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Something very rare: Model railway in TT scale with hand-built steam locomotives of Pomerania

This model railway layout was built by a model railroading club from Dresden, Germany. In East Germany the TT scale was very popular for model trains - both today and then. Therefore, the members of the club decided to rebuild an old branch line in the former Prussian province of Pomerania in TT scale. Once, this Prussian railway line was called “Franzburger Kreisbahnen”. The special feature of this model railroad layout is the rolling stock: Originally this Prussian railway line was not constructed in narrow gauge, but in meter gauge. Therefore, the main problems on railway modelling were the steam locomotives, because there is no rolling stock in meter gauge for rail transport modelling in TT scale. Locomotives which were built as N scale models were reconstructed to locomotives in TT scale meter gauge. The construction of the modular model railway layout started in 2014. While the landscape was rebuilt on the basis of old files and old photos, locomotives and railway cars had to be reconstructed from N scale to TT scale by hand. However, some freight cars and passenger cars were converted from TT gauge (narrow gauge) to TT gauge (meter gauge). On the modular model railway layout we can discover a typical East German atmosphere. There are small train stations, farms and even a light railway. The whole scenery presents Pomerania in the past. The abbreviation “DR” on steam locomotives and railway wagons means “Deutsche Reichsbahn”, i.e. the railway company in Germany before the Second World War or the railway company in East Germany.

Something very rare: Model railway in TT scale with hand-built steam locomotives of Pomerania

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Modular Model Railroad Layout with German Trains and Locomotives in HO Scale

Although we see German model trains running on this model railway layout, this modular model railroad layout was built by model railroaders from the Netherlands, namely by Ton van Dijk, Ton Huijink, Erik Dikken and Michel Turlings, who are members of the model railway club “MaasBuurtSpoor”. The club members call their layout just “De Duitse Modulebaan”, which means “The German Modular Railway” or “The German Modular Railroad”. With the construction of the railway, a very special idea was to be realized: The main thing was to create the atmosphere of the 1960's in Germany, when there were still many steam locomotives and diesel locomotives. On the layout in HO scale, there are many buildings and details to discover: There is a depot for steam and diesel locos, so train drivers have the possibility to shovel some coal, to fill up their steam engines with sand, or to fill up their diesel trains with fuel. Furthermore, a house is burning near the railway crossing and children are playing Chinese jump rope, also known as Chinese ropes, jumpsies, elastics, yoki or French skipping. Finally, it is a beautiful ambiance on this modular model train layout because of the many, varied train sets, which pass by. This ambience is enhanced by the amazing photo background, which results in a beautiful depth effect. The entire trackwork is equipped with overhead wires. Although the catenary is not in use, however, it does complete the ambiance of this miniature world.

Modular Model Railroad Layout with German Trains and Locomotives in HO Scale

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Mind Blowing on30 Scale Layout “Purgartory Peak” with Denver and Rio Grande Model Trains

Purgatory Peak is an on30 scale layout which was built by the members of the Macclesfield Model Railway Group, Great Britain. Currently Purgatory Peak is the only club layout that is being exhibited. It is a first attempt at American on30 gauge layouts by British steam enthusiasts. Although there are perfectly weathered locomotives, trains and landscapes of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, the model railway layout is purely fictitious. When gold, silver and other heavy metals had been discovered, the newly emerging economy of the United States was screaming out for these resources. But pack horses, mule trains and back packs were simply not up to the ever growing demands. Something needed to be done. So a railroad was to build from Denver to the furthest reaches of western Colorado and on to Utah, thus linking the two most important emerging trading centers in the area. And so the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad was born. The railroads around Purgatory Peak were conceived in the euphoria of the mining boom of the late 19th century. Purgatory Peak was selected for the area to model, neither for its scenic beauty nor for its significance as a milestone in railway history. It was simply chosen because getting to this point, not only on the original railway, but also on the model, had been sheer, bloody purgatory. So we are in a mining area where heavily loaded freight trains transport mineral resources every minute. The layout depicts narrow gauge main lines and branch lines serving two mines. It is 8.3 mtr or 27 ft long. On the main line trains up to 24 wagons long are pulled by K series locomotives. At least three model trains are in operation at all times - always something moving! Furthermore, the layout is fully scenic along the whole layout length. Behind the scene, the narrow gauge main lines are supported by an 8-road fiddle yard.

