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Railway Modelling and Model Railroading

Updated: October 8, 2017


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Big, Bigger, Biggest Marklin Model Railroad and Trains

This model train layout was built the end of the 1990's. At that time it was the largest model railway in the world with 700 square meters of exhibition space. Today, this model railroad layout in H0 scale is still one of the largest model railway exhibitions by Marklin. On the whole model railway layout there are 200 computer-controlled trains with approximately 3,000 passengers and freight cars. There are 4,100 meters tracks with 356 waypoints and crossings as well as 290 signals. There are a mountains up to three meters high, bridges and viaducts and many more. Enjoy 66 minutes of big, bigger and biggest Marklin model railroad and trains.


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Typical German Model Train Layout in H0 Scale

An amazing typical German model train layout in H0 scale. The members of a model train and railroad enthusiasts club present their module system in H0 scale. Some modules of this model railroad are absolutely worth seeing, because they represent some frivolous scenes. The steam locomotive and the diesel locomotive with real steam and smoke generator are worth seeing, too.


# 3

The Largest 0 Scale Model Train Layout in Europe

This model railroad 0 scale layout was built between 1928 and 1960. All locomotives, buildings and the tracks were manufactured entirely by hand. The model trains are more than 80 years old, but they were upgraded from analog to digital control in the year 2008. It's the largest 0 scale in Europe and in Germany.


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Model Railway about the Rhinegold and TEE Trans Europe Express

This model railroad layout was built in Germany. Although it is a fantasy landscape with many details, it offers a special feature: The famous Rhinegold Express, that was a famous train that operated between Hoek van Holland and Geneva along the river Rhine. Before 1960, this train has been driven by a steam engine. In 1965, the Rhinegold became a Trans Europe Express (TEE) and the famous electric locomotive of series 103 was used by the German Federal Railroad. This model railway is constructed in H0 scale. There are trucks, buses and cars known from the Faller car system, typical German landscapes, trains with more than 3.50 meters length, towns, stations and villages. In total, more than 300 meters of tracks were built. The entire model railway layout based on a Märklin digital control system. Really nice is the large viaduct, which is also seen several times in the film.


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HO Scale Orient Express Railroad

Largest Model Train Layout in HO Scale of the Orient Express Railroad.


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Model Train Modular Layout in H0 Scale with sexy Scenery

In Germany there is a model railway exhibition and it's organized by three model railroad clubs. For presenting a large model railway layout in HO Scale, model railroad modules are used. There are more than 200 meters tracks and 100 trains. Also, there are the famous, self-controlled model cars. But a special feature of some model railroad modules is a very frivolous and sexy scenery.


# 7

Model Railway Germany HO Scale Railroad

This awesome model train layout in HO scale is one of the largest layouts in Germany. It's an amazing model railway layout with hundreds of digitally controled model trains.


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The largest model railway layout at Yokohama in Japan

It might be the largest model railroad in O Scale in Japan. The Nobutaro Hara Model Railway Museum is the largest exhibition of a collection of model trains from Japan, Europe and the United States. It's located at Yokohama in Japan. In the room, Ichiban Tetsumo Park, there is a large model train layout in O Scale or O Gauge with model trains, including steam and electric locomotives and trolley cars. Electric locomotives draw power from overhead lines and run on steel rails with steels wheels. It's beautiful, but not true to the original, that trains from Germany and from the USA as well as from the Japanese Railway History drive parallel on the tracks.


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Largest Model Train of the Elbe Valley Railway in H0 Scale

This is the largest model railroad layout of the Elbe Valley Railway, also called Dresden Děčín Railway. The whole model is in H0 scale. You can watch trains from the the former German Democratic Republic.


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Steam Locomotive Model Train Layout

An amazing model train layout with beautiful steam locomotives.




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Beautiful model train layout and railroad in scale H0 and scale H0e

The layout of this model railroad is about 90 square meters and shows a mountain landscape with small rivers and with a quarry. There is also a light railway and a narrow gauge railway. The standard gauge track is digital in scale H0. The field and narrow-gauge railway have been created at scale H0e. On the main track are driving locomotives that are equipped with a sound generator. While the block points are fitted with acceleration and braking components, the entire model railway layout is controlled by the moving trains themselves. There is no computer control in use. For almost 1,500 meters of track route the good Tillig Elite track were used.


# 12

Largest Model Train of the World in Hamburg

This is the largest model train layout of the world and the longest film about this beautiful model railway, called Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany.


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Largest Model Railway Layout of Switzerland in O Scale with Cab Ride

One of the largest model railroad layouts of Switzerland in O scale with cab ride. The Gotthard railway and the Furka-Oberalp-Express have been rebuilt on this layout. We have installed the camera on one locomotive for making cab passenger rides. Please, look at this film and enjoy.


# 14

Railway Narrow Gauge Module in 0 Scale about the Wild West

In spring 2014, there was a model railway exhibition and this narrow gauge module system was presented in O Scale. It's a scene from the Wild West with locomotives of the railway companies Little River Lumber Company, Greenbrier & Big Run Lumber Company and Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Company.


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LGB Model Train G Scale Indoor

LGB Model Train G Scale Indoor.


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H0 Scale Model Railway Layout by Marklin

This is a model railway attraction from Germany. One of the largest of its kind in HO scale. The layout represents Germany after the Second World War. There are various combinations of trains, railway wagons and locomotives between 1950 and 1970.


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Model Train Switzerland HO Scale Railroad

An amazing model railway layout about Switzerland and the famous Glacier Express. Watch a model train, cruising between Brig, Visp and Zermatt as model railroad.


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Model Railroad Layout of Thuringia in HO Scale

Model Railroad Layout of Thuringia in H0 Scale.


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Railway Layout by Marklin in H0 Scale

This model train layout by Marklin in H0 scale is a small layout of approximately 50 square meters. However, due to the many details and due to the many trains, do you not notice the layout's size. It's a very detailed and beautiful model railway. Especially, the various combinations of trains, railway wagons and locomotives are beautiful because they are very rarely on a model railroad layout.


# 20

The Black Forest Railway in HO Scale

The largest model railroad layout in H0 Scale of the Black Forest Railway in Europe.




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LGB G Scale Model Train of the Brocken Railway

This is a big LGB G Scale model train layout of the Brocken Railway in Germany.


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Largest Model Train Berlin H0 Scale Railroad

The entire model railway is a replica of the city of Berlin. It's one of the largest model railroads in the world, called LOXX BERLIN. Not only the whole city with it's stations can be seen, but also the subway, underground, metro, tram, trains and steam locomotives in H0 scale.


# 23

Model Railroad HO Scale Germany Railway

Model railroad layout in H0 scale about a small town in Germany. Locomotives, railcars, goods wagons and railway coaches of the 80ies are shown. It's a small town with a lot of rail traffic.


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LGB Model Train G Scale Outdoor

LGB Model Train G Scale Outdoor.


# 25

The largest model railway in 1 Gauge at Hamburg

In Hamburg, there is not only the Miniatur Wunderland, but there is also a far more impressive model railway, namely one of the oldest and largest model railway in Europe in 1 Gauge. The model train layout is located at the Hamburg Museum. The entire model railway shows an image of the station Hamburg-Harburg. A century of railroad history is represented. Since 1949, trains running on 1,200 meters of track. There are old diesel locomotive models, steams and modern trains. If you don't like the commercial Miniatur Wunderland, you should look at this historical model railway layout, which was opened on 7 October 1949 at the Museum of Hamburg History. Most elements of this layout are handmade and not from retail packages, including signals, buildings, locomotives and wagons. The plant is controlled by Gahler & Ringstmeier software. 92 locomotives are ready, and other trains are transformed from a the former three-wire AC operation on the two-wire DC operation, actually.


# 26

German Railbus and Railcar in O Scale with Sound

A German railbus or railcar as model train in 0 scale with sound. The camera was installed in front of the railcar to get a formidable angle of view.


# 27

Model Train Gotthard Mountain Switzerland HO Scale Railroad

Model railroad layout in H0 scale about the Gotthard Mountain in Switzerland. This model railway is an exact replica of the typical landscape. Exclusively locomotives, goods wagons and railway coaches from Switzerland are shown.


# 28

Model Train Austria HO Scale Railroad

Model railroad HO Scale layout about a small city in Austria, called Dürnstein. There a many model trains cruising through the beautiful landscape along the river. The famous Orient Express Railway can be seen, too. It's a small city with a lot of rail traffic.


# 29

Locomotive cab ride on a big model railroad layout

For this cab ride we have installed the camera GoPro HD Hero 3+ into a model train locomotive. You can watch a locomotive cab ride on a big model railroad layout in 0 Gauge.


# 30

Model Railway Miniatur Wunderland at Hamburg in Germany

The Miniatur Wunderland is a model railway exhibition in Germany. It is the largest model railway layout in the world in HO scale. It's divided into several sections: Harz, the fictitious city of Knuffingen, the Alps and Austria, Hamburg, America, Scandinavia and Switzerland. In the year 2011 an airport was opened, yes a miniature airport or model airport. The exhibit includes more than 900 trains.




# 31

Historical Model Train in O Scale with Cab Ride

If you love historical railways, then you will like this model railway. It was built in the 1960's in O scale in the German Democratic Republic, i.e. East Germany. This model train layout is installed at the Dresden Transport Museum. You can see many former locomotives and wagons from the GDR. We used the camera for making cab rides.


# 32

Model Railway in H0 Scale

This film shows a small model railway layout. It was built in Germany and there numerous trains, stations and houses. First, a fair can be seen, then the big railway station. Even a bridge or viaduct from the Alps and a horse racing track is built in H0 Scale.


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Model Train H0 Scale

Model Train H0 Scale.


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Model Tram in O Scale

This is an old model railway layout in O scale about tram, streetcar, trolley and cable car in the city of Dresden.


# 35

Model Railway about Coal and Steel Industry in H0 Scale

In Germany, the Ruhr region is well known for the coal and steel industry. This model railroad layout is a detailed replica of that landscape in scale H0. It is a very large model railway layout with more than 100 trains.


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The largest modular model railway in H0 Scale of the world in 1995

This is a very special film. In 1995, the largest modular model railway in the world was presented near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Even then, there were small vehicles that are driven independently or automatically. That's what we know as the Faller Car System, today. The model railway was controlled by analog and digital technology, partially. Unfortunately these video sequences are not recorded in the best quality.


# 37

TT Scale Model Train Layout

This is a big TT scale model railway layout from Germany. TT scale is a niche model railroading scale, whose name stands for Table Top.


# 38

The World's Biggest Miniature Airport

Normally PILENTUM's films are focused on model railways. But in this film the world's biggest miniature airport is shown. It's called Knuffingen Airport and it is the largest model airport of the world. It can be visited at the Miniature Wonderland at Hamburg, Germany.


# 39

Model Railroad Scenery in O Scale

The track size 0 or even 0 gauge or 0 Scale is exactly twice as large as H0 Scale. This scale is good for making videos or photographs. In this film a beautiful model train scenery is shown. There are typical German railways.


# 40

Model Train Sherman Hill Railroad

Model railroad 0 scale layout about the great Sherman Hill. Watch the Big Boy of the Union Pacific railroad class 4000, an amazing steam locomotive, and the Big Boy Challenger as well as some diesel model locomotives in 0 gauge scale.




# 41

G Scale Model Railway Layout about the USA

This is a very big model railroad layout in G scale about the USA. On the one hand there are the beautiful steam locomotives from Santa Fe and Rio Grande and on the other hand there a modern trains from Amtrak or Union Pacific. Locomotives and wagons are made by LGB.


