Ivo Schraepen is a very famous rail transport modeller from Belgium, who specializes in the construction of very large model railway layouts in HO scale. He is present at every big model railway exhibition in Europe, and presents his exceptionally beautiful railroad layouts.
Today, we are going to make a journey to the island of Cuba. In the Caribbean there is a special season, namely the sugarcane harvesting season. It is called “Zafra”, and it runs from January through May. The term Zafra became well-known internationally during the 1960s due to its importance in Cuba. Therefore, we see a narrow gauge field railway running along crooked rails somewhere in the Caribbean rainforest. This special season has been picked up by a German model railroader, Wolfgang Stösser. Cuba and the beautiful landscape, the nature and also the palm trees were inspiration to start model railroading. On this little model railroad diorama we are at the Viñales Valley in Cuba. Sugarcane and other crops are cultivated on the bottom of the valley, mostly by traditional agriculture techniques. Many caves dot the surrounding hill faces. Finally, the Viñales Valley is a major tourist destination. The area of the diorama has a size of approximately 210 cm x 90 cm. The model landscape was made with “Plastiform”, a modeling compound. Trees and bushes are products which are made by the German company “Noch” but they were weathered by a special spraying technology. Some of the palm trees were bought by the Dutch company “Anita Decor”; some palm trees were handmade. The rolling stock, for example the steam locomotive and the railcar, was rebuilt from standard gauge to narrow gauge, HO scale. Additionally, locomotives and vehicles were weathered, too.
It is probably very difficult for a model railroader to build a forest railway, forest tram, timber line, logging railway or logging railroad. In this context, the biggest challenge may be the realistic modelling of the trees, bushes and grasses. Laurent Vandermotte from Belgium has taken up this challenge: At the great model railway exhibition “Modelspoor Expo” he presented his model train diorama depicting a sawmill or lumber mill and a little freight train running on narrow gauges. While watching this model railroad display we recognize, the small steam train is not the focus. On a surface of about 1.0 meter in width and about 0.5 meters in depth there are loving details, for example, the lumberjack, beavers in the river or the night simulation.
In October 2018, Pascal Hubert presented his superb model railway layout in HO scale at the great model railway exhibition “Modelspoor Expo”. The model train diorama is based on the C Track rail system by Märklin. Pascal Hubert calls his model railroad display “Les Robertmonts - Rue des Thermes”. It is a railway station with passenger trains and freight trains of the National Railway Company of Belgium (SNCB). In Belgium, the “Robertmonts” are known for the quality of their spring waters since Roman times. Since that time, a famous spa resort developed. The spa resort became even better known when it was connected to the Belgian railway network. Spa guests travel by train and stay in the Palace Hotel, a luxury hotel next to the train station. However, something like that was common in the 1950s. Exactly this historic atmosphere was recreated by Pascal Hubert in his little miniature world. The construction of his model railway began in November 2017. The trains are controlled by an Esu ECos II model railway controller. Feedback is ensured by the Viessmann S88 feedback decoder with track occupancy detector. On his diorama, for example, there are a diesel locomotive SNCB (Marklin), a steam locomotive type 64 SNCB and a locomotive Type 26 SNCB.
Usually, we love very large model railway layouts, so model trains have a lot of space. But the model railroad display made by Henk Wust and Jan van Mourik from Belgium is limited to an area of 80 cm x 80 cm only. That’s approximately 31.5 inches x 31.5 inches. Henk Wust and Jan van Mourik call their little model train diorama “Mouville” which was presented in the magazine “Train Miniature Magazine” and “Continental Modeller”. It is a tribute to all the beautiful, pretty, small and charming villages of France in 1/87 scale. Therefore, the both model railway enthusiasts reproduced small station and a goods hall located on a narrow-gauge regional railway line with a rail spacing of 9 mm. Furthermore, there is a village on a hill with pretty beautiful roads and houses. The original rural charm of any small French village was copied exactly from reality to this little diorama.
Every two years the great model railway exhibition “Modelspoor Expo” is organized by the publisher of Belgium’s biggest model railroad magazine, called “Modelspoormagazine” (Dutch) or “Train Miniature Magazine” (French). The “Modelspoor Expo” is the largest exhibition for railway modelling and model railroading in Belgium. In October 2018, Pilentum was there for the first time, and he could not believe it: There were more than 50 high quality model train dioramas, model railroad displays and model railway layouts.
