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Bregenbach


by

Les Richardson

Bregenbach is a new layout by club member Les Richardson, started as a lockdown project.

It represents a small wayside industry on a fictional cross-country line in the Black Forest in Germany. The Bregtalbahn in reality ran from Donaueschingen on the Schwartzwaldbahn to the small town of Furtwangen and closed in the 1970s.

The fiction sees it extended over the pass and down the Glottertal to Freiburg im Breisgau and electrified while still remaining a private railway. It stays open by having lower track access charges than the DB thus being attractive as a route for short trains. The line has a ruling gradient of 1 in 25, which is actually LESS steep than the DB line in the neighbouring valley. Trains ascend to Bregenbach station in both directions, with occasional passenger services calling and very occasionally two trains crossing here, though the through freights are too long for the loop.

Sometimes the brewery shunter will venture off down the hill to the exchange point at Furtwangen to collect or deliver vans. Most trains have an electric loco on the front, or occasionally on the back....


The layout is 8 feet long by 2 feet wide. Control is DCC. N-gauge. Contact Les Richardson on 01636 706155 (leave a message if we don't pick up) or cirsel@btinternet.com

A YouTube video is available here