# 42

Turntable and Roundhouse for Model Railway

This is a film about a beautiful steam locomotive. The steam train is loaded with coal and then the steam moves to the railway turntable. Then it moves into the roundhouse or engine shed. The entire model railroad layout is digitally controlled.


# 43

Very old Model Train Layout like Tinplate Trains

In the beginning there were tinplate trains from Bing, Marklin or Lionel. Pilentum found this antique tinplate model railroad layout. The trains must have been produced between 1940 and 1950; it's called Trix Express. Unfortunately this model railway layout is so old that no function is available. But collectors, fans and enthusiasts will enjoy viewing these pictures.


# 44

Model Tram and Tramway 0 Scale Modular Railway Layout

It's a small modular railway layout about tram, tramway, streetcar or trolley. The model train layout is built in 0 Scale.


# 45

Beautiful model railway module in 0 Gauge

This is a very beautiful model train layout in 0 Gauge or 0 Scale. It's a small modular model railroad layout from Germany with a nice steam locomotive.


# 46

O Scale Model Railroad and Trains on Modular Layout

There are beautiful steam locomotives and diesel locomotives with sound and steam generator. This modular model railroad layout in 0 Scale or 0 Gauge consists of ten modules. All modules have a total length of 10 meters and an overall depth of only 0.5 meters. The entire modular model train layout is operated by DCC decoder LH 100, LS 150 and ESU Switch Pilot. All functions, such as the start-up of locomotives, sound, noises and steam, are controlled digitally via decoders.


# 47

Model train in 0 Scale with strikingly realistic landscape

This is a very beautiful model train layout with marshalling yard and goods station based in a strikingly realistic landscape. When Pilentum visited a model railway exhibition for 0 Scale or 0 Gauge in Germany, there were two modular model train layouts that were assembled to one big model railroad layout. The model railway is operated by two model railway clubs.


# 48

German Steam Locomotive O Scale with Sound

It's only a short video about a German steam locomotive in O Scale with sound effects.


# 49

Tinplate Trains O Gauge and Tin Plate Toys by Marklin in O Scale

Pilentum found a model railway exhibition with an old tinplate model train layout by Marklin. These tin plate trains are built in 1925, but they are completely operational and functional. There are some typical metal toys or so-called tin plate toys, such as a train station, a bridge and a fair. And of course, there is the famous railroad crossing, which our grandsfathers have played with. In the years 1893 to 1954 toy trains were made ​​of tinplate by Märklin company in Göppingen, Germany. The O Scale or o Gauge was the dominant size. While the first locomotives were built very abstract, the details of the model trains increased in the 1920s. But even after a century, these tinplate trains have their own charm and character.


# 50

German Diesel Locomotive O Scale with Sound

Only a short video about a German diesel locomotive in O Scale with sound effects.




# 51

Miniature Airport with Lufthansa Airbus

This miniature airport is part of a big model train layout at a model railway exhibition in Germany. The airport scenery is built in H0 Scale. In this miniature airfield a so called aircraft push-back is simulated with a Lufthansa Airbus A320-100. Perhaps this model construction with the aircraft tractor is an inspiration for your own model railway layout or model airport layout.


# 52

Model Train Layout with Canyon and Rocky Mountains and Ore Mine

This model train layout is characterized by generous mountain ranges, a canyon with real water inside and a mine. The scenario of the model railway plays in Canada, first. There, in a big ore mine, rocks are loaded onto long trains with more than 60 wagons and with three diesel locomotives. The train is driving in triple traction over the Rocky Mountains to an unknown American port, whre the ore is loaded onto a ship. Then the train passes through a real looking landscape with deep gorges and flowing water. The whole model railroad layout is built in HO Scale.


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Once the largest digitally controlled model railway layout in Europe

Before there was the Miniatur Wunderland at Hamburg, in the year 1997 the largest digitally controlled model railroad layout in H0 Scale was presented. In the beginning the model train layout had an exhibition area of ​​100 square meters. At that time, 800 m catenary, 400 railroad switches and 1,200 m of tracks were used. Today, the railway network grew up to 2,000 m of tracks and 200 square meters exhibition area. The entire system is digitally controlled by two computers; as well as the day and night lighting is controlled automatically. There are 125 trains and rolling stock from different manufacturers, like Marklin, Fleischmann and Roco. In addition to that, there are a big fun fair, a large central station, a great port facility and many details to discover.


# 54

Monorail Model Train HO Scale

There was a model railway exhibition with a beautiful model railroad module of the suspension railway in Wuppertal. In reality, this monorail was opened in the year 1901. In this video you can watch this model monorail. The movies speed was reduced in order to enjoy the perfect details.


# 55

Very Large Modular Model Train Layout in HO Scale with Nudist Beach

A very large modular model railroad layout in HO scale with nudist beach. And, there are a trolleybus museum, a great central station and a small city model with a model of the famous Wuppertal monorail. There are model vehicles from the Faller Car System, too. In 1989, a some model railroaders joined together for founding an model railroad club. Now, almost 25 years later, there are 50 members of that club, and they develop model railroad modules. The club has got one of the largest portable model railroad systems in Germany. They always built at a scale of 1:87, respectively in H0 scale. Trains are running either in two or in three wire operation with analog or digital control. The club room has become too small to show nearly 168 individual modules, so the model railroaders present their model train layout regularly at model train exhibitions. In May 2014, Pilentum could visit a variety of these model train modules.


# 56

Large Model Railroad with Cab Ride and more than 200 Trains in action

This very large model railroad exhibition in HO scale presents the German history of railways from the beginning of the 20th century to modern times. Four various layouts on 1,000 square meters illustrate the several periods of time. There are more than 200 trains in action. In the beginning of railroad history there were steam locomotives. Later these were replaced by diesel locomotives. Today, electric locomotives and high-speed trains like the famous ICE are in use. Each period is represented with its inherent locomotives and architecture on the four model train layouts. Despite the enormous size of the layout nothing is digitally controlled. An analog control technology is used, namely the speed controller of the Gebhardt company from Germany. It's noticeable that all the locomotives go very smoothly and evenly. They were converted and optimized with special model train motors by Faulhaber company from Germany. In addition, the trains have the correct length.


# 57

Model Train Camera JVC Adixxion GC-XA2 for cab passenger ride

Pilentum got so many requests, how to record a cab passenger ride at HO Scale or N Scale on video. In this video the perfect model train camera for making cab rides in H0 Scale or N Scale is presented. The new JVC Adixxion GC-XA2 is driving along a shadow station on a model train layout. Into that HO Helix the camera does not have any problems due the low light. Pilentum recommends the JVC Adixxion GC-XA2. The camera provides a clean, broadcast-quality TV picture in Full-HD and supports all video formats. Although cheap pinhole or keychain cameras serve a similar purpose, but they are miles away from the image and video quality of the JVC Adixxion GC-XA2 (sensitivity to light).


# 58

Marklin Model Train Layout in analogue mode and HO scale

This is a Marklin model railway that belongs to a man who is now over 80 years old. When he was a young boy his father had given him the first train of Marklin in the year 1937, namely the steam locomotive RM 800 with three passenger cars. From that moment on, he began with his model train collection. But many years later, the old man realized the dream of his own model railroad layout. For this, he built on his model train layout in HO scale. The model railway layout is built on five levels, it has an area of ​​about 50 square meters and it is supplied via 38 transformers with driving power. Since 1991 this model railroad layout is open to visitors. The model railway exhibition is certainly not comparable with large commercial exhibitions, because houses, tracks and trains are rarities.


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Amazing Model Railroad Layout in HO Scale with Cab Passenger Ride

This amazing model railroad layout in HO scale is not an exhibition, but a private model train layout. It is a perfect model railway because all areas of the layout are optimally illuminated, along the entire track is a catenary mounted and electric locomotives are driving with pantographs. On long tracks, in train stations and in helices trains there are locomotives by Marklin, Fleischmann, Trix, Arnold, Pico and Roco. The original or standard motors of the locomotives were removed and replaced with efficient engines and gearboxes from Faulhaber company. Locomotives are rolling on quietly and are breaking down absolutely smooth. There are locomotives, passenger carriages and freight wagons of the German Federal Railroad. The video recordings were partially created by using Pilentum's camera car, so that there are beautiful cab rides.


# 60

The new model train show in Germany by Marklin

This model railway layout was opened in the year 2014 and it is one of the largest layouts by Marklin. The model train layout presents a journey from Germany’s Ruhr Valley with its steel and coal industry to Italy. At the beginning of the exhibition the Ruhr Valley is presented before the days of heavy industry. Then there is one of the first scenes showing the coal loading in a port in the 1960s. At that time the coal was first stored and later loaded onto ships. Behind that scene a replica of a typical mine in the Ruhr Valley follows. This model of the mine is presenting all technical details. Next to the coal and steel industry, the so-called Rhine Route is presented. This is a part of the freight and passenger traffic, which leads from the Ruhr Valley to other regions. Many trains and a fairground are presented. At the fairground more than 20,000 LED have been installed. Right next to the fairground there are a town, two model cyclist and a castle. There is also a great central station, where various passenger trains and freight trains meet each other. Far behind the central station the large car factory is located. The finished vehicles are then shipped via car transport trains to the Alps. The Alps are a further focus of very large total model railway layout. Finally, the car transport trains reach their destination Italy; shown is the region around Venice with the typical landscape, designed uniquely beautiful with Italian locomotives and cars.




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Fantastic model railway layout with cab ride from miniature railroad club in Germany in H0 Scale

This fantastic model railway layout was built by the members of a miniature railroad club in Germany. The model train layout is built modularly in HO scale and it is completely digitally controlled. On the model railway there are two stations, the large central station with seven tracks and platforms and the smaller station with four tracks. But there exists also a large staging yard with a total track length of more than 150 meters behind the scenes. On the model railroad layout are a total of 45 train sets in service, of which 15 are visible on the layout and 35 in the hidden yard. A special attraction is the tram and its route through the city. There are four tram stations that were filmed by Pilentum during a cab ride. There is also the famous Faller car system installed. The entire model train layout is equipped with an overhead line. It's a great model in every way.


# 62

Live Steam Railroading and Real Steam Model Train Locomotive

Watch these amazing live steam trains. Listen to these awesome real steam locomotives and their noises of steaming, of smoking and of firing. Model train layouts have got their own characteristics and beauty. But the large scale, e.g. O scale, 3/8 inch scale, 1 gauge or 1 gauge, do have a special appeal, charm and charisma. Pilentum loves these scales, because it's perfect for making films and photos. But there is a special kind of model railroading that creates shiver: Live steam trains and real steam locomotives. The model train layout, which can be seen in the background, is not finished. But that does not matter, because only the locomotives and the sound is important.


# 63

LGB Model Train or G Scale eg. G Gauge Layout

This is a beautiful LGB model train layout, built by members of a Dutch railroad modeling club. There are special models, locomotives and trains on that model railway layout in G scale or G Gauge.


# 64

Amazing Model Train Layout in Z Scale

The smallest scale in model railroading might be the Z scale. And, in this video an amazing model train layout in Z scale is presented. The locomotives and trains are so small that Pilentum Television unfortunately could not film in detail.


# 65

Dutch Model Railway Layout in HO Scale

For many years the members of the Dutch model railroad club were building their model train layout in HO scale. The layout is completely digitally controlled via RocRail software. The model railway is based on Dutch trains and presenting different eras of the Dutch railway history. On the middle module there is a city with central station, passenger and freight trains. On the right module there is a small harbor and a fiddle yard as well as a reconstruction of the railway bridge in Rotterdam. On the left module a copy of Valkenburg rail station is presented. In addition, there are bus and tram lines. It's a beautiful model train layout in H0 scale.


