At the great festival for US model trains in Germany, also Gerrit Schoenmaker from the Netherlands presented his beautiful model railway layout, called “Western Rhapsody”. This display presents the Southwest of the United States in the 1950’s and 1960’s with its freight and passenger rail services. Apart from the model trains, for example, two steam locomotives operating in multiple-unit train control, the effect of the background wallpaper must be noted. So the landscape with its railway line merges with the background of the canyons.
In this video the members of the model railway club from Porvoo, Finland, present their particularly rare three rail model railroad layout in O scale. The members call their layout “Shark Bay Railroad”. They were weathering their locomotives, trains and coaches in an absolutely perfect way. The model trains are equipped with digital control from Lionel (Legacy) and MTH (DCS). The locomotives rumble along the tracks through an industrial landscape with a sawmill, a brewery and even a small fishing port. Let me explain the use of a third rail in model railroading: Early toy trains used two metal rail tracks like most real trains. However, manufacturers quickly found that using a center rail for electric power and the two outer rails for common or ground made electrical contact much more reliable and less prone to short circuits. Three rail contact also negates the need for insulated wheels, an important consideration before plastics wheels became widely available. Therefore, most models on the Finnish model railway display are made of metal. Finally, the entire layout is not very large. There is a marshalling yard on the left, and a circuit on the right. So the locomotives and the loving weathering are special.
This model train layout in HO scale was built by German modellers from Cologne. There are three different landscapes covering the whole model railway layout. And, there are a lot of North American locomotives and freight trains, including Amtrak or CSX, etc. The model railroad layout was carefully designed with a beautiful snow cover.
While Pilentum visited a model railway exhibit for American model trains in Germany he saw this special model railroad diorama of the Chilean railway. The model railroad was built by Juergen Petrik in HO gauge, 1/87 scale, narrow gauge. It is a model of the famous “Ferrocarril Andino”, the narrow-gauge railway somewhere in the Atacama Desert in Chile. On the right section, there is the Pacific coast where penguins and sea lions swimming in the cold water. In the background of this scenery, the locomotives and trains drive on the railway line. On the left section, there is the high plateau of salt lakes and volcanoes with a little station. The landscape on this model railway layout is really impressive, for example the rocks, the very small stones and the plants along the tracks.
As you know, Pilentum lives in Germany. But Pilentum knows that there are many wonderful model railroad displays in the United States. A great desire of Pilentum is to visit the US once to film these great model train layouts. Unfortunately, the travel costs from Germany to the US are very high. But in order to present some of the most impressive model railways Pilentum asked the Choo Choo Barn for getting some video footage. So this video was created. Now, you should ask yourself why Pilentum did choose the Choo Choo Barn. The reason is the extraordinary story behind this model railroad exhibit. The Choo Choo Barn was originally born in 1945, in the basement of the Groff home in Strasburg. George Groff had just returned from World War II, and was looking for a Christmas present for his son Gary. He found a $ 12.50 Lionel model train set. And, one thing led to another - within few years - that simple train set had begun to take over a larger and larger portion of the family basement. In the 1950’s, the Groff family began opening their model railroad display for neighbors, townspeople and local school groups during the Christmas holidays. The exhibition became very popular so that the Groff family decided to move the model railroad into a small township maintenance facility. Then, the Choo Choo Barn, as George decided to call his display, opened on Thanksgiving Day in 1961, and it was very quickly a hit with local folks and visitors alike. With over 600 square feet of detailed landscaping, 6 trains, and 6 animated figures, people knew they were seeing something special and unique. Over the years, the display continued to grow. The train layout has grown into an attraction for all ages and all groups. There are miniature replicas of The Willows Restaurant, Dutch Wonderland amusement park, the Strasburg Railroad, and a scale version of the Groff family home. Today, the Choo Choo Barn is a 1,700 square feet model train layout.
Last weekend, Pilentum visited a model railway exhibit for US model trains in Germany. One of the most impressive displays was built by Juergen Tuschik, a German model railroader. For creating his miniature world he chose neither HO scale nor N scale, but Z scale. The layout, named “Flaggstone East Terminal” presents a marshalling yard with industrial plants in the foreground and a silhouette of a big city in the background. Of course, there are larger and perhaps more beautiful model railway layouts, but in this case the small size of only 1/220 scale is extremely special.