When Pilentum visited the great model railway exhibition “Modelspoor Expo” in Belgium on the last weekend, he met Jan Martens, a very nice Belgian model railroader. I guess, Jan is fascinated by trams, tramways and narrow gauge railways. So he decided to create a nice model railroad layout of a former tramway in the province of Namur in Belgium. He calls his model railway display “Le Vicinal á Vresse”. This means something like “The tramway line at the city of Vresse” in the English language. You have to know, the “Tramways Vicinaux” or “Buurtspoorwegen” were a system of narrow-gauge tramways and local railway lines in Belgium, which covered the whole country. In the last century, these tramways had a greater route length than the mainline railway system. The model railway layout of Jan Martens was inspired by tramway line no. 553 of the national Vicinal tramway company, which was opened in the beginning of the last century. The layout is more of an impression of “how the railway line could have been” than an original presentation of “how the railway line really once was”. However, the intention is to show the atmosphere of the Ardennes in the 1930’s with the tramways cruising between small villages and beautiful landscapes.
Today, we are going to make a journey to France. At the great model railway exhibition in Leipzig, Germany, the French model railroad club “Amis du Rail 67” presented its beautiful layout built in HO scale. On the modular railway layout, there are one large railway line in HO scale, two railway lines in narrow gauge, and a miniature street for vehicles of the famous Faller Car system. The whole display takes approximately 15 meters in length and 5 meters in width. Pilentum was absolutely fascinated by the good work, how buildings and trees and the landscape were modeled. Furthermore, the background consists of a beautiful painting. I guess, the background image was painted by Patrice Hamm, a famous artist in railway modelling. The model railroading club and its members created a very special atmosphere: The landscape is not overcrowded with gimmicks. It is a simple, but very beautiful landscape including a small town with half-timbered buildings. But the most important thing, of course, is the rail transport traffic. On the main line of the railway, we can discover a lot of the finest steam locomotives and steam trains used by the French State Railway. There are also some diesel locomotives and, for example, the famous French railcar. Therefore, there is no catenary, because the French model railroaders do not prefer high-speed trains, only steam trains and freight trains. On the two narrow-gauge lines some ugly model trains running on two independent loops. Mostly, there are railcars for passenger traffic running between the small villages. Finally, there is also a miniature car system. There are trucks and buses driving behind the railway lines.
We have to go back in time. In March 1997, one of the first and largest digital model railways in Europe was opened in Losheim, a small town on the border between Belgium and Germany. At that time, the model railroad exhibition was called “Euro Tecnica”. In the first years, a total of 800 meters of catenary and 1,200 meters of tracks in scale H0 were installed. Later, the railway network grew to 2,000 meters of tracks and the exhibition area of the model railway layout increased from 110 m² to 200 m². Also the name of the exhibition was changed. For several years, it is called “ArsTECNICA”. The model railway is digitally controlled via two PC systems. On the railway network there are 125 trains. 40 trains can drive at the same time, while the other trains are parked in waiting position in special shadow stations or hidden yards. For the system not the system of Märklin in alternating current (AC, three-wire), but the two-wire system in direct current (DC) is used, for example ROCO or FLEISCHMANN. For additional reality and movements, a car system is used on the model railroad display. This car system is built in 16 different sections. 20 vehicles can drive at the same time. In total, there are 40 vehicles, for example, trucks and cars and buses. The model railway layout presents typical features of Germany, especially of the Eifel region. The Eifel is a low mountain range in western Germany and eastern Belgium. Of course, there are also half-timbered houses, castles and palaces. The audience of Pilentum Television will recognize very quickly, that this model railroad is a bit older. The model trains are typical scale models of the railway era of the 1990's.
Behind the great “Porsche Traumwerk”, a toy and model railway museum in Southern Germany, there is Mr. Porsche’s very large garden railway. Some people say garden railroad, backyard railroad or miniature railway. Anyway, the rolling stock also includes a superb steam locomotive. The locomotive was built by some steam loco experts from Germany. During the train operation the steam locomotive runs with 8 bar boiler pressure and generates a performance of 4 horsepower. Often Pilentum Television was invited to make video recordings inside the “Porsche Traumwerk”, but in this case not the large model railroad in H0 scale but the great garden railway was to be in the focus, especially how to fire up the steam locomotive. After firing up the steam loco we made some very relaxing and beautiful cab rides along the tracks. Pilentum’s camera was installed on several positions on the locomotive. A very special camera angle is right in the driver's cab, immediately above the fire box. Porsche’s park railway consists of two large sections, more than 1.3 kilometers in total. This makes it one of the largest garden railways in Europe.