Mind Blowing on30 Scale Layout “Purgartory Peak” with Denver and Rio Grande Model Trains

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The East Berlin Model Train Layout by Bill Roberts in N Scale

East Berlin was the capital city of the German Democratic Republic from 1949 to 1990. Formally, it was the Soviet sector of Berlin, established in 1945. From 13 August 1961 until 9 November 1989, East Berlin was separated from West Berlin by the Berlin Wall. The American, British and French sectors were known as West Berlin. At that time also the railway lines were divided. In West Berlin there were trains of the “Deutsche Bundesbahn”, while in East Berlin there were trains of the “Deutsche Reichsbahn”. The model railway layout which was built by Bill Roberts from Great Britain, attempts to capture the scene at the former railway station “Marx Engels Platz”, today called “Hackescher Markt”, which is situated in former East Berlin between “Alexanderplatz” and “Friedrichstrasse” stations. The situation, shown on the model railroad layout, reflects the time after the fall of the Berlin Wall in spring 1990. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, in this corner of former East Berlin little has changed. There is evidence of the decay of the former capital of the German Democratic Republic. Model trains leave station of “Alexanderplatz” on the right and travel through “Marx Engels Platz” before crossing the river Spree onto the “Museumsinsel” and passing between the Natural History Museum and the Pergamon Museum. The two lines towards the rear of the model train layout are used by the “Stadtbahn” (Berlin Rapid Transit), whilst the double track towards the front of the N scale layout are the interzonal lines allowing trains to cross into West Berlin before continuing to their destinations in East Germany and beyond. Bill Roberts told Pilentum Television, that his layout has a size of 20 x 2 feet. Furthermore, the layout is based on the location but does not purport to be an exact replica of the area. Rather the intention has been to recreate a flavor of the old East Berlin albeit with some buildings modelled accurately. Apart from the trams, which operate at street level at both “Marx Engels Platz” and “Alexanderplatz” stations, the entire railway line is equipped with an overhead line (catenary). Bill Roberts also spends great attention on detail in his choice of the rolling stock: Only East German locomotives and train sets are in use. Also, the line sees a frequent service of the iconic Berlin S-Bahn units.

The East Berlin Model Train Layout by Bill Roberts in N Scale

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HOn3 Model Railroad Layout with Steam Locomotives and Diesel Locomotives

This small and beautiful model railroad layout was built by the German model railroader Heinz-Ulrich Grumpe. It is a narrow gauge H0 layout; also known as HOn3 scale. The diorama has a size of 80 cm x 40 cm. The terrain was formed from Styrodur plates. Code-55 rail profiles (1.3 mm) were used for the tracks. The steam locomotive and diesel locomotive are operated in the same way with a speed controller in analogue mode. The switch frogs are polarized so that a continuous voltage supply is always guaranteed.

HOn3 Model Railroad Layout with Steam Locomotives and Diesel Locomotives

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Pilentum‘s Cab Ride Documentary - Porsche‘s Model Trains (Full Movie)

This is the model railway layout of Mr. Hans-Peter Porsche. It is a permanent model railroad exhibition in Southern Germany, called “Traumwerk Porsche”. The model trains layout was built in HO scale and has an exhibition area of more than 400 square meters. In this video Pilentum Television presents all railway lines and track sections from the driver’s point of view (cab ride). We will experience Austria, Switzerland and Germany as well as mountains, bridges and valleys.

Pilentum‘s Cab Ride Documentary - Porsche‘s Model Trains (Full Movie)

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Superb Model Railroad Diorama: Double deck road and rail bridge for model trains in Z scale

There are many definitions for combined railway and motorway bridges. Some say double deck road and rail bridge or double-decker bridge, others say road-rail bridge. However, in this this video we are going to discover a superb scale model of the double-deck rail and road bridge crossing the river Moselle at Bullay, Germany. This bridge, called “Moselle Bridge Bullay”, is located near Coblenz and Trier, and it is Germany’s first combined railway and road bridge, built between 1875 and 1878. Its total length is 957 feet or 314 meters. Rainer Tielke, a model railroader and model railway enthusiast from Germany, constructed a true to original replica of this bridge in 1/220 scale, also known as Z scale or Z gauge. The bridge is the focus of his superb model railway layout. On the left and right side are tunnels; they serve as access to the fiddle yard behind the diorama. The bridge is shared by road and rail lines. The rail track is above the roadway, so that trains may operate at the same time as cars. On the bridge not only model trains drive, but also buses and trucks drive over the bridge. A so-called “Miniature Car System” was installed along the road. The bodies of the vehicles were produced with a 3D printer, while the micro gearwheels, micro gearmotors and micro gearboxes were produced by the Polish company KK Produkcja. Apart from the bridge, this diorama also offers a very special highlight, namely the perfect background scenery. In the background of the model railroad layout a scale photo was inserted. The photo wallpaper depicts the real landscape around the bridge.

