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The Superb Porsche Model Railway Layout inside the Dream Factory Museum in HO scale

There are many ways or ideas in model railroading or in railway modelling for designing and constructing a permanent model railway exhibition. On the one hand, as you know, there is the beautiful “Miniatur Wunderland” in Hamburg, Germany. It is the world’s largest model railroad exhibit, a destination for families and a great tourist attraction. On the other hand, there is, for example, the “Modellbundesbahn”, one of the finest model railways built in HO scale in Germany. Of course, there are also many superb model railway layouts throughout Europe, also in the United States, in Russia, in Australia or in Asia, especially in Japan. Apart from the commercial model train exhibitions, there are model train clubs around the world building absolute amazing layouts with great attention to detail. And all these model railway layouts deserve to be presented on Pilentum Television. But sometimes, there are such extraordinary model railway exhibitions that we rate not only in size or in detail, but also in their unique beauty. One of these special exhibitions is - without any doubt - the model railway from Hans-Peter Porsche, the grandson of the famous automotive designer, Ferdinand Porsche. Hans-Peter Porsche created a museum for model trains and tinplate toys in Southern Germany, in the district of Berchtesgaden. In the German language we call this museum “TraumWerk”, meaning something like “Dream Factory” in the English language. The “Dream Factory” is a 365 square meter model railway reaching five meters high. The precision found in this miniature world is nothing short of impressive. Model trains travel through the most beautiful regions of the Alps. It is a lovingly designed piece of Europe in miniature containing Austria, Switzerland and Germany in HO scale. A model railroad specialist and his team were building this model railway over a period of two years. In total, there are more than 180 trains. At least 50 of them are running along at the same time on nine separate electrical sections while the other trains are parking in 32 fiddle yards or hidden stations below the installation. The digital model railway control system is based on decoders and devices of Rautenhaus Company, using the Selectrix protocol and digital command control (DCC). Below the installation, there are sixteen computers to operate locos, cars, light effects and much more. Furthermore, four technicians are constantly taking care of the railway traffic in the control room. As you can see, these are no cab rides using the camera in front of the loco. This time, Pilentum has installed the camera on the side of a rail car to imitate a train passenger’s view. Furthermore, this camera setting offers the best view of the entire model railroad system. I know, dear friends of Pilentum Television, some criticize buildings, locomotives and trains are not weathered. Others complain that the pantographs of the electric locomotives are not in operation. In that sense, Porsche’s model railway layout is not as realistic as we expect. But the dimensions of Porsche’s model railway layout are really unique. Now, enjoy this video, share it with friends or write a comment. And, don’t forget to visit this layout when you are going to make a journey to Germany.

The Superb Porsche Model Railway Layout inside the Dream Factory Museum in HO scale

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N Scale Model Railroad built by the Maas and Waal Model Train Club in the Netherlands

This model railway layout, built in N scale, presents a partly restored castle ruin situated on a mountain in a hilly and wooded landscape in Germany. The focus of this model railroad is on the castle and on the single track railway line that leads around the mountain. The members of the Maas and Waal model train club would like to show the railway in the 1960's, when trains on this route had not yet been electrified. Therefore, the railway traffic is very diverse with both steam trains and diesel traction and ranges from express trains and longer freight trains on the main route to local passenger trains and occasional rail buses. The layout was designed specifically for model railroad exhibits because the dimensions are 2.5 meters in the width by 1.0 meter in the depth. The Maas and Waal model train club used PECO rails and points for the construction; the PECO rails were first pinned with thumbtacks and then permanently glued with wood glue. Furthermore, the landscape and forests are made with elements from Woodland Scenics.

