Last fall, a FREMO:87 colleague gave me plans for a small station that has a siding to a storage facility for an agricultural cooperative on a now-abandoned secondary line near Nördlingen, Germany. The dimensions and track plan with only one turnout seemed modest enough for a beginner, so I was immediately excited about building the station – and thus was born the Fessenheim project. I drew up preliminary plans, but when we decided to move, the project had to be put on hold.
Having arrived in NYC (albeit with our belongings still in transit), I revived the project a few weeks ago and spent some time working on plans for the benchwork for four FREMO modules. The drawings were done using CAD software for the Mac, as mentioned in my previous post. They are not finalized yet as I am still in the process of sourcing the materials and finding a craftsman to put the modules together for me – something I am not equipped to do in the confines of our Manhattan apartment.
As suggested by the aforementioned FREMO:87 colleague, the tracks are moved off-center in the first and last modules so that there is room for the storage building, while still fitting on modules that are only 500 mm wide. Even though this makes the benchwork a little more complex, I like the idea of shifting the track away from the center because it disrupts the monotony of the flow of the rails, in particular on straight modules that use the H0pur® module profile.
So here are plans for the four modules: