In 1874 the Dutch railway company "Hollandsche IJzeren Spoorweg Maatschappij" (HIJSM) opened the junction Amsterdam-Utrecht through Hilversum. From 1938 on, the network of railways in the centre of the Netherlands was electrified. In the meantime the HIJSM had passed into the ownership of the "N.V. Nederlandse Spoorwegen", the company that is still responsible for a main part of the network of railways in the Netherlands today. Because of the shortage of steel during World War II, the railway connection Hilversum-Utrecht could not be provided with steel cantenaryportals. Instead, concrete portals, designed by J.L.A. Cuperus C.E., were made. Up to the present these portals are still in use, drawing through the Dutch landscape like arched windows in Gothic style. An unique construction, no where else in the world to be found. In 1985/86 the catenary was renovated. Since 2001, the portals fall under the Ancient Monuments Department of the Ministry of Works.
Visiting the modelrailway-exposition in Hannover (Germany) in 1986, I was impressed by the H0-gauge module building of MEC Barsinghausen. For me this was the beginning of building a railway track myself after Dutch example: the section Hilversum-Utrecht. In reality, a highway (A27) runs parallel to this railway connection. Therefore train- and roadtraffic could be combined. After 20 years of building, the total length of the section is now 13 meters, showing the situation between 1984 and 1997. At the centre of the section you will find a copy of the railway station "Hollandsche Rading", one of the halting places along this connection.
The tracks (so called K-Gleise), made by Maerklin, made it possible to use trains for both direct current as well as alternating current. Nowadays, the whole layout is digital controlled by the „Maerklin Digital System“. In use is the „Central Station 2 (60215) and a „Mobile Station 2“ (60653) with the MM (Maerklin Motorola), MFX and DCC protocols. (Electric) locomotives, not equipped with a MFX decoder, use the DCC protocol. A relais guided block system is available for signaling, using the original signal/braking module (72442), some selfmade „Maaskant modules“ and decoders k83 (60830) for switching signs and turnouts. The model cantenaryportals in Gothic style I build myself, after an example made by mr. Doyer C. E.. The other overhead lines are made of components originated by Sommerfeldt. All these lines are fully operative. So E-trains with pantograph function as they should. A central Switched Mode Power Pack, 6A/230V, provides the whole section of all voltages needed. In order to work the lighting and the guarded crossing (with the sound copy of a local crossing nearby my home address), a separate 12-Voltage DC system is installed. Digital electronics make it possible for trains to slow down, stop and accelerate.
The tracks are painted rust-coloured and put in a foundation of stone-chippings. The scenery is made of building (construction) foam, finished off with landscape-mats by Busch, all kinds of sifted sand, Heki and Woodland-materials, like grass, earth and leaves. The tree-trunks and -branches are made of garden waste from my own garden. The ditches along the tracks are filled with synthetic cast resin. Buildings by Tilly Models, Kibri, Artitec and Holland Scale are partly altered and supplied with all kinds of details and LEDlights. LEDlights are also used for special effects, for example a television crew at work.
The population comes from Preiser. All vehicles are equipped with registrationnumbers and, of course, a driver.
Working on the modulesections wil never come to an end! Besides keeping everything in repair, there are always things to improve or change!