R e n o v a t i o n  J o u r n a l  2 0 1 9


Since the Cochemer Bahn has so many projects in my 2019 Renovation Plan,

it seemed fit to me to tell the whole story on one page as a Journal

in stead of scattering all bits and pieces over several pages on this homepage.



March 29 and 30th, 2019 ~ Aging and Weathering into Old Stones



1. The Wall



At the far left side of the layout, just behind the station, there is this small park, dominated by a huge tree and confined by the city's wall.

Although I 'weathered' the wall in the 1990's - then again I must say: only the parts visible from the front! - it doesn't outweigh the standard that I am after today!


But prior to taking care of the vegetation I will do some weathering and painting of the walls.

Since I am planning to redo the whole 'unseen' backyard behind the houses, I take the whole area into consideration.

Part of the side panel - in the early days meant for a steep hilltop! - has to be removed for gaining a better access to the town.



Some eight years of dust have committed a major attack on most of the vegetation.

In my 2019 Renovation Plan I sincerely consider to remove most if not all of the vegetation - grass, bushes and trees,

since it is impossible to remove the now 'sticky' layer of dust with brush and vacuumcleaner.


However, since this tree trunk has such a magnificent shape, I will removed the clumps of foliage and try to use Seemoos for branches in stead.



And now for some finer handicraft...


My first priority is to repaint all stone walls and towers to give them a more 'stonish' look as if they have endured ages past.

I chose a colouring in an Elsass-Lorraine style: a kind of light greyish and yellow stones with dark mortar. 



Before painting I'll have to remove them carefully from the layout...



Part of the ancient Kibri wall. Screaming for color, yeah, I know!

The back side wasn't even touched at all!

Pretty singular... a date written on the back side.



A. First a flat black layer (wet)



B. Then a semi dry layer of yellow, keeping the brush horizontal ...




A quick peek to see how it fits in the environment...




Not bad, but also... not yet!


Before I come to step 3, first I'll take care of the corridor on top of the wall!



C. Finally: a dry brush of white, both on the wall and rooftop tiles ...






I n t e r m i s s i o n

The Wheelbarrow



Since I only used part of the Faller Station "Bahnhof Schwartzburg" for my 'Endbahnhof' at Cochem Town,

I recently discovered that in the remnants of that kit were some peculiar parts of this ancient wheelbarrow,

exactly the kind I was looking for so many years ago...






Finally a dry brush white and...



... there you go!



2. The bridge


Probably you've noticed the little stone bridge across the gorge, leading from the plains into Cochem Town:





I am aware that the bending of the arcade is rather slight, and I had to make a curve for reasons.

In the world there are bridges having a similar slight bending.


Since I am redoing all the masonery and brickwork, I thought it a good idea to give this little bridge an upgrading as well.

The same procedure is applied.

I know: "Heard of... Droogstoppel, makelaer in koffij, Lauriergracht 37..."


To start with...


...adding mat black


...and yellow


... and a white dry brush 



... and why not some fresh vegatation to it?



A new miniature!


3. Another wall in the back

Following the same procedure!








I n t e r m i s s i o n

A  pile of wood under the Tower



The Kibri tower has room for a semi round pile of wooden branches.

Why not make one for real?





With four skewers and an angle iron it might work! And it did!



Fixing the beams with white glue...



... and some additional vegetation!




4. The Corner Tower



This is how the city wall looked like in 2002...



From brown to a kind of "Anton Pieck" green...



Since the adjacent wall lacks a proper fencing, the upper door is locked with timber...



Painting the stairs and inner wall



The first results. Promising!



5. The Wall around the Corner Tower




Now it's tme to pay atention to the balcony like wall surrounding the corner tower.

This part was never touched by any pencil.


Untill now...

(April 11 - 12th)




I had to make new corner stones out of profiled styrofoam, since I used the original parts at the Cochemer Burg



Black, yellow, white... whell, ya know, the same procedure all over again.

Now, all remnant pieces were taken care of in less than two days.







Yea, I know. That hurts the eye!



6. The Middle Tower

(April 11 - 12th)



In the collection of the Kibri Ancient City Wall, this 'Wehrturm' (Kibri 8474) fits quite fine!



I purchased it somewhere in the late 1970's and it stood in the back of my town, on my dad's layout.











7. Middle Hill

(April 16-17, 2019)



As you probably remember, there is a small hill between Cochem Town and tunnel that leads the track down hill.

For over a decade it has been rocky and grey, desolate like Smaug.



Since I purchased this Noch box of 18 Fir Trees (Noch 24530), I finally did what I always had in mind:

some three or four Fir Trees on top of this pretty dull and isolated rocky formation.



Although they are pretty good 'out of the box', I think that they need a hand or two...

I was too carefull with the right one! Come on, play a little rough!



First of all, I had to remove the vegetation that has been affected by this irretrievable layer of dust...



I thought that the trackside could use some new vegetation as well, as if the train is running through a forestal environment.



Here we go. A layer of green and brown vegetation to begin with, for covering most of the rock.



Since it was late at night, these shots were taken with artificial light...



One tree standing, another will join in a minute.



Before heading for my bunk, I wanted the finish the track side with forestal vegetation, so it might dry overnight.



The next morning...


...in bright sun light:




I love it...!



I n t e r m i s s i o n

(April 18th, 2019)



When I constructed the Endbahnhof (Faller), I added a Bell Tower on the roof.

If I recall  correct it comes from a Pola kit (Stadtturm)


Pola 130



The thought just occured to me: Why not paint it white?



Mmmm... perhaps the bottom part still needs altering...


So I did on Jun 7th 2019


Frits Osterthun 2.4.2019 / 14.4.2019 / 18.4.2019