For the last couple of years or so, we have had modellers using complete Faller car system vehicles as a basis for their own models; that is, taking an existing Car System vehicle, stripping off the supplied body and substituting the body of a preferred vehicle. This was particularly so with modellers wanting British outline vehicles in preference to the largely German/European models in the Faller range. 

The final area of Model Railway landscaping that I wish to talk about with regard to using Grass Tufts, is all the area beyond the tracks. Essentially, there are two main areas to consider - town and country. Considering the town first, there are public spaces (parks, sports grounds, road-sides and gardens around public buildings) and there are non-public spaces. These latter will be mainly gardens around homes.

The second area that comes to mind strongly, is the permanent way outside the station limits.Generally, the area of land over which the railway passes, is under the control of the railway, but the only part of it to be actively managed by the railway is that portion under and in the immediate vicinity of the tracks.

Although grass tufts have been around for quite a while now, not many modellers seem to be aware of them and the ways in which they can be used. Because they come in many colours and there are two principal heights (6 mm. & 12 mm),  they are able to be used for most scales/track gauges.

 

...if you are building a model railway and wish to put some height into it, but don't have a lot of room; or wish to access build and have access to storage sidings underneath the main layout.

To raise track sufficiently to clear trains on tracks passing below, can take a tremendous length of track and usually, a great deal of room. But if that track was in the form of a helix, great space-savings can be made. A helix is in the form of a spiral, rather like a large cork-screw. Trains can enter the helix and after travelling up or down, are able to emerge at a different level. 

In September 2019, we received news of more promotional sets from Faller, this time for 'N' gauge modellers. Promotional sets are usually very keenly priced (Especially at Eurorail Models Ltd.).The featured models this time are 239005 and 239006. Faller 239005 comprises a large, half-timbered warehouse and a large crane on its own tracks, to handle timber movements. This model would justify its own siding. The second model, 239006, is of two, hot-air balloons, also at a very good price. 

In recent times, Faller have taken to offering Promotional Sets of some of their kitset models. They are now doing this several times each year and the latest offering includes:  Faller 190069 'Carriage repair hall'; Faller 190070 'Small Funfair'; Faller 190071 'Black Forest village' and Faller 190072 'Bruderstadt station'. These are expected to be available in September or October 2019. The particular month of their release in shown on the listings on this website. 

Promotional Sets are great value as the whole set is usually available more cheaply than its component parts.

When Faller brought out their huge Container Crane in December 2018, everyone was wondering if there would be a drive kit to go with it. I'm pleased to say that a special drive kit has been announced and that it will be available in November 2019. If you are wanting to purchase this, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will be delighted to help you.

For those who enjoy a novelty, Noch have produced some 'Railways in a Briefcase'.

Noch offer a range of basic layouts, already built, hand-painted and electrostatically flocked with 2.5 mm 'Summer meadow' shade flock. They are all mounted on sturdy frames, have built-in tunnel bases and come with appropriate bridge kitsets. They also include track plans for various proprietary tracks, plus a DVD guide (in English & German).

Check out our video of John's Faller car system. Items are available to purchase from Eurorail Models.

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