In France, there exists a model railway association, called “Trains Miniatures de l'Omois”. This French model train club has 35 members concentrating on the construction of modular model railway layouts and model railway segments in HO scale only. They do not have a permanent model railroad system because the members like to visit model railway exhibitions and other events for presenting their beautiful model railway layout. While modular model railway layouts often consist of segments that are built very simple or without landscapes, the French segments delight the viewer with an infinite number of beautiful details. For Pilentum it was hardly possible to record all these details on video, for example the old city, the beautiful French railway stations, the old castle, the market square, etc. Therefore, Pilentum and the model train club members were made some cab rides along all railroad segements.
The model railway club MSC Spijkspoor was founded in 1971 in the Netherlands. 36 members are focusing on the construction of modular model railway segments, modular systems and railway dioramas. At the great model train show in Utrecht, Netherlands, they presented the latest layout: A narrow gauge layout consisting of three railroad segments, each with the dimensions of 1.25 meters length x 0.62 meters width. Model trains, among others steam locomotives, diesel locomotives and trolley busses, are running on an idyllic landscape, which is located in the south of Germany.
This model railway layout is called “Peterseck” in the German language, and it means something like “Peter's Corner” in the English language. The layout is made in HO scale by PEMOBA. PEMOBA is an abbreviation for “Peter's Modellbaan”. Peter is a model builder and model railway enthusiast from the Netherlands. He started railway modelling, when he had received a Marklin starter set at the age of 6 years. Since then, he has built his model railroads either in the bedroom or on the attic. In 2000, however, Peter decided to visit model train exhibitions for presenting his model trains. Therefore, he was also at the model railway exhibition Eurospoor in Utrecht, Holland. There, he presented his model railway layout containing thousand details, self-made buildings and many moving figures. The railroad is almost in the background, because the attention of the spectators is directed, for example, to the restaurant with a mobile waiter, to the small toy railway in the window, or to the neighbors who are cutting the hedge at the railway line.
The Dutch model railway club, called “Stichting M-TRAK Baan”, presented its modular model railroad layout in HO scale at the famous model train exhibition in Utrecht, Netherlands. It is a typical modular railway system in 1/87 scale with Dutch trains.
This little model train layout was built by Hans Louvet. He is an artist in railway modelling and model railroading in the Netherlands. The model railroad layout presents a beautiful rail transport system with field railway and brick factory on approximately 0.25 square meters.
The French model railway club, Association Françaises des Amis du N, presented its large modular model train layout called “The train station of Chalon-sur-Saône”. The model railroad system is built in N scale showing typical French locomotives and trains.
This superb French model railway layout was built by Gordon and Maggie Gravett in 1:50 scale with 18.2 mm track gauge. The model train display is based on the now defunct Reséau Breton system in Brittany, northern France. This French railroad was a narrow gauge railway system with a length of nearly 425 kilometers around the city of Carhaix-Plouguer. The narrow gauge system was operational until 1967. Then, it was one of the largest railway networks in narrow gauge in France. The model railroad layout, called Pempoul, presents a little village, a station and a railway junction. The model railway layout is so deceptively real that it was presented in the BBC TV show “The Joy of Train Sets”. Please, enjoy this masterpiece of model railroading.
At the large model railway exhibition, called Eurospoor 2016 in Utrecht, Netherlands, the members of Beneluxspoor present one of their famous little model railway layouts respectively the model railway module “Sweet Home Chicago”. On the little display, there are police cars, buildings and the presumed street life of Chicago.
This beautiful model railway layout was built by Hans Louvet from the Netherlands. The model railroad presents the old narrow gauge based tramway de Puy de Dôme near Clermond-Ferrand, France. The model shows the little village, La Baraque, with its buildings and with the old tramway. The layout was built in 1:64 scale, narrow gauge respectively meter gauge. The dimension of the model train layout is 300 x 180 cm but there are thousands of amazing details. It looks like it is real: The scratch built and weathered locomotives, and the deceptively real buildings. Please, enjoy this masterpiece of model railroading.
The Kaeserberg Railway Foundation built one of the largest model railway layouts in Switzerland. Time taken to build 17 years with a total surface area of 610 square meters in HO scale. There are normal track gauge 16.5 mm (HO) and narrow track gauge 12.0 mm (HOm). The length of the track system is about 2,045 meters. It is a fantastic and amazing model railway layout.
There is heavy traffic on the railway line of Jakobstadt in Switzerland. It is the famous railway line near the central station of the famous Kaeserberg Model Railroad Layout.
Do you like Swiss railways? Then you may also like Swiss model railways. This is the famous railway bridge of Graberegg, Switzerland. Now, let us begin to count the trains.