I guess, you must have heard about the famous “Oktoberfest”, the world’s largest beer festival and travelling funfair in Munich, Germany? This festival begins this weekend. Therefore, I had the idea, to make a funny video of model railway layouts or model railroad displays showing an amusement park, a funfair or a fairground. All these miniature worlds - presented in this video - are built in HO scale. But you should not only enjoy the video, but also learn something about Germany’s greatest beer festival. The Oktoberfest is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is a folk festival running from late September to the first weekend in October, with more than six million people from around the world attending the event every year. The festival is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since the year 1810. During the event, large quantities of beer are consumed. Apart from the biggest stupid things the Germans have done in their history, they have done something good for the world: Yes, they invented the beer. I can say that because I am a German myself. Usually, more than 8.0 million liters of beer were served during the festival. Furthermore, visitors also enjoy a lot of attractions, such as amusement rides, games, roller coasters, bumper cars and a wide variety of traditional foods. But it's true: There are many beer tents at the Oktoberfest. Inside these tents, traditional music, but also modern pop music is made, so that the visitors can party all night long.
This model railway in HO scale is still under construction. It is being built by a German model railroad club, called “Modellbahnclub Schmallenberg”. The layout has a size of 66 square meters and the railway tracks are made by Fleischmann. The length of the rails is nearly 600 meters. That is good enough for making a cab ride video in train driver’s view.
Pilentum would like to present this wonderful modular model railroad layout of a local short line in York, Pennsylvania. This model railway was built by Denis Arrufat. The York Rail, a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc., and its freight trains gave inspiration to Denis to create a city limits layout based on scenes found along the original tracks. Normally, model railroaders define a city limits layout as a model railroad consisting of county and city boundaries including local industry. Doing rail transport modelling in this way is always a challenge for railway modellers: Houses, streets, facades, dirt and garbage on the roads as well as rust on the locomotives, cars, trains and coaches must be modeled. Finally, it is a special way of model railroading requiring a careful operation in weathering. With emphasis Denis built an authentic reproduction of this railway line serving the local industries in York, Pennsylvania, United States of America. The realistic atmosphere is amazing, for example, graffiti on the freight cars, rusty locomotives, broken fences, dirty tank cars, etc. To underline the impression of reality, Pilentum has added some original sounds and railway noises.
In December 2016, Pilentum visited the famous model railway layout of Mr. Hans-Peter Porsche for the first time. Then, we made some really fantastic cab rides with the model trains in HO scale. Unfortunately, at that time we had disabled the automatic train control system to make the train rides. Therefore, there were no oncoming trains and sometimes the railway signals were red. In June 2018, Pilentum visited again Mr. Porsche’s model railway exhibition. This time, we made an absolutely beautiful cab ride along the Austrian model railroad section. Pilentum’s locomotive, including a camera, starts at a small railway station. After that, the train crosses the big railway viaduct or railroad bridge and drives into the tunnel. Somewhat later the train arrives at the large railroad station, while other trains leave the station. Finally, it will be exciting for all friends of technology: The train passes the next tunnel and goes behind the scenes, where the hidden yards, storage yards or fiddle tracks are installed. In addition, the train passes many track spirals to get back to the normal level of the model railway layout. Behind the scenes, you'll see a lot of model trains parking - some made by Marklin and some made by Roco. Thereafter, the train is coming back to the beginning of the Austria section. Now, you’ll see how the track layout is organized. It is a very large dog-bone arrangement of a continuous loop where the model trains turn around. Enjoy this journey by train and feel like a train driver, locomotive engineer, railroad engineer, engine driver, locomotive operator or train operator in this miniature world.
The French model railway club, called “Association des Modélistes Cheminots de Limoges”, presented its modular model railroad layout at Germany’s model train exhibition “Intermodellbau 2018”. The layout is a scale model of the railway infrastructure of a small branch line in France, somewhere in the region of Landeyrat-Marcenat. On the railway lines, there are various French steam locomotives, freight trains and the famous French diesel engine railcar “Autorail”.