Superb Model Railroad Diorama: Double deck road and rail bridge for model trains in Z scale

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Masterpiece of model railroading from France: The model railroad layout “La Maurienne” in HO Scale

The Club Ferroviaire de Franche-Comté (CFFC) is a model railroading club, which is based in Pontarlier, a commune in eastern France near the Swiss border. The club’s members come not only from the region, but from all over France. Therefore there is no clubhouse; there is also no permanent model railroad layout. CFFC members are working on model railroad modules, which are assembled for exhibitions all over Europe. In fact, model railroad modules made by the CFFC are superb HO scale layouts, constructed to museum quality. The latest layout is a historically correct scale model of the famous “Culoz-Modane Railway Line”, sometimes called “Ligne de la Maurienne”, between 1950 and 1960. The “Ligne de la Maurienne” is a 135 kilometers (84 miles) long railroad, running from Culoz to Modane in France and from Modane to Turin in Italy. The Culoz-Modane railroad is operated by the French railroad company “Société nationale des chemins de fer français” (SNCF), and the line from Modane to Turin that connects with it is operated by the Italian railroad company “Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane” (FS). However, the specificity of this railroad line was the electrification: In 1925 the main line was electrified with 1,500 V direct current (DC), using a third rail. Then, this was the highest voltage ever used on a third rail system in Europe. In 1976 the third rail was replaced by an overhead wire. Basically, a third rail is a method of providing electric power to a locomotive, through a semi-continuous rigid conductor placed alongside or between the rails of a railway track. Third rail systems are always supplied from direct current electricity. Therefore the locomotives on the HO scale layout, built by the French manufacturer “Jouef”, had to be modified. While the pantograph on the roof is not in operation, a pantograph is used, which was attached to the side of the locomotives (power socket). Furthermore, the rolling stock and buildings are carefully weathered. The layout takes approximately nine meters in length and two meters in width, including a large fiddle yard behind the rear panel. The software “Train Controller” (Gold Version) is used in combination with ESU decoder equipment for the rail control.

Masterpiece of model railroading from France: The model railroad layout “La Maurienne” in HO Scale

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The Magic of Backdrops for Model Railroad Layouts and Backscenes for Model Railways: Narrow-gauge Railway in Salzburg in Austria

Actually, it’s just a narrow-gauge model railroad layout built in HO scale by a group of German model railroaders. But that certain something of this HO scale layout is highlighted by the amazing high quality photo backdrop, background or backscene. Therefore, Pilentum named this video “The Magic of Backgrops for Model Trains”. However, in this this video we are going to discover a superb scale model of the famous “Pinzgauer Lokalbahn”, formerly known as “Pinzgaubahn” or “Krimmler Bahn”, a narrow-gauge railway in Salzburg in Austria. This nearly 50 kilometer railroad crosses the Pinzgau mountains through a breathtaking landscape. Although Steffen Pohl, Michael Geifes und Rainer Dargel are train enthusiasts from Germany, they decided to construct this Austrian railroad. The combination of highly detailed weathered locomotives and trains with this tailor-made high quality photo backdrop and the amazingly designed landscape is truly spectacular. It’s a little work of art and a masterpiece of model railroading. On the layout, various narrow-gauge trains commute from the fiddle yard on the left to the fiddle yard on the right. There is also a replica of the “Tischlerhäusl” rail station, which in reality is located near Zell am See, Austria. Furthermore, there are a factory, a large sawmill and an abandoned gravel mill.

The Magic of Backdrops for Model Railroad Layouts and Backscenes for Model Railways: Narrow-gauge Railway in Salzburg in Austria

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Modelljärnväg Hässleholm - Cab ride on the largest model railroad in Sweden

