Prototype for everything. a little narrow gauge...

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Prototype for everything. a little narrow gauge...

Postby Emettman » Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:18 pm

... a little narrow gauge railway I found while looking for something else.

A hotel has a rotating restaurant at the top of a hill, and has run a railway line to it, including a spiral viaduct.
The top station is underground.
Two locos, two sets of coaches.

Losheroes1.jpg


"Hotel Los Héroes - Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica"

http://www.pequenahelvecia.com/En/main.htm

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Re: Prototype for everything. a little narrow gauge...

Postby Mountain » Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:03 pm

Well found Emettman. It would make a nice model and Hornby do a nice little shunter which would lend itself for conversion, or one can use one of the old Lima trainset shunters.

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Re: Prototype for everything. a little narrow gauge...

Postby Emettman » Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:17 am

The "Gallery" page 4 has more on the train.
(I thought that's what I'd captured the URL for,)

Also multiple train pictures (amongst all the rest) on Trip Advisor.
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Revie ... =258068112

You really wouldn't guess at Costa Rica, would you?
Building kits wouldn't be much of a problem, with a custom job for the rotating restaurant!

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Re: Prototype for everything. a little narrow gauge...

Postby roganty » Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:38 am

Here is a bit more information on the "Tren Turistico Arenal" as the line is officially known as.

https://www.ferrolatino.ch/en/reports/costarica/ it is a bout 2/3 down the page under the heading The mountain railway at the Hotel "Los Heroes"

And on Google Maps
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Los ... 84.8287694

If you turn on satellite and zoom right in you can just about make out the railway in the fields.
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Re: Prototype for everything. a little narrow gauge...

Postby Emettman » Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:20 pm

Thank you! I found that page but then lost it.

A spiral and a switchback in 1km, or is it 3.6m? (sources vary!)

600mm gauge, so OO9 and H0e would be OK, the latter more accurate on 6.5mm Z gauge track
(are we bothered? I'd probably prefer the tight curves easily available in 9mm)

I can't make out if there is a run-round at the switchback, but one photo sees to suggest it.
The upper station is of course completely invisible.

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Re: Prototype for everything. a little narrow gauge...

Postby prasadd » Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:54 am

Great Awesome stuff!
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