Sooner or later, dear friends of Pilentum Television, you will see that this model railway layout is still under construction. Normally, Pilentum only presents already finished and perfectly built model railroad layouts, but this case, Pilentum would give you the unique opportunity to have an unrestricted view of the various stages of construction. This miniature world in HO scale is being built by a German model train club. Originally, the members of this railroad club had the idea to organize a permanent exhibition. But they did not want to present a finished landscape with trains, but also to present the individual construction phases. For several years, guests can visit this model railroad display every Sunday. The model railway layout has a size of 66 square meters and is constructed in an E-shape. The railway tracks are made by Fleischmann. The length of the Fleischmann railway tracks is nearly 600 meters. A few years ago, a miniature car system was installed. It is the so-called “MCC Model Car Parts” system made in the Netherlands. All model trains, light effects, the railroad network and the cars are controlled digitally by the software “iTrain”. In the background decoders, track occupancy detectors and feedback sensors made by “Lenz Digital” and by “Rautenhaus Digital” are in service. In the future, decoders made by “Lokstore Digital” will be used. Trains, locomotives and coaches are primarily scale models from Fleischmann, Trix, PIKO, Roco, MEHANO, Liliput and BRAWA.
This model railway layout, built in N scale, presents a partly restored castle ruin situated on a mountain in a hilly and wooded landscape in Germany. The focus of this model railroad is on the castle and on the single track railway line that leads around the mountain. The members of the Maas and Waal model train club would like to show the railway in the 1960's, when trains on this route had not yet been electrified. Therefore, the railway traffic is very diverse with both steam trains and diesel traction and ranges from express trains and longer freight trains on the main route to local passenger trains and occasional rail buses. The layout was designed specifically for model railroad exhibits because the dimensions are 2.5 meters in the width by 1.0 meter in the depth. The Maas and Waal model train club used PECO rails and points for the construction; the PECO rails were first pinned with thumbtacks and then permanently glued with wood glue. Furthermore, the landscape and forests are made with elements from Woodland Scenics.
There are many ways or ideas in model railroading or in railway modelling for designing and constructing a permanent model railway exhibition. On the one hand, as you know, there is the beautiful “Miniatur Wunderland” in Hamburg, Germany. It is the world’s largest model railroad exhibit, a destination for families and a great tourist attraction. On the other hand, there is, for example, the “Modellbundesbahn”, one of the finest model railways built in HO scale in Germany. Of course, there are also many superb model railway layouts throughout Europe, also in the United States, in Russia, in Australia or in Asia, especially in Japan. Apart from the commercial model train exhibitions, there are model train clubs around the world building absolute amazing layouts with great attention to detail. And all these model railway layouts deserve to be presented on Pilentum Television. But sometimes, there are such extraordinary model railway exhibitions that we rate not only in size or in detail, but also in their unique beauty. One of these special exhibitions is - without any doubt - the model railway from Hans-Peter Porsche, the grandson of the famous automotive designer, Ferdinand Porsche. Hans-Peter Porsche created a museum for model trains and tinplate toys in Southern Germany, in the district of Berchtesgaden. In the German language we call this museum “TraumWerk”, meaning something like “Dream Factory” in the English language. The “Dream Factory” is a 365 square meter model railway reaching five meters high. The precision found in this miniature world is nothing short of impressive. Model trains travel through the most beautiful regions of the Alps. It is a lovingly designed piece of Europe in miniature containing Austria, Switzerland and Germany in HO scale. A model railroad specialist and his team were building this model railway over a period of two years. In total, there are more than 180 trains. At least 50 of them are running along at the same time on nine separate electrical sections while the other trains are parking in 32 fiddle yards or hidden stations below the installation. The digital model railway control system is based on decoders and devices of Rautenhaus Company, using the Selectrix protocol and digital command control (DCC). Below the installation, there are sixteen computers to operate locos, cars, light effects and much more. Furthermore, four technicians are constantly taking care of the railway traffic in the control room. As you can see, these are no cab rides using the camera in front of the loco. This time, Pilentum has installed the camera on the side of a rail car to imitate a train passenger’s view. Furthermore, this camera setting offers the best view of the entire model railroad system. I know, dear friends of Pilentum Television, some criticize buildings, locomotives and trains are not weathered. Others complain that the pantographs of the electric locomotives are not in operation. In that sense, Porsche’s model railway layout is not as realistic as we expect. But the dimensions of Porsche’s model railway layout are really unique. Now, enjoy this video, share it with friends or write a comment. And, don’t forget to visit this layout when you are going to make a journey to Germany.
