Platforms have been around since the beginning of the railways, but the materials used differ from period to period. Where the first examples had wooden platform edges, this turned out to be easy to rot and difficult to maintain. As a result, around 1850, a switch was made to masonry platform edges. In the beginning with a graceful but labour-intensive roller layer. Not much later, about 1920, a simple concrete edge was placed on the masonry platform walls. This was also the period when concrete 30x30 cm tiles were used, because before 1900 these were still clinkers, gravel or sometimes cobblestones. From around 1960, the completely concrete platform edges were introduced. These can be built much faster and thus supplant the brick version. Until the year 2020, masonry platform edges have been found in the Netherlands, but during renovations these are also exchanged for the concrete elements. The guide tiles have also been introduced since about 1980. The Markenburg module platforms with masonry platform edge are based on the platforms as they were made in the Netherlands from about 1920 and used until about 1980. So with masonry platform edge finished with a concrete top edge, 30 x 30 tiles and without the guide tiles that were put into use later. The latter also makes these modular platform elements universally suitable for both island and side platforms.
Some of the characteristic parts of the masonry Dutch platforms are, of course, the platform edges with red-brown Waal format bricks, usually laid in brick bond. The tread of the platform is covered with 30x30 cm concrete paving stones. Details such as stairs or shelters are also executed in a matching style. The width of the Markenburg module platforms is based on the rail geometry of Peco code 55. But they can also be used in combination with other rail systems.
For more information about the Markenburg module platforms, we recommend that you also download the explanation. You can do this for free at: "Attachments" on this page. This explanation considers, among other things, the linking options and the typing/coding of the various segments.