R e n o v a t i o n  J o u r n a l (12)



"S t i f t  C o c h e m"


Quarter 3/ 2 0 2 1


2018: Prelude

2019: Part 1 ~ Part 2

2020: Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6 ~ Part 7

 2021: Part 8 ~ Part 9 ~ Part 10 ~ Part 11 ~ Part 12 ~ Part 13 ~ Part 14




Chapter 12.0 ~ Introduction





On Januari 30th 2021, I wrote about the Town Expansion.

It is going to be a separate display, which can be connected to the mainframe of the Cochemer Bahn 



Since a Monastery and Cathedral will dominate the view of this extension, this chapter and the very location will be known as:


S t i f t C o c h e m




Chapter 12.1 ~ Basic construction



It started with plywood, January 2021



The concept is to create a monastery garden, with a steeply rising vineyard on both sides.

The harvest is in full swing and the first crop of grapes is brought into the city in a festive procession.



Because the extension has to connect to the Cochemer Bahn, a small valley is necessary to extend the already present moat.





Coming from the city gate - the Klingentorturm - one can either turn left to the vineyard opposite the monastery, or turn right up the hill.

On that road is the main entrance to the monastery complex, but one can also travel further through the fields and forests to villages and towns in the area.




Chapter 12.2 ~ The Foundation



The foundation of the monastery complex is surrounded by a retaining wall.

For this I use profiled Faller wall plates, which I manually trim, decorate and give a different patina.



I also want to apply the terrace concept, visible on the entire Cochemer Bahn, to the expansion,

not only because otherwise this part will disappear from view behind the city's walls,

but also to make the scale ratio with regard to the background poster more apparent.  








The ascending road runs right in front of the cathedral.





Outside the city gate the public road is not paved, but is still a dirt road.




Chapter 12.3 ~ The Perimeter Wall

(28-31 July; 4- 8 August)


Painting the walls - both the Vollmer Cemetry and the Faller profiled deko sheets - in basic sandtone.

After drying, a layer of lasur, dry white brush and a little vegetation is applied for weathering (and turning plastic into stone)




Because the Faller plates only have a one-sided profile, I make a stone structure myself on the back. 





Saturday, 31/7: dry white and some vegetation, and then all walls can be glued together.








In the farthest corner is a small gate that leads to the fields behind...



In addition to the main entrance on the east side, which directly leads to the entrance of the Cathedral,

there is another gate on the north side, which is mainly used to bring goods to and from the monastery.





In August, I continued. With about twelve wall sections with seams, I find a suitable interruption in place.

I make buttresses by hand, which I cut out from the profiled wall plates and adapt their shape to the wall profile.






Although I had my doubts for a while whether it would not become too much "wall" with a third one on top,

I also thought that there will soon be a lot of greenery in and around the square,

not to mention the fact that this module will largely disappear behind the city... 



In my fantasy I already see monks or other guests attending a symposium, taking a walk in the middle of here or taking a break for a while.

Perhaps I will place a few more benches and it will become a gravel path or avenue of trees. 






I was really looking forward to this:




As with the Klingentorturm, I opted for green-black doors, which show visible marks of the ravages of time.











Before I left for a short vacation into good ol' Germany, I wanted to have the stairs to the cemetery ready. 

Still didn't know how I'd make the wall turn at the right...






Enjoying the tower lighting in advance...



Après les jours saints...



The form of the perimeter wall takes its final shape.












Chapter 12.4  ~  D e r  W e i n b e r g

(28-31 July, 4-8 August, 1-4 September)


With plywood 'the left hand road is going up' into the mountain area...

The vineyard itself will be rather steep!













This edge at the left side is necessary to neatly close the module. Just too wide for a simple wall.

That's why I decided that the old city wall of Cochem used to run here. Vines will come up against it.

Maybe I'll place a (part of a) Faller wall at the front of the road. Or... just keep it simple.








On 24/8, the Weinberg area had a basic color, a sand path was made and the dirt road in front was applied...







Chapter 12.5 ~ The Cemetery 


Since a cemetery is included with the Vollmer Monastery, the left corner at the front of the monastery, seems to me to be a good location.

This spot was deliberately chosen to break up the view of a rather massive wall.  








Although I initially only thought of this metal fencing here, somehow it started to bother me. It lacks subtlety.





That is why I have filled the bottom of a wall, so that it now looks as if the handrails are bricked into the wall from above.
That's how development works...






Until today I had thought a small rocky outcrop here. However, the way it goes when you go looking in your stuff...



Last Knight standing...



Remnant of Faller's Alsfeld Rathaus (B-936), which I didn't use with the Drachenburg!

I think, some imitation is allowed...








When you store something...




Coincidentally matching to the millimeter





Just waiting for them to be 'in situ'...










Chapter 12.6 ~ Outside the Gate


After some six or seven months of working on only culture

- with stone, wood, glass, in other words: the buildings of Stift Cochem -

the day has finally come to focus on the nature around and within the Stift.
Starting with the strip behind the monastery wall.


But first I had to sieve new gravel...








The path at the back is particularly attractive, which actually originated from a miss.

It happened to me that the corner of the styrofoam broke, triggering me to think what about it.

And as it goes... every setback has the opportunity to create something better.

I choose for a small path and a single door in the corner of the area.












After a week family around, some time was was spent on the layout today.

For the first time in months, the module was placed on the layout for a first impression.













August 24 and 25 ~ Dirt road and Vegetation




Yellowbrown muddy clay is used for the paths through in the vineyard.






The next day I finished the dirtroad at the right side...





The sound boxes for the church bell as well as environmental sounds are in the back with the intention to use the backdrop as a resonance screen.





On August 27, I gave the whole module a new grey coating,

not only the monastery grounds, but also all the light blue styrofoam parts as well as the front and rear edges.

The Path of Mindfulness and Meditation (in between de Monastery Grounds and the public road in front) was provided with a layer of gravel.





Although this piece of styrofoam in the front left was actually a fill in the slope over which the road goes,

I liked it enough to make an old city wall, connecting it to the opposite side.







I n t e r m i s s i o n 






On August 25th, I decided to tackle the area at the bottom of the Klingentorturm as well.

Because the pavement of cobblestones around the tower has become damaged and quite crumbled,

I thought it would make sense to do this with sand, to connect with the dirt road outside the gate.

To complete the connection, I also tackled the vegetation directly behind the city wall.








Chapter 12.7 ~ Wiring



One whole day was spent on wiring! 

Eight wires alone are needed to illuminate the church, two for the spire, three for the cloister, two spare.

In addition, both the sound module and the servo control require a separate connection, one AC analog, the other DCC.













Two days later I worked on wiring at the Cochemer Bahn Layout.

It took me another whole day.

First of all, remove the two old transformers (6631), because I no longer drive analog locomotives for a long time.

Then I did wiring, soldering the ends, stringing wire, checking what can and cannot be removed.

Connecting 5 buttons for the Faller Sound module.
Nevertheless, a satisfying job.


The two white transformers (6647) for both the lighting of the Cochemer  Bahn

as well as the lighting of the Module Stift Cochem are placed on the left side. 









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Frits Osterthun © 28.8.2021