Narrow Gauge North

2019

Kembach

A 009 Layout by Graham Hand

This layout was built in under 24 hours (!) for the 40th Anniversary of the 009 Society. Kembach was conceived as a “retro” layout, designed to show what was commercially available in this gauge some forty years ago around the time of the founding of the 009 Society as well as providing a running line for the collection of Roco Minitrains and Egger-Bahn locomotives and rolling stock which were bought new at the time but have been in storage ever since.

The baseboard comprises a sheet of foamcore board, braced with strips of the same material, It is extremely strong and lightweight. Track is present-day Peco but buildings also date from the early 1970s, being early Faller and Pola kits. Scenics are also of similar vintage, hence some rather lurid colours in the landscape.

The very basic premise is of a narrow-gauge line somewhere in Germany at an indeterminate time in the post-war past, which shares a valley with a tramway serving the same village. The station has a loco shed and goods shed whilst the tramway has a small passenger shelter.

Building this layout has been fun and nostalgic. As for the name, what else would you call a German layout where the trains go round in circles? Please feel free to ask questions of the operators.