those complicated angles and compound curves: they’d take ages to make properly. Also those chevrons between the lights: those would be nearly impossible to get right once, let alone making them consistently four times, although It turns out that there’s an older version of the cab in use, and those twiddly bits aren’t as mandatory as I thought, so that’s one excuse less…

But anyway, I still need to finish the container wagons, and the carriages, and I also said I’d make a replacement shunting locomotive before planning anything new.

I’ll just put the pictures on my ever growing “interesting prototypes” file and not think too much about it.

For now at least.

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