Trefoten is recreating a small three foot (891 mm) gauge railway line about 1950. We are following the prototype of Norrtälje-Väddö Järnväg, NVJ, a planned but never built railway extending the "Roslagsbanan" (Stockholm - Roslagens Järnvägar, SRJ) from Norrtälje to Elmsta and Väddö in the province of Roslagen, north of Stockholm. NVJ should have carried passengers and freight (mainly timber and agricultural products) to SRJ in the town of Norrtälje over a 28 km long line from Elmsta by Väddö channel.
Trefoten tries to portrait this little private railway as it could have been a day in August / September of 1950. This opens many opportunities to paint an ideal picture, but also includes some dirty realism in the form of a junk yard or an ugly modern building in "funkis" style.
By choosing a prototype such as NVJ we create a good mix of fantasy and reality. We are recreating the landscape and several scenes from the province of Roslagen including authentic buildings, and at the same time as we can choose any prototype rolling stock from any of the three foot gauge railways in Sweden.
We emphasize the aspect of documenting a piece of vanished swedish cultural history in our models. Thus several of the scenes along the tracks of our layout are reasonably exact replications of the landscape, buildings, etc. as they were in 1950.
All rolling stock and all buildings on the layout should follow these principles. However, it doesn't stop us from sometimes using a bit of creative freelance, but most of our models follow a specific swedish prototype.
It is more important
that the model makes up a good portrait of the prototype than if every
bolt, nut and washer is in the right place. However we make no compromises
with the functionality! As we aim to run our railway both according to
the time table and with unscheduled traffic, we need the tracks, the electric
system and the engines to work flawlessly.