# 66

Nearly realistic model train layout from France

This nearly realistic model railway layout was created by the members of a French railroad club. The model railroad layout is built in HO scale and presents the railway along the Aosta Valley and the Jura Mountains. The model train layout is constructed in various dioramas with individual sections. Railroad modeling of rocks, trees, plants, overhead lines and tunnels was the subject of many detailed studies, so that a really nice model railway system is developed.


# 67

N Scale Model Train Layout from France

This model railway layout is designed as a modular system in N scale. It was built by a railway club from France. The members of that railway club have focused entirely on the N scale. On this modular model train system there are the TGV and other French locomotives and trains.


# 68

Model Train Railcar in HO Scale

It's a small but very beautiful model train diorama about the famous Uerdinger railcar VT 98 from Germany. This model railroad layout consists only of a circle in HO scale, however, the model train layout offers an amazing number of details on that small area.


# 69

Awesome Model Train Layout in HO Scale Made in Germany

You would expect that this model train layout is built in the USA. But it is not so. It's made in Germany. This model railroad is built in H0 scale. On the layout there is an electrified railway line between New York and Philadelphia. In addition, a small town is presented. The railway layout is absolutely perfect and worth seeing because everywhere at the streets, at the cars, at the buildings and at the locomotives specialists and model builders have done a great and amazing job. All components have been completely altered. And, the scenery looks almost like reality. Please, enjoy watching this amazing model trains.


# 70

The largest model railway exhibition in Holland

Pilentum was wondering first, to call this film One Hour Dutch Model Train Power. Yes, it is the largest, finest, greatest and biggest model train layout of the Netherlands located in the city of Rotterdam. This model railway exhibition is built in HO scale and currently covers an area of ​​almost 600 square meters. Holland respectively the Netherlands are presented with coasts, landscapes, railway lines, wind mills, trains, docks, buildings, ships and much more. Core of the entire model railway exhibition is the port of Rotterdam with container ships, terminal, dry dock, industrial plants and many bridges. Enormous amount of space is also devoted to the reconstruction of the city center of Rotterdam and its central station. Beautiful examples are the big cruise ship or the yard.




# 71

N Scale Fleischmann Model Railway Layout from Holland

This N Scale or N Gauge model train layout is based on Fleischmann trains and tracks. It's a model railway built as modular layout by a Dutch model train club. The members of this model railroad club only concentrate on the model railway system of Fleischmann. On the model railroad layout there are many buildings from Holland, for example the automatic drawbridge or a beautiful replica from Leiden Centraal railway station in the Netherlands.


# 72

Beautiful Limestone Model Railway in O scale

This is a beautiful model train layout about a limestone railway, which was built as a narrow gauge system or 0e scale. It's a model of a quarry and the operation of the railway is shown. This model railroad layout is one of the best that exists in Germany. Perhaps you may think that this layout is only a diorama, but on this model train layout there are driving six narrow gauge steam locomotives.


# 73

The good old steam locomotive in 1 scale or 1 gauge

The largest model railway scale might be the 1 scale or the 1 gauge. But better than that size are the good old steam locomotives, which are fully equipped with sound decoders and steam generators.


# 74

Marklin Digital Model Train with RailWare Control

The construction of this Marklin model railway layout began in 2005, and finally it has been designed as a segment system, which can be transported easily. The model train layout is a 3-wire AC system with fully digital control. The software Railware is used. On the layout there are trains and locomotives from Marklin, Roco, Fleischmann, Piko and Kato.


# 75

Model Train Diorama from Belgium in HO scale

This is a model train diorama built by the Beneluxspoor Group from Belgium. Yes, it's a model train, which is designed in several sections, or in various dioramas. There are several model railway layouts in HO scale. Each model railroad layout presents a different scene, such as Germany or England. The disadvantage is, however, that any model train of the layout is driving through the several landscapes, ie a German passenger train is crossing a small English town. This does not reflect reality. But still a pretty nice model railway.


# 76

Beautiful Model Train Layout in HO Scale from the Netherlands

This beautiful model railway layout was built in HO scale or H0 gauge and presents the Dutch city Zevenbergen in the period 1920-1950. Zevenbergen became famous because of its sugar factory. The whole model train layout is constructed as a modular railroad system. The harvest of sugar beet is presenting on the whole model railroad. Sugar beets are harvested in the fields and then moved by rail through the village to the big sugar factory. A special of the model railway might be the detailed implementation of a swing bridge over the river. There are also a small port with ships, a Dutch Shepherd industrial locomotive and locomotives from Roco, Lima, Fleischmann and Piko. The model trains are digitally controlled via Intellibox software.


# 77

N Gauge Model Train Layout

This model railroad in N Scale or N Gauge was built from a Dutch model railroad club. It is a modular model train layout with bridges, railway stations, curves and long tracks. There are Dutch locomotives, particularly electric locomotives and diesel locomotives and passenger cars and freight cars.


# 78

Marklin Roco Fleischmann Piko Kato Model Train Layout H0 Scale

It is a beautiful model train layout from the Netherlands. There are trains and locomotives in HO scale from Marklin, Roco, Fleischmann, Piko and Kato. The model railroad layout is presenting several Dutch landscapes.


# 79

Marklin Digital HO Scale Modular Model Railway System

This model train layout was built as a Marklin Digital HO Scale modular railway system by a Dutch model club. That railroad club does exist for more than 55 years and operates only Marklin model trains. The layout in H0 scale, its trains and locomotives are controlled by Marklin decoder or Viessmann decoder. Each model of that model railroad layout is a DIY building.


# 80

Marklin Modular Model Train System

This model train layout is built as H0 model railway modular system. It's based on Marklin.




# 81

Braggels Baenke Model Train Layout

This model train layout is called Braggels Baenke and it was built by the members of the Dutch model railroad club Modelspoor Vereniging Midden Limburg. It's like a diorama but this model railway layout is presenting the atmosphere of the early Dutch steam time. Steam locomotives driving along a river, transporting goods to the terminal or pick them up.


# 82

World's largest indoor 5 inch live steam railroad meeting

Model trains and model railroading are fine. But there is another world with much bigger model locomotives that is not less beautiful. We are talking about 5 inch track and 7¼ inch gauge at the world's largest indoor live steam railroad meeting in Germany. At that exhibition there are steamships, steam engines, steam model engineering, steam-powered road vehicles and steam locomotives. on the world's largest indoor 5 inch layout with a total track length of almost 6 kilometres there are the finest live steam or real steam model trains. And, they are really big model locos. Enjoy watching this unique atmosphere and listening these noises.


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Live Steam and Real Steam Model Train Exhibition

Some scenes of Germany's big exhibition about live steam and real steam model trains, model railroad and model railway.


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Marklin Model Railroad Layout in HO Scale as Modular System

It's a Marklin Model Train Layout built by German railway enthusiasts in HO scale. The layout was created as a portable model railway layout system with four modules, each 1.6 m length x 1.6 m width. There are German locomotives and a landscape from the the 1950ies.


# 85

LEGO Train and Big LEGO City

Do you say LEGO Train, LEGO model railroad or LEGO railway? Anyway, it's a big LEGO city, which was presented at a German model building exhibition or modelling fair. There are more than 30 square meters with more than 1.6 million LEGO bricks. It's a small town with railway stations, airport, castle, football stadium, harbor, etc.


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Model Railroad in N Gauge

It's a model train layout in N scale or N gauge, presented by the members of a German model railroading club. The members are always building their model railroad as a modular system, also known as FREMO module layout. It's a fine model railway layout.


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Fantastic Model Train Layout from Switzerland

A gorgeous model railway layout was built by Willi Rutz from Switzerland. Sometimes this model railroad layout is named as the Furka Pass or Oberalp Mountain Pass Train or as Model Train Station Gletsch in H0m Scale. HOm means narrow gauge or narrow gauge railway. The model railway presents the famous narrow gauge railway system along the Furka Oberalp Mountain in Switzerland. The model train layout is a detailed replica of the Gletsch Station. All buildings, roads and railway tracks were created by hand. Train controlling is based on Zimo radio control panels; furthermore there are products and locomotives of HAPO, BEMO, Shinohara, Sommerfeld, STL, Motreno, Fulgurex and Ferro Suisse.


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Fantastic HO Layout from a Model Train Club

This model train club is called Association for the Berlin-Brandenburg Metropolitan Railway History and was founded in 1962. The association has built a lot of model trains, modular layouts and model railroad layouts. Their layouts were always a replica of the Berlin Underground and the Berlin railway history. The model railroad club operates a suburban railway system, two-track and single-track module layouts. This film presents the large two-track modular model railroad layout in HO with tram, roundhouse, bridges, stations, tunnels, etc.


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Model railway with station and very realistic landscape in HO scale

The model railway layout or model train layout is a replica of a small railway station in the 1950ies. This exhibition layout and model railroad layout was built in very realisic and original way. The tracks and the landscape profile are built on Styrodur. Behind the model railway is a staging yard. As background panoramic images were used, which were installed on the rear wall of the railway system. Model builder is a German model railway club. It is difficult to tell the difference between the exhibition layout and the original landscape.


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Crazy Town Model Train Layout

It's a cute model train layout in HO Scale. It's only a small circular path a funny steam locomotive is driving on.




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Model Railway 3-wire AC system by Marklin

This is a beautiful model railway. The special feature of this model train layout is that it was built by a 14-year-old boy. The model railway offers on a few square meters an impressive array of small scenes and details. You notice that the builder has worked with heart and soul. The model railway based on the 3-wire AC system by Marklin. There are 400 figures, 200 trees, 70 model cars and 45 meters of track. Currently there are 25 train cars and 10 locomotives.


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Model Railway Steam Locomotive BR 10 002 German Federal Railroad

In 1957 Krupp delivered two steam locomotives on the German Federal Railroad, which were provided with type numbers 10 001 and 10 002. While the locomotive 10 001 was initially operated by coal fire, locomotive 10 002 worked with oil firing. In the film, a model railway loco is seen.


# 93

The Beautiful Model Train Layout in HO Scale

It is a beautiful model railway layout in this film. But in reality, this model train layout in HO scale consists of seven model train modules. These modules are a piece of a large model railroad layout in H0 scale. Pilentum was filming every single model railroading module from different camera angles. In the film, there are many famous locomotives of the German Federal Railways, amazing steam locomotives with digital sound and steam effects and many beautiful scenes that happen in everyday life. A special attraction is the roundhouse, but also the marshalling yard.


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Model railway layout in O scale built in 1928 (more than 80 years old)

1928, a German engineer was building this model train layout in O scale. He wanted to take this model railway layout to be exhibited at fairgrounds. Remember, at that time there was no possibility to buy trains, locomotives or rails. So everything on this model railroad layout was created by hand. The whole layout was always increased. There were added more steam locomotives, more tracks and more buildings. Until 1975, this model train setup was exhibited at the Berlin Christmas Market (West Berlin). Then it was sold to an amusement park. In this amusement park this film recordings were made (narrow-gauge film). Today, this model railway still exists and it is the oldest model railroad in O gauge in Europe. Sorry about the poor film quality, but it was filmed with an amateur camera from the 1970's.


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N Scale Model Train Layout and Digital Command Control

At the model railway exhibition, called Intermodellbau Dortmund, the company Rautenhaus Digital was presenting this beautiful demonstration layout of a model railway in N gauge with full digital command control. A small but a fine model railway layout. Since 1993 Rautenhaus deals with model railroad technology, especially in the field of developing and manufacturing components for digital model train control systems.


# 96

Train Cab Ride on an Amazing Railway Layout in H0m Scale

In Switzerland there are beautiful railway lines. And, a model train club from Holland was modelling this amazing railroad in narrow gauge HOn30 Scale or HOn30 Gauge. Pilentum was filming this model train layout driving along the track with a camera car.