If you’re asking German model railroaders and railway enthusiast, where to find the most outstanding permanent model railway exhibition in Germany, they will probably answer, this is the “Modellbundesbahn”. In fact, the “Modellbundesbahn” is a superb HO scale permanent display layout, constructed to museum quality. In 2007, the British railway journal “Continental Modeller” called this layout the “German equivalent of Pendon Museum”.
Some say live steam trains, others say real steam trains. Today, we discover the world of garden railway, backyard railroad or garden railroad with live steam locomotives from 5 inch gauge up to 7 1/4 inch gauge. It is about ridable miniature railways including locomotives large enough for one or several persons to ride on. The whole video was taken on the railway course of the German Railway Modelling Club, called “Dampfbahnclub Taunus”, located near Frankfurt/Main, Germany. As you can see from the tracks, the park railway is suitable for 5 inch and 7 ¼ inch model trains. Please, enjoy these steam locomotives and listen to their original sound.
As you know, there is the great “Miniature Wonderland”, the world’s largest permanent model railway exhibition, in Germany. Two years ago, the model builders finished the Italian section with beautiful coast lines, with the central station of the capital Rome and much more. In February 2018 - after more than a year of construction work - the new section of Venice was opened. This masterpiece of modelling in HO scale completes the Italy theme inside the “Miniature Wonderland”, although there are no model trains and no model railway. The new Venice section with a size of only nine square meters is one of the smallest sections of the “Miniature Wonderland”. More than 35,000 man hours have been dedicated to create this Italian world with its winding streets, waterways, gondolas and palaces that were finished with greater precision than ever before. Approximately 60 model builders have been involved in modelling the new Venice section. They have made more than 280 houses and bridges by hand, have installed 2,800 LED, laid more than 5,000 meters of cable and have made 160 individual street lights. At a square meter price of more than 100,000 Euros, this diorama of Venice didn't come cheap at all. But every corner of miniature Venice is the result of so much devotion, for example, the 450 gondolas of Venice, each of them were carefully hand crafted and decorated. The famous tourism sights of Venice - the “Canale Grande”, the “Piazza San Marco”, the “Rialto Bridge” and the many water taxi gondolas - can be discovered in 1/87 scale.
Recently, many friends of Pilentum have complained that there are far too few videos about steam locomotives. Therefore, Pilentum wants to make all enthusiasts of steam trains happy with this new video of a $ 30,000 live steam locomotive in 7 ¼ inch gauge. If it should be a steam engine, it must be a real steam or live steam garden railway. Some facts about this steam locomotive: The steam locomotive of Class 23 was a German passenger train locomotive developed in the 1950’s for the German Federal Railway. The locomotives had a 2-6-2 wheel arrangement and were equipped with Class 2'2' T 31 tenders. In reality, 105 types of this locomotive were built - from numbers 23 001 to 23 105 - by the manufacturers Henschel Company, Arnold Jung Locomotive Works Factory, Krupp Company and Maschinenfabrik Esslingen. Reduced to 1/8 scale, this steam locomotive was constructed in 2002 by a railway modeller from Cologne, Germany. The weight of this loco is 285 kg or 628 lb. The weight of the tender is 85 kg or 187 lb. Pilentum made a video from different angles by using three cameras. In the first part the miniature railway video was taken by the JVC Adixxion GC-XA2 camera installed on a passing train on a parallel rail track. In the second part, the riding railroad or grand scale railroad was taken by the Yi 4K+ camera installed above the running gear. In the third part, the train was taken by the Panasonic HVX 200 camera filmed from the hand. The whole video was taken on the railway course of the German Railway Modelling Club, called “Dampfbahnclub Taunus”, located near Frankfurt/Main, Germany. As you can see from the tracks, the park railway is suitable for 5 inch and 7 ¼ inch model trains. Please, enjoy this “Big Boy” steam engine and listen to the original sound.
