In early summer I visited Istein (Baden) and its railway area and,
as always happens when you see for real something you've only
seen in romantic black and white old photographs, I was very
impressed. So I planned to build a small two-tracks "8" with only
the straight portal-bahnhof-portal visible on surface, with "poetic
licence" to change the station building: I always loved a bridge
building like Darmstadt Südbahnhof. So the name Darmstein.
With unavoidable and unique help of Dr. Enrico Di Russo
(better say I helped him), we began in late june what would
become the difficult task to run an 1:160 small tank or E 71
hauling four zweiachsen coaches in a gradient of 7%.
With radius 1 we can have a good effect of illusion that train
disappears after passing the tunnel portal (layout finishes
just 20 cm. beyond).
Enrico built with his hands a very beautiful platform and
at the end of the summer I placed trees and overhead wiring.
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