railways real and model
On other pages:
Altheim - November 2008
Mattighofen - March 2007
Innviertel - December 2005
Carinthia - November 2004
The Wachau Railway 2009
Half an Hour at 'Altfelden'
OeBB station names gallery
The Schlieren Coach
Austrian in Nordfriesland
Individual timetable pages
The 'Scotty' online system allows the creation of a 'timetable booklet' for a particular journey.
|The Altfelden pages are devoted to my
unhealthy obsession with all
relating to Austrian railway branch lines of the 1990s -
even unto the
present day - and my little
model railway 'Altfelden' which tries to recreate the happy
have spent visiting and travelling on these lines. I hope
they will be
interest, especially to my friends in the Austrian
- Charlie Hulme
Austrian station announcement gong (.wav) - right-click here to download
Altfelden - the H0 Model
I had modelled in H0e previously, but a visit to the Mühlkreisbahn near Linz in 1992, after realising from George Wagner's ÖBB Heute book that there might still be loco-hauled branch line trains in Austria, inspired the creation of an H0 standard gauge layout which sits on shelves along two side of our 'study' alongside the computer desk. Basically it takes the concept of the 'GWR branch line' as promoted by Dave Howsam and others and translates it to 1990s Austria. Over the next few years we aimed our visits to the country at places which were scenic enough for walks and cycle hire, but happened also to have Class 2043 locos on their trains. As we update this page in 2019, that pleasure has long gone, along with some of the branch lines themselves, and even 2043-hauled freights are reduced to a single daily working, but I can still run a train or two while my computer 'warms up'.
2043 008-8 (Roco model) stands at Altfelden with the usual train of two Schileren coaches. DCC means you can easily photograph a train standing still with headlights on. Taken with my Canon Powershot A720, 1/4 second at F8 in ordinary light, brightened and sharpened up a little in the computer, and the sky tided up.
The Liliput 5146 is maybe slightly too old for my period, but it's a fine model.
Anyone interested in modelling the 1993 'Konsum' logo and lorry decor, or the phone box, please get in touch: info[at]nwrail.org.uk
Note: Altfelden is not a real place! I was originally inspired by the station at Neufelden in Upper Austria, and there is a real village (without a station) in the same area called Altenfelden, and both are lovely places well worth a visit....
Last update September 2019