There is a fantastic model railway layout in Switzerland. The model railroad was built in 1:87 scale - both with normal track sections and with narrow track or gauge railways sections, HO scale and HOn3½ gauge. This film was made with the very wide-angled Yi 4K camera to illustrate the enormous dimensions of the whole model train layout. The railroad system extends over three levels: On the lowest, first level there is a large shadow station, in which more than 300 trains and train combinations are stored. From there, the model trains are going the climb a 3.4 meter high track spiral to the main middle-level. On the second, middle level there are a big railway station as well as a goods and marshalling yard with container terminal and tank storage. Opposite the main station, there is a little village with two railway lines. While the one railway line runs over the large lattice bridge, the other railway line passes through the village. In total there are trains of the Swiss Federal Railroad as well as of the Rhaetian Railway. Please, enjoy the cab rides and the wide-angled field of view.
Originally, the company named Bing, based in Nuremberg, Germany, manufactured the first toy trains made of tin. On the contrary to today's model railway, these tinplate trains were primarily focused on gaming experience, not on scale conformity or on details. Model trains from the early years - the pre-war period - were mainly made of tin or tinplate. In the 1920’s Bing was the European market leader in tinplate model railways, which were initially operated with a wind-up power and later with electric power. Even the famous company Marklin focused on model railways and produced in the 1930's tin plate trains. Today, railways as well as tin toys of yesterday are absolute rarities. And, if it still is a fully functional model railway, then it’s absolutely unique.
This model train layout is one of the most beautiful model railway exhibitions, which was built by a railroad club in Germany. In January 2016, Pilentum visited this model railroading club and made a film. Now, in August 2016, Pilentum visited this model train exhibition again. There are spectacular camera angles and some funny scenes, for example the electrician. A special mention must also get the model tram, which was also filmed from great camera angles.
In the truest sense of the word, with a lot of love, members of a model railway club built a small diorama of a funny red light district in HO scale. Normally, they are constructing model train layouts, but sometimes they do something new: A street with nightclub, bars, pubs, nudism and nudes on the roof, table dancers and other erotic establishments. Enjoy this little world of love.
This engine shed, train depot or railway depot was constructed by the members of a German model railway club. It is built in 1 Scale or 1 Gauge. In this place usually locomotives are housed when not being used, and also repaired and maintained. Steam locomotives are there for coaling, watering, refuelling and replenishing water, lubricating oil and grease and, for disposal of the ash. At this running shed or engine shed there is also a workshop for day to day repairs and maintenance. There are beautiful locomotives, for example the German steam locomotive class 50 and the famous Swiss Crocodile locomotive, a steeplecab electric locomotive. Please enjoy this litte motive power depot or traction maintenance depot.
The trains of Switzerland are famous. So it was only a matter of time to build a model railway layout of Switzerland at the world’s largest model train exhibition in Hamburg, Germany. The Swiss layout was opened in 2007 on an exhibition area of over 250 square meters. On the Swiss model railroad layout there are beautiful landscapes and many model trains of the Swiss Federal Railways, which are known as SBB, CFF or FFS.
As you know, the world’s biggest model train exhibition is located in the city of Hamburg, Germany. And, one of the first model train layouts in this exhibition was the model railway of Hamburg. Nearly all city attractions were reconstructed in HO gauge or 1:87 scale. On the model railway layout, there are the great Hamburg Central Station, the large soccer stadium, the St. Pauli district and the famous harbor. The model railroad display of Hamburg has got an exhibition are of more than 200 square meters.
At the famous model railway exhibit in Hamburg, Germany, also German landscapes and German cities are shown in HO scale. One of them is called city of Knuffingen, a town with the amazing car system. This car system is called microcars or minicars or Faller Car System or DC Car or simply model car. On the Knuffingen model train layout there are many German model trains, a lot of self-driving cars and trucks in 1:87 scale. There are also police cars, a fire department and many magnificent attractions.
The locomotive no. 490 was constructed by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) for the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O) in 1926. This great steam locomotive was used on passenger trains on the mainline east of Charlottesville and west of Clifton Forge. In 1930, locomotive no. 490 was assigned to the so-called Sportsman train, the premier C&O passenger train at the time. Later, the locomotive operated between the Cincinnati and Washington route. After World War II Chesapeake & Ohio Railway decided to upgrade their passenger service. They rebuilt the locomotive no. 490 from 4-6-2 into 4-6-4 type locomotive. And they gave them the name Hudson. The new Hudson locomotive had roller bearings, front-end throttle, high-speed booster, cross counterbalance, and the Franklin system of steam distribution. This video is representing a prototype of Hudson locomotive no. 490 in 1:32 scale Live Steam made by Bowande.
The model railway layout of the United States was opened in the year 2003 at the Miniature Wonderland, Germany. A special attraction is the city of Las Vegas, which is illuminated at night with more than 30,000 small lamps. Furthermore, other landscapes of the United States of America are rebuilt in HO scale, for example the Florida Keys, the Grand Canyon and Cape Canaveral. Even the highway in front of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the Yosemite National Park are amazing attractions because of the famous car system including self-driving miniature trucks and mini cars.