# 97

A Dream of Model Train Layout in HOm Scale

This is a fantastic model train layout: The model railway about the "Golden Pass Panoramic Train" in H0m gauge. In reality, there is the "Golden Pass Railway Line" between Lucerne and Montreux in Switzerland. It is one of the most famous railway journeys in the world. Because this railroad is so beautiful, a model building club from the Netherlands was creating the whole layout as a module system for model trains in narrow gauge mode.


# 98

Model Railway Exhibition HO Scale Dutch Trains

It's a beautiful model train layout in HO scale made by the model train club Groep BCN from Holland. The model railway layout is presenting not only the Dutch landscape, but also the Dutch locomotives. The train modules are based on digital command control (DCC).


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Cab ride on a mountain model railway layout with tunnel and track spiral

Pilentum presents a beautiful model train layout in 1 scale or 1 gauge with a little cableway or mountain range. This 1 scale mountain model train layout was reason enough to take a cab ride with a camera. On request of many viewers, even the passage through the tunnel and along the track spiral was captured on video. Please, take a look at the loving details along the railway line.


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Fiddle yard or staging yard cab ride of a big 1 scale model train layout

On a model railway layout a staging yard or a fiddle yard is a collection of model railway tracks that are invisible to a viewer and this yard allows trains to be stored. Often these tracks at the fiddle yard are required to allow most model railways to be operated in a realistic manner, because model trains can be rearranged by lifting them off the track and replacing them. Pilentum Television is presenting in this movie a cab ride on a beautiful 1 gauge or 1 scale model railway layout.




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Cab ride on narrow gauge model railway 1 scale or 1 gauge

A railroad is called narrow-gauge railway, when its track is smaller than the standard gauge. Forest railways, narrow gauge railways and field railways were built mainly in mountains, because narrow gauge railways are often less expensively than a corresponding standard gauge railway. Also in the area of the model trains, there are narrow gauge railways. So Pilentum Television is presenting in this movie a cab ride on a beautiful 1 gauge or 1 scale model railway layout. Please, take a look at the many loving details, which can be seen along the narrow gauge railway.


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Model Railway Paradise in 1 Gauge ie. 1 Scale

That's a model train layout of superlatives. In this film you can see one of the most beautiful and one of the largest model railroad layouts in 1 scale or 1 gauge. On this beautiful model railway layout there are two train stations, a large locomotive shed, a small mountain railway and a narrow-gauge railway. Cab rides were made on the main line and on the narrow-gauge railway line. By the way, the construction of this model railway layout took almost twelve years. While many loving details along the railroad tell little stories, numerous locomotives, train sets, passenger trains and steam engines are to be seen on the layout.


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O Gauge Model Railway Layout with Diesel Trains and Steam Locomotives

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.


# 104

A Dream of Model Train Layout in 1 Scale ie. 1 Gauge

It's hard enough to build a model railway layout in H0. It's even more difficult to build a model train layout in 1 Gauge. But in this film, Pilentum Television presents one of the finest and largest model railroad layouts in 1 scale. Please, enjoy it.


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New York Central Railroad as Model Train layout in Scale 1

It's the famous New York Central Railroad Line in 1 Scale or 1 Gauge. In Germany, there was a big 1 scale model train meeting in June 2015. And, there was presented a wonderful model train layout in small railroad layouts, called modules. On this layout there are the New York Central System, various locomotives of Union Pacific, Conrail and the Southern Pacific Lines.


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Another dream of Model Train Layout in 1 Scale ie. 1 Gauge

It's another dream of model railroad layout in 1 Scale. In Belgium, there is a model railway club, called Leuvense Spooreen Modeltreinen Vrienden, and they are enthusiasts in rail transport modelling. Their model train layout was presented at the International 1 Gauge Meeting in the Technology Museum in Sinsheim, Germany in June 2015. It was the major attraction par excellence. On the layout there are a station with depot, tram, marshalling yard, bridges and tunnels. There are beautiful locomotives in 1 Scale, too.


# 107

N Scale German ICE High Speed Train

Some years ago, the model train manufacturer Minitrix was producing a special edition, called ICE Avantgarde, in N scale. The ICE is Germany's high speed train and it's normal coulour is white.


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N Scale and N Gauge and NTrak Digital Model Railway Layout 1:160

Pilentum had the opportunity to visit a large model railway layout from a manufacturer of digital model railway control systems in Germany. The company Rautenhaus is known for offering complete solutions for digital model railway control systems. Digital command control are the modern alternative to control a layout and greatly simplify the wiring and add more flexibility in operations, for example DCC, RMX, Selectrix by Minitrix, handhelds, wireless handhelds, locomotive decoders, controllers, central unit, boosters, Marklin Digital, Trainmaster, Hornby, DYNATROL, Digitrack, Rail-Command, KATO Digital, RailMaster, Rocrail, accessory decoders or sound and function decoders, etc. To ensure, that customers do learn and do understand, how digital model railway control systems are working, this beautiful N Gauge layout exists. When filming Pilentum gave special attention to the rolling stock in N scale or in scale range 1:160.


# 109

Accucraft Southern Pacific Live Steam and DB Class 41 Steam Locomotive

Pilentum Television was playing with two fine Live Steam locomotives. The first one was the Accucraft Southern Pacific Steam Locomotive Number 1261. This locomotive was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in November 1901 for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Enjoy this model railway locomotive and its beautiful passenger cars. The second one was the German Class 41 steam locomotive. This locomotive was designed by the Deutsche Reichsbahn and by the Deutsche Bundesbahn. The Class 41 engines were the most powerful steam locomotives ever operated in Germany. Please, listen to the famous sound of these live steam model trains.


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World’s Biggest Model Train and Railway as well as Miniature Railroad

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.




# 111

Rocky Mountains Model Railroad Narrow Gauge HO Scale

This model railroad layout in HO scale narrow gauge, covering the area between Colorado and New Mexico, was presented from Marco Unternährer in Switzerland. There are steam locomotives and long trains from the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (D & RGW).


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Model Railroading with US Trains in HO Scale

In Germany, there was a model railway exhibition for US railroads only, and a railway and model club was presenting its great model train layout, which was built up in individual modules in HO scale. There are freight trains and passenger trains of the Santa Fe Railroad riding on this model railroad layout with beautiful landscapes, bridges and industry towns. Noteworthy is the scene at the railroad crossing.


# 113

Model Railroad Highly Detailed HO Scale

This is a truly beautiful and highly detailed model railroad layout built in HO scale. There are two double-track main routes leading to and from the central station, and that central station is a railhead. There is a depot with a turntable and with a roundhouse, too. The entire model railroad layout corresponds to the early days of the German Federal Railroad in the 1950's and 1960's years. There are trains with diesel locomotives, freight locomotives and steam locomotives. The model train club, who has built this model train layout, place extremely high value on an authentic operation. A total of about 500 meters of track have been laid in HO, which corresponds to the original approximately 43.5 kilometers of track. The model railway layout is located near Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


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Model Railway Exhibition Germany

In Germany, every two years there is a model railway exhibition for US railroads only. Please, enjoy these model railway layouts. These model train layouts represent how German modelers re-built the United States.


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Cab ride on an underground model railway layout

Let's go cab riding into a model train station, underground. It's a model train layout built by a German railway enthusiasts in HO scale. The tracks in the underground are called shadow station, fiddle yard or staging yard. This is the non-visible area in the underground. The model railway tracks in the staging yard have a total length of 275 meters.


# 116

Model Railroad of a Nickel Mine

A model of a nickel mine as well as a model of an associated railway to that mine was built in HO scale by Mario Alberto Scarati from Italy. His layout was presented on a model railway exhibition for US Model Railroads in Germany. On the left there is a charging station with railway line, and on the right a train system for discharging.


# 117

Small Wonders in Model Railroading and Railway Modelling N Scale

This beautiful model train layout is built in N Scale. And, it's called "Grumpy Valley Mining". The name suggests a large model railway or a large industrial plant, but this model railroad was built on less than 1 square meter. It's a small world in N scale presenting a US coal mine and many lovingly crafted scenes.


# 118

Bear Lake Lumber Railroad in O Scale

A beautiful model railway in gauge 0n30, ie. O scale narrow gauge. The layout was built by Hanns Hirblinger from Germany. It was presented on a model railway exhibition in Germany for US railroads only. On the model train layout there are a highly detailed railroad workshop, a small harbor, a bridge and many detailed, weathered little things that make the whole scenario almost like an artwork.


# 119

City Limits Model Railway in HO Scale

Model train layouts, that are called "City Limits", are presenting cities or industrial areas characterized by an incredibly high quality of perfection and reality. And, also this model railway layout built by German modellers in HO scale is pefectly weathered. The diarama presents North Minneapolis in Upper Midwest of the United States, and its scenes of industrial sites. And there is the York Rail, a scene from the eastern United States, its local industries in the city of York in Pennsylvania. Really ingenious Weathering.


# 120

Wonderful US model railroad layout in HO scale

This model train layout in HO scale was built by German modellers. There are three different landscapes covering the whole model railway layout. And, there are a lot of North American locomotives and trains, including Amtrak or CSX, etc.




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Model Train Diorama in HOn3 Scale

This model railway layout consists of ten individual dioramas, scale model of different scenes. Only one train in HO scale, narrow gauge, is running on that model train layout, which presents different landscapes in the United States.


# 122

Mexican Model Train in HO Scale

This model train layout was presented on a model railway exhibition for US railroads, only. There are trains from Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, Grand Canyon Line, Rio Grande and D&RGW railroad. And, there is a Mexican wedding built on that display.


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Model Railway Albula & Landwater Railroad in On3 scale

At a model railway exhibition for US railroads only, this model railroad layout was presented in On3 scale.


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Rail Transport Modelling at Fairhaven in HO Scale

Every two years there is a model railway exhibition in Germany for US railroads. This layout is called "Port of Fairhaven" and was built in HO scale. On the model train layout there are the city of Fairhaven, its harbor area, warehouses, roads and, of course, with railroads.


# 125

West Side Lumber Company Model Railway

There is a rumor that the best model train builders are coming from the Netherlands. Perhaps this is so? But René Paul gives a demonstration of superb rail transport modelling with his model railway layout in O scale or On3 scale. He was presenting his scale model of the West Side Lumber Company Railway. The West Side Lumber Company Railway was the last of the 3 ft narrow gauge logging railroads operating in the American west. There are perfectly weathered, aged and patinated locomotives, cars and beautiful landscapes.


# 126

HO Scale Big Modular Model Railroad Dogbone Layout

Last week there was a model railway exhibition 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.


# 127

Live Steam Model Railways 1:32 Scale and Locomotives in 1 Gauge

Some beautiful live steam locomotives in 1:32 scale. These steam locomotives are usually fired by gas or by methylated spirit.


# 128

5 inch Model Railway and 7 1/4 gauge Miniature Railroad Meeting

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.


# 129

Model Railway with Glacier Express Cab Ride in Narrow Gauge Scale

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.


# 130

Large Model Railway with Magnificent Cab Ride in HO Scale (1:87)

This truly beautiful model railway was built in HO scale H0 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.




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Digital Model Car System in N Scale (1:160) like Faller Car System

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.


# 132

Big Model Train Show with a Funny Nudist Resort in HO gauge

Basically, there are two ways to build a model railway: On the one hand, some modelers are building a large model train layout to operate their own railroad in miniature; on the other hand, members of model train clubs build modules, which are sections of layouts, and can be joined together to form a larger layout, for meetings or for special occasions, like a model train show. In Germany, there are many model railroaders, model clubs and model groups, building modules in HO scale. Pilentum was visiting a major event: A big model train show organized by three modeling clubs. There are more than 200 meters of railroad track in HO gauge and more than 100 model trains. Furthermore, there are modules with stations, with self-driving micro cars and with beautiful landscapes. One highlight of this big model train show is the funny nudist resort.


