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Tapiola Parish Model Railway Club


XXI Model Railway Days, Turku 2003


Kauniainen, the Tapiola Club's test layout

For fixing the modules we needed longer bolts that we had taken with us from the club. Dremel was used for cutting suitable lengths of threaded rods that we bought from a DIY shop in Turku.

Setting up. From left Kari H. and Johannis.

Setting up. From left Pekka, Johannis, Väiski, Olli and Antti

All the modules are about lined up

The setting up of rail joiners to sections interface was nearly impossible as all rails aren't parallel... The design will be changed so that enough space is provided to other end of module, and joiners set in so that the interface is flush, and joiners then pushed to final position after modules are in correctly lined up and fastened in position.

Two of our youth members, Mikko (here) and Juha visited Turku by bus (200 km from club!) only to have a chance to operate the layout for a few hours on Saturday. The older members that took part in setting up, operation and tear down stayed in a hotel in Turku between Saturday and Sunday.

Kauniainen shown from east to west. The connection to return loop is visible in the front.

Kaunianen shown from west to east. Clearly visible are the provisional control panels for turnout control and the provisional station mockup (photo montages on kapa-board).


Read more about our Kauniainen project

Other layouts at the exhibition

General view of the lower lobby. Operating sceniced layouts: In front Nuuuska's LGB layout, next to the left Tampere cub (PiRaKe) layout, and ath the background the Friends of Alpine Railroads' layout. To the left (not visible) was the Laaksonen brother's layout and further to right was Lahti club's (Topparoikka) layout.

Also on show in lower lobby was the "Track relay association's" (Raiderele ry) demo. Märklin C-type track is used to demonstrate track circuits of a Siemens power box built from torn down original Finnish State Railways power box parts from 1950's.

General view of the upper lobby. In front the Tapiola club's Kauniainen, behind it to the right the Turku clubs layout. In the middle is the Helsinki MRC's Löylymäki layout.

Turun kiskoliikennekerho (Turku rail traffic club) the organizers of this years "National Model railway days". Their layout has advanced a lot since the Tapiola's last excursion

Turku has a very active club. Here are some live steam locos built by one of their club member. The club has also preserved a real loco, State railways number 555.


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