N Scale Model Railroad built by the Maas and Waal Model Train Club in the Netherlands

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Model Train Video by Pilentum with Car System and Cab Ride on a Model Railway under Construction

Sooner or later, dear friends of Pilentum Television, you will see that this model railway layout is still under construction. Normally, Pilentum only presents already finished and perfectly built model railroad layouts, but this case, Pilentum would give you the unique opportunity to have an unrestricted view of the various stages of construction. This miniature world in HO scale is being built by a German model train club. Originally, the members of this railroad club had the idea to organize a permanent exhibition. But they did not want to present a finished landscape with trains, but also to present the individual construction phases. For several years, guests can visit this model railroad display every Sunday. The model railway layout has a size of 66 square meters and is constructed in an E-shape. The railway tracks are made by Fleischmann. The length of the Fleischmann railway tracks is nearly 600 meters. A few years ago, a miniature car system was installed. It is the so-called “MCC Model Car Parts” system made in the Netherlands. All model trains, light effects, the railroad network and the cars are controlled digitally by the software “iTrain”. In the background decoders, track occupancy detectors and feedback sensors made by “Lenz Digital” and by “Rautenhaus Digital” are in service. In the future, decoders made by “Lokstore Digital” will be used. Trains, locomotives and coaches are primarily scale models from Fleischmann, Trix, PIKO, Roco, MEHANO, Liliput and BRAWA.

Model Train Video by Pilentum with Car System and Cab Ride on a Model Railway under Construction

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Model Railway Layout »La Gare de Landeyrat-Marcenat« in HO scale

The French model railway club, called “Association des Modélistes Cheminots de Limoges”, presented its modular model railroad layout at Germany’s model train exhibition “Intermodellbau 2018”. The layout is a scale model of the railway infrastructure of a small branch line in France, somewhere in the region of Landeyrat-Marcenat. On the railway lines, there are various French steam locomotives, freight trains and the famous French diesel engine railcar “Autorail”.

Model Railway Layout »La Gare de Landeyrat-Marcenat« in HO scale

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Cab Ride as Train Driver along Mr. Porsche’s Superb Model Railway with Austrian Model Trains

In December 2016, Pilentum visited the famous model railway layout of Mr. Hans-Peter Porsche for the first time. Then, we made some really fantastic cab rides with the model trains in HO scale. Unfortunately, at that time we had disabled the automatic train control system to make the train rides. Therefore, there were no oncoming trains and sometimes the railway signals were red. In June 2018, Pilentum visited again Mr. Porsche’s model railway exhibition. This time, we made an absolutely beautiful cab ride along the Austrian model railroad section. Pilentum’s locomotive, including a camera, starts at a small railway station. After that, the train crosses the big railway viaduct or railroad bridge and drives into the tunnel. Somewhat later the train arrives at the large railroad station, while other trains leave the station. Finally, it will be exciting for all friends of technology: The train passes the next tunnel and goes behind the scenes, where the hidden yards, storage yards or fiddle tracks are installed. In addition, the train passes many track spirals to get back to the normal level of the model railway layout. Behind the scenes, you'll see a lot of model trains parking - some made by Marklin and some made by Roco. Thereafter, the train is coming back to the beginning of the Austria section. Now, you’ll see how the track layout is organized. It is a very large dog-bone arrangement of a continuous loop where the model trains turn around. Enjoy this journey by train and feel like a train driver, locomotive engineer, railroad engineer, engine driver, locomotive operator or train operator in this miniature world.

Cab Ride as Train Driver along Mr. Porsche’s Superb Model Railway with Austrian Model Trains

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Model Railway with Marklin Model Trains in Z Scale

This model railway in Z scale was created by a Germany model train club. It is a modular railway layout built on a nearly three-meter-long base plate. Houses, buildings and garden sheds in the foreground are made by the manufacturers Kibri and Faller. The rolling stock is mainly from Märklin. Model trains are controlled digitally by a RMX control center from Rautenhaus Company. For driving the trains the software TrainController is used.

Model Railway with Marklin Model Trains in Z Scale

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

When Pilentum visited an exhibition for model railways, he saw this fine model railroad with German model trains in HO scale. The model railway layout was constructed as a modular model railroad layout with typical features of a landscape in Southern Germany. Therefore, a lot of German diesel trains and railcars are presented on this layout. The model railway was built by a German model train club. Construction began in 2015 and each year, new segments and new modules were added. The model railroad has an area of approximately 9.5 meters x 3.0 meters and it is operated with the digital control from Roco and Uhlenbrock.

