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Industrial Scene Model Railway Layout “Mulldale” in O scale - Letchworth Model Railway Society

Founded in 1981, the Letchworth Model Railway Society is one of the leading model railway clubs in Eastern England. The club’s O scale layout “Mulldale” depicts an industrial scene somewhere in Northern England in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Mulldale is a 7 mm or 1/43 scale industrial scene incorporating 16.5 mm track (narrow gauge). The railway serves to move raw materials and goods around the site for the Mulldale Brewery and other small businesses. The model landscape is both kit built and scratch built. The layout size takes 12 feet x 3 feet.

Industrial Scene Model Railway Layout “Mulldale” in O scale - Letchworth Model Railway Society

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Model Railroad Layout in O Scale with Narrow Gauge Steam Locomotives and Diesel Railcars

This modular model railroad layout was built in O scale or gauge 0 by the German model railroader Wolfgang Zörkler. The layout depicts a former narrow-gauge branch line somewhere in East-Germany. Therefore, there are diesel railcars and steam locomotives, for example, the famous “Saxon IV K” locomotive - an eight-wheeled, narrow gauge, steam engine built for the Royal Saxon State Railways. These types of locomotives were built between 1892 and 1921. The model trains commute on a length of ten meters between the two stations “Reichelsheim” (on the left side of the layout) and “Altbrandsleben” (on the right side of the layout). Furthermore, there is a small field railway section with a fully functioning sand loading system. Apart from the rail traffic, there are many, beautiful details on this layout.

Model Railroad Layout in O Scale with Narrow Gauge Steam Locomotives and Diesel Railcars

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The France Vacation Model Railroad Layout in HO scale - A Masterpiece of Railway Modelling

Some model railway layouts are so authentically built, so we believe that we are in a real world. The model railroad layout, which is called “Saint Tourbière”, is one of these miniature worlds. This masterpiece of model railroading was constructed by Wim Wijnhoud, a railway modeller from the Netherlands. During discovering this model landscape in HO scale, it feels like we are on holiday in France. This beautiful layout takes 10.5 meters in length and 2.5 meters in width. The landscape is based on a single-track railway line through the Cévennes - a range of mountains in south-central France. The village of Saint Tourbière is a picturesque town, with an old church and with a nice market square. On the market square, there are some bars, restaurants and shops. Down in the valley, the railway station of Saint Tourbière is located. The station has two platforms, a freight yard and a small locomotive depot including a turntable. Model trains arriving and departing at the station, which is located between the mountains, have to cross bridges, tunnels and viaducts.

The France Vacation Model Railroad Layout in HO scale - A Masterpiece of Railway Modelling

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Passenger trains on the superb model railway layout “Westbrook” in N scale or N gauge by Paul Butler

At the great Warley Model Railway Show, Paul Butler presented his superb model train layout built in N scale or N gauge. The layout depicts a fictitious midlands industrial town on a busy cross country route, which is served by local and long distance passenger services. Beside the station for passenger trains, there is a rail served terminal on part of the site of the old goods yard receiving regular trip workings and occasional block loads for onward distribution by road.

Passenger trains on the superb model railway layout “Westbrook” in N scale or N gauge by Paul Butler

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Toy Trains in N Scale - Model Railway Layout from the 1990’s - Germany

While watching the first seconds of this video, you will immediately realize that this model railroad layout in N scale is more than 25 years old. This N gauge model railway layout was constructed by a teacher in the 1990’s in Germany. When Hermann Frantz started model railroading, there were neither DCC software nor decoders or track occupancy detectors. Because he had very little space in his apartment, he chose the smallest scale for railway modelling, namely 1/160 scale. He constructed a base plate of 2.6 m x 2.0 m. For using several toy trains on the tracks, he chose the latest model train control system at that time. It was the “MpC System” published by Gahler + Ringstmeier. It is a program for multiple train operations which is running on MS DOS. For laying model railroad tracks, he was using the N Scale FlexTrack made by PECO.