The Miniature Wonderland is the world‘s largest model railway, located in the city of Hamburg, Germany. More than 15 million visitors - from all over the world - have already visited this famous model railroad exhibition. Spreading over more than 1,500 square meters, a unique and outstanding exhibition built in HO scale arose in 760,000 man hours - and it keeps on growing. Next to sophisticated technologies, the Miniature Wonderland is known for its captivating richness of detail. There are 250,000 figures lovingly set in scene. There are moving cars and ships. And, at the miniature airport airplanes are taking off and landing every minute. The Miniature Wonderland is a breathtaking miniature world unmatched anywhere in this world. Every year more and more visitors are discovering the Miniature Wonderland. But also behind the scenes, there is a lot to report: For example, currently more than 360 people are working there. From technicians to art students - the whole team is going to create new worlds in HO scale. The great exhibit invites its visitors to dream and to observe. And, visitors get the possibility to look at our world from a totally different perspective. Although the model trains - sometimes - disappear in the background, however, not only the creation of these amazing landscapes makes Miniature Wonderland so unique. It is also the innovative high-technology, which has never been installed in model railway layouts before. This technology, hidden within the impressive landscapes, is an important factor for the fascination and uniqueness. For example: 385,000 lights, which are dynamically controlled by a self-developed light control system, provide an almost perfect simulation of day and night. Of course, also approximately 300 amazing miniature cars must be mentioned, which are controlled by several computers. Finally, Germany’s Miniature Wonderland is not only a normal model railway exhibition, but a miniature world - for the young and the old - which invites its visitors in many ways to marvel, to dream, and to discover. So, please: Visit Germany. Visit Hamburg. And, visit the Miniature Wonderland. Thank you, and keep on watching Pilentum.
In this video, Pilentum presents a railfanning cab ride view on a very large modular model railroad layout built in FREMO, Free-Mo, Mod-U-Trak and Modutrak standard. Model trains run along more than 50 meters of HO scale railway tracks in narrow gauge. The great model railway display presents the famous Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway in Switzerland.
Basically, there are two methods to build a model railway layout. On the hand a model railway layout can be built on a single plate. In this case width and length finally define the size of the whole layout. On the other hand single modules are built by members of a model railway club. Because of consistent standards in module construction, wiring, DCC, track and scenery, these single modules can be fitted to a very large modular model railway. For example, FREMO, Free-Mo, Mod-U-Trak and Modutrak are well known standards for building those model railway modules. In this video Pilentum presents a model train cab ride along a very large modular model railway layout. There are more than 50 meters of HO scale railway tracks in narrow gauge. The whole model railroad layout presents the famous Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway in Switzerland. This Swiss mountain metre gauge railway operates between the Realp railway station in the Canton of Uri and the Oberwald railway station in the Canton of Valais, crossing the Gletsch railway station also in the Canton of Valais. Because the entrance of the tunnels were built so low, what is usual for narrow gauge railways, Pilentum's cab ride camera does not fit. So Pilentum had to make a video cut between the tunnels.
Many model builders and railroad modelers in Europe are fascinated by the railway system in Switzerland. Although there are high mountains and deep valleys, everywhere the railroad runs. So, many model builders would like to create this atmosphere on a model railway display. Especially in Germany there are many layouts with Swiss landscapes. Therefore, we see in this video the famous Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway. Of course, it is a model railroad layout built in HO scale, narrow gauge. In particular, we can see the railway traffic at the famous Gletsch station in Switzerland. Let me explain why this station is something special: This railway station was opened in 1914, and owned and operated by the Furka Oberalp Bahn. The Furka Oberalp Bahn was the only railroad that crossed the mountains. The railway line was used until 1982. Then the railway line was abandoned because the new Furka Base Tunnel was opened for crossing the mountains. But since 1992, the abandoned railway line has been reopened as a heritage railway. And, also the station at Gletsch was reopened. The station in this model is a very, very good copy of reality in 1/87 scale. Now, please enjoy watching these Swiss locomotives and trains.
