At Christmas 2015, when I was 20 years old, they finally gave me the longed for electric train, it was from the Payá brand. My father had returned from a cpi course where he learned safety in the workplace. This is important for an train operation engineer or employee to be safe.
H0 worked under the principle of 3 rails and alternating current, and was formed by a two-axle steam locomotive and 3 or 4 freight wagons, all of two axes, shortly after I bought my first catalog Märklin, (1966-67) and in 1967 I bought my first Märklin wagon, a TEE passenger car, in beige and red, from then on I began to replace all the material I owned with more quality material, either Märklin or Electrotrén. I started to get interested in automation, for which I acquired the signal book, in Spanish, and I was amazed by the things that could be done, soon I got a signal with influence on the progress of the trains. There were two fundamental problems: lack of space and money, I have not solved any of them. But I still did not have any Märklin locomotive, in the mid-70s, my girlfriend, today my wife gave me an M 3000, and I was amazed at the driving power of that little wonder, then in successive years came 3095, 3021, 3022, 3072, 3065 and more until the present. At that time, I found a way to make the model of trains, divided into 4 parts, was just over 2 m long by 1 m wide, and was an oval with a station of 2 or three ways, and a small splice for maneuvers. A few years later, in 1981 I got married, and with that came a change of address, after a work I had a room for the train, but I still had no money, I designed and made a new model, with many advances compared to the previous one , first it had the shape of an L, an area was totally mountainous, with bridges, the route was a main line, which looked like a double track, in reality it was a single track, but it had the peculiarity of being an oval retracted on itself, the step station had two tracks in each direction, plus avenues for maneuvers and storage of wagons, the station equipped with an automated system designed by me (see chapter of automation), so that the incoming train detected the free way and entered it, if there were no free ones, it stopped before the entrance sign.
To the route of the line I also provided an automatic locking system, so that could have 4 or 5 trains running continuously, the routes of the maneuvering area fed them with another transformer, thus had an independent control of the main road . The rolling stock was in terms of Märklin locomotives, and towed material, Märklin, and Electrotrén, the same for the tracks, it only had one electric loco, the E94 M 3022, so it did not have a catenary. In 1983 it was my first trip to Germany, and there I saw scale models 1: 1. In 1987 I changed my address, and I lost the room I had available, I had to keep the trains and so they were in what I paid the floor, then a few years later by 90, I returned to the hobby, and along the terrace of my house and hanging it from the ceiling to be able to raise it when the circumstances advised it, I built a model of a single floor, practically flat, with the shape of a dog bone 7 m long and 80 cm wide at the ends.
Then I discovered the digital world, and started to digitize all the locomotives I had, also buy a UC 6020 and an 80F control, given the shape of the model I realized that I could not see it all continuously, the control panel had it in the middle , and it did not make sense that there were trains circulating to those that could not pay attention, besides, I read something about hidden stations, and I decided to remake the model. I designed a model of two levels, the lower one is a hidden station, 4-way, with an automatism, which allows trains to detect and choose the freeway, then they are stopped until they are claimed from the top level.
This represents a terminal station, with its station square, accesses, industrial zone, a small urban area, maintenance services, and the main line that simulates a double line, and that communicates with the lower level, through a line of down and another up. In the third photo of this page you can see the terminal station. It has 6 lanes and three platforms for travelers, plus a loading and unloading platform for goods, in the photo you can see, a DB050, steam locomotive with arrangement of 1 E axes, and with tender with cabin, at the head of a train of goods and to its side a locomotive DB E18, with arrangement of axles 1 D 1, with an old passenger train. Generally I can make passenger trains with 1 locomotive and 5 or 6 cars of 24 cm, which seems to me a proportion that is very aesthetic.
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