Toy Trains in N Scale - Model Railway Layout from the 1990’s - Germany

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N Gauge Model Railway Layout Wickwar by Farnham & District Model Railway Club

Wickwar is a small town on the railway line between Bristol and Gloucester. The model railway layout was constructed by the members of the Farnham & District Model Railway Club in N Gauge. The layout is modelled as it was around the early to mid 1950s. As well as local trains, there were many long distance expresses with destinations such as Plymouth, Bournemouth, Manchester, Bradford and Newcastle. Goods trains were mostly to or from Bristol or Avonmouth docks. Motive power was mainly LMR tender locos. To the south-west (left side) the line comes out of a tunnel and along the side of a valley. To the north-east (right side) it starts to cross the valley. All the buildings are scratch built. Next to the tunnel is the large brewery, built by the railway company to replace existing breweries whose water supply the tunnel cut through. At the period modelled, it had become a cider factory which later closed but has now reopened as the “Wickwar Brewing Company”. Each of the two tracks can operate on DC or DCC. The fiddle yard has three roads in each direction, each divided into sections so that 24 model trains can be stored. The backscene was “photoshopped” from photographs of the real location and printed on vinyl. The movement of trains in the fiddle yard is automated using MERG “Train On Track Indicators” (TOTI) detectors which work with both DC and DCC. Points, signals, and the car system are controlled by servo motors; the signals are operated automatically as trains pass. Lorries and buses run along the front using the Faller moving vehicle system.

N Gauge Model Railway Layout Wickwar by Farnham & District Model Railway Club

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Heworth Sidings - Modular Exhibition N Gauge Model Railway Layout - Yorkshire Area Society

At Warley MRE Mark Hancock and members of the Yorkshire Area Group of the N Gauge Society presented their modular model railway layout, called “Heworth Sidings”. This model railroad is a fictitious modern image layout and is named after the local area in York. The layout models a twin track overhead electrified main line. The main line is busy and sees a constant flow of freight and passenger movements, the latter being a mix of Intercity and local traffic. The layout is 28 feet by 10 feet and allows to run scale length modern image block trains. Model trains are controlled via DCC. There is a working signalling system which uses track block detection to make sure the correct signal aspects are shown at any time. The main line is operated via computer control: Laptops are despatching and receiving the trains.

Heworth Sidings - Modular Exhibition N Gauge Model Railway Layout - Yorkshire Area Society

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Model trains from Switzerland crossing the railroad bridge HOn3½

This model railroad layout depicts a narrow-gauge railway line in Switzerland. Trains leave the fiddle yard from either the left or right side and have to cross the huge railway viaduct. Many railway lines in Switzerland are built as meter-gauge railways. These are narrow-gauge railroads with track gauge of 1000 millimeters or one meter or approximately 3 feet. In Europe, especially in Germany, the “BEMO” Company is the market leader for scale models of Swiss locomotives, passenger coaches, freight cars and trains in this narrow-gauge scale. The scale is still 1/87, but it’s called HOn3½.

Model trains from Switzerland crossing the railroad bridge HOn3½

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Train ride through a miniature world of the former industrial Ruhr district in Germany

In this video, we are not the train driver, but a passenger. We look out the window and enjoy the train journey along an incredibly large model railway layout. This model railroad depicts heart of Germany’s coal and steel industry, the so-called Ruhr district. The layout was constructed in HO scale and covers an area of more than 420 square meters. On the layout, there are many well-known buildings of this former industrial region, for example, steelworks, blast furnaces and factories.

Train ride through a miniature world of the former industrial Ruhr district in Germany

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Industrial scene with coal tippler - Model Railway Layout “Central Works” - Luton Model Railway Club

Pilentum was capturing only some scenes of this superb O Gauge model railway layout. The layout “Central Works” is being shown as a layout under construction, because it is the latest project of the Gauge 0 Section of the Luton Model Railway Club. The layout comprises an industrial scene featuring a car assembly plant. There are two segments: The mainline exchange sidings and the industrial section of the factory complex. Traffic for the factory arrives in the form of raw materials and is exchanged into the works via the industrial locomotives. The location is based on the intense network of sidings that once existed at Longbridge in Birmingham. A feature of this layout is a working coal tippler which provides fuel from loaded wagons to the plant boiler house.

Industrial scene with coal tippler - Model Railway Layout “Central Works” - Luton Model Railway Club

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Model railroad of the old port of Antwerp - “Voorde Dok” by Samuel de Zutter and Wouter de Troyer

At the great model railway exhibition “Modelspoor Expo” in Belgium, Samuel de Zutter and Wouter de Troyer presented a beautiful model train layout in HO scale, H0 gauge or 1/87 scale. The layout is called “Voorde Dok”, and depicts a dock that could have been located at the old port of Antwerp in the 1950s to 1960s. Samuel de Zutter and Wouter de Troyer are known for their model railroad layouts which usually contain countless details. Nothing comes out of the box. Warehouses and factories are scratch-built and weathered to bring it to a lifelike state. Therefore, the crane, the locomotives, the ships and much more are of course not free of rust. Enjoy this masterpiece of railway modelling which was built by sanding, polishing, painting, weathering and distressing by forming dents and rust, dust, etc.

Model railroad of the old port of Antwerp - “Voorde Dok” by Samuel de Zutter and Wouter de Troyer

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Trains and Locomotives from Marklin

Enjoy these locomotives and model trains from Marklin.

Trains and Locomotives from Marklin

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One of the finest and most famous model railroad layouts in the United States in HO scale

If you’re asking model railroaders and railway enthusiasts in the United States, where to find one of the most outstanding model railroad layouts, they will probably answer, this is the “Piermont Division” made by Howard Zane. In fact, the “Piermont Division” is a superb HO scale permanent display layout, constructed to museum quality. Howard Zane’s 2,850 square foot model railroad layout, showcasing his artistry in model railroad building and rail modeling, is acclaimed as one of the finest and largest private layouts. There are over 22 scale miles of track, historically accurate architecture, overwhelming landscapes and of course America’s greatest steam locomotives. Although fictional, the “Piermont Division” is filled with scenes and structures you would swear you have seen before. For decades, rail modeler Howard Zane has produced scratch built, custom structures of all kinds in HO scale and O scale for model railroads. Apart from Howard Zane’s Piermont Division, there are many other beautiful layouts in our little world of model trains. Pilentum Television would like to visit every single layout and record on video, but a trip from Germany, where Pilentum Television is based, to the US is far too expensive. Therefore, Forrest Nace, a videographer from the US, provided Pilentum Television with some exquisite video footage. Forrest made a documentary about the “Piermont Division”, which is available on https://nacesvideography.com. In this movie we see some short video sequences from his documentary.

One of the finest and most famous model railroad layouts in the United States in HO scale

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British Model Railway Layout “Devonport Road” - CLAPHAM CLevedon And PortisHead Armchair Modellers

The British Modellers Club “CLAPHAM”, CLevedon And PortisHead Armchair Modellers, presented its OO gauge model railway layout, called “Devenport Road”, at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition 2018 in Birmingham, Great Britain. As the name suggests, Devonport Road is based in the suburbs of Plymouth. The station was the junction of the Southern Railway withered arm into Plymouth and the Great Western branch to Cattewater. Passenger traffic is in the hands of diesel multiple units (DMU), but there is still substantial freight. The model railway layout is self-standing and occupies a footprint of 4,000 mm by 1,800 mm or 14 feet by 6 feet, including operator area and access and stock storage area. In June 2017, the layout became an award winning model railway layout at the Shepton Mallet show.

British Model Railway Layout “Devonport Road” - CLAPHAM CLevedon And PortisHead Armchair Modellers

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Montreux Oberland Bernois Model Railway - Model trains from Switzerland

The “Montreux Oberland Bernois Railway” is a famous narrow-gauge railway company, operating in Switzerland. It’s one of the oldest electric railways in Europe. The main line, 62.4 km (38.8 mi) in length, built to 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) gauge, connects the cities of Montreux, Gstaad and Zweisimmen. On the model railway layout, we can see the rail traffic at “Gstaad Railway Station”. We can also discover one of the most beautiful model trains, namely the “Golden Pass Panoramic Train” in original crystal panoramic livery. The model trains and locomotives are made by “BEMO” Company.

Montreux Oberland Bernois Model Railway - Model trains from Switzerland

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Superb Model Railway Layout: The Steam Tramway of La Roche-en-Ardenne by Rudi Nelissen

This superb model railway layout was built by Rudi Nelissen. The layout is called “La Roche-en-Ardenne” (Porphyry Quarry), and depicts the beautiful landscape of La Roche-en-Ardenne, a Walloon municipality of Belgium located in the Ardennes. The rolling stock in HO scale consists of tram engines (steam dummy or dummy engine), steam tramways and steam locomotives, which were used for transportation in Belgium in the last century. Furthermore, Rudi Nelissen built a porphyry quarry on the right side of the model railway layout, where the typical cobblestones in the Ardennes were produced. There are several steam-cranes that were used in the quarries at that time. These cranes are self-built in brass and are fully functional. Apart from that, it's a beautiful landscape modeling.