# 133

Sexy Scenery on a Model Railway Layout in HO Scale

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.


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Beautiful Dutch Model Train Layout in HO Gauge with Field Railway

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.


# 135

Model Railway in OO Gauge of an Industrial District Railway in the U.K.

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.


# 136

Amazing Model Railway Z Scale with Micro Trains Z Gauge

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.


# 137

The third largest model railway exhibition in Germany in HO scale

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.


# 138

HO Scale Historical Model Railway in the 1920's and 1930's

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.


# 139

Model Railway Layout HO Scale at Transport Museum Winterswijk

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.


# 140

Big Model Railroad Display with Miniature Cars and Bumper Cars and 100 Trains in HO Scale

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.




# 141

Model Railway Cab Ride like First Person View

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.


# 142

Biggest model airport of the world at day and at night in 1:87 HO scale

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.


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Impressive cab ride through beautiful model railway in O scale

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.


# 144

Model Railroad of Sweden with beautiful Snowscape

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.


# 145

Model Railroad of Denmark in HO scale

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.


# 146

Pilentum Model Railroads - At the Railway Line

While making the latest cab ride video with model trains in action, Pilentum was set the camera beside the railway line. Please, enjoy some fast electric trains, some freight trains and some high speed trains from Germany.


# 147

Model Railroad of Norway with cruise ship in HO scale

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.


# 148

The City Edge Layout Model Railroad with amazing Miniature Cars in HO scale

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.


# 149

Model Railroad of the United States of America in HO scale

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.


# 150

Model Railroad HO Scale Cab Ride at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

At the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago there is a model railway exhibition called “The Great Train Story”. The model train layout presents 2,200 miles of scenery and stories from Chicago to Seattle along 1,400 feet of winding track. There are more than 20 trains winding through a continental journey replicated in astonishing detail and scope. From the heights of Rocky Mountain ranges and Chicago skyscrapers, down to the tiniest crossing lights and floating seabirds, this massive scale model in 3,500 square feet can be seen many times. The Museum of Science and Industry's original model railroad was the largest of its kind in the world when it opened in 1941. Then, it was designed by Minton Cronkhite. The model railroad layout covered 2,340 square feet of floor space and was built in O gauge or 1:45 scale. The various scenes on the model railroad illustrated the role of the railroad within U.S. industry and agriculture throughout the desert southwest. It included 1,000 feet of O scale track and 40 switches operated by an automatic control board. The old model railroad had been in service for over six decades, when it closed in May of 2002. Today, the Museum of Science and Industry's new railroad exhibit, The Great Train Story, tells the modern railroad story. The newer layout is 50 percent larger than the old railroad. The new model train layout presents the railroad infrastructure between Chicago and Seattle, passing through the Midwest, the Plains States, the Rockies, the Cascades and into the Pacific Northwest. To celebrate the 10th birthday of the new model railway exhibition in 2012, a camera was installed aboard one of the model trains for making a beautiful cab ride.




# 151

Model Railway Exhibit in HO scale of Hamburg, Germany

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.


# 152

Model Railway in HO scale of Switzerland

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.


# 153

Model Railway Layout in HO scale with German Landscapes

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.


# 154

Chesapeake & Ohio Hudson Locomotive No. 490 in 1:32 Scale Live Steam

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.


# 155

Model Railway Wallpapers and Screensaver and Background Photos for free

On Pilentum's hard disk are countless pictures of model trains. Therefore Pilentum was doing some image editing so that you can download 60 wallpapers and screensaver backgrounds, for free. There are the two resolutions available: Both 2,560 x 1,440 pixels (16:9) and 5,184 x 3,456 pixels (full screen).


# 156

The Litte Railway Depot or Locomotive Depot or Motive Power Depot in 1 Scale

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.


# 157

Red Light District Of A Miniature Railway World

In the truest sense of the word, with a lot of love, members of a model railway club built a small diorama of a red light district in 1:87 scale. Normally, they are constructing model train layouts, but sometimes they model 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.


# 158

Amazing Marklin pre-war tinplate fully functional model railway in O scale

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.


# 159

Model Railway Layout with High Speed Trains in HO scale

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.


# 160

Model Railway Layout with Cab Ride of Beautiful Swiss Trains in HO scale

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.




# 161

Model Railway Bridge of Graberegg in Switzerland

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.


# 162

Main Model Railway Line of St. Jakobstadt in Switzerland

There is heavy traffic on the main railroad line of St. Jakobstadt in Switzerland. It is the famous railway line near the central station of the city with three tracks. Now, let us begin to count the trains.


# 163

The beautiful Model Railway Layout at the Kaeserberg Railway Foundation

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 with its own philosophy and history.

The story of the Kaeserberg Railway Foundation: It's eleven o'clock. The sky is clear, the air dry and cold. The station master announces the arrival of the train for St. Jakobstadt. I turn to look one last time at the Kaeserberg, as if to make sure it hasn't disappeared. It is as beautiful as ever. I board the train and it pulls away slowly. In front of me, a small seven year-old boy, nose glued to the window, observes the billowing smoke from a steam engine of the Kaeserberg railway. We leave the small Graubunden village of Kaeserberg. The train penetrates deeper into the valley. The autumn countryside passes by the window. On emerging from the forest, St. Jakobstadt and its large station can be seen in the distance. The train slows down and stops. Off to one side, workmen are busy loading and unloading goods trains. This is the philosophy of the Kaeserberg Model Railway layout. It is a wonderful story, the tale of a childhood dream that became a reality thanks to the imagination, determination and patience of its designer, Marc Antiglio.

The Model Railway Layout: The entire network is imaginary. However, meticulous attention to detail has been paid to the landscape and the work of the railway to ensure they are as faithful as possible to the Swiss reality. Built on three levels on a scale of 1:87, the network comprises 2,045 meters of track. Four railway lines operate in the Kaeserberg mountain region, managed by three companies: the CFF (Swiss Federal Railway), the RhB (Rhaetian Railway) and the KBB (Kaeserberg Railway). In order to make his dream come true and build the network, Marc Antiglio worked hard, spending hours at the drawing board to determine the specifications, design and trace out the plans of the future network and bring to fruition a concept that had lain in his mind for many years.

The first level: The trains are marshalled in a large two-storey station. This station has purposely been left without a landscape. These trains run by computer control over the entire network on all levels. 87 trains are available (CFF 59 and RhB 28) and 33 are in reserve (CFF 20 and RhB 13). Trains arrive at the upper level by means of a spiral ramp developing a height of 2,4 meters and a length of 134 meters. This track is not visible to the visitors. Trains then arrive at a marshalling yard. With its 16 tracks (13 CFF and 3 RhB), this station allows train traffic to be regulated on the network.

The second level: The main console controls the circulation of trains serving the station of St. Jakobstadt, the meeting point of 2 companies (CFF and RhB). St. Jakobstadt is revealed with its large 15-track station (12 CFF and 3 RhB). Contrary to the first level, all train movements are executed from the control console. In the background, the foothills of the Kaeserberg can be admired, with the road and track of the RhB criss-crossing the sides of the mountain towards the Graubunden village of Kaeserberg. After the big station the visitor looks onto shunting, loading and unloading tracks and a track service depot. This area is completed by a storage area for hydrocarbons and a landscaping company. In the background can be seen the 4 tracks leading into and out of the station. Running parallel over a distance of 20 meters, the 2 lines eventually separate. One winds its way towards the Monikastein tunnel, the other towards the station of Graberegg. This tourist village is the departure point for boat cruises, coach trips and journeys on the funicular railway.

The third level: Here we discover the village of Kaeserberg where the architecture of the houses is different, in the style of the canton of Graubunden. This village is the starting point for excursions by train or coach. RhB trains bring passengers, who can travel on to the summit of the Kaeserberg or climb the mountainside along the Waglisbach valley.


# 164

Model Railway Masterpiece Deceptively Real Old Tramway of France

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.


# 165

Model Railway Masterpiece Superb French Layout

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.


# 166

French Model Railway Layout in N Scale

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.


# 167

HO Gauge Model Trains Cab Ride

Pilentum Television knows that you are fascinated by cab rides on model railway layouts. Please, enjoy this cab ride with model trains in HO scale. It is a model railway exhibition in Germany, and we tried another mini camera inside the locomotive.


# 168

Street Life Scale Model and Police Crash in Chicago

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.


# 169

British Model Railway Layout in OO Gauge with Cab Ride

At the international model train exhibit Eurospoor in Utrecht, Netherlands, the British Mickleover Model Railway Group presented its famous model railway layout Farkham. The model railroad system was built in OO gauge. OO gauge or OO scale, also spelled 00 gauge and 00 scale, model railways are the most popular standard-gauge model railway tracks in the United Kingdom. This track gauge is one of several 4 mm scale standards used. Farkham, a quiet Midlands town in England, is served by an occasional passenger service with freight being the main traffic on this secondary railway line. Beyond the station and town centre, the land opens out to reveal a small freight yard, whilst the main line gently curves away with a mixture of old and new buildings following its course. The concept behind Farkham was to capture the atmosphere of an urban scene with the railway passing through. This has been attempted, by locating buildings and trees at the front of the layout to break-up the direct lines of sight between the viewer and the trains, so when looking at the model the trains will come in and out of view creating a series of interesting cameos. This encourages the viewer to look into the layout and not just at it and siting the twin tower blocks at the front, along with other large structures and trees, has created visual barriers to enable this. Finally to create a realistic scene and make everything visually blend together, each item has been weathered to differing degrees. Trackwork on the layout is all hand built using C&L and Peco components and is to finescale 16.5 mm gauge standards. The major aspect of the model is its buildings and structures and whilst some of these are modified kits, most have been scratch built. The rolling stock on the layout is detailed, repainted and weathered with a large number of kit and scratch built items. Special thanks from Pilentum Television to the members of Mickleover Model Railway Group for making possible the beautiful cab ride video recordings.




# 170

Model Trains Layout with Thousands of Funny Details in HO Scale

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.


# 171

The Funicular Scale Model down in the Romanian Forest

This model railway layout was designed by the German artist and model maker Hans Poscher. His layout, showing the famous forestry railway and funicular of Covasna-Comandau in Romania, has been presented and honored at many model train shows in Europe. In 1997, Hans Poscher visited the village of Covasna in Romania and he found this funicular in reality. Immediately after this trip to Romania, he was thinking about modelling this trains, cable cars and funicular as a scale model. He build this railroad system with all the details, especially with the platform carriages, with the station house, with the machine house, with the track system, etc. The model train layout is built in 1:43 scale or O scale narrow gauge with a track width of 16.5 mm. Houses, switches and rolling stock were almost completely made by hand. Rails are taken from the manufacturers PECO and TILLIG.


# 172

Model Railway Layout from the Valkenswaard Model Railway Group

The Valkenswaard Model Railway Group was founded in 1990 with the main objective of modelling beautiful modular model railway layouts in HO scale for visiting model train exhibitions in Europe. Their latest layout is about a Dutch railway line in southeast Brabant region in the 1950’s and 1960’s.


# 173

Model Train Layout with Field Railway and Brick Factory in O Scale Narrow Gauge

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.