In this video, Pilentum presents a very large HO scale model railway layout. Now, we are going to discover this amazing model railroad in detail. In this miniature world, there are 50 trains running simultaneously in digital railway control mode. There are both passenger trains and freight trains. Especially at the large central station there is a lot of rail traffic.
In the history of railway and railroad construction, we must recognize that the most beautiful and the most ingenious railway lines have been built in Switzerland. There are many tourists who visit Switzerland only because of the railway tracks. Therefore, it’s not a surprise that there is a separate genre in model building, namely Swiss model railroading or Swiss railway modelling. In this video, Pilentum presents three model railway layouts in HO scale, narrow gauge, showing special structures and places of the Swiss railway. You can recognize the places by identifying the name signs at the miniature railway stations.
Pilentum would like to show you some famous diesel locomotives of the German railway history. Therefore, we have to visit a very old model railroad exhibit built in O gauge or 1/45 scale in Germany. On this railroad layout any toy train is made by hand. The first locomotive in this video is the famous DRG Class V 140. It was the first diesel locomotive with a hydraulic power transmission diesel engine, transmitting more than 1,000 kW of power. The locomotive was developed in the 1920’s and has been taken regularly on rail transport service since the 1930’s. After that loco, there is a very short video record of a battery electric multiple train used on the Prussian railway lines. It is the Prussian Class AT 3 Wittfeld battery locomotive. Thereupon, we will see the very famous DB Class V 200. It was the first diesel-hydraulic express locomotive of the German Federal Railroad. The DB Class V 200 hauled express trains on all main lines in the 1960’s. Because of the electrification of many railway lines the V 200 locomotives were used increasingly for commuter trains and freight trains. They were taken out of service in the late 1980’s. While many model train manufacturers produce as well the DRG Class V 140 locomotive as the DB Class V 200 locomotive, for example made by Hornby, Marklin, Roco, Fleischmann, etc., it is very difficult to find a scale model of the Prussian battery electric locomotive.
In this video Pilentum presents the famous steam locomotive DRG Class 01 in 1/45 scale. This steam locomotive was the first strong steam express passenger locomotive in Germany that was built between 1926 and 1938 for the German Federal Railroad. Later, the steam loco was also used for freight service. The top speed was 125 km/h or 79 mph (forwards) and 50 km/h or 31 mph (backwards). The video was taken on a very old model railroad exhibit in Germany. On this railroad layout, built in O gauge or 1/45 scale, any toy train is made by hand.
In Germany, there is a very old model railroad exhibit built in O gauge or 1/45 scale. On this railroad layout any toy train is made by hand. Pilentum would like to show you two special diesel trains in this video: The famous DB Class VT 08 and the DRG Class SVT 877. The famous DB Class VT 08. VT means “Verbrennungstriebwagen” in German, and “Diesel-Electric Powered Train” in English. Starting in 1952, the new class VT 08 diesel-electric powered rail car came into use on the long-distance express network for the new German Federal Railroad. These diesel trains impressed people because of their elegant streamlined shape. Inside the train, there was a galley, a dining area, a writing compartment, and a mail compartment. The very comfortable DB Class VT 08 trains ran on all the important long-distance railway lines in Germany. The DRG Class SVT 877, also known as the “Hamburg Flyer” or “Flying Hamburger”, was Germany’s first fast diesel train. Since 1933, this diesel-electric powered train was used to carry passengers on the Berlin-Hamburg railway line. The speed was about 286 km/h or 178 mph.