Hässleholm is a small city with 18,500 inhabitants in Sweden. The city was gradually developed from 1860 in connection with the construction of the railroad from Stockholm to Malmö. Therefore, Hässleholm’s history is closely connected with the railroad history of Sweden. In June 2004, Hässleholms Modelljärnvägsförening (HMJF), the Hässleholm Model Railroad Association was formed. In the early years, the members of HMJF constructed a permanent model railroad layout on 250 square meters. The layout is called “Modelljärnväg Hässleholm” and depicts Hässleholm’s railroad station and buildings in the 1960’s. In 2008, another room was used for increasing the layout. The idea was to present not only Hässleholm, but also the surrounding villages, communities and railway stations in HO scale. In 2013, the HMJF moved to a new site with an area of more than 700 square meters. Today, Hässleholm’s Modelljärnväg presents Hässleholm railroad station, cargo yard, freight yard and the villages of Sösdala, Finja, Tyringe, Västra Torup, Tormestorp, Sandåkra and Vankiva. Actually, the model railroad layout of Attarp, Ignaberga and Vinslöv is still under construction. Ignaberga and Vinslöv will take more than 200 square meters, and this section of the layout will be a winter landscape. In this video, we are going to do model railroading in Swedish: Let’s discover one of the largest model railroad layouts of North Europe, totally built in 1/87 scale. Pilentum’s model train camera is cruising on more than 1,500 meters of rail tracks along a beautiful miniature world of Sweden.

Modelljärnväg Hässleholm - Cab ride on the largest model railroad in Sweden

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Model Railroading in Austria: Discover the beauty of the alpine landscape on a model train

Many of you know that the world’s largest model railroad layout is located in Germany. That exhibition is called “Miniature Wonderland”. Inside this permanent model train exhibition many countries, for example, America, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Norway, Germany, Switzerland and Austria are presented on HO scale layouts. In this video we are going to discover the section of Austria. This section was one of the first model railroad layouts inside the “Miniature Wonderland” to be built. It was opened in August 2001 and has a size of about 60 m². You will discover a little winter wonderland and the beauty of the Austrian countryside. It is high winter season in Miniature Austria. On the ski slopes, the skiers glide elegantly down the mountains. The mood is jolly, children have a snowball fight and build a snow man. In the background, a gondola lift transports skiers to the mountain peak, and passengers wait for departure in the blue cog railroad, a steam locomotive class 91. At the St. Wendel train station you will observe the passengers on the platform, as well as those already seated in the passing model trains. In Miniature Austria, there is also a bike race. The cyclists struggle on the mountain stage, some riders have fallen on the bend, other cyclists are fed up with the strenuous effort and decided to make a break.

Model Railroading in Austria: Discover the beauty of the alpine landscape on a model train

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Modular Model Railroad with German Steam Locomotives and Diesel Railcars

This modular model railroad layout was presented at the international exhibition for model railroading and rail transport modeling, called “Intermodellbau” in Dortmund, Germany. The layout consists of different segments and has an overall length of nearly ten meters or 33 feet. It was built in O scale by a group of German model railroaders. The layout depicts a single-track railroad line somewhere in the north of Germany. The rolling stock was made by the German manufacturer “Lenz”, a company known throughout Europe for its locomotives, coaches and decoders in 1/45 scale.

Modular Model Railroad with German Steam Locomotives and Diesel Railcars

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One of Sweden’s finest and largest and most famous model railroad in HO scale

In summer 2019, Pilentum Television, was invited by Hässleholms Modelljärnvägsförening, one of the biggest model railway clubs in Sweden, to produce a video documentary about Sweden’s finest and largest model railroad layout. If you’re asking Swedish model railroaders and railway enthusiast, where to find the largest permanent model railway exhibition in Sweden, they will probably answer, this is the “Modelljärnväg Hässleholm”. By the way, the Swedish word “modelljärnväg” means “model railway” in British English and “model railroad” in American English. In this video, Pilentum Television presents the “Modelljärnväg Hässleholm”, really one of the largest model railroad layouts built in HO scale in Sweden. Actually, this Swedish miniature world covers more than 700 square meters. This Swedish HO scale layout is a historically correct scale model of Hässleholm’s railway station, its locomotive shed and its buildings as they were in the late 1960’s. During the 20th century Hässleholm developed into a large railway junction because it was a crossing of all the Swedish railway lines that ran from the north to the south and from the east to the west. Even today, Hässleholm is still an important railway junction in the network of the Swedish State Railways, also known as “Statens Järnvägar”. That was the reason why Hässleholm’s model railway association decided to build a model railroad layout of the whole region. Since 2004, the Swedish miniature world has been growing continuously and is to be expanded extensively over the next few years. Until today, the HO scale layout was taking around 100,000 man hours. The layout occupies more than 700 square meters and consists of 1,600 meters of track, 400 points (switches) and more than 600 electrical blocks including block occupancy detection decoders and a signal system. Many historical buildings, which no longer exist today, were reconstructed as they looked in the 1960’s. The track fields and the position of the rails were laid exactly on the model railway layout according to plans and drawings of the Swedish traffic administration. Because the “Modelljärnväg Hässleholm” presents Sweden’s railways in the 1960’s, we cannot expect the famous high-speed trains, called “X 2000” or “X2”, which are used in Sweden today. There are no tilting trains and no high-speed trains. There are freight trains, local passenger trains and the famous Y6, Y7 and Y8 series of diesel railcars. These motor cars were used throughout the unelectrified Swedish rail network during the 1950’s to the 1980’s. On the layout, there are also the X5, X8 and X15 series of electric multiple units operated by “Statens Järnvägar” as express trains. Also the X9 series of four-car electric multiple units, once operated by the Swedish State Railways, also known as “Statens Järnvägar”, which were in service until the late 1990’s, are presented on the HO scale layout. By the way, that sharp reddish orange color gave the trains the nickname “Paprika Trains” (“Pepper Trains”). The rolling stock of this Swedish miniature world also consists of the famous “SJ Class Ra”, also known as “Rapid”, an electric locomotive operated by Swedish State Railways. Those electric locomotives were used on express trains and were mainly taken out of service in the late 1980’s. The size of the whole layout makes it necessary to use a digital control system. Hässleholm’s model railway association is using the software “Train Controller Gold”. Control of train sets, occupancy detectors and locomotive decoders are based on the digital model train control system, also known as DCC. Please, enjoy this video, and don’t forget to visit this layout, called “Modelljärnväg Hässleholm”, when you are going to make a journey to Sweden.