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

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Model Railway Cab Ride at the Porsche Model Railroad Museum on the Gotthard Railway in the Switzerland

At the large model railroad museum of Porsche, one of the finest model railways in the world is installed. The model railway layout presents three countries, namely Germany, Austria and Switzerland on 340 square meters. Pilentum had already made some cab ride videos with model trains at the Germany model railroad layout and at the Austria model railway display, but in this video our train travels through the wonderful railway world of the Gotthard Railway in Switzerland - and this model world is absolutely fascinating. With our Swiss locomotive, in which the camera is installed, we are going to discover 950 meters of Märklin railway tracks in HO scale. We are crossing 185 points or switches and we are passing 34 signals. During our train journey we will meet a lot of other train sets. Furthermore, we travel through the famous Gotthard Mountains. Our model train has to overcome a height difference of up to 3 meters by driving many track spirals or helices. We are going to reach three major railway stations in Switzerland, where passenger trains and freight trains are waiting for their departure. In addition, we are going to see famous buildings in Switzerland, for example, castles, cities and bridges. The special design of this miniature world and its layout makes it possible that several loops can be traveled by model trains. Therefore, our Swiss loco drives alternately in the southern Switzerland (“Bellinzona Railway Station”) as well as in the northern Switzerland (“Göschenen Railway Station” and “Wassen Railway Station”). Several times we will meet the “Crocodile” electric locomotive and the class Re 620 or class Re 6/6 locos, one of the most famous locomotives of the Swiss Railways. Our cab ride trip begins near the city of Wassen in Switzerland. On the left side of the railway line we see the church built in the style of the Baroque style of architecture. A little bit later we are reaching the Wassen Railway Station. After passing the tunnel, our locomotive reaches the Göschenen Railway Station. Above the railway station we can see the famous Bietschtal railroad bridge. After some circles we arrive at the Wassen Railway Station again. A few minutes later, after driving through some tunnels, we arrive at the Göschenen Railway Station in another direction of travel. After that, our train goes in the southern part of Switzerland and we reach the Bellinzona Railway Station. The station has more than nine platforms. Many passengers are waiting for their trains. While our locomotive has to wait in front of a red signal, we can see the massive mountains of Switzerland in the background. These scale model mountains have a height of more than four meters in 1/87 scale. Now, our loco is climbing up the mountains. The train rides on the first level - approximately 1.5 meters above the ground - and we see the big construction site for the highway bridge. A little bit later the train rides on the second level - approximately 2.5 meters above the ground - and we are directly below the highway bridge. After passing through the last helix our model train rides at the highest point of the model railway layout. From now on, our train is going downhill again. Our journey continues in the opposite direction of travel. However, we change the route, because we additionally drive on the small branch line inside the Swiss canton of Ticino. At the end of this video, our train drives into the very large shadow station or hidden yard.

Model Railway Cab Ride at the Porsche Model Railroad Museum on the Gotthard Railway in the Switzerland

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Superb Modular Model Railroad Layout in HO Scale of York Railway in Pennsylvania

Pilentum would like to present this wonderful modular model railroad layout of a local short line in York, Pennsylvania. This model railway was built by Denis Arrufat. The York Rail, a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc., and its freight trains gave inspiration to Denis to create a city limits layout based on scenes found along the original tracks. Normally, model railroaders define a city limits layout as a model railroad consisting of county and city boundaries including local industry. Doing rail transport modelling in this way is always a challenge for railway modellers: Houses, streets, facades, dirt and garbage on the roads as well as rust on the locomotives, cars, trains and coaches must be modeled. Finally, it is a special way of model railroading requiring a careful operation in weathering. With emphasis Denis built an authentic reproduction of this railway line serving the local industries in York, Pennsylvania, United States of America. The realistic atmosphere is amazing, for example, graffiti on the freight cars, rusty locomotives, broken fences, dirty tank cars, etc. To underline the impression of reality, Pilentum has added some original sounds and railway noises.