As you know, in Germany the “Miniature Wonderland” is the largest model railway layout in the world. It is a permanent model railroad exhibition built in HO scale. One year ago, a team from Google made some amazing panorama views with a very special 360° camera. Today, these photos are integrated into Google Street View and into Google Maps. At that time, a secret was made of which camera Google used for making these 360° photos. In this video, Pilentum explains which camera was used. Then, the Kodak PixPro SP360 Action Cam and the Kodak PixPro SP360 4K were used. Of course, the team had to reconstruct the camera so that it was small enough to fit it on the tracks under the overhead power line (catenary). And, the team had to build a small kind of a locomotive in HO scale, which automatically runs on the railway tracks. The yellow camera housing of the Kodak PixPro SP360 is clearly visible on the Google railcar. This camera is very good for creating 360° panoramic views. Especially when you take a look at the results on Google Street View, the camera's image quality is surprisingly very good. For making 360° photos from the miniature street level, the team constructed a 1/87 scale camera car that drove across the streets. Then, they used the Kodak PixPro SP360 4K Action Cam. The big secret was not the camera itself, but the technique with which the camera was used. Kodak had released this new camera, which takes video recordings in Ultra High Definition (4K quality), a few months later. If you are interested in the creation of 360° videos, you should take this camera because of the higher video resolution. The camera makes a photo or video with a camera angle of approximately 210°. Therefore, two cameras are required for making a full 360° panorama view: The first camera for the front view and the second camera for the rear view. In the next weeks, probably in September 2017, Kodak will launch a new camera on the market: The Kodak Orbit360 4K PixPro Action Cam. This camera has two lenses for the all-round view forward and backward.
Do you remember the large model railroad layout with a size of 28 meters in length and 5 meters in width? On this miniature world built in 1/87 scale, there are 50 trains running simultaneously in digital railway control mode. There are two railway sections, an inner circle and an outer circle. In this video the train camera is driving along the inner circle. Because of the enormous length of the whole layout there are some fiddle yards or staging yards. Planning and construction of this model train layout began more than 10 years ago. Today, the railway layout is part of a public model railroading exhibit in Germany.
This model railway layout has got a size of 28 meters in length and 5 meters in width. On this miniature world built in HO scale, there are 50 trains running simultaneously in digital railway control mode. The area of the main station has got a length of approximately 15 meters. There are two railway sections, an inner circle and an outer circle. In this video the train camera is driving along the outer circle. Because of the enormous length of the whole layout there are some fiddle yards or staging yards. Planning and construction of this model train layout began more than 10 years ago. Today, the railroad is part of a public railway exhibition in Germany.
In Germany, there is the largest model railway exhibit of the world. It's a miniature world consisting of nearly 16,000 meters of train tracks and representing many places around the world. Started in 2000, the so-called Miniature Wonderland has been built with an eye for detail, humor and fantasy. Today, it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany. In this video Pilentum presents the fantastic model trains and locomotives only. There are locomotives and high speed trains from Germany, from Italia, from Austria, from Scandinavia and from the United States.
In this video you'll se the most beautiful trains and locomotives in the Netherlands. The video footage was shooten inside the famous Miniworld Rotterdam, a very large model railway exhibition built in HO scale.
In this video, Pilentum presents a pretty layout of the famous Brig-Visp-Zermatt-Railway of Switzerland. In reality, this railroad is a metre gauge railway in Switzerland. Its 44 kilometre long railway line links the communities of Brig and Visp in the Rhone Valley with Täsch and Zermatt in the Mattertal. It is that railway line where the famous Glacier Express drives between St. Moritz and Zermatt.
In this video, Pilentum presents a model railroad layout, located inside a German toy train museum. The railroad layout is about Amtrak Trains, Burlington Nothern Railways and Pennsylvania Railroad in HO scale.
This model train layout was built in HO gauge or 1/87 scale. There are trains, passenger trains and freight trains, of the German Federal Railway. On the railroad layout, there are some attractions, for example the very large central railway station with nine railway lines and four platforms. Furthermore, there are two miniature bike riders driving along the streets.
The Burlington Northern Railroad was a railway company formed from a merger of four major railroads in the United States. Pilentum found this model railway layout inside a German toy train museum. In this model railroad movie only one train is presented: A typically green Burlington locomotive with a yellow railbox freight car, with an Illinois Central Gulf freight car, with a Columbus and Greenville freight car, with a western Pacific freight car, and with a Conrail freight car with open doors an the end. Burlington Northern operated between 1970 and 1996. Its historical lineage begins in the earliest days of railroading with the chartering in 1848 of the Chicago and Aurora Railroad, a direct ancestor railway line of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, which lends Burlington to the names of various merger-produced successors. Burlington Northern purchased the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway on December 31, 1996 to form the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway, which was owned by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation.