# 174

Model Railroading and the famous Brusio spiral viaduct

The Brusio spiral viaduct, some say “Brusio circular viaduct”, is a single-track nine-arched stone spiral railway viaduct. It is located near Brusio, Switzerland, and was opened on 1 July 1908. The Brusio spiral viaduct is a part of the Bernina Railway. Normally, you would think, that this model railway layout was made by Swiss model railroaders. But this layout came from the Netherlands. In Holland, there is a very special model railway association. Its members work exclusively on modular model railway segments with Swiss landscapes and with Swiss trains, only. Every Tuesday, almost 20 model builders and model railroaders meet to build on their model railway system.


# 175

Beautiful French Modular Model Railway Layout with Cab Ride in HO Scale

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. Please, enjoy this tour in “Little France”.


# 176

Model Railway HO Gauge with Animal Park

Modular model railway layout in HO gauge or HO scale built by the model railroad club TCM Netherlands. It is a typical layout on modular design with a lot of segments. Each member of the railroad club builds its own segment, and at a model train show, all modules are linked together. The exhibition area of this Dutch model railway layout, including an animal park, is about 15 meters x 30 meters.


# 177

N Gauge Mountain Railroad and Railway Modelling from the Netherlands

This mountain railroad in N gauge was built by the model railway club MSG Oudenbosch from the Netherlands. The club has got 30 members, who meet twice a week for railway modelling. They are working on modular model railway layouts in N gauge as well as HO gauge.


# 178

Modular Model Railroad Layout with Dutch Model Trains

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.


# 179

Narrow Gauge Model Railway Layout with Steam Locomotive

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.


# 180

Model Railroad in HO scale from Belgium

This model railroad system in HO scale was made by the Belgian model railway club, named “ModelSpoorClub De Kempen”. The railway club was founded in 2000. Its members are concentrating on the construction of modular model railways for model train shows in Europe. This railroad system in HO gauge represents an old railway line between Scherpenheuvel station and Zichem station in Belgium.




# 181

Model Trains HO Gauge Cab Ride from San Vincenzo to Follonica Station in Italy

This modular model train layout was built by Vincenzo Bologna from Italy. Pilentum met him at the great model railway exhibition in Cologne, Germany. Vincenzo and his friends, called VBF Group Ferrara-Venturina, were building a small corner of the Tuscan coast in Italy in HO scale. There are the Follonica railway station, the electrical substation at Campiglia Marittima, and the San Vincenzo railway station, all located along the coastline opposite the island of Elba. The whole model railway layout has got a length of 18.5 meters and a width of 2.40 meters. This was large enough to make a cab ride along the Italian landscape. By the way, Vincenzo Bologna Ferromodellista constructed 6 buildings using plywood, cardboard and biscuit cartons in order to build a realistic replica. In total, 72 catenary masts were made out of little brass tubes. Please, enjoy this cab ride from San Vincenzo to Follonica.


# 182

Model Trains HO Gauge Cab Ride from Follonica to San Vincenzo Station in Italy

At the great model railway exhibition in Cologne, Germany, Pilentum met Vincenzo Bologna from Italy. He was building this modular model train layout. Vincenzo and his friends, called VBF Group Ferrara-Venturina, were building a small corner of the Tuscan coast in Italy in HO scale. There are the San Vincenzo railway station, the electrical substation at Campiglia Marittima, and the Follonica railway station, all located along the coastline opposite the island of Elba. The whole model railroad layout has got a length of 18.5 meters and a width of 2.40 meters. This was large enough to make a cab ride along the Italian landscape. By the way, Vincenzo Bologna Ferromodellista constructed 6 buildings using plywood, cardboard and biscuit cartons in order to build a realistic replica. In total, 72 catenary masts were made out of little brass tubes. Please, enjoy this cab ride from Follonica to San Vincenzo.


# 183

Modular Model Train Layout in N Gauge with Dutch Trains

In the Netherlands, there is a model railroad association located at the city of Delftse. The members are enthusiasts in model railway building, whose hearts are striking for N gauge scale model trains. In October 2016, at the great model train show they presented their model railway layout called “Dutch Model Railroading”. Each member has developed its own module or segment, for example with bridges, with railway stations, with curves, etc. The modular railroad system has got the advantage that their layout can be installed in various sizes at railway exhibits.


# 184

Cute and Tiny Model Railroad with Winter Landscape

This cute model railway layout is a tiny diorama, a scale model of a winter landscape scene, built by the Dutch artist Hans Louvet. There is snow everywhere. Even the small steam locomotive and its passenger cars are decorated with snowflakes.


# 185

HO Scale DCC Model Train Layout Amtrak Northeast Corridor Scratch Built

A model railway layout, which is about the famous Northeast Corridor in the US, was built by a German model railway team with perfect weathering and scratch built trains. The Northeast Corridor is an electrified railway line in the Northeast of the United States. Owned primarily by Amtrak, it runs from Boston through New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore to Washington. The Northeast Corridor is the busiest passenger rail line in the United States. And, it is used by many Amtrak trains, including the high-speed Acela Express, intercity trains, and several long-distance trains. Most of the corridor also has frequent commuter rail service, operated by the MBTA, Shore Line East, Metro-North Railroad, New Jersey Transit, SEPTA, and MARC. The model railway presents a small section of the corridor, which is built so realistic that you would like to watch the model trains for hours. There is a railway station, where numerous locomotives are serviced. And, there are a typical American small town as well as a commercial or industrial area.


# 186

Model Railway Layout N Gauge from Finland

At the international model railway exhibition in Cologne, Germany, this modular model railway layout with typical Finnish landscapes was presented by Kai Vehmersalo and Tapani Laakso in N scale. The size of the model train layout is about 7.0 meters x 6.0 meters. The rail enthusiasts and railway modellers from Finland were building the famous Lahti Vesijärvi harbor area in 1950 in N Gauge connecting the lake transport to and from the railway, which was important in the old days. And, there is the beautiful Punkaharju district with its old railroad track.


# 187

British Z Gauge Model Railway Layout Standen Watchett

The model railway enthusiasts Graham and Damien Jones were showing their little model railway layout, called “Standen Watchett”, built in Z scale. The layout presents a fictitious location on the East Coast main line, with a main central station at one end and a viaduct leading into a tunnel at the other. Sorry, Pilentum had difficulties to film this small scale 1:220 because light was missing in the the exhibition hall during the model trains show in Cologne, Germany. The special feature of this model railway layout is the rolling stock because locomotives and coaches were built using CAD with a 3-D printer. And, there is an overhead contact line, an overhead wire or a catenary in this small Z Gauge scale. This model railroad system will be presented at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition, too.


# 188

HO Narrow Gauge Model Railway Layout with Swiss Model Trains

In Germany, there is the company BEMO which is known in the model railway scene for its locomotives, passenger cars and freight cars in narrow gauge 1:87 scale. They are producing rolling stock in a track gauge of 12 mm or 0.472 inches, that is called HOn3½ (NMRA) and H0m (NEM); this means metre gauge and 3 ft 6 inch in reality. Furthermore, there are narrow gauge tracks in HOn2½ or HOn30. The company BEMO was established in 1976, and they presented the first products at the Nuremberg Toy Fair. Since then, various model trains were manufactured, especially Swiss scale model trains. Please, enjoy this railroad display showing trains and locomotives from Switzerland.


# 189

Outstanding Model Railway Layout with French Model Trains

In France, there is a model railroader club, called “Club de Modelisme de Draveil”. The members are best known for their modular model railway layouts. Often they are going to present their model train layout at model train shows. The latest layout is called “Saint Libéral” presenting a French village in the 1950’s. The rail tracks and points are made by Peco Company. Most of the rolling stock is taken from various toy train and railroad manufacturers. The outstanding element of this French model railway layout is the market place. It is one of the most impressive features of the whole layout because there is a rotating panel for three different days. On Wednesday there is a market, on Fridays there is a circus, and on Sundays there are kids playing soccer. And, there is a helicopter landing.


# 190

The Beautiful Italy Model Railway Layout - State of the Art of Model Railroading

Perhaps you know that in Germany the world’s largest model railway exhibition exists. It’s a permanent model railway exhibit with thousands of model trains. There are several model railroad sections, such as Skandivania, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and the famous scale model airport. In September, 2016, the new section was opened. This new layout is called “Beautiful Italy”, and it is a masterpiece in model building. It is the state of the art of model railroading. The entire country of Italy is represented on an area of approximately 300 square meters. There are the volcano Vesuvius near Naples, Pompeii, the ancient Roman town-city, the beautiful Amalfi Coast along the coastline of the Salerno Gulf in Southern Italy, South Tyrol, Liguria, Tuscany and of course, the capital city Rome with its St. Peter's Basilica and the Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. Pilentum was using the Yi 4K camera for making these video records because the wide-angle lens is meant to convey the enormous dimensions of this model railway layout.




# 191

HO Gauge Model Railways Cab Ride

Pilentum Television knows that you are fascinated by cab rides on model railway layouts. Please, enjoy this little cab ride with model trains in HO gauge.


# 192

Model Trains Cab Ride in HO Scale

When you are fascinated by cab rides on model railways layouts in HO scale, enjoy this little cab ride on a large model railroad show.


# 193

Model Train Cab Ride in HO Scale

When you are fascinated by cab rides on model train layouts in HO scale, enjoy this little cab ride on a large model railroad show.


# 194

Model Railway Cab Ride in HO Scale

Pilentum Television knows that you are fascinated by cab rides on model railway layouts. Please, enjoy this little cab ride with model trains in HO scale.


# 195

HO Gauge Steam Locomotive Depot in World War II

This model railway layout in HO gauge was made by Maciej Lukaszewicz from Poland. His layout is representing the old steam train and steam locomotive depot in Białogard, the most important railroad junction of the Middle Pomerania. Białogard became part of the German Empire in 1871. After World War II, it became part of Poland. The model railway layout presents the historic railway era, including the genuine Reichsbahn atmosphere around the year 1930. Then, the locomotive depot was located in Eastern Pomerania. Born in Poland, the model builder Maciej Lukaszewicz decided to build a German layout because he has got a detailed and excellent knowledge of technical German railway history. So the “Steam Locomotive Depot in World War II” is a very fine example of model making handicraft, including historic locomotives and rolling stock. There are perfectly modelled engine sheds, service buildings, and the large turntable. The size of the model railway layout is about 5.0 meters x 2.0 meters.


# 196

The Great Model Railway Show - The most beautiful model railways in Europe

The great model railway show in Utrecht, Netherlands, is one of the largest exhibitions for model railways in Europe. There is an exhibit space of more than 20,000 square meters, and there are more than 50 model railway layouts from model railroad clubs, from railway enthusiasts and from model trains manufacturers. In this film by Pilentum, 18 of the most beautiful model railway displays are documented. At the great model railway show in Holland, there are also demonstrations in the area of model building. In addition, there is always a model railway market for trains, model railways, model building, collector's items, literature etc.


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HO Gauge Modular Model Railway with Italian High Speed Train Frecciarossa by Trenitalia

This modular model railway layout represents a small corner of the Tuscan coast in Italy. The display in HO scale or HO gauge was built by the railroader Mr. Vincenzo Bologna and his friends. They are calling themselves the “VBF Group Ferrara-Venturina”, and they are “Ferromodellista” from the botton of their heart. By the way, the word “Ferromodellista” in the Italian language means model railroad enthusiast in the English language. The whole model railroad layout has got a length of 18.5 meters and a width of 2.40 meters. There are famous Italian locomotives and passenger cars as well as the new high speed train Frecciarossa by Trenitalia.


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Awesome HO Scale Narrow Gauge Model Trains with Realistic Catenary and Overhead Line

This amazing model railway layout was built by Niek Talsma from the Netherlands. Although he lives in Holland, he is a friend of the railroad in Switzerland, especially of the narrow gauge railway lines. His beautiful model trains are running through the mountain landscape of Switzerland. Central focus is the realistic catenary or overhead power line. All locomotives are operated with their current collector or pantograph on the overhead contact wires, and the passenger cars and trains have got interior lighting. Enjoy this modular railway layout with a size of 8.0 meters x 1.0 meters.