The model train layout of Norway was opened in 2005. It is located at the famous Miniature Wonderland, Germany. The main attraction is the large saltwater pool, which includes more than 30,000 liters of water representing the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Also noteworthy is the Great Belt Bridge. The model railroad of Norway represents the port of Bergvik including many industrial plants, a large container terminal and a dry dock. And, there is a cruise ship of the Aida fleet at anchor. Alongside, there are rocks and cliffs representing the typical fjords in Norway. At least, there is the big Bergvik railway station with beautiful trains of the Norwegian State Railways.
The model railway of Denmark at the Miniature Wonderland was opened in the year of 2005. At the center of this approximately 300 square meter large model train layout is a large pool which is filled with nearly 30,000 liters of water, representing the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. On the sea there are model ships and vessels cruising between Denmark, Sweden and Norway. The Danish model landscape represents the Egeskov castle and the grand central station of Padborg. Especially the locomotives and trains of the Danish train operating company are beautiful.
The model railway of Sweden at the Miniatur Wunderland was opened in 2005, together with the model railroad of Scandinavia. Sweden and ist station of Kiruna represents the most northerly point in this model railway exhibition, so that the model area is completely covered with thick snow. Kiruna is the northernmost city in Sweden, situated in the historical province of Lapland. There are many details to admire, for example, the many penguins who wreak havoc across the city of Kiruna. The locomotives and trains of the Swedish State Railways are beautiful. Regarding the railroad modeling, it must be noted that the snow was made of tiny pieces of glass and white color.
At the worlds largest model railway exhibition, called Miniature Wonderland, the small self-driving cars were used for the first time on model train layouts. They call it microcar, minicar, car system or Faller Car System, DC Car or simply model car. The city edge layout model railroad in HO scale includes more than 100 mini cars. Pilentum tried to film the streets and houses always from a frog’s perspective.
The most famous model railway exhibition in Germany, and the largest of its kind in the world, is the Miniature Wonderland. The model train show takes 1,300 square meters or 13,993 square feet. Beside the trains there is a replicate of the Hamburg Airport. It is called “Knuffingen Airport”, the world’s biggest miniature airport in 1:87 scale. After more than six years of construction, the world’s smallest airport was opened in May, 2011. The aerodrome is not only an attraction for aviation enthusiasts, but also for technology fans, for aircraft spotter and for model constructors. Approximately 40 different aircrafts and planes, like Cessna, Boeing and Airbus, are taxing independently on the airport apron. The planes also being moved back from the terminals, taxing behind a follow me car or enter the runway. Furthermore, airplanes are accelerating for taking off, and they are landing on the main runway. Each plane is equipped with original lights and sounds. There are 40,000 lights, 100 kilometer of electric wiring, more than 15,000 miniature figures. In order to simulate take-off and landings a catapult is used to let the aircrafts glide through the air. And, there is an extraordinary car system at the airport, for example an airport fire brigade, numerous busses, service vehicles, facility trucks, follow-me cars, push back trucks and many more. At least, there is a day and night simulation.
Let's take a ride, a cab ride on a model train through a beautiful countryside in Switzerland. This model railway layout was built by a Swiss model railroading club in O scale.
This is an amazing model railway, built by a model train club in Switzerland in O scale. For YouTube we installed a camera into the first person view area. This model railroad layout is one of the finest and greatest in Switzerland. Please, enjoy this little train trip and discover the details on the edge of the rail.
Near the Dutch city of Groningen, there is an amusement park for railway enthusiasts. Outside, there are two park railways and one garden railway; inside, there is the beautiful and amazing miniature world, built in HO scale by a model train club. This model railway covers an area of more than 100 square meters. There are the the flat Dutch countryside on the right, and the massive mountains of Switzerland and Austria on the left. In the middle of the model train layout there is a large central station with many trains driving with authentic train length in 1:87 scale. In the town, there are self-driving miniature cars, for example a fire truck and a bus. Furthermore, behind the four-track railway embankment, there is a funfair or fairground. A fairground is often built on model railway layouts, but here there is a bumper car ride with little bumper cars moving themselves. Everything has been built with a lot of attention to detail. Of course, there is also a day and night control, supported with special light and sound effects: The feeling of dusk and dawn is very realistic. The control of the model railroad is based on the MPC software from the German company Gahler + Ringstmeier.
While visiting a Dutch model railway exhibition, Pilentum found this amazing horror house. It is a masterpiece in landscape modelling. All lighting effects and sound effects are digitally programmed.
This model railway layout was built as a module system by a Dutch model train club. The model train layout provides rich details, German trains and locomotives. The diorama is designed in the style of bygone eras of rail transport.