Superb Modular Model Railroad Layout in HO Scale of York Railway in Pennsylvania

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Model Railway under Construction - Cab Ride and Train Driver ‘s View

This model railway in HO scale is still under construction. It is being built by a German model railroad club, called “Modellbahnclub Schmallenberg”. The layout has a size of 66 square meters and the railway tracks are made by Fleischmann. The length of the rails is nearly 600 meters. That is good enough for making a cab ride video in train driver’s view.

Model Railway under Construction - Cab Ride and Train Driver ‘s View

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Oktoberfest in Munich - World's Largest Beer Festival and Funfair with Roller Coaster and Bumper Car

I guess, you must have heard about the famous “Oktoberfest”, the world’s largest beer festival and travelling funfair in Munich, Germany? This festival begins this weekend. Therefore, I had the idea, to make a funny video of model railway layouts or model railroad displays showing an amusement park, a funfair or a fairground. All these miniature worlds - presented in this video - are built in HO scale. But you should not only enjoy the video, but also learn something about Germany’s greatest beer festival. The Oktoberfest is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is a folk festival running from late September to the first weekend in October, with more than six million people from around the world attending the event every year. The festival is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since the year 1810. During the event, large quantities of beer are consumed. Apart from the biggest stupid things the Germans have done in their history, they have done something good for the world: Yes, they invented the beer. I can say that because I am a German myself. Usually, more than 8.0 million liters of beer were served during the festival. Furthermore, visitors also enjoy a lot of attractions, such as amusement rides, games, roller coasters, bumper cars and a wide variety of traditional foods. But it's true: There are many beer tents at the Oktoberfest. Inside these tents, traditional music, but also modern pop music is made, so that the visitors can party all night long.

Oktoberfest in Munich - World's Largest Beer Festival and Funfair with Roller Coaster and Bumper Car

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The Superb Steam Locomotive on Mr. Porsche 's Garden Railway including Firing Up the Steam Engine

Behind the great “Porsche Traumwerk”, a toy and model railway museum in Southern Germany, there is Mr. Porsche’s very large garden railway. Some people say garden railroad, backyard railroad or miniature railway. Anyway, the rolling stock also includes a superb steam locomotive. The locomotive was built by some steam loco experts from Germany. During the train operation the steam locomotive runs with 8 bar boiler pressure and generates a performance of 4 horsepower. Often Pilentum Television was invited to make video recordings inside the “Porsche Traumwerk”, but in this case not the large model railroad in H0 scale but the great garden railway was to be in the focus, especially how to fire up the steam locomotive. After firing up the steam loco we made some very relaxing and beautiful cab rides along the tracks. Pilentum’s camera was installed on several positions on the locomotive. A very special camera angle is right in the driver's cab, immediately above the fire box. Porsche’s park railway consists of two large sections, more than 1.3 kilometers in total. This makes it one of the largest garden railways in Europe.

The Superb Steam Locomotive on Mr. Porsche 's Garden Railway including Firing Up the Steam Engine

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One of Europe’s largest model railway exhibitions: The ArsTECNICA model railroad in H0 scale

