This page features an HO scale layout that I built for scenic display. I have named it the "Rie van de Rest Railway". It has a Dutch theme and is currently just a point to point layout that I plan to expand further sometime in the future. It features two stations, an operating windmill, a farm, and an industrial building. The larger station is named Rie van de Rest while the smaller one is called Ginneken.
In addition, I have included a 1/87 scale model of a Fokker F.VIIa PH-ADX which the Dutch Beauty Queen, Rie van de Rest, flew to Paris in. The track is Atlas Code 100 with 22" radius curves. I run various European equipment on the layout with an emphasis on locomotives and rolling stock from the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways).
(above) Original 1930 Postcard of Rie van de Rest, Miss Holland 1930 (Dana Holland Collection)
And last but not least, the unusual background to my Europen Layout.
Rie van de Rest - A remarkable Dutch woman from a remarkable era.
Rie van de Rest's life spanned a period of time in Holland of great changes. She was born several years prior to the beginning of World War I, lived through the excitement and turmoil of interwar Europe and World War II, and passed away unmarried and childless a decade prior to the end of the Cold War.
She was crowned Miss Holland in 1930 and went on to compete in the Miss Europe pagent in Paris and the Miss Universe pagent in Rio de Janeiro later that same year. She was a career girl with wide ranging work experience in her day.
Rie was a beautiful and intellegent woman who loved animals, was an avid reader, and spoke six different languages including her native Dutch.
I am honoring Rie's memory by naming this model railroad the "Rie van de Rest Railway".
One of the two stations on the layout bears the name Rie van de Rest while the other bears the name Ginneken which was a neighborhood of Breda in Noord Brabant where Rie grew up. Rie loved horses and you'll find some on this layout.
Rie van de Rest was certainly the "Most beautiful in the country". Although I was never fortunate enough to meet her, I am at least glad to have learned about this wonderful woman. She will remain in my heart forever.
(above) Original 1930 Postcard of Rie van de Rest in Paris (Dana Holland Collection)