Update and other things

Time for an update. The Hector Rail section has been updated. Part of the Hector Rail section has been rewrite and I have added some H0-stuf. Some other part of this site has been remove in advantages for a new site: Intermodal wagons.

Intermodal Wagons is a short intro to some of the wagons mentioned on this blog. In the future more wagons will be added to this site. The idea of this site is giving a short overview of a specific type of wagon, and which wagons in the real life can be purchased in the scale H0.

The TXL section is still waiting for an update about their trains in small scale, but in the meantime enjoy this little preview.





Lowliner part I

I have always think, that the semitrailer on Rocky Rails T3000 looks a bit odd. They are too big for a standard semitrailer nor it´s not a lowliner. But Herpa has made a lowliner, and such one was put in the basket. A few days later it arrived, and immediately put in the pocket of a Rocky Rail T3000.

When loading a lowliner into a T3000 in real life, the fifthwheel have to be adjusted into the lowest position, and the containerflaps has to be lowered too. The last thing is not possible on Rocky Rails model, but the fifthwheel can be removed.

First attempt to load a Herpa lowliner on a Rocky Rail T3000.


This is how it should looks like, when loading a lowliner on a T3000.


– and this is how it looks like in small scale.

The Herpa lowliner is not laying deep enough because of two things. The first thing is the giant kingpin, but that one can be cut of, or at least some of it. The next thing is the bottom of the wagon. The real T3000 has an irregular surface in the bottom. This surface is on the model fill out to make a nice, plane bottom, which actually makes the bottom too thick. It might be possible to cut or grind some holes for the wheels, but I´m not happy about that idea, so for now I´m back at square one.

Update 2017

It has been almost a year since the last time I wrote something on this site. And why not start the first post in a new year, with a new site. The new site is about the Scandinavia trains of TXL. Later on I will extend the site with TXL-trains in small scale, but for now the Intro is online. Keep watching.

New wagon: The T2000 from Roco

Finally a T2000 in H0 become available. A few days ago I recieve one of the announce T2000 from Roco. It is model of a Sdggmrs from AAE loaded with two semitrailers from Lauritzen. It is fine wagon in the usually known quality from Roco. The details are nice, the text readable and no problems about the running.

On the real wagons flaps are attached on the sides, and can be turned up for loading containers and swapbodies. On the model these flaps, the yellow ones in the picture, has to be changed for either ones turning up or down and that can be a bit tricky. There is another option for loading containers. Roco has made some beams very alike those from the Roco T1. When loading containers the fifth-wheel has to be moved, and that´s not easy. In the future my T2000 will only be used for semitrailers.

Roco T2000 med Lauritzen_3

The T2000 from Roco with two semitrailer from Lauritzen.


Roco T2000 med Lauritzen_2

A closer look on one half of the T2000.


Roco T2000 med Samskip og Van Dieren

The T2000 loaded with a semitrailer and a container. The container is put on the beams.

Roco News 2015

Some “rumours” about the Roco News for 2015 can be found at this page –> http://www.mostviertler-modellbahnhof.at/info.htm#aktuelles

Some of them are already known, and of course some are not. What I found interesting is 5 more doublepocketwagon Sdggmrs. I have added these 5 wagons to list in Roco Sdggmrs(s) Double Pocket Wagon. It is worth noteable, that most of these wagons fits very well with Rocky Rails Sdggmrs, if you want to make whole trains like the LKW Walter.

New section: HUPAC Norfolkline

Another section has been added to this blog. This time it´s about one of HUPAC´s train: The Norfolkline.

At this time a description of the wagons in this train is still missing. The HUPAC Norfolkline consist of so many different wagons, that I could write a new section alone about this topic.

Anyway, the section is now open, and also open for updates. Enjoy.

Waiting For Godot

If you logging into the Roco homepaige at the moment, you will learn that the Sdggmrs-wagons has suffered a slighly delayed, almost 2 years!!! Now they are announced in the shops second quarter 2016. And what does that mean?

For me, I have a couple of trains, I can´t finished the way I planned including mine Hector Rail Van Dieren train. Now I have to considered other wagons, which will not be the correct ones, or I simply have to wait.

Kombimodell has also announced the same wagons several years ago. Now they actually have a chance to be the first with these wagons. Maybe they are here tomorrow??

Roco Sdggmrs(s) Double Pocket Wagon

Since Roco announced the first double pocketwagon, my hands had be hanging in the air. At the moment Roco had already revieled massive 17 different versions to come. If you want the complete overview, you will have to dig through 3 catalogs/ prospects. I find that a bit annoying, so I have collected all 17 versions here.