This is the latest model railway layout, which was built by Peter van den Wilderberg in HO scale. Peter is a famous model railroader living in the Netherlands. He is also known by the name “PEMOBA” which is an abbreviation for “Peter’s Modelbaan”. Peter does not build big model railway layouts; he focuses on small, cute and lovely dioramas, which are about three meters in the width and just one meter in the deep. When Peter builds a new layout for European model railway exhibitions, every square centimeter is filled with technical details and fascinating gimmicks. As a spectator you have to look closely to the layout for several times to discover all the little details. In the left section of this layout, which is controlled by the “Win-Digitpet” railway software, there is the little train station of the city named “Peters-Brück”. There are two platforms. At the front of the platform, you should pay attention to the station master who lines his head to the passing trains. And, in front of the train station there are two working guys who are loading a truck. In the background of this miniature world, there are the many buildings that are fully furnished and illuminated. On the street, a street sweeper is very busy cleaning the road, while the kids are playing at the children’s playground and the bus drives along. In the middle of the layout, there are two bridges that span a small river. Below the bridge, boats are loaded with a crane. In the right section of the model railway, you can see rows of houses with a small market and a church. In front of this scenery, there is a scrapyard or junk yard. And, behind the railway line, there are some transport activities at the warehouses.
Once again, Pilentum presents one of the finest model railway layouts made in Great Britain. It is the third layout made by the British model railroader Peter Goss. The model railway - built in OO scale or 4 mm or OO gauge - is based on the North Yorkshire market town of Knaresborough. It was completed at the end of 2014 and has been presented at model railway exhibitions since then. Pete Goss started planning this model railway in 2009, and after extensive survey work and detailed planning model construction finally commenced in February 2010. The scenery is set in the time period around 2005 to 2015. The rolling stock includes the modern day colorfully liveried diesel multiple units (DMU) and several long special trains, for example the “Northern Belle Pullman” or the “Scarborough Spa Express”. The layout has only a simple branch line theme with trains running through the station on a twin track continuous circuit run. The market town setting contains a very strong historical theme. It is that theme of model railroading that Pete is very familiar with. Pete has always had a fascination with railways and buildings. His main interest is the architecture and styles of old and historic buildings and displaying them at a true scale within the realms of railway modelling. Over the years, Pete has attended model railway exhibitions all over the United Kingdom and also in Germany, Netherlands and Belgium. The model railway layout in this video got the name “The Worlds End”, because this name refers to the pub that is located near the railway station of Knaresborough. Apart from the train station, the model railway layout contains a large stone built and ornate viaduct over the River Nidd which is around five feet long and 14 inches high. And, there are other scenes on the layout that will intrigue and entertain folks whilst watching the model trains go by. Substantial numbers of metal cast and converted plastic model figures have been employed on the layout and inside the coaches. Pete’s model railway layout was shown at the great Norwich Model Railway Exhibition in 2017. Pilentum made this video at the International Scale Model Exhibition in Dortmund, Germany, in 2018.
Model railway exhibitions in Germany are normally organized by model train clubs. They build railway modules, mostly in HO scale, and plug them together. That's how they get a huge model railroad system for their visitors. One focus of model railroading or railway modelling is on joining different modules with different train control systems. Before they open their model railroad exhibit on the weekend, the members are busy harmonizing various decoders, locomotives, switches, etc. In this video, Pilentum presents a model train show which was organized by three modelling clubs. After building a large modular railway layout consisting of more than 100 single modules, visitors enjoyed more than 200 meters of railroad track in HO scale and a lot of rolling stock, mostly German locomotives, freight trains and passenger trains. In Germany, the brands Marklin, Fleischmann and Roco are very popular. But recently there are smaller manufacturers making very detailed scale models of locomotives, for example ESU and BRAWA. They focus on realizing amazing digital functions in their locomotives, such as sound and light effects in electric locomotives or smoke generators in steam locomotives. Finally, German model railroaders more and more are using digital car systems on their model railway layouts even if the layouts were designed only as a modular system. The joy of running these little miniature vehicles or model cars in HO scale is unmistakable.
We take a look at the beautiful model railway layout which was built by Maggie Gravett and by her husband Gordon Gravett. It is the famous, award-winning model railway layout showing a little town in Brittany, France, in the early 1960’s. It was written, that they needed seventeen years for making this wonderful miniature world. And, the time was worth it.
