A four section straight module combination      


Start Construction Embankments
and ballast
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      A quick built, speed track module combination 
During 2009 I have built two models of the Swedish high speed train, Regina 250, used as a test platform in the "grönatåget" project.

To give these models a good chance to run at full speed at the upcoming model train exhibition at the Swedish Railway Museum there was
a need to build a high speed section for my layout.

Rusheden overview ot the four sections

Total lenght (four sections) 200*4000 mm
Lenght per section 200 * 1000 mm
Interfaces End sections:         Fremo-N  double track, track distance 25 mm
Between sections:  Local profile, track distance 30 mm
The sections were built between  2009-08-01 and 2009-10-10


The section combination was named Rusheden 
wich could be translated to something like "Rush Moore "where rush in this case means speed.
 Construction of the sections
There was a few "had to be:s" to consider

- Lack of time (a usual)
   - Simple and quick built construction
- Lack of space for storing the sections at home  
   - Had to be stored in tha garage
   - Narrow built sections
   - Almost withouth foliage to keep the mice away.
- Simple scenics to get focus on the trains at the
- Fremo-N interface in each end of the complete combination. 

The major components of the sections
- Ground isolation board (styrofoam) as body. 
- MDF-board for framing

The ground boards embankment

were cut out with a circular saw
And finished with a sharp knife. 
The frames attached to the baseboard

The landscape should be very simple, only one of the sections will have an eye-catching spot.
A bridge where the speed tests will be observed by a TV-team, sending direct on the air.

The bridges abutments will be close to a
rock cutting.

The rock was no problem.
I already had a piece of rock, made for the
very first layout.

A small piece of the styrofoam rock
was cut out to fit to the new layout.

The pieces glued togehther with plain white glue.

The ground contours were formed by
cutting with different knives and then
smoothed with sandpaper.
The second section put together. 




Embankments and ballasting
Track used: - Peco code 55 
                    Concrete sleeper flexible track

The tracks glued to the board.

Special templates made to keep constant
track distance all over the sections.
Special care at the joints between the sections.

The paint cans are used as weights to keep the
tracks in place

The complete row of four sections 

connected for the first time in my garage.


To the embankment I use filtered sand attached
by first
spreading white glue to the slopes
and between the tracks and then
pour plenty of  sand over the of glue.

Once it has dried, the excess was shaken off.
På samma sätt har grus och sten vid berget lagts
men här är sanden av olika lite grövre fraktioner

At the rock I used som coarser fractions of the sand.

The tracks on the sections should model a line
where the old track on wooden sleepers recently
was replaced by tracks on concrete sleepers

The ballast was spread with this tool
and then glued with tinned white glue.

The Woodlans Scenics light gray ballast in two neat strings on top of the old reddish ballast.




The scenics is very simple, almost without
ground cover, just a slight shade of earthy colors.




Simple cabling with connectors for each of the tracks

The bridge was built of some leftover MDF boards.

The railings and fences comes from my own
production of etched details
The bridge attached over the tracks.

Finally I modified two standard Noch cars
for the Mobile link team, made some "surgery"
to a couple of Preisers and designed a logo 
for the TV-team.

Some more pictures of how I made the
TV-team (Swedish text, sorry) ---->

 A few pictures 
The TV-team waiting for the high speed train

Here it is...


passing the bridge


and away it goes over the tracks of Rusheden