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.
Z scale or Z gauge is one of the smallest commercially available model railway scale, introduced by Marklin in 1972. In the U.S. these model trains are called micro trains. This miniature world in 1:220 scale was built by a German model railway club. The model train layout is presenting the city of Lubeck in Northern Germany at the turn of the century. Although the tracks have a gauge of just 6.50 mm there are many details. The whole layout is controlled digitally by Selectrix Digital. Please, enjoy this piece of art.
While visiting a great model railway exhibition in Germany, Pilentum found this amazing model train layout in OO gauge. It was built as an module system, and it’s called “Langley Industrial District Railway”. The small layout is almost a work of art. There are steam locomotives of the Great Western Railway and of the British Railways. OO gauge or OO scale is today the most popular modelling scale in the U.K. 00 gauge respectively 00 scale uses the same track as HO, which is not correct for this slightly larger scale, but it is the most common British standard for model trains.
The Model Railway Club from Helmond in the Netherlands was founded in 1984. The members are best known for their model train modules. On the world’s largest exhibition for model making and model sports and model railroading, called “Intermodellbau Dortmund” in Germany, they were presenting the latest model railroad diorama, which has been built in 1:87 scale respectively in HO gauge. There are beautiful scenes and features, for example a field railway, a multitrack DC car system, a railway station and a day and night illumination. Although the model railroaders come from the Netherlands, they created a German model railway landscape.
There are many model railway exhibitions and permanent model train shows in Germany. For example the Miniatur Wunderland at Hamburg (the largest model railway exhibition of the world) or the Loxx model train exhibition at Berlin (the second largest in Germany). In Leer, a city in northern Germany, the third largest model railway exhibition is located. The model train show is about Northern Germany. There are trains, driving cars, the famous ship and vessel transfer on the Ems river, and many other scenes. The exhibition space has got a size of 600 square meters. It’s built in HO scale. However, at the third largest model railway exhibition in Germany there is a special model building philosophy: 90 percent of the exhibition are dedicated to the landscape, while only 10 percent are dedicated to the good, old railway. Of course, only those railroads are built that exist in reality in Northern Germany. Therefore, you can see very few model trains. The focus is on the landscaping, especially on the design of the East Frisian islands.
This historical model railway layout is presenting the Dutch village Winterswijk in Holland in the 1920's and 1930's. Winterswijk was then an important railway junction with a large rail yard, with two stations and with three roundhouses. From Winterswijk trains drove in all directions, but especially to the Ruhr area to transport coal from there to the west of the Netherlands. The model train layout was built by Transit Oost, a foundation in the Netherlands that is specialized in the preservation and in the restoration of historic vehicles of public transport. In Transit Oost’s railway museum there are historic buses, railway uniforms and even real locomotives, railcars and wagons. To preserve the memory of the marshalling yard at Winterswijk, this model railway was built. The layout has got a size of 15 meters x 4 meters, and there are scenes, locomotives and vehicles of the railway operation in the 1920's and 1930's.
This small model train layout is located at the Transport Museum in Winterswijk in the Netherlands. It’s built in HO scale. The railway module presents the small station in Neede, a Dutch village in the old days.
In Germany, these self-controlled model cars are very famous. They are called Faller Car System or Infracar or Digital Controlled Car System or simply DC Car. Normally, these cars are made for model railroad layouts in HO scale. But these model cars are built in N Scale (1:160) or N Gauge. These model cars are an enrichment or asset to any model train layout. A battery, headlights and the entire (digital) control system is installed into the model car. And, a metal strip is installed invisible beneath the road. The metal strip dictates the possible ways. But the model car is driving autonomous; there is no radio remote control.
This truly beautiful model railway layout was built in HO scale by a German model railroad club. This model train layout is also the centerpiece in exhibitions. The model railroad has got an area of 70 square meters on two levels. There are more than 400 meters of tracks and 110 switches. The two levels are connected by a twin-track, five-fold helix. The focus of this model railway layout is the large central station with seven platforms. Behind the station there is a typical German city, and of course there is a tramline. Lead from the main station there are four main lines directing to other model landscape and sections. There is also a line of high-speed trains for the famous ICE and Thalys train. Pilentum was making magnificent cab rides along the whole railroad for discovering the beautiful details.
In January 2016, there was the world's largest indoor model railway meeting with 5 inch and 7 1/4 inch steam locomotives. It's the worldwide largest indoor 5 inch layout with a total track length of almost five kilometres. And, there is a combined 5 gauge and 7 1/4 gauge track layout for the Big Boy locomotives. Please, enjoy these driving men on their steaming machines.
This beautiful model railway in HOm scale was built by a German model railroad club. It's a modular layout with famous trains from Switzerland, like RhB, Bernina Railway, Allegra, and Glacier Express. Bridges, galleries and tunnels on the model train layout should remember the route in the Albula valley, Switzerland. Enjoy this model railroad video, and its beautiful cab rides.
At the world's largest indoor model railway meeting for 5 inch and 7 1/4 inch model trains, also some beautiful live steam locomotives in 1/32 scale were shown. These steam locomotives are usually fired by gas or by methylated spirit.
This movie is about the largest model railroad and greatest model railway of the world. Moreover, it’s one of the longest video on YouTube. The world’s largest model train exhibition is called Miniatur Wonderland, and the world’s greatest model railroad layout is located in Germany. Pilentum thought Northlandz model railroad layout and museum, located near Flemington in New Jersey (USA), was the world’s biggest model railroad. But it is not. Germany’s model railway exhibition taking 1,300 square meters or 13,993 sq ft of model area in HO scale. It’s a scale model and miniature world of superlatives. Model railroaders will love it. There are model locomotives, miniature trains, model cars, model aircrafts as well as model ships. This model train layout is not only a paradise of rail transport modeling or model railroading, but also one of Germany’s best tourist attraction. The model railway layout consists of 15,400 meter or 50,525 ft of track in H0 scale, divided into eleven sections: 1) America and the United States on 100 square meters, 2) Sweden on 100 square meters, 3) The city of Hamburg on 200 square meters, 4) The fictitious city of Knuffingen with its amazing car system on 120 square meters, 5) Central Germany on 120 square meters, 6) Knuffingen Airport on 150 square meters, 7) Norway on 100 square meters, 8) Austria on 60 square meters, 9) Switzerland on 250 square meters, 10) Denmark on 100 square meters and 11) Bavaria on 50 square meters. There is also a day and night simulation. More than 330,000 LED immerse the model train layout. The most recent attraction is the smallest commercial airport, called Knuffingen Airport, where more than 40 airplanes starting, landing, approaching or taxing on the aerodrome apron. Finally, it's hard to describe this model railway exhibition with words. This was the reason for this movie of more than four hours duration.
This model railway exhibition was presented by two German model railroad clubs. They were using a town hall, respectively city hall, for building up their modular model railroad layout in HO scale. Unfortunately, the lighting at the city hall is very poor. And, many model train enthusiasts or model railway enthusiasts do not have a sense for the correct speed of the model trains. While cab riding on the model train layout the trains were much too quickly.