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Home Iskar Gorge themed HO Scale Train Layout

This HO scale layout design represents parts of the Iskar Gorge near the town of Mezdra in the Western Balkans region of Bulgaria. It consists of a double main line that passes through a small train station, then crosses the Iskar river (like in the reality) several times, passes near a small village and then goes back.


Scale & Size
Scale: H0 (1/87)
Size: Extra Large
Dimen­sions: 480cm x 350cm; 189" x 138"; 15.7′ x 11.5′
Area: 16.8m2; 20.09yd2
Time & Theme
Epoch/Era: IV, V / Modern
Season: Spring/Summer
Theme: Hybrid
Location: Bulgaria
Scene: Country/Village, Mountain, Riverside
Tracks & Route
Trackage: PIKO A tracks
Type: Closed Route
Line: Double
Min. radius: 422mm; 16.6" (R2)
Max. grade: 3,6%
Turnout angles: 15°
Features & Control
Traffic: Passenger, Freight
Power supply: DCC
Turnouts: Electric
Uncoupling: Manual


I designed this layout in SCARM by request from a friend, who wanted to have a HO track plan with parts of the real Iskar Gorge and train line in it that passes through the Western Balkan mountains. That route connects the capital city Sofia with the Northern Bulgaria and is part of 2-nd main national route and also of the European intercontinental train corridors.

The real line now is doubled and electrified, however, the layout design does not implement the catenary elements. The section of the line that passes through the Iskar Gorge is longer about 100 km (63 ml), but only a very small part of it is represented in that layout. The train station is fictional, as there is no exactly the same station setup on the true route. However, the train stop and the near village can be any of the real stops and villages along the line. But the main feature of the layout, the “Ritlite” locality and the same name rocks formation suggests the village to be Lyutibrod, near town of Mezdra in the northern end of the gorge.

The layout table is limited by the size of the room where the layout it is intended to be build. The door is located on the lower left corner of the track plan. The tracks for the layout are chosen to be PIKO A-gleis type with R2 minimum radius and up to 3,6% maximum grades. The layout is intended to be used for both passenger and freight traffic (as in the reality) with little or no shunting/switching at all.

Milen Peev

Project: Layout   
Author: Milen Peev aka Mixy   
Designed with: SCARM
Posted on: 07 Jan 2018
Views: 16600
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