In this video, the French model railway club, called “Rails Miniatures de la Boucle”, from Gennevilliers, France, presents its beautiful model railroad layout named “Burgundy 1,500 Volt”. This French association of model railroading is located near Paris, France, and was established in 1982 by twenty model railroaders and railway modelling designers. The layout was built in HO scale and took approximately ten years of working time. It presents a famous French railway line near the city of Dijon inside the Burgundy region, France. This railway line is one of the major axis of the French rail traffic network, connecting Paris, Cote d'Azur in the southeast of France and other Italian destinations. In 1950, the railroad section between Paris and Dijon was electrified by catenary wires with 1,500 Volt. Therefore, the members of the French model railway club called this layout “Burgundy 1500 Volt”. Of course, in reality this railroad track has been modernized according to the modern standards of rail traffic systems. On the model railway layout, there are some of the finest model trains made by the French manufacturer Jouef, today a subsidiary company of Hornby Railways. The model railway layout has been built extremely detailed: The signal systems and the rails are designed very realistic. And, a very important argument, the locomotives drive with pantographs. The layout was built especially for toy train exhibitions. It is about ten meters in length. On the front side, spectators can enjoy the three-track railway line. On the back, behind the layout, what spectators cannot see, there is a large shadow station or fiddle yard where the miniature trains are parked. The whole train system is digitally controlled.
A new permanent model railway exhibition opened on February 8, 2018, in Germany. The model train show is called “Blue Brix Wonder World”, and it is located in the South of Germany, near Munich. There are different model railroad layouts inside the whole exhibition area, for example, two layouts built in G scale presenting Switzerland. Another layout, approximately 130 square meters in HO scale, presenting the Germany city of Straubing. The most beautiful layout is the great HO scale show room with an exhibition area of more than 440 square meters. On a rail network with more than 1,600 meters in length, there are a lot of toy trains made by different European manufacturers, such as Marklin, Roco, Hornby, PIKO and Fleischmann. Some passenger cars and freight cars are made by Bachmann, Athearn and Liliput.
The best way to explore a model railroad layout is doing a train cab ride. Therefore, we are going to discover another model railroad exhibit in this video. This layout, respectively this model railway exhibition was opened some years ago in Germany. It is called “Oktorail”, a permanent model train show of 400 square meters that mostly uses trains made by Marklin. The exhibition is divided into different sections. For example, the old Ruhr area in Germany, an industrial landscape known for its blast furnaces, steel and coal industry. In another section Germany is presented with modern streets, big cities and with a very large central station. By the way, this is the largest central station in HO scale Pilentum knows. In another section the Alps are presented. The landscape consists of high mountains and alpine regions. Unfortunately, Pilentum could make the video recordings only during the visitor hours. Therefore, only short train rides were shot. Anyway, enjoy this miniature world and, as you are used to from Pilentum, feel like a train driver.
Doing model railroading or railway modelling is something beautiful. Apart from the construction of a model railway display, the model trains and locomotives are a very important detail of any model railroad layout. Again and again Pilentum is extremely fascinated by different locomotives and train sets. It does not matter if they are steam locomotives, diesel locomotives or electric locomotives. That's why Pilentum focuses very much on the passing trains while making videos. And, Pilentum prefers to capture them in macro photography mode. But in macro photography, choosing the right exposure, distance, or focus is not always easy. But sometimes everything is perfect and beautiful shots are taken. In this video, Pilentum would like to present you these beautiful shots. Enjoy more than 75 different trains and locomotives, some from Europe and some from the USA.
In this video, I would like to show you, an amazing model railroad layout that was built in HO scale. This layout was built by a group of model railroaders living in Cologne, Germany. But, let’s point out, what is the special thing on this model railway, and on this video. Two years ago, I visited a model railway exhibition for US model trains in Germany. I saw this fine layout built with landscapes in summer time. Two years later, I visited this model railroad exhibit again, and I also saw this fine layout. But now, it was built with a landscape in winter time. Within two years the members of the German railway modelling club have completely rebuilt their model train layout from summer time into winter time. Therefore, in this video, I would like to present a kind of “visual comparison”. We are going to see some sections of this model railway in the summer, and then we are going to see nearly the same section, with almost the same angle of view, in winter. At the first time, perhaps, you will not immediately see the difference. So, you need to pay attention to the many details along the railway line.
Once again, you are the train driver, railroad engineer, loco pilot or train operator along this never ending model railroad layout which was built in HO scale. While watching this cab ride video you are going to discover a beautiful model railway layout in train driver's view. You are going to explore more than 1,000 square meter of this miniature world, and you are going to meet some of more than 200 model trains.