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The Dilemma: Modelling Italy

I envisioned the SLF to be an Italian model railroad with a bit of a Swiss influence. Due to the relative lack of good running Italian prototype models, my focus has had a tendency to be reversed. But I'm taking steps to remedy this.

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A few articles I have written about European Railways:

Locomotives: Repowering, Detailing, and Installing Decoders


Recently, DelPrado and CIL produced unpowered N scale models of several Italian locomotives; here are my powering ideas (detailed articles to come):

  • ALn556 (DelPrado) - GreenMax mechanism
  • D345 (DelPrado) - TBD
  • E428 (DelPrado) - Arnold DB E18 mechanism
  • E645 (CIL) - TBD
  • ETR250 "Arlecchino" (DelPrado) - Kato 'Fliegende Hamburger' mechanism
  • Gr.691 (DelPrado) - TBD
  • Gr.880 (CIL) - TBD

Reworking and Kitbashing Rolling Stock

Faller Car System Projects

Kitbashing and Scratchbuilding typical Italian Structures

  • A Mediterranean look for Vollmer's #7609 three-track engine shed
  • Stucco and a terra cotta roof for Kibri's small Freight Depot
  • A new roof for Arnold's Water Tower
  • Typical Italian detached Rest Room building for MKD's small Station
  • Scratchbuilding those distinctive Italian Type M Catenary Poles
  • Italian Movie Posters of the Seventies in N scale: Page 1; Page 2; Page 3

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