One of Sweden’s finest and largest and most famous model railroad in HO scale

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Rail Transport Modeling in Germany: A small model train exhibition in HO scale

This model train video is about a small permanent model railway layout near Frankfurt, Germany. That exhibition is called “Modellbahnhof Stockheim”, and it was constructed in HO scale. It is housed in a former railway station building. Except for the model trains, the exhibition is also known as a model railway museum preserving the regional railway history. On the layout, there are famous German steam locomotives, diesel multiple units and railcars used by today’s German railway companies. The layout, especially the model landscaping, is a bit older. Nevertheless, the trains are controlled automatically via DCC.

Rail Transport Modeling in Germany: A small model train exhibition in HO scale

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Trains and Scale Modeling - Cab Ride on the largest model railroad in Sweden

We are going to discover another example of rail transport modeling in Europe in this model train video, made at the famous model railroad exhibit “Modelljärnväg Hässleholm” in Sweden. The model railroad museum presents a large HO scale layout on an area of more than 700 square meters. The model train layout is operated by the Swedish model railroad club called “Hässleholms Modelljärnvägsförening” (HMJF). In this first person view video we see steam locomotives, electric locomotives, diesel locomotives as well as diesel multiple units and railcars used by the Swedish State Railways.

Trains and Scale Modeling - Cab Ride on the largest model railroad in Sweden

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Rail Transport Modelling in France: The superb model railway layout made by François Joyau

François Joyau built a superb model railway layout of the railway lines around Paris. This rail infrastructure was called “La Petite Ceinture”. However, he called his H0 gauge layout “57 bis Rue Eiffefe”. He reproduced a more urban atmosphere with buildings inspired by real places. Weathering and detailing are impressive, for example, the patina, which differs from one building to another. François Joyau has gone very far in his attention to detail: At the station, the various inscriptions are printed on photo paper, and at the “Cinéma Palace” six red LED, driven by an Arduino single-board microcontroller, animate the signs. The model train layout is fully digitized and controlled by a “Z21 Roco DCC”.

Rail Transport Modelling in France: The superb model railway layout made by François Joyau

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Rail Transport Modeling: Model Trains Galore with Pantograph and Overhead Line (Catenary)

In this model train video the camera is installed in the near of the railroad tracks. We see German trains running with pantographs (current collectors) on the overhead line (catenary). The trains are made in 1/87 scale. Enjoy that superb “trains galore” including German steam locomotives and steam engines, modern and vintage electric locomotives as well as the famous “Crocodile” locomotive.

Rail Transport Modeling: Model Trains Galore with Pantograph and Overhead Line (Catenary)

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Model Railroading with Steam Trains (鉄道模型) and Steam Locomotives (蒸気機関車) in 1/32 Scale

Steam trains (鉄道模型) and steam locomotives (蒸気機関車) are a rare sight in the 21st Century, but as scale models (縮尺模型) they are far from extinct. Come along for a look at several steam trains running in Germany. All aboard! Enjoy this short video that features numerous shots of different steam engines in a miniature world built in gauge 1 or 3⁄8 inch scale (1/32 scale ratio).

Model Railroading with Steam Trains (鉄道模型) and Steam Locomotives (蒸気機関車) in 1/32 Scale

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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

Video #161 - Video #200


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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