Roco 67385 Coop Roco 67385 AAE / DSB Gods with trailers for Coop Roco 67386 Freja Roco 67386 AAE / DSB Gods with trailers for FrejaRoco 67387 Lauritzen Roco 67387 AAE / DSB Gods with Lauritzen trailers Roco 67388 Bring Roco 67388 Wascosa Sdggmrs25 with Bring trailersRoco 67389 Nor Cargo Roco 67389 Angel Trains Sdggmrs(s) with Nor Cargo trailersRoco 67390 Blue Water Roco 67390 AAE / CargoNet with Blue Water trailers Roco 67391 DSV Roco 67391 AAE / CargoNet with DSV trailers Roco 67392 Winner Roco 67392 AAE with trailers for Winner Spedition Roco 67393 SAE Roco 67393 Kombiverkehr Sdggmrs(s) with SAE trailersRoco 67394 paneuropa Roco 67394 AAE with Paneuropa trailersRoco 67395 paneuropa Roco 67395 Kombiverkehr with Paneuropa trailers

Roco 67396 Terratrans Roco 67396 Kombiverkehr with Terratrans swapbodies Roco 67397 Hangartner Roco 67397 AAE / DB Cargo with Hangartner swapbodiesRoco 67398 LKW Walter Roco 67398, AAE with LKW Walter trailers

Roco 67399 DB Schenker Roco 67399, AAE with DB Schenker trailers

Roco 67406 Terratrans Roco 67406 AAE with Terratrans trailers Roco 67407 Gruber Roco 67407 Wascosa with Gruber trailers Roco 67408 arcese Roco 67408 AAE with Arcese trailers

Roco 67409 transped Roco 67409 Wascosa with Transped trailers

Roco 67410 Roco 67410, AAE with Rotra/Mainsped trailers

Roco 67411 Roco 67411, NSB with Kjell Hansen trailers

Roco 67412 Fercam Roco 67412, Wascosa with Fercam trailers

Roco 67413 Bring Roco 67413, Wascosa with Bring trailers

4 wagons, 67394, 67395, 67396 and 67406 are worth noteable. They are all running in the Terratrans – Paneuropa trains. If you add Roco 67359 you can form a very nice train very easy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fZJjlO7liU

Roco 67385 Coop is annouced running for DSB Gods, but this should be Green Cargo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxrV1eJTAQo

Also Roco 67387 AAE / DSB Gods should be changed into a Wascosa or RBS hired by TXL. Let us hope Roco will do some correction before production start. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5_mg36hXi0


Note added 15-04-3014:  The Roco website has been updated, and reveal a few changes in the above mention wagons. The 67387 is now with Carlsberg trailers, the 67389 is loaded with Coop trailers and the 67390 is loaded with Bring trailers. Also the 67409 Transped is now changed into a Gruber Logistics with one swap body!

I think we can expect other changes until the wagons can be found in the stores.

This site is updated 09-01-2015.

Nothing new

About this time, I was actually thinking I would be near finish with my Hector Rail Van Dieren train, but now it seems that the first T2000 from Roco will arrive in the last half of this year. And it´s the T2000 I´m missing to complete this train.

I have some other intermodal trains on my mind, but for now they will also be set on standby. In the meantime enjoy one of the latest picture I have made of my Van Dieren train as it is so far.SAMSUNG DIGIMAX 420

Hector Rail with Van Dieren so far. A couple of T2000 is still missing.

New wagon

Last week I recieved a new wagon; a Rocky Rail 90309. It´s a model of a Sdggmrs or a T3000 loaded with two trailers from Samskip Van Dieren, and it is my very first doublepocketwagon. The primarily use for this wagon is the Hectorrail with Van Dieren, but by changing the load, I can also use the wagon in other intermodal trains.

The T3000 can be loaded with both trailers and containers, but opposit to the older Sdggmrs, the T2000, this wagon is also suitable for loading lowliners and megatrailers.SAMSUNG DIGIMAX 420

The Rocky Rail Sdggmrs loaded with trailer and a container from AWM.

Of course I should try out the flexibility of the wagon, and the first load was a 45´ container from AWM. There is slight difference between the holes in the bottom of the container and fasteningstaps on the wagon. I have also try loading with a 45´ container from Roco, and it fits perfectly, but it is also complete hollow in the bottom.


And now loaded with swapbodies and trailer, all from Roco.

Second load was two swapbodies and a trailer from Roco. The swapbodies fits perfectly, but the trailer has another size compare to the enclosed trailers from Rocky Rail, which means the Roco trailer doesn´t lay exact on the fifth wheel coupling.

When loading containers you have move the rolling beams. On the real T3000 these rolling beams are placed over the midle boogie, when not in use. The rolling beams can be placed differently depending if you are loading a 40´/45´ or 20´ containers or swapbodies. On the model these beams are not rolling, but you have to move them by hand. The beams are very delicate, and the fasteningseye bends easily.

Despite the delicate rolling beams I have to get a few more of these wagons. Combine with the forthcoming T2000 from Roco it is now possible to make a real modern intermodal train.