# 199

British Model Railway Layout Ladeside Diesel Depot in O Gauge

At the international model train exhibit in Cologne, Germany, Mike Bisset and John Donaldson presented their famous model railway layout, called Ladeside Diesel Depot. The model railroad system was built in O gauge or O scale, and it depicts a diesel locomotive depot in the early 1960s of British Railways. Then, diesel locomotives were starting to take over from the old steam trains. The brand new locos could often be seen standing side by side with steam engines in dirty rundown steam depots. The authorities soon discovered that these old steam sheds were not the ideal environment for the maintenance of diesel locomotives and they decided to convert the former steam sheds to provide basic servicing and fueling facilities for the diesels. The model train layout of “Ladeside Diesel Depot” is typical of such conversions. The layout is based on the former steam shed at Ardrossan in the south-west of Scotland. The railroad system is DCC wired and all diesel locomotives are fitted with sound decoders, some even have smoke generators. Some steam locomotives are also in evidence, and they are also fitted with sound decoders and smoke generators. The size of the model railway layout is about 7.0 meters x 2.0 meters.


# 200

HO Gauge Trains at the Munich Model Railway Museum

For more than 30 years, the Munich Model Railway Museum has been one of the largest miniature and model railway exhibitions in Germany. Originally, the HO gauge layout was designed in 1978, and opened in 1980. At first, the layout was growing up to almost 400 square meters. More and more attractions were added to the model railroad system, such as a fairground or the simulation of aircrafts at the miniature airport. In 2008, the entire model railway layout and its electronics were renewed: The model railway control was converted from analogue to digital operation by DCC format. On the whole, the rolling stock consists of locomotives, coaches, and trains of all eras in order to offer a great variety of railway traffic and railway history to visitors. There are old German steam locomotives as well as modern high speed trains, such as Intercity, Railjet and Intercity Express.




# 201

TT Gauge Model Railway Layout with Model Trains from the Czechoslovak State Railways

In the Czech Republic, Eastern Europe, are ambitious railroad enthusiasts, too. Due to historical development, they don’t use HO gauge or HO scale but TT gauge or TT scale. TT scale is a niche model railroading scale, whose name stands for “Table Top”. Its 1:120 scale, a gauge size between HO scale (1:87) and N scale (1:160). Its original purpose was to make model trains small enough to be able to assemble and operate it on a table. TT model trains retains a small niche in the United States and in the United Kingdom, but growing popularity in the former East Germany, and it is the second most popular model railroading scale in Eastern Europe and Russia. In this video, the model railway layout was built by the Czech model building club called KŽM Trutnov. On the TT display, there are motives of the old Czechoslovak State Railways. On the club’s TT layout is also a doubletrack railway line in Bohemia, a large central station, and a narrow gauge railroad. A big part of the rolling stock was handmade by the club members. The size of this outstanding TT gauge layout is 6.0 x 4.5 meters.


# 202

Amazing Railway Layout in HOn3 gauge with Rocky Mountains and Winter Landscape

For Pilentum’s friends from the United States, these video records were made. It is an amazing model railway layout in HOn3 gauge presenting the snowy winter landscape of the Rocky Mountains. This outstanding layout was built by Pit Karges from Luxembourg, a country in Western Europe, between Belgium and Germany, and north of France. The railway modeler Pit Karges called this HOn3 scale model train layout “The First Snow on the High Line”. The visible part of the display is 2.0 meters x 0.5 meters, only. The remaining part of the railroad display is hidden behind a fiddle yard. Steam locomotives, excellently weathered and fitted with sound decoders, are used from Blackstone. The model trains are controlled with a Digitrax and Loconet system.


# 203

The Beautiful Spanish Model Railway Layout with Cab Ride in HO Gauge

This HO gauge model railway layout is based on the original railway line in Catalonia, Spain, between the city of Lleida and the city La Pobla de Segur. The railroad is called “The Train of the Lakes” because of its beautiful landscape. Frequently tourists use this railway route when they stay on vacation in Spain. There are trains from the Catalan railway company as well as Spanish RENFE trains. This model train layout was made by the Spanish modeler Mr. Jordi Auqué. He was commissioned by Mr. Raül Valls, the editor of the Spanish Railway Magazine “La Revista MásTren”, to build a beautiful Spanish railroad display. The layout in 1:87 scale depicts a part of the railway line in Catalonia, and has got a length of almost 25 meters. The locomotives and scale models of the Spanish RENFE trains are made by Electrotren, Ibertren and Mabar. Furthermore there are some unique self-made or hand-made scale models.


# 204

The new Faller Car System Digital with Satellites for Automatic Vehicle Location

During the great model railway exhibition in Cologne, Germany, Pilentum Television had taken some video records from the new car system made by Faller. The famous Faller car system was updated to a digitally controlled system. Therefore, it is called “Faller Car System Digital”, now. The system offers a higher degree of reliability as well as a high degree of individual road traffic on the model railway layout or model street layout. Ultrasonic signals which are exchanged between the cars and the satellites, accurately determine the position of each vehicle. It is an automatic vehicle location for scale model cars. The software behind the system running on a computer calculates values for the car’s distance control. There is a fully automatic control for high traffic on the street layout, now. Similar to track plans at model train layouts, you can generate road maps with the miniature car system by Faller. Please, take a look at the computer display at 1:20 in this video file. The software at the computer display is presenting all information and settings clearly and graphically. The small model cars and the system are in permanent contact via a radio link. Via the radio link, each car receives driving commands and reports information, such as the state of charge or the current driving stage, back to the system. With this wireless connection, any function’s change is possible during driving. Unfortunately, the satellites, which are used for vehicle identification and for vehicle location, must be installed over the model railway layout. And, depending on the size of the layout, at least three satellites are required for fully automatic operation. Furthermore, it is a disadvantage, all the vehicles have a black radio and satellite sensor integrated on their roof, which does not look really nice. There are other car systems, like the DC-Car system (Germany) or the MCC ModelCarParts system (Netherlands), which appear to be more advantageous for true model building. Nevertheless, such a car system makes a lot of fun.


# 205

The Little Horror House in HO Gauge with Cemetery in the Netherlands

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.


# 206

Beautiful Scandinavian Model Railroad in HO gauge from Norway

This model railway layout was built by the model train manufacturer NMJ Norsk Modelljernbane. This company is well known for producing Scandinavian model trains, locomotives, passenger coaches and freight cars. The Norwegian railroad display is called “Scandinavian Impressions”. There is the Hønefoss railway station, an important junction between the railway line between Oslo and Bergen in Norway. Some say, it is the famous Randsfjord railroad line. Furthermore, there are the beautiful scenery of Norway and Sweden.


# 207

Impressive and Lovely Built O Gauge Model Railroad Display

This modular model railway layout was built by two German model railroaders. They wanted to construct a scale model of the North German landscape. There are lovely built details, for example the two swans or the guys hanging around at the fish factory. And, there are beautiful steam locomotives and passenger coaches.


# 208

Rail transport modelling with Soviet-built diesel locomotive for heavy freight trains

Walking along the large model railway exhibit in Cologne, Germany, Pilentum found this little model railway layout that was made by the German company NOCH, a manufacturer of model landscaping. Apart from this, on the railway display there was running the famous M62 locomotive. This is a Soviet-built diesel locomotive for heavy freight trains, exported to many Eastern Bloc countries. This type of locomotive was sent to East Germany between 1966 and 1978, too. This locomotive has a certain cult following among railfans, and is has got many nicknames, for example Gagarin in Poland, Iwan or Ivan and Siergiej or Sergej in Czechoslovakia, Szergej in Hungary, Taigatrommel (Taiga Drum) in Germany, Mukha in Belarus, and Sinsŏng in North Korea. In the Soviet Union the locomotive is called Mashka or Машка in the Russian language. Why this diesel loco is so famous? Because from the powerful noises and vibrations, when the locomotive runs.


# 209

The most beautiful model railway layout of Italy - State of the Art of Rail transport modelling

The new model railway layout of Italy is really a masterpiece and a work of art in the field of model building. It is located at the so-called “Wonderland of Miniatures” in Germany. Only then, when Pilentum was editing and cutting this YouTube video, he was able to find the thousands of details. Visitors of this model railroad exhibit will be a little overloaded because every square meter amazing, impressive and loving details. There are hundreds of little stories which a told by the sceneries of the model trains layout. Furthermore, the day and night illumination in Liguria and on the Amalfi Coast is impressive because it is like a light show. I guess, you must have seen this overwhelming scale model exhibit in Germany in person.


# 210

1 Gauge Model Railroad Layout from Germany with Marklin Kiss and KM1 steam trains

This beautiful model railroad layout belongs to a railway fan from Germany. He started construction in 2006. On this layout, there are two levels: The upper level represents a little village with a railway station, with a marshalling yard and with a round house for steam locomotives. The lower level contains a large fiddle yard. The whole layout is built in 1 gauge. Gauge 1, 1 scale or gauge one is a model railroading and toy train standard that was popular in the early 20th century, particularly with European manufacturers. Gauge one was standardized at 1:32 scale. Today, 1 gauge experiences a renaissance, first in the UK and then elsewhere. This was helped by 1 gauge being the same size as the modern G scale, a popular standard for outdoor model railroads.




# 211

Cab Ride on Spanish Model Railroads

Cab Ride on Spanish Model Railroads.


# 212

International Model Railway Exhibition Cologne Germany : The world of digital model railways

The world of model railways and railway modeling found a place at the large International Model Railway Exhibition from 17th - 20th November 2016 in Cologne, Germany. For four days, there was the home of the world of toy trains. At the exhibition were 208 exhibitors from 15 countries, for example market leader Marklin, Trix, LGB, Fleischmann, Roco and PIKO. Furthermore there were amazing model railway layouts displayed by exhibitors, model railroad clubs and rail transport modeling societies. In this film by Pilentum, 14 of the most beautiful model railway displays are documented.


# 213

Cab ride on Mr. Porsche's very large model train layout

This is the model train layout of Mr. Hans-Peter Porsche. He is the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, the automobile designer of the famous VW Beetle. Since his childhood, Hans-Peter Porsche collected tin toys from Marklin, from Bing and from other manufacturers. A few years ago, he decided to present his collection of toys to the public in a special museum. This museum is called “Traumwerk Porsche” in the German language, meaning “Dreamworks Porsche” in the English language. In addition to the toy collection, there is a large event hall for Porsche cars and a very large model railroad display with model trains in action. Outside, there is also a railroad and a playground for children. The Dreamworks model railway museum is located in the South of Germany. The large model railway layout has got an exhibition area of more than 400 square meters and represents the three countries Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Pilentum was capturing video footage of more than six hours, for example these beautiful cab rides along the whole railway exhibition. Please, enjoy the railroad landscape and railway scenery.


# 214

Marklin and KM1 and KISS Steam Locomotives 1 Gauge Model Railroad Layout 1:32 Scale

This model railroad layout is one of Germany’s largest private model train displays in 1 Gauge. It is located near Frankfurt, Germany. The whole layout is built in 1 gauge or in gauge one or in 1:32 scale. There are not only model trains made by Marklin, but there are also the finest steam locomotives made by KM1 company and by KISS company. Any steam train is scratch built and weathered. Also the tracks, switches and railway lines are weathered. Inside the locomotives are sound decoders and smoke decoders. The model railway layout consists of two levels: The fiddle yard on the lower level and the normal railway display on the upper level. Here is a four-track railway station with a marshalling yard as well as an locomotive depot with turntable or wheelhouse. Note, planning and construction of this beautiful model railroad began in 2006.


