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Ticino: a Gn15 spaghetti Harvest layout

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:22 pm
by NotHarryPotter
Hi folks,
long time no post.

I watched a Youtube video the other night on a 1957 April Fools spoof made by the BBC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVo_wkxH9dU. It told the story of Ticino in Switzerland where they have a yearly harvesting of spaghetti trees.
While I had seen the spoof many times before it gave me the idea for a spaghetti harvest layout, Attached is a very rough idea of what it might look like. There would be two passing loops, one out front and one hidden. A number of sidings, a spaghetti processing plant in low-relief with drying racks. There would be a row of spaghetti trees representing the end of a grove. One end would have a large tree and cafe as a view block. the other would have a "town gate" structure to hide exiting trains. I can use a range of pinup girl 1/24 figures from Master Box as seasonal spaghetti pickers, although the Swiss setting of the original doco would be too cool for the scantily clad ladies. The setting could be transfeered to the larger Po Valley in sunny Italy mentioned in the original film. I have a Kombi for the seasonal workers transport. This would all look great with the little Gn15 locos and wagons I have. Hope to start building in a couple of months. :D :D :D
cheers
Geoff Potter

Re: Ticino: a Gn15 spaghetti Harvest layout

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:42 am
by chris stockdale
Hi Geoff,

Love the idea.

My spaghetti carbonara making has improved immensely ever since I started using properly harvested spaghetti. :D

Question: will there be plenty of b.e locos as you don’t want that lovely fresh spaghetti tainted with steam or diesel fumes? Or does that add a certain essential something?

Cheers,

Re: Ticino: a Gn15 spaghetti Harvest layout

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:38 am
by Bilco
chris stockdale wrote:Question: will there be plenty of b.e locos as you don’t want that lovely fresh spaghetti tainted with steam or diesel fumes? Or does that add a certain essential something?


That's how the carbonara gets into the spaghetti ...

Re: Ticino: a Gn15 spaghetti Harvest layout

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:51 am
by NotHarryPotter
Stockers,
it took me a minute to work out what you meant by B.E. locos. Good idea, I do have a couple, and I have always loved the early Siemens battery jobs. Food for thought! :D

Re: Ticino: a Gn15 spaghetti Harvest layout

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:16 pm
by DCRFAN 3
And a one pot restaurant car to run for the tourists :P

Re: Ticino: a Gn15 spaghetti Harvest layout

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:47 pm
by Uncle Tel
Brilliant

Re: Ticino: a Gn15 spaghetti Harvest layout

Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:18 am
by NotHarryPotter
Ticino spaghetti harvest Gn15 9.JPG
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Progress photos on Ticino spaghetti harvest layout.
The track is laid. This uses several Peco OO/HO electrofrog points (which improve operation for very small short-wheelbase locos) and On30 track with widely spaced sleepers for that spartan minimum-gauge look. The wiring is next, which will be ultra-simple DC. The point control will use Caboose industries ground throws.
As you will see, there is a lot of track and operation that can be fit into a 2ft x 4ft layout.
The locos are a mix of Sidelines kits (which are very hard to get now). wagons are mostly from the same manufacturer. The lovely maroon job is "Gmeinder Gap", a scratchbuilt loco built by Bill Corser in the UK, and which I purchased a few years ago.
cheers
Geoff Potter
wamberal NSW Australia :D

Re: Ticino: a Gn15 spaghetti Harvest layout

Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:39 am
by chris stockdale
There seems to be a bit of a (railway) traffic jam in Ticino. :D

You certainly have a very pleasing range of locos and stock; now to put them to work...

Cheers,

Re: Ticino: a Gn15 spaghetti Harvest layout

Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:55 am
by Bilco
I shall watch this develop with great interest, Geoff.

I see Photo*it has restored my photos for the build of the Gmeinder - viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6981 ...

Re: Ticino: a Gn15 spaghetti Harvest layout

Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:31 am
by NotHarryPotter
Bill,
yes I saw the build photos were up again recently.
Gmeinder Gap still runs sweetly, but will at least have something larger to run on again once I get the layout going.
While I loved the other locos you sold around the same time, I think I bought the very best. it has so much character!

i'll post more progress photos as they come to hand,
cheers
Geoff

Re: Ticino: a Gn15 spaghetti Harvest layout

Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:07 pm
by Bilco
Many thanks for the kind words, Geoff. I was pleased with the way the Gmeinder turned out - though I've been reading through the thread of the build again, and reliving the traumas of the painting! I seem to be a little better at it now, although there is still the odd bout of shouting from the depths of the garage ...

Re: Ticino: a Gn15 spaghetti Harvest layout

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:48 am
by lesmond
Hi Geoff,

I've just found this thread, and will be following with interest :)

Les