Superb Model Railway Layout: The Steam Tramway of La Roche-en-Ardenne by Rudi Nelissen

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Model Trains from Switzerland: The Rhaetian Railway (RhB) - Metre gauge and electrified

The Rhaetian Railway (RhB) is a Swiss transport company that owns the largest network of all private railway operators in Switzerland. The RhB operates all the railway lines of the Swiss canton of Graubuenden. Inaugurated in 1888 and expanded from 1896 onwards in various sections, the Rhaetian Railway serves a number of major tourist destinations, such as St. Moritz and Davos. On the model railway layout, we see the RhB station in Alp Gruem, Swiss landscapes and model trains made by BEMO. All Rhaetian Railway lines are 1,000 mm (3 feet 3 3⁄8 in) metre gauge wide and electrified. In 1/87 rail transport modelling scale, these 1,000 mm railway lines are called H0m or HOn3½ with a track gauge of 12 mm (0.472 in).

Model Trains from Switzerland: The Rhaetian Railway (RhB) - Metre gauge and electrified

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Industrial railroad of a former paper factory in East Germany - French model railroad diorama

This superb model railroad diorama in scale 1/43 was built by the French model train club, called “Club de Modélisme de St. Michel sur Orge”. Some members of this railroad club have a passion for field railroads, industrial railroads and narrow-gauge railroads. Therefore, they decided to build a former paper factory from East Germany. The focus is on the rails and locomotives which are using the industrial railroad lines in front of the factory. Locomotives are perfectly weathered. Additionally, there is a catenary. On the industrial site, there are also the typical old vehicles from East Germany. An industrial railroad is a type of railroad that is not available for public transportation and is used exclusively to serve a particular industrial site. So the paper factory, which is called “VEB Hoppenbach”, uses its own industrial railroad both for the delivery of raw materials and for shipping the finished products. The main reasons for industrial railroads in East Germany were normally onsite shunting and consolidation: Part-finished products or goods require movement between different parts of the factory site to enable them to be manufactured, or made-ready for shipment. Industrial railroads were once very common in East Germany, but with the rise of road transport, their numbers have greatly diminished. Industrial railroads or narrow-gauge railroads are railroads with a track gauge narrower than standard 4 feet 8 1⁄2 inches. Most narrow-gauge railroads are between 1 foot 11 5⁄8 inches and 3 feet 6 inches. Since narrow-gauge railroads are usually built with tighter curves, smaller structure gauges and lighter rails, they can be less costly to build, equip and operate than standard-gauge railroads. In East Germany lower-cost narrow-gauge railroads were often built to serve industries where the traffic potential would not justify the cost of a standard-gauge line.

Industrial railroad of a former paper factory in East Germany - French model railroad diorama

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Steam locomotives and diesel trains from Switzerland on the Furka Cogwheel Railway

The “Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway” is a largely volunteer operated heritage railway which operates a partially rack and pinion-operated line across Switzerland. Culminating at 2,160 meters, above sea level, it is an old mountainous section of the “Furka Railway” that was abandoned after the construction of the Furka Tunnel. It has been gradually brought back into service with the use of steam and diesel locomotives, with the entire line completed in 2010. On the model railway layout, we see - amongst other things - the famous railway station of Gletsch. It is a nearly realistic replica of the buildings and railway tracks. Furthermore, we can discover some other sections of the “Furka Railway”, for example, the “Steinstafel Bridge“ or the “Steffenbach Bridge”. All model trains are made by BEMO. In 1/87 railway modelling scale, these narrow-gauge railway lines of Switzerland are called “H0m scale” with a track gauge of 12 mm.

Steam locomotives and diesel trains from Switzerland on the Furka Cogwheel Railway

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Marklin Model Railway in HO scale by Modelspoorklub van de Kust

This model railway layout was built by the members of the Modelspoorklub van de Kust (MSKK). It is a Marklin model railway (3-rail system). The layout is about the German region of Thuringia at the beginning of the 20th century. Then, it was the great era of steam strains and steam locomotives. The layout is constructed as a modular model railway layout of nearly 8 x 5 meters. The model trains are controlled by the “Koploper” software.