Amtrak, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, is a passenger railroad service that provides intercity service in the United States. In reality, Amtrak serves more than 500 destinations, operating more than 300 trains each day over 21,300 miles of track. Pilentum took some video shoots of an American model railway layout inside a German toy train museum. In this model railroad movie only one passenger train is presented: Two Amtrak locomotives with five passenger cars. I guess, it is an Amtrak Viewliner, Amtrak Amfleet or an Amtrak Horizon passenger car of Amtrak rolling stock.
This permanent model railway exhibit was one of the first digitally controlled Märklin model train systems in Germany. By the year 2001, it was the largest model railway layout in the world with more than 700 square meters of exhibition space. The construction of the model railroad was started in 1997 and completed in 1999. Built in HO gauge or 1/87 scale, on the layout there are more than 250 model trains in action including electric trains and steam trains. There are typically German landscapes from the North Sea, from the Ruhr and Rhine area, from the Lake Constance, and from Switzerland including Swiss model locomotives and passenger cars. You will be impressed by the many bridges - breathtaking and spectacular railway bridges - connecting the German landscape to the Swiss landscape. Unfortunately, in December 2016 the model railroad exhibit was finally closed due to high operating costs.
This amazing city edge model railway layout was built by German model railroaders. They were so fascinated by American trains, for example Conrail Trains or Amtrak Trains, that they have built a modular model railway layout. The main modules present the typical street life in America, a locomotive depot, backyards, side streets and a large railway line. In Germany, American model railroads are rare. But this layout convinces with a very realistic modeling style. Locomotives and trains are scratch built in a very impressive way. Even streets and houses are scratch built.
Today, Pilentum Television visits the large model railway layout inside the Museum of Hamburg History, Germany. Most people - in the context of Hamburg and model railway - are thinking about the great Miniature Wonderland, the largest model railway of the world. But many years before, a very large model railroad has been built in Hamburg. This model railroad wants to appear anything but commercial, but to present the railway history of Hamburg in an educational way. It is the 1 gauge railroad layout built by Germany’s first model railroad association in 1949. The origin of this beautiful layout dates back in 1944, when the Director of the Museum of Hamburg History had the idea to establish an exhibition of Hamburg’s railway history. In order to show Hamburg's railway history, a large exhibition hall inside the museum was chosen. And, a few years later, the idea of building a model railway layout came into reality. The members of Hamburg’s railroad association began to work. But note, this happened immediately after the Second World War. And, Germany was destroyed in ruins. Therefore, it is not a surprise that model railway friends from Sweden organized nearly 250 square meters of wood panels for the construction of the model railroad. After two years of construction, on October, 1949, the first layout of Hamburg’s model railroad was finished. However, over the years, there have been a number of smaller and even larger problems, but the analogue railway system was running for more than 40 years without a technical failure. In 1995, many parts of the first layout had failures. Locomotives and the rolling stock were also affected and had to be modernized. This is not surprising, because the rolling stock had travelled almost 6,000 kilometers along the model railway tracks. Anyway, the members of the railroad association were able to solve these problems successfully. But there was another big problem: The entire cabling of the model railroad had to be modernized. This problem was a disaster, because anyone, who builds model railroads, knows that there are numerous electrical cables and power connections that have to be installed along the tracks. It is a laborious work to fulfill this electrical installation. And, it was even more difficult to modernize the old electrical installation completely. The members of Hamburg's railroad association went to work again to restore the old railway layout. Old tracks were replaced by new tracks. The three-wire alternating power operation was switched to the two-wire DC operation. As a result, of course, all locomotives, passenger wagons and freight cars had to be retrofitted. Furthermore, the analogue model railroad control had to be exchanged. A full digital solution, which we know on the market today, was not used at that time, because hundreds or thousands of decoders had to be installed inside the rolling stock. But a very good solution was offered at that time by the computer-aided model railroad control of the company Gahler & Ringstmeier from Germany. With the Gahler & Ringstmeier system defined routes are stored for each model train. And, the current position of all available model trains is also monitored. However, in December 1996, this mammoth work was completed. Years later, the modernization of the railroad layout could be continued. New sections, new landscapes, and new railway stations were installed. And, the catenary was modernized, too. Finally, today's concept of the modernized and expanded railroad layout, is to present 100 years of railway history in Hamburg. This includes all trains of passenger and freight transport, from Prussian wagons to the new ICE high-speed train. Today, visitors of the Museum of Hamburg History enjoy 115 vehicles, including 60 steam locomotives, 13 electric locomotives, 26 diesel locomotives, 4 electric tramways as well as 12 diesel railcars, and much more. There are 185 passenger cars, and 380 freight cars. Since the opening of the model railroad layout in October 1949, this model train show was built by members of Hamburg’s model railroad association, and today it is still supervised by members of Hamburg’s railroad association. The exhibition takes 600 square meters. The model railway layout itself, has a size of 250 square meters. With a track length of more than 1,200 meters, there is a lot to discover on the left and right of the railway lines.
