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OTPD On Track Plant Depot

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Planning next micro-layout:

Although not strictly British Railway Modelling, Track Maintenance Machines or On Track Plant are usually Austrian (Plasser & Theurer), German (Vossloh), French (Geismar), or Italian (Donnelli) built machines for rail customers and contractors worldwide and therefore have a uniform appearance.

On Track Plant Depot. Having been up close and personal to some of these machines during my railway career, I'm gathering stock and structures for a simple HO scale micro layout where these machines would be stabled and serviced. As OTP Machines are fairly generic worldwide, then the layout will also have a generic theme.

Watch this space!!!

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One of three London Transport Plasser & Theurer 07-16 PU Ballast Tampers on test at Linz Yard, Austria. 1980

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Peterborough On Track Plant Depot and Training Centre. 01/11/2014.

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Broxbourne Network Rail On Track Plant Depot 24/02/2018.

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Stock & Structures for the new layout:

Kibri 'Forestry Set' but really permanent and mobile site accommodation.

Bachmann Spectrum (USA) Plasser & Theurer OWB 10 TRAMM (Track Repair And Maintenance Machine)

Bachmann Spectrum (USA) Plasser & Theurer 07-32 Ballast Tamper.

 

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Hi piermaster

Sounds interesting are you going to have an 04 class and engineers ballast hopper for variety? looks like you need a Jap 5t container.

https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10429222

I don't know if you can get it in the UK but nylon fly screen would do for the fence in your picture.

regards John

 

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Thanks Buz and Chris,

I don't want to give this micro a defined identity, it is intended to be generic as in anywhere in the world so that rules out a Class 04 and hopper wagon!
The Japanese containers are now out of stock, but I can get an HO scale container for next to nothing out of the junk box at a model shop.
I intend to use Knightwing Pallisade Fencing as it has strength and has the beefy look of security fencing. 
As far as I know, only UK & Irish OTP travel to sites without support vehicles, so I have a knackered US Flat Car which will become even more knackered and unidentifiable to carry one of the mobile site huts as seen in the Kibri kit above. 
Early days about the track plan yet, but will probably be a two track 'tuning fork' or a three track 'Inglenook'. There will be no covered stabling, On Track Machines prefer all weathers! And no fuel points as they are easily refuelled by one man and a 100 litres drum which is more than enough for a night's work.

The photo is of DR73919 in the two-siding On Track Plant Depot at Ely 20/11/2013.2095693632_DR73919atEly201113.thumb.jpg.8bf91622323f93c0b78a4d40393b0952.jpg 


Keep watching this space!!!

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Hi piermaster

I have a spare 5t Jap container if you want it I only needed one and annoyingly they come packed in threes good for wagon loads

But not if you just want a store shed like I did.

Be aware Japanese HO is 1/80 but should still be OK as a store shed.

Knackered flat car sounds more like a convert to end loading ramp to me :D as even per-way engineering stock has to be in good running order it just might not look the greatest

Hmm tough call one or two points for the layout I am greedy I would go for two :angelnot: .

Out here at least a mechanics / refueling truck and a bus or crew cab truck is usually not to far away from where the tamper or other machine's are working

So possibility for other details but road vehicles tend to identify where your supposed to be you could also get a cheapo Tyco hopper car and convert it to and icicle breaker if you want something a bit different in the yard you already have a USA flat car.

On track machines are pretty universal but everything else tends to Identify a place and time.

regards John

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Hi John,

Thanks for the kind offer of the container, but I can get a cheapy HO one at my favourite model shop in Norwich when they do their cancer charity fundraising event later this month.
Knackered flat car in my case would be sufficiently weathered so as not to readily identify its origin, it would still be a good enough runner and have couplers. 
Still need to work out board size, so track planning is way off at the moment.
There would be minimal road vehicles - just a couple of unmarked vans. 
I've just ordered Knightwing high security pallisade type fencing for three sides of the layout. 
Should be making a start in November. I have a busy month in September and a long holiday in October.

Cheers, Dave

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Hi piermaster

Nice little winter project :D

You are joking It will take longer to do properly.

The bench work looks interesting I look forward to how this progresses.

regards John

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Was at the Manchester Model Railway Society Exhibition on 7/12, the first time I've been to this show in over 30 years!!

Went a bit mad and bought this new, unused Bachmann Windhoff MPV in Railtrack livery for under £90!! So I might be changing the micro-layout's theme to RHTT (Rail Head Treatment Train) Depot. I'll see how it runs first.

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Hi piermaster

That looks like an interesting beast you might need a bigger board??

The Bachmann stuff I have runs well, so I would expect that to be the same after a couple of runs.

Rail head treatment isn't that just a different track machine? or is it something completely different?

regards John

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Hi piermaster can I say this sounds like a good theme to model a layout on. The scale model scenery baseboards are nicely made and great to work with. 
You will have loads of fun with your purchase of the Bachmann Windhoff MPV. This build will be one I plan to follow.🙂

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Thanks Mark, 
I doubt I'll get anything done before New Year as my wife and I are driving up to Scotland for Christmas just to get away from unhappy memories of this year.
The Bachmann RHTT is a really nice runner but it is a bit over-bearing for a 28ins long layout even with only one vehicle operating, so it looks like back to the two H0 Plasser machines.  

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Track mock up giving approximate siding lengths and positions of portacabins (left) and site trailers (centre and right). The Kibri 'Forestry Set' (Portacabins and trailers) include a decal sheet containing a lot of railway vehicle transfers like UIC 12-digit numbers for rolling stock and plant, ballast tamper, serial numbers, crane data plates as well as markings and plates for the portacabins and trailers. Knowing of these now gives the layout a possible identity, but the buffer-less track machines will narrow the layout down to either a German or Austrian Metro or Tramway Track Maintenance Depot.

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Absolutely nothing has happened yet other than selling the Bachmann MPV as it would be too cumbersome for a micro layout, but I was in Worksop today visiting a small (and I mean small) exhibition! 
Took these on my travels:

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Plasser 08-16 4x4C-RT Tamper at Ely 18/01/2020.

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DR 97505 at one end of 69.70 Robel Mobile Maintenance Train at Retford 18/01/2020

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DR 97805 at other end of 69.70 Robel Mobile Maintenance Train at Retford 18/01/2020.

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