Marklin Model Railway in HO scale by Modelspoorklub van de Kust

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Model Railway Layout “New Bryford” in OO Gauge by Mick Bryan and Peter Taylor

The model railway layout, which is called “New Bryford”, had previously been exhibited in the late 1990’s and after a change of ownership it has returned to the original model builder. The layout, built in OO gauge or 4 mm scale, has been extensively refurbished including a new, deeper backscene and conversion to Digital Command Control (DCC) operation via a Lenz 100 system. Peco Code 75 track is used in the scenic section and Peco Code 100 in the storage yards. Switches or points are equipped with Peco point motors - all have been fitted with extra switches to improve electrical reliability. The model railroad portrays the railway scene within the Manchester, Wigan and Bolton area in Great Britain. Passenger traffic, for example, is varied from Northern Rail diesel multiple units (DMU) to Voyagers on Anglo-Scottish duty and occasional Pendolino trains. Freight traffic is equally varied, for example, there are DB Schenker, Freightliner, Direct Rail Services and Colas Rail all having regular workings through New Bryford. The DCC system enables to control each item individually including lights and sound. Much of the rolling stock was modified, repainted and renumbered by Mick Bryan and Peter Taylor. Normally, ready-to-run items from all the major manufacturers are in use. But there are a few kit and scratchbuilt items to add further variety.

Model Railway Layout “New Bryford” in OO Gauge by Mick Bryan and Peter Taylor

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Model Train Layout “Ulvaryd” by Charles Insley

The model railway layout is set in southern Sweden, on the shores of Lake Vättern in Västergötland. It is the lakeside terminus of the “Ulvaryd Mjölltorp Railway Line” (Ulvaryd-Mjölltorp Järnväg), a narrow gauge railway connected the small lakeside town of Ulvaryd with the main line from Skövde to Karlsborg. These Swedish railway lines were built in the early 20th century. The narrow gauge lines existed until the 1950s. All are now closed. The model railroad layout made by Charles Insley in HO scale is fictitious.

Model Train Layout “Ulvaryd” by Charles Insley

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Model Train Layout Ebsworth Street by Beckenham and West Wickham Model Railway Club

Ebsworth Street is the name of a modern image model railway layout that was built by the members of the Beckenham and West Wickham Model Railway Club. It is a 4mm scale or OO gauge layout for the exhibition circuit. Ebsworth Street recreates a small main line terminus station with three platforms running from London via the main line. Beside the railway station with a main road leading to town centre, there is a train care depot with locomotive sidings. The model train layout is DCC operated by Lenz 100 Control System and MRCCC (Model Railway Computer Control Centre).

Model Train Layout Ebsworth Street by Beckenham and West Wickham Model Railway Club

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The Yellow Ridge Uranium Mine - Minimum Gauge Micro Layout by Nick Wright

This model railway layout in 1/24 scale is set in the 1970’s and depicts a small Uranium mine somewhere in the Canada. The diorama was presented as minimum gauge micro layout at the Warley Model Railway Exhibition. Although the layout is not based on an actual mine, Nick Wright has tried to capture the industrial “run on a shoestring” look and feel of a typical mine of this size. Generally, these minimum gauge or micro layouts are small model railways, usually less than three or four square feet in area, that have a clear purpose and offer a degree of operating potential.

The Yellow Ridge Uranium Mine - Minimum Gauge Micro Layout by Nick Wright

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N Scale Micro Minimum Space Model Railway Layout “Priory Lane” by Malcolm Goodger

Malcolm Goodger calls his model railway layout “Priory Lane”. It is an N Gauge layout, which can be classified as a micro or minimum space layout measuring only 4' 6" x 1' 6" with an operational area of 3' 0". Priory Lane is a small country station in Great Britain with limited goods facilities which was originally a through station on the East West Line connecting with the terminus at Priory Hill to the West of the village.

N Scale Micro Minimum Space Model Railway Layout “Priory Lane” by Malcolm Goodger

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Model Railway Layout “Blue is the Colour” in N Gauge by Norman Jones

The model railway layout that was built by Norman Jones in N scale is set in the mid 1970’s to early 1980’s, and portrays a secondary main line incorporating a branch line junction station and river crossing. The layout is called “Blue is the Colour” and was completed in 2014 and featured in the magazine British Railway Modelling (BRM). In addition, it has appeared in the magazine “Model Rail’s Great British Layouts” in 2017 as well as the British journal of the N Gauge Society. The rolling stock consists of British Railway trains, locomotives and passenger coaches.

