Photographs Detailed Description For more information about the ICVRR, go to the links page. There you will find a link to the ICVRR web site.
Web Site Editor's Comments
This layout was built by a very remarkable group of modeler's. Their group or club is located in Germany, and they are modeling a fictitious railroad that would typically be located in North America. As you will read in the sections that follow, they are using a combination of models; some American kits from the old TT era of the 1950's and 60's, some new kits, scratch built models, and some kits they converted from other scales. In addition, some members are in production of their own model kits that they sell or swap with other TT scale modeler's from around the world. Their layout is a modular one that they can take to model railroad shows, contests, and other events.
When I wrote Carsten Bauer to get permission to add The Iris Creek Valley RR to this web site, he responded with the following comment about their layout on October 9, 2000:Some of us just got back from the Rail 2000 in Netherlands where we displayed our layout with great success. We had one of the best 5 foreign layouts. Only the first was announced and not the ranking behind. So it could be place 2nd or even place 5th. The first 3 of 19 GP9's were running during the show.(EWM)
How our Group Started
In March 1992, our group (club) was constituted (chartered) and we decided on a final plan for building the layout. At that time, the final determination of it's standards, timetable for building the modules, responsibilities, and rules for the group members, etc. was also made.
Ingo Schwaetzer and Jörg Nill, along with Wolfram Dosch, Siegfried Heerde, Christian Hirsiger, the late Franz Kaupsch and Wilfried Knipping took part in construction and operation in the beginning. A corner module was constructed in the spring of 1994 by Uwe Nierstenhöfer, who found his way to the group later. Carsten Bauer is our newest member since the spring of 1999. Along with modeling, he is responsible for the Iris Creek Valley's web site.
A name for the layout was also found at this time: The Iris Creek Valley Railroad, after Iris, the little daughter of Ingo Schwaetzer, the project's initiator.
At the inaugural meeting, it was also decided to use the track system made by the firm of Pilz. Landscaping was to be carried out using mainly materials produced by Heki. This decision was made in order to ensure visual coherence between all of the layout's modules.
The Track Plan
The layout design called for a single track main line to be built with a run-around loop in the area of Iris Creek station. The loop or run-around line (which is hidden from viewing at the front) goes back behind the backdrop as double track, which provides a concealed storage yard for four or five trains on this part of the layout. Each end module has a return loop which permits rail traffic in both directions.
The layout currently consists of eleven modules with a total length of approximately 7.5 meters (Approximately 24 feet). The first corner module was built and integrated in to the layout in the spring of 1995.
Train operation on the layout is handled with the aid of nine blocks. The entire layout is supplied centrally with all necessary voltages and control signals via a fifteen wire cable. A controller by Conrad with half-wave rectification, is in used to control the locomotives and their trains. This controller provides superb slow running, and has also proved itself in continuous operation during exhibitions.
Scenery and landscaping was required to represent, as closely as possible, an east-west cross section of the North American continent, from the mountains in the southwest to the mountainous landscape of the east coast states. The selected Walthers Instant Horizons backgrounds required certain concessions to be made to the landscaping.