Inside the Dresden Transport Museum in Germany, there is a beautiful model railroad layout. It is an amazing O gauge model railway layout measuring more than 300 square meters. There is also a train collection of the finest scale models that were built in the German Democratic Republic. Yes, we are talking about the old GDR, also known as East-Germany. Then, this railroad layout was built as a teaching system for young railway engineers for learning the rail transport traffic. In a playful way, those railway engineers used the O scale model railroad trains to simulate the railway operation. They had to learn about the operation of multiple trains on the same railway line or on a large rail transport system. Using model trains they learned about the signalling control, the process by which control is exercised over train movements by way of railway signals and block systems to ensure that trains operate safely, over the correct route and to the proper timetable. Many years later, when the German Democratic Republic still existed, this train layout was installed inside Dresden Transport Museum. Today, it is a typical model train show which is very popular with the inhabitants of Dresden. When Pilentum visited the Dresden Model Railroad Museum he used a GoPro Hero 3 camera inside the diesel locomotives pulling freight cars. And, a second camera was installed on the right side of a passenger car. Thus these cab ride video recordings were made. Normally, the operation of multiple trains on the same layout is made easy due to DCC, digital command control. But at the Dresden Model Railroad Museum diesel locomotives, electric locomotives and steam locomotives do not have a DCC decoder inside. In Dresden, they are using the famous Gahler + Ringstmeier system - a block control system - which allows you to control each train individually. There are still model trains in analogue mode but they are controlled by a computer system. Today, there are approximately 30 locomotives and 115 coaches, mostly unique models or individual constructions corresponding to the railroad history of the GDR. There are heavy-weight locomotives generating a unique, unmistakable sound.
Basically, this railroad movie is nothing special, except that it has been produced in 4K and UHD. When Pilentum visited a large model railway exhibition in Germany, he had the idea not to install the camera inside the locomotive for making a cab ride video, but to install the Yi 4K+ camera on the side of the railway coach. This is a new and impressive camera angle: You feel like a passenger sitting in the train and looking out through the window. It is very attractive when trains pass by. Impressive are the scenes, when the train drives along the large railway station.
This model train layout in HO scale was installed in a former railway museum in Germany. Then, the whole model railway layout was restored, and the train control was converted from analog technology to digital technology. Today, this display is one of many model railroad layouts at the largest model railway exhibition in Southern Germany. Totally, there are 126 model trains in action. A lot of the electric trains, steam trains and diesel trains are parked inside of the fiddle yards. The whole display has a length of 50 meters and varies in width from 1.6 meters to 2.2 meters. The entire layout has more than 1,100 meters of track length. Please, enjoy this beautiful cab rides along the whole railway exhibition.
This model railway layout in O scale was built as a modular model train display by a German railroader association. Before the members started model railroading, they decided on the one hand, that they want to build their railway in 1/45 scale, and on the other hand, that their home town should be the focus of their model landscape. Because the members are living in the Westphalia region, Germany, on the railroad layout there is a little railway line, non-electrified of the former Deutsche Bundesbahn. Passenger trains arrive and depart at the station. Diesel trains and freight trains are crossing the scenery.