Model Railway Layout “Blue is the Colour” in N Gauge by Norman Jones

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British Model Trains by Hornby Railways - Show Layout of the Hornby Magazine in OO Gauge

When Pilentum was at the great Warley Model Train Show in Birmingham in 2018, he saw so many beautiful model train layouts that he did not know what to film. Therefore, Pilentum was capturing only some scenes of this superb OO gauge model railway layout including model trains made by Hornby Railways. It is the modular show layout presented by the Hornby Magazine. The layout consists of a great shunting yard on the left, of a rail crossing on the right and a fiddle yard in the background.

British Model Trains by Hornby Railways - Show Layout of the Hornby Magazine in OO Gauge

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N Gauge Model Railway Layout “Bridgford” by Alastair Knox

Railway modeller Alastair Knox presented his beautiful model railway layout, which is called “Bridgford”, at Warley MRE. Bridgford is a “watch the model trains go by” type of layout set in the late 1930’s on the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS), a British railway company. The object is to run trains which are not out of proportion to the scenery, and which are as near as possible to the prototype in make-up and length. The “Bridgford” model train layout is not new, but already several years old. It was presented in the magazine “British Railway Modelling” (January, 1998) and “Railway Modeller” (June, 2014). Controllers are from AMR Electronics Company. Turnouts are fitted with PECO motors. Locomotives are kits or heavily modified. The coaches are marshalled as nearly as possible in the correct formations for the late 1930’s. Goods stock is the usual mixture of scratchbuilt, kits, modified proprietary and straight out of the box. Some of the goods stock is fitted with DG couplings for shunting. Most of the buildings on the layout are from the SD mouldings range, the rest are either products of “Ratio Plastic Model Kits” (PECO) or scratchbuilt. Signals are Ratio with Model Signal Engineering (MSE) arms. A feature of this model railroad layout is the beautiful railway viaduct. The viaduct etchings are by courtesy of Mike Raithby of the Manchester Model Railway Society, construction being in brass.

N Gauge Model Railway Layout “Bridgford” by Alastair Knox

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Network SouthEast (NSE) Model Railway Layout “Tidworth” in 4mm OO Scale by Ian Blackall

Network SouthEast (NSE) was one of the three passenger sectors of British Rail formed in 1982. NSE principally operated commuter trains in the London area and inter-urban services in densely populated South East England. The railway sector was also known as London & South Eastern. The British railway modeller Ian Blackall constructed a 4mm OO gauge model railway layout presenting the village of Tidworth and its station. A lot of model trains by NSE serve the Tidworth station. For example, there are freight trains for the SWITCH warehouse at Tidworth or passenger trains arriving at the station.

Network SouthEast (NSE) Model Railway Layout “Tidworth” in 4mm OO Scale by Ian Blackall

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Pilentum’s World of Model Trains: Model Railroading in Germany - HO scale Railroad Layout

In this video, we are moving back to the most beautiful era of the German State Railroads. Back in the 1980's when there were still some steam locomotives and a lot of diesel locomotives in operation. Our journey begins in a locomotive shed with a turntable. We accompany model trains with a gliding camera during the ride. We also see some funny and frivolous scenes in this model landscape. In this miniature world there is no train station, but there is a scrap yard. There are everyday scenes, somewhere in the neighborhood, and a motorway, where an accident happened, and much more. Again and again, the large locomotive shed is the focus of this video, because we see a lot of well-known German locomotives there. Enjoy 38 minutes of model railroading in Germany.

Pilentum’s World of Model Trains: Model Railroading in Germany - HO scale Railroad Layout

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Model Railway Layout “Sidmouth” in 4mm OO Scale by Richard Harper

Richard Harper, a model railroader from Great Britain, had the idea to rebuild the terminus of an 8 1/4 mile branch line in Sidmouth, a seaside town in East Devon. Originally, trains ran on the former London and South Western Railway (LSWR) main line from Sidmouth Junction to Sidmouth. The line was opened in 1874. The model railway layout represents Sidmouth as it was operated by British Railways in the late 1950’s. During this period there have been around 15 trains each way per day. Freight workings were generally limited to coal, agricultural and building products. At the Warley Model Train Show Pilentum made a beautiful cab ride directly into the terminus.