# 215

G Scale Garden Train Model Railroad Cab Ride Yi 4K Camera

This is Germany in autumn: cloudy weather, cold, and hardly sunshine. We have installed a small Yi 4K camera in front of a LGB G scale locomotive for making a cab ride. In fact, nothing special. Note, it’s the first video on Pilentum’s YouTube channel in 4K video quality.


# 216

When it gets night on Mr. Porsche's model railway layout - Part I

This is one camera angle of the model railway layout of Mr. Hans-Peter Porsche. As you know, Hans-Peter Porsche is the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, the automobile designer of the famous VW Beetle. In 2015, he built a special model railway museum in the South of Germany. This museum is called “Traumwerk Porsche” in the German language, meaning “Dreamworks Porsche” in the English language. And, there is a very large railroad display with many model trains in action made by Marklin. The large model railway layout has got an exhibition area of more than 400 square meters. Every 17 minutes the day changes into the night. At this moment, a beautiful light show and laser show are presented, which the world has not yet seen. It is a unique and amazing mixture of classic railroad model building and modern computer animation through a 360 degree laser video show panorama.


# 217

When it gets night on Mr. Porsche's model railway layout - Part II

In 2015, Mr. Hans-Peter Porsche, the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, the automobile designer of the famous VW Beetle, decided to build a toy train and model railroad museum in the South of Germany. Every 17 minutes the day changes into the night. At this moment, a beautiful light show and laser show are presented, which the world has not seen before. It is a unique and awesome mixture of computer animation, light and laser effects and Sound FX in the 400 square meter model railroad exhibition hall. There are more than 20 laser beamers spotting buildings, bridges and simulating amazing effects. If you’re going to visit Germany, then take a ride to the Mr. Porsche ‘s museum. It is called “Traumwerk Porsche” in the German language, meaning “Dreamworks Porsche” in the English language.


# 218

Cab ride on a very large model train layout in HO scale

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.


# 219

Behind the scenes at Mr. Porsche's Model Railway Museum

Many viewers asked Pilentum if there is a video recording in which you can look behind the scenes, for example looking into the fiddle yard or staging yard. And, the answer is yes. Pilentum made a cab ride from the Austrian model trains section to the Swiss model trains section. Therefore, the camera model train had to cross the big railway bridge. After crossing this bridge the camera loco is riding along the impressive fiddle yards or staging yards behind the scenes. These model railway tracks are hidden from view and allow trains to be stored by the operator. Please, enjoy the railroad landscape and railway scenery.


# 220

Toy Train Cab Ride and Electric Trains in Action at the Kaeserberg Railway and Railroad Museum

This is one of Pilentum’s favorite model railway layouts. It is the famous Kaeserberg Railway and Railroad Museum in Switzerland. In this video you can watch a cab ride along the model train display.




# 221

The Big Movie about Porsche ‘s Model Train Layout and Railway Museum in HO Gauge

A few weeks ago, Pilentum presented some HO gauge cab ride videos on the very large model railway layout of Mr. Hans-Peter Porsche. Now, the big movie is finished. For two days Pilentum filmed the whole model railroad museum built at 1/87 scale. Of course, not all scenes, buildings, locomotives and Marklin trains could be recorded on video. However, in this big movie, which has almost one hour playing time, you can watch a lot of the model train layout and of its details. The journey starts in the railroad section of Austria where trains arriving at the big central station. For example, there are some other stations, bridges and one large railway viaduct. Thereafter, the journey continues in the railway section of Switzerland. This part of the movie begins when the toy train is driving along the impressive bridge. In the Swiss section you will discover the great mountains, many railway lines and a central station again. Finally, the journey through the large model railroad layout ends in the section of Germany. There you can watch many castles representing Southern Germany, the landscape around the Lake Constance and some marshalling yards.


# 222

Heavy Freight Trains and Passenger Model Trains in action

This extremely large HO gauge model railway layout was built by Ivo Schraepen, a well-known model builder. The railroad display represents the great Hasselt railway station in Belgium. On its model railway, which has a length of almost 25 meters, the origin railway station is exactly rebuilt in 1/87 scale. All the real elements of the railway line are replicated on the model train layout. There are nine platforms available for passenger transport, and there are 14 railroad tracks available for freight trains.


# 223

The little steam train inside a realistic built model railway landscape in HO scale

This model railway layout is another masterpiece of European model train layouts. The landscape was built by Patrice Hamm from Alsace, France. On his narrow gauge railroad display, there are ancient buildings and houses in medieval style. Figures are behind the windows, and on the market square and in the corners of the houses are many details. The whole model railroad is professionally designed in HO scale or 1/87. Sometimes a steam train or a railcar runs along the landscape.


# 224

Pilentum Model Trains - At The Railway Embankment

This video was made at the largest model railway exhibition in Southern Germany. Pilentum was just set the camera beside the railway embankment. Please, enjoy some fast diesel trains, some historic steam trains, some freight trains and some high speed trains.


# 225

Pilentum Model Trains - At The Central Station

Once again, this video was made at the largest model railway exhibition in Southern Germany which is built in HO scale. Pilentum was just set the camera between the platforms at the large central station. Please, enjoy departures and arrivals of the toy trains.


# 226

Fantasy Island Model Railroad Layout with Cogwheel Railway or Rack Railway in O Gauge

Imagine there would be a small island, somewhere in the world's seas. And, on this island a cogwheel railway or a rack railway is driving from the port, down in the valley, up to train station on the mountain. In the harbor a passenger ship rocks in the waves, and on the other side of the island a fishing port is located. On the sea, there are a submarine and a lighthouse. This is the whole model railway layout, based on 3 x 3 feet, that was built by Thomas Schmid from Switzerland. He named his absolutely amazing display in the French words Île VaOù, and his model train layout was awarded with several prizes, for example at the famous model train exhibit Ontraxs in the Spoorwegmuseum at Utrecht, Netherlands. Please, enjoy the little railway climbing the hills along bridges, along rock faces and along deep fissures in the mountains.


# 227

Pilentum Model Railways - At The Train Station

This video was made at the largest model railway exhibit in Southern Germany which is built in HO scale. There are a few model train layouts arranged in one large exhibition hall. Pilentum was just set the camera beside the train station. Please, enjoy departures and arrivals of the toy trains.


# 228

The miniature train passenger view on a model railway line 4K UHD

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.


# 229

Big Model Trains and Cab Ride at the Dresden Model Railroad Museum

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.


# 230

Toy Trains in 1 Gauge at the Hamburg Model Railroad Museum

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.




# 231

Impressive City Edge Layout and Cab Ride with American Model Trains

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.


# 232

Amtrak Model Train for Passenger Railroad Service in HO Scale

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.


# 233

Burlington Northern Model Railroad in 1/87 Scale

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.


# 234

Model Railway Traffic on a Marklin Railroad Layout in HO Scale

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.


# 235

Amtrak Trains, Burlington Nothern Railways and Pennsylvania Railroad HO Scale Layout

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.


# 236

Swiss Railway Modelling

Pilentum Television is well known for its videos about railway modelling and model railroading. With Pilentum you can discover the world of model trains, model railways and model railroads on YouTube. Actually, there are more than 200 videos of stream locomotives, high speed trains and miniature worlds in any 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.


# 237

The most beautiful trains and locomotives in the Netherlands

Pilentum is specialised in making documentary videos about the beautiful world of model trains, model railways and model railroads. These videos are not for commercial use. At any time, you can watch them on YouTube, for free. Actually, there are more than 200 videos about steam locomotives, railway layouts and high speed trains. 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.


# 238

Cab ride on a super sized Märklin model railway layout in HO scale (Part # 1)

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.


# 239

360 Video Camera from Google Street View for Photo Mapping a Model Railway Layout

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.


# 240

Germany’s First Fast Diesel Trains DRG Class SVT 877 and DB Class VT 08 in O Scale

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.




# 241

Steam Locomotive DRG Class 01 - Germany’s Big Boy Steam Train in O Scale

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.


# 242

Cab ride on a super sized Marklin model railroad layout in HO gauge (Part # 2)

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.


# 243

Famous Diesel Locomotives DRG Class V 140 and DB Class V 200 of the German Federal Railroad

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.


# 244

Explore the fantastic model trains and locomotives of the world's largest model railway exhibit

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.


# 245

Railfanning view of a large modular model railway layout built in FREMO Free-Mo Modutrak standard

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.


# 246

Making of Pilentum Television - How to make cab ride videos on a model railroad layout

Many visitors, subscribers and friends of Pilentum's YouTube channel always ask, what camera Pilentum uses for making cab ride videos on model railway layouts. Therefore, I wrote a special report with my experiences and recommendations. Sorry, it is not possible to create this report as a video on YouTube because there is too many content. In my review, I am going to describe those cameras that provide an outstanding picture and video quality that is suitable for broadcasting. Furthermore, we have to take care of special parameters for making videos on a model railroad layout. I am going to try to explain these parameters in a very simple technical way. But we have to talk about the frame rate, the exposure time, the video resolution and about the minimum focus distance of the camera's lens. For making cab ride videos we have to enter a very small miniature world in HO scale. Therefore, we have to find a way to change the lens of the camera. In my report, I present a tricky way to transform a normal camera lens into a macro lens. Of course, there are many other problems for making cab ride videos in HO scale or in N scale. In my report, you will find all the necessary equipment.


# 247

Very Large Model Railway Layout by Märklin in HO Scale

Some weeks ago, Pilentum presented two cab ride videos of this very large HO scale model railway layout. In this video 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.


# 248

The fantastic miniature world of model railroading and railway modelling in Germany

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.


# 249

Awesome model train layouts made in Swiss model railroading and railway modelling style

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.


# 250

Railfanning cab ride view of a large modular model railroad built in FREMO or Mod-U-Trak standard

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.




# 251

Model trains in action at the famous Gletsch railway station in Switzerland

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.

# 252

Highly detailed model railroad in Z scale

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.

# 253

The Choo Choo Barn Model Train Layout in Strasburg Pennsylvania

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.

# 254

On30 Narrow Gauge Model Railroad Display with Steam Locomotives

This beautiful model railroad layout in On30 scale, called “Stirmouth & Southern Railroad Company”, was built by the Dutch model railroad club MSM Modelspoor. On this narrow-gauge railroad a typical American landscape is presented with steam locomotives in the 1940’s. Remarkable are the turntable, the large bridges, and the many buildings made of real wood.

# 255

N Scale Model Railroad with Freight Trains Galore

This model railroad layout was built by the German model railroader Elmar Manfroid in N Scale. It is a diorama with approximately 6 meters in length and only 20 centimeters in deep. Therefore, Pilentum was able to shoot only some little sections and corners, in which freight trains are presented.

# 256

Southern Pacific Lines Model Railroad Display in HO Scale

This model railroad display was built by Juergen Bode in HO scale, and it is a fictional design of a main railway line of the famous Southern Pacific Lines in the 1990’s. There are mountains, forests, lakes and a small town called “Grand Valley”.

# 257

Beautiful Model Railway Layout in HO scale

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.

# 258

Weathering model trains on a three rail model railroad layout in O scale

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.

# 259

Wonderful US model railroad layout in HO scale with landscape in winter

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.

# 260

HO Layout of Narrow Gauge Rail Transport Modelling in Chile

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.




# 261

Freight Trains Galore and Toy Trains Galore

Probably one of the longest freight trains in miniature. There are four diesel locomotives operating in multiple-unit train control leaving the tunnel. These locomotives are from the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (BNSF Railway). This freight train consists of 25 freight cars weathered in a perfect way. And, at the end of the train there is still the fifth diesel locomotive.

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