Austrian Railway Group

Gresten by Malcolm Rochford

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Malcolm Rochford's Gresten is a portable exhibition layout, which depicts the terminus of the "Krumpe", (Lower Austrian dialect form of the word krumm, meaning "crooked" in German), a reflection of its indirect nature. Gresten is at the end of a 61km long branch off the narrow guage Mariazellerbahn, this branch has now been closed with the Gresten to Wieselburg an der Erlauf section being converted to a standard guage branch. The total scenic area of the layout is 16' by 18". (Trackplan). Whilst open, both passenger and freight trains operated, including standard guage waggons on narrow guage transporters, which makes for interesting and varied operational possibilities when running the layout. The layout is operated following standard Austrian narrow guage practice, and most classes of locomotive can be seen on the line.

All photographs are courtesy of the Continental Modeller.

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