Model Railway Layout “Sidmouth” in 4mm OO Scale by Richard Harper

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Superb Model Railroad of a Forest Railway on Vancouver Island in Canada in HO Scale

This award winning model railroad was constructed by the two well-known model railroaders Leo Bettonviel and Walter Huijboom from the Netherlands. They call their HO scale modular layout “The Sodumb & Gamorrah Mining and Navigation Company”. The model railroad layout depicts an old forest railway line on Vancouver Island in the twenties and the thirties of the last century. A forest railway, forest tram, timber line, logging railway or logging railroad is a mode of railway transport which is used for forestry tasks, primarily the transportation of felled logs. Vancouver Island is in the northeastern Pacific Ocean, and it is part of the Canadian province of British Columbia. In the last century in the mountains of Vancouver Island, ore was found, and the railroad was used to transport the ore from the mines to the coast, where it was shipped for further processing. In addition, also wood was transported by rail to the harbor. As with many mountain railroads there are tracks along rivers, over bridges and in curves through the mountain valleys. The rolling stock and the locomotives must be able to withstand all possible conditions and obstacles along the way, for example on steep slopes and in sharp bends. Therefore, geared steam locomotives are in use. This type of steam locomotive uses gearing - usually reduction gearing - in the drivetrain. This gearing is part of the machinery within the locomotive and should not be confused with the pinion that propels a rack locomotive along the rack between the rails. The geared steam locomotives are built for conventional tracks; famous types are the Shay locomotive, the Climax locomotive or the Heisler locomotive.

Superb Model Railroad of a Forest Railway on Vancouver Island in Canada in HO Scale

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High-Speed Trains in Japan: KATO N Scale Model Railway Layout 鉄道模型 高速鉄道 東海道新幹線

High-speed trains or high-speed rail is a type of rail transport that operates significantly faster than traditional rail traffic, using an integrated system of specialized rolling stock and dedicated tracks. One of the most famous high-speed trains is the “Tōkaidō Shinkansen” bullet train in Japan. In this video, we are going to discover a Japanese model railway layout in N scale presenting high-speed model trains made by KATO. Furthermore, there are authentic buildings, vehicles and landscapes from Japan.

High-Speed Trains in Japan: KATO N Scale Model Railway Layout 鉄道模型 高速鉄道 東海道新幹線

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N Gauge Model Railway Layout “Lymebrook Yard” by Steve Farmer

Steve Farmer wants to show us, how even the smallest space can be used for a model railway layout. His amazing layout, called “Lymebrook Yard”, is built on a single board with a size of just 4 x 2 feet and shows, what can be done if you are pushed for space. The layout is set in the late 1970s early 1980s with the location just north of Newcastle Under Lyme and is situated on an imaginary railway line between Newcastle and Crewe. On the model railroad layout, it is continuous run with the fiddle yard being dead end sidings that go under the scenery. Model trains consist of local DMU workings to trip workings to the yard and through freight workings. The trip workings to the yard arrive and depart with the train loco undertaking any shunting required. Track work is by PECO and is both code 80 in the fiddle yard and code 55 on the scenic section. The layout is analogue controlled with points operated by Gaugemaster SEEP point motors. The fiddle yard is operated by hand.

N Gauge Model Railway Layout “Lymebrook Yard” by Steve Farmer

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Don't play with steam locomotives or you'll fall in love !!!

A love film or romance movie dedicated to steam locomotives by Pilentum Television.

Don't play with steam locomotives or you'll fall in love !!!

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Model Railway Layout “Hawthorn Dene Colliery” in N scale by Les Richardson

This N gauge model railway layout represents the North Eastern Region’s Durham Coast mainline, somewhere around Easington in the late steam period. The British railway modeller Les Richardson, member of the Bingham Model Railway Club, has built this layout. The old Hawthorn Dene Colliery no longer winds coal, but it is still in use, mainly preparing household coal for merchants and for the nearby landsale yard. Colliery locomotives bring empties from the exchange sidings to the south for weighing and taking on to the screens, while full wagons are removed from the screens, weighed and taken to the exchange sidings. Buildings are typical of the area, though not modelled in the right places realative to each other. The layout is digitally controlled, using NCE Power Cabs. The semaphore Signal is by Dapol.

Model Railway Layout “Hawthorn Dene Colliery” in N scale by Les Richardson

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Perfect Weathering: Scrapyard Model Railroad Layout by Samuel de Zutter in 1/32 scale

Samuel de Zutter is a famous rail modeller from Belgium. He has always been interested in car wrecks and scrap, so he decided to build a very messy model railway layout. He wanted to make a layout to do lots of switching with small diesel and steam locomotives. The track plan consists of two main tracks with a side track to the scrapyard where the switching takes place. After the scrapyard, those two tracks pass by an abandoned clay digging site, turned into a pond. On the model railroad layout, there is also a factory for car tyres. A loading dock next to the track provides the factory with resources and allows for the produced tyres to be transported by rail. All buildings have been built by hand. Samuel de Zutter spent a lot of time in detailing the interiors and little corners with all sorts of rubbish lying around.

