Although the track plan
was the first step in creating this layout, it has been refined as new
ideas became a part of the plan. The most recent change was to add a
small village called Muffikon which will have a passing siding. The
inspiration for this came from my good friend, Sam Taylor, an
absolutely brilliant designer and modeler (see his layout at Sam
Taylor's Layout). Sam has created a preliminary sketch
of the mountain area. Sam's vision is to have a
castle, Schloss Moxiberg, at the top of the mountain I'd planned for
the large loop at the other end of the layout (opposite
A good deal of consideration was made before deciding what to use for
Schloss Moxiberg. The plan is to use N scale to make the castle look
quite distant. The mountain will also undergo a scale change from HO in
the foreground to N as the mountain becomes higher. Sam originally
designed a kit-bashed castle from several Kibri kits, but later
proposed a couple of standard kits as being easier to build. I proposed
a couple more, and the hunt was on to find a castle that looked the
part both architecturally and ascetically. Finally, it was
decided to use the Kibri Branzoll castle which will be re-released by
Kibri in fall of 2006. To help us decide, I constructed a mock-up of
the mountain by throwing a bed sheet over some temporary risers, and
e-mailed this to Sam. Sam then used Photoshop to populate the
mountain with trees, then made an image with each of the castle
candidates in place so we could get a good visualization of what the
finished scene would look like.
Sam has now completed construction of Schloss Moxiberg. I placed it
temporarily on the bedsheet mock-up of Mt. Moxiberg. Muffikon has grown
into a fair sized village. Sam provided the bahnhof, a beautiful
construction of Pola's Susch station. Bahnhof Muffikon is the Pola
Susch station. This is an excellent model kit. Several other structures
Muffikon are also Sam's creations.
Schloss Moxiberg with Muffikon in the valley.
When the mountain scene is complete, visitors who do not wish to hike
the mountain will be able to ride the funicular, to be
placed at the
left. From there it is an easy walk to the Schloss.
A final change to the track plan in the Därligen station area was
made. Due to lack of room, the crossover and spur to the west end of
the station were eliminated. In place of the crossover, a turnout
connects the track passing closest to the station with the spur serving
the cement works.