Trix  Express





A Layout from Heidelberg Germany

(Updated January 2003 )


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Dr. Michael Linnenbach’s Layout & Dioramas


Michael’s layout  ( only for Trix Express), is under construction for the last 15 years ! ( How many of us never finish ?)  But when finished will measure 3.5 x 2.5 meters ( 12 feet x 8 feet ),  in its own special room.   Most of the tracks in this  layout are covered by catenary  masts with fully functioning overhead contact lines. In many areas railway routes are hidden by numerous trees and bushes.  Most of them are made by Michael  from natural materials taken from his garden. Only the areas of the stations, railroad-yards  and side-tracks do not have vegetation.


Pictures from Michael’s layout





This view of the  layout shows the attention to detail also seen in the dioramas below


The view above shows a lake where bathers can enjoy a summer’s day next to a camping place




On the left one can see a brewery and a roundabout which functions by remote control.

In the bottom right, the ends of the platform for the station at “Gruental” can just be seen.


Note: the track is painted with a washable paint enabling the colour to be removed and the original Trix rail restored if needed in the future.



A VT08 about to leave the station



An express train runs over a viaduct



Michael also enjoys making realistic dioramas

Some examples are shown below.

These use both Trix Twin and Trix Express






This diorama is mainly Trix Express, but note the people on the platform are all from the TTR Britain series.  The yard lamps and the buffer stop are also the English TTR.

The diorama seen opposite here will also be
added soon to this big layout, where the capital town is called "Green valley" in German “Grüntal”.



The locomotive is a Trix Express 2-10-0.

Track is the TE super track




An interest in the earlier bakelite track and tin plate buildings led to constructing the dioramas below





An English 1950’s TTR 0-4-0 pulls a BR red and cream coach through this tinplate station.

Buildings are made by Kibri, Distler from the early 1950’s.


The Yard lamps are also TTR as are the station figures.




Another view of the same diorama but with a TE 20054 loco from 1953 and coaches from 1956

Finally the picture below shows his interest in Trix twin and Trix Express





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