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Johannesdorf is a small town located at the head of a valley somewhere in the west of the Austrian Tirol.

It is served by a 760mm narrow gauge railway, owned by the Tirolerbahnen (Tirol Railways), which operates a number of narrow gauge railways in the Tirol.

It is imagined that the railway forms a junction with the Austrian Railways (OBB) Arlberg main line in the vicinity of Landeck and climbs up a valley to Johannesdorf. Here a junction is made with a branch to Petersberg, which is located up an adjacent valley and involves another climb.

Apart from some small industry Johannnesdorf attracts tourists to its waterfalls and ski slopes. Petersberg also has some minor industry but its main function is as a winter ski resort.

Most of the trains on the line are diesel operated but this is interspersed with some steam haulage. The stock, including the locomotives, is a mixture of scratch built, kit built and adapted ready to run items.

The station is typical of most narrow gauge railways of Austria as is the lack of any significant platforms.

The layout is 6.1 metres (20 feet) long and 0.7 metres (2 feet) wide, track height is about 1 metre (3 feet 3 inches) above the floor. Track and points are PECO O/16.5. Hoffman point motors mounted under the baseboard operate the points and signals. The layout is controlled using the Lenz DCC system.

Trains arriving up the valley from the main line may terminate at Johannesdorf or continue wholly or in part up to Petersberg.

It should be noted that the towns of Johannesdorf and Petersberg are completely fictitious as is the Tirolerbahnen.

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Johannesdorf: On16.5 Scale

by John Smith