Perfect Weathering: Scrapyard Model Railroad Layout by Samuel de Zutter in 1/32 scale

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Tinplate Train - Lionel and Bing and Marklin Model Trains - Toy Trains in O Scale

In this video, we are going to discover an old tinplate model railway layout with power supply on a center third power rail. There are toy trains or model trains by the manufacturers Lionel, Bing and Marklin. The trains were produced between 1930 and 1950. The model railroad layout has a size of 12 meters x 3 meters. While HO scale and N scale are the most popular model railway standards of today, O gauge or O scale arguably remains the most popular toy train standard. O gauge trains represent a variety of sizes: O gauge track happens to be 1/45 the size of real-world standard gauge track, so manufacturers in Continental Europe have traditionally used 1/45 for O gauge model trains. British manufacturers rounded this up to 1/43, which is seven millimeters to the foot. Manufacturers in the United States rounded it down to 1/48, which is a quarter-inch to the foot. In the first half of the 20th century, the earliest toy trains were made of tinplate because technological advancements in materials and manufacturing allowed tin to be stamped, cut, rolled and lithographed faster than ever before. For example, Germany was the major producer of tin toys in the world in the early 20th century. The production of tin toys was discontinued during World War II because of the need for raw materials in the war effort. After the war, tin toys continued to increase in popularity but between 1950 and 1960 cheaper plastic ended the reign of tin toys. Furthermore, it was during 1950 and 1960 that the modern emphasis on realism in model railroading or railway modelling started to catch on. Since then, trains have no longer been called “toy trains”, but “model trains”. However, some adult fans of toy trains operate their trains, while others only collect.

Tinplate Train - Lionel and Bing and Marklin Model Trains - Toy Trains in O Scale

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One of the Finest and Most Detailed Model Railroad Bridges for HO scale Model Trains

In the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, there is a very famous railway bridge. The bridge is called “Delfshavense Schiebruggen”. This railway bridge is a double steel drawbridge with a clearance height of seven meters. Normally, the bridge only opens at night, so that train traffic is not disturbed by shipping during the day. Because this railway bridge is a landmark in the area of Rotterdam, this bridge was a challenge for a new model railway layout for the members of the Dutch model train club “MaasBuurtSpoor”. The model builder Mike van Raaij has carefully designed this model railway layout in HO scale. The detailed landscape on the model railroad layout has been reconstructed almost in perspective. Although there are even cyclists, boats and other loving details, the focus is on the railway bridge. The bridge consists of two leaning drawbridges lying next to each other. These drawbridges are placed diagonally across the railway line. However, the model bridge has the same functions as the original bridge. The model trains are controlled by a digital computer system. The train control is realized by the program “Koploper” and the block detection circuits are based on an S88 system.

One of the Finest and Most Detailed Model Railroad Bridges for HO scale Model Trains

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Z Gauge Model Railway Intermodal Freight Terminal with Z Scale Model Trains

This amazing model railway diorama in Z gauge was built by the German model maker Claudius Veit. The layout presents a model railway intermodal freight terminal, and occupies an area of just 160 cm x 60 cm. There is a lot of electronics: Digitally controlled model trains, locomotives with sound effects, moving trucks and cars, mobile gantry cranes and a lot of lighting effects. The rolling stock is made by the manufacturer Marklin. The four cranes, which were originally designed for N gauge model railways, are made by the manufacturer BRAWA, but have been completely revised by Claudius Veit. The street lights are from the LED assortment of Kokologgo Company and Evemodel Company. Finally, the model train layout is equipped with a photo background.

Z Gauge Model Railway Intermodal Freight Terminal with Z Scale Model Trains

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Chapter One

Video #001 - Video #040


Chapter Two

Video #041 - Video #080


Chapter Three

Video #081 - Video #120


Chapter Four

Video #121 - Video #160


Chapter Five

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Chapter Six

Video #201 - Video #240


Chapter Seven

Video #241 - Video #280


Chapter Eight

Video #281 - Video #320


Chapter Nine

Video #321 - Video #360


Chapter Ten

Video #361 - Video #400



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