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12 Volt Roundhouse "Bamberg"

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Roundhouse full view

In summer 2020 the Brick Train Awards caught my attention and this contest was a good reason to pick up on my 12 Volt Roundhouse project which started 2016/2017 but was never finished. So time was limited, the deadline came closer. But I made it.

I named the Roundhouse "Bamberg", the city I live in. And close to my place there is the ruin of the real Roundhouse. Nothing more to see there and the place is prohibited to visit. So my Roundhouse is just a phantasy model, like the 12 Volt grey era trains sets are also "phantasy", but pretty close to Deutsche Bandesbahn locomotives and waggons.

Videos

Videos – Episode 1 and Episode 2 on YouTube.

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Panorama view

The Roundhouse has 7 segments, one for each official steam engine of the Grey Era from 1980 - 1986 which are: 7710, 7715, 7722, 7727, 7730, 7750 and 7810. The side and back walls are build entirely with 1x2 and 1x1 plates in red and dark-red to model the characteristics of red brick walls. The segments are modular in a 3-1-3 configuration for easy transportation.

The turntable is operated remote controlled using an Electric, Train 12V Remote Control 8 x 10 with 2 Circled Arrows Pattern which fits nicely with the more standard remote controls for signals and switches. An old 12 Volt Technic motor is integrated in the bottom of the turntable. The 2 cables are used to power the motor and the electric middle rail on the turntable. The cables are not placed well, the should go in the centre of the rotation point.

If you build a turntable, the complete track level has to be elevated. So the complete layout (except the roandhouse and the turntable) is elevated by 2-3 layers of brick. This is really eating my basics and plates in old dark grey, dark tan and black. But it was worth it. Using an elevated brick build groand it was easy to hide all the cables for the good old 12 Volt light posts and the power supply for the tracks in the Roundhouse.

Finally some typical 1980's style vehicles and other accessory bring back the typical charm from this time. Trucks were only 4 studs wide … long time ago.

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#7730 and #7727 in front of the side facade

#7730 and #7727 in front of the side facade

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The V36 diesel on the turntable

The V36 diesel on the turntable

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The V36 diesel at the station

The V36 diesel at the station

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Working on the gas line

Working on the gas line

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Gantry crane in outdoor area

Gantry crane in outdoor area

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A new wheelset for #7750 is delivered

A new wheelset for #7750 is delivered

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The green Mallet steamer is ready

The green Mallet steamer is ready

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Street side entrance and office building

Street side entrance and office building

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Bustling business behind the roandhouse

Bustling business behind the roandhouse

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Hardworking men in blue

Hardworking men in blue

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Door at the rear of the roundhouse

Door at the rear of the roundhouse

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New materials arrive by train

New materials arrive by train

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Evening atmosphere on the site

Evening atmosphere on the site

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Work on the lamppost at night

Work on the lamppost at night

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Full view at night

Full view at night

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Inside view with removed side facade

Inside view with removed side facade

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Inside view with removed back wall

Inside view with removed back wall

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Workshop's pit

Workshop's pit

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Workshop's pit with stairs

Workshop's pit with stairs

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Side facade with "bricks" using 1x2 plates

Side facade with "bricks" using 1x2 plates

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Change of personnel in the driver's cab of the Mallet steam engine

Change of personnel in the driver's cab of the Mallet steam engine