We have to go back in time. In March 1997, one of the first and largest digital model railways in Europe was opened in Losheim, a small town on the border between Belgium and Germany. At that time, the model railroad exhibition was called “Euro Tecnica”. In the first years, a total of 800 meters of catenary and 1,200 meters of tracks in scale H0 were installed. Later, the railway network grew to 2,000 meters of tracks and the exhibition area of the model railway layout increased from 110 m² to 200 m². Also the name of the exhibition was changed. For several years, it is called “ArsTECNICA”. The model railway is digitally controlled via two PC systems. On the railway network there are 125 trains. 40 trains can drive at the same time, while the other trains are parked in waiting position in special shadow stations or hidden yards. For the system not the system of Märklin in alternating current (AC, three-wire), but the two-wire system in direct current (DC) is used, for example ROCO or FLEISCHMANN. For additional reality and movements, a car system is used on the model railroad display. This car system is built in 16 different sections. 20 vehicles can drive at the same time. In total, there are 40 vehicles, for example, trucks and cars and buses. The model railway layout presents typical features of Germany, especially of the Eifel region. The Eifel is a low mountain range in western Germany and eastern Belgium. Of course, there are also half-timbered houses, castles and palaces. The audience of Pilentum Television will recognize very quickly, that this model railroad is a bit older. The model trains are typical scale models of the railway era of the 1990's.

One of Europe’s largest model railway exhibitions: The ArsTECNICA model railroad in H0 scale

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Superb Model Railway made by French Railroad Enthusiasts

Today, we are going to make a journey to France. At the great model railway exhibition in Leipzig, Germany, the French model railroad club “Amis du Rail 67” presented its beautiful layout built in HO scale. On the modular railway layout, there are one large railway line in HO scale, two railway lines in narrow gauge, and a miniature street for vehicles of the famous Faller Car system. The whole display takes approximately 15 meters in length and 5 meters in width. Pilentum was absolutely fascinated by the good work, how buildings and trees and the landscape were modeled. Furthermore, the background consists of a beautiful painting. I guess, the background image was painted by Patrice Hamm, a famous artist in railway modelling. The model railroading club and its members created a very special atmosphere: The landscape is not overcrowded with gimmicks. It is a simple, but very beautiful landscape including a small town with half-timbered buildings. But the most important thing, of course, is the rail transport traffic. On the main line of the railway, we can discover a lot of the finest steam locomotives and steam trains used by the French State Railway. There are also some diesel locomotives and, for example, the famous French railcar. Therefore, there is no catenary, because the French model railroaders do not prefer high-speed trains, only steam trains and freight trains. On the two narrow-gauge lines some ugly model trains running on two independent loops. Mostly, there are railcars for passenger traffic running between the small villages. Finally, there is also a miniature car system. There are trucks and buses driving behind the railway lines.

Superb Model Railway made by French Railroad Enthusiasts

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The Little Model Tramway in the Province of Namur in Belgium by Jan Martens

When Pilentum visited the great model railway exhibition “Modelspoor Expo” in Belgium on the last weekend, he met Jan Martens, a very nice Belgian model railroader. I guess, Jan is fascinated by trams, tramways and narrow gauge railways. So he decided to create a nice model railroad layout of a former tramway in the province of Namur in Belgium. He calls his model railway display “Le Vicinal á Vresse”. This means something like “The tramway line at the city of Vresse” in the English language. You have to know, the “Tramways Vicinaux” or “Buurtspoorwegen” were a system of narrow-gauge tramways and local railway lines in Belgium, which covered the whole country. In the last century, these tramways had a greater route length than the mainline railway system. The model railway layout of Jan Martens was inspired by tramway line no. 553 of the national Vicinal tramway company, which was opened in the beginning of the last century. The layout is more of an impression of “how the railway line could have been” than an original presentation of “how the railway line really once was”. However, the intention is to show the atmosphere of the Ardennes in the 1930’s with the tramways cruising between small villages and beautiful landscapes.

The Little Model Tramway in the Province of Namur in Belgium by Jan Martens

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50 Ultra Realistic Model Railway Layouts - Model Railroad Exhibition “Modelspoor Expo” in Belgium

Every two years the great model railway exhibition “Modelspoor Expo” is organized by the publisher of Belgium’s biggest model railroad magazine, called “Modelspoormagazine” (Dutch) or “Train Miniature Magazine” (French). The “Modelspoor Expo” is the largest exhibition for railway modelling and model railroading in Belgium. In October 2018, Pilentum was there for the first time, and he could not believe it: There were more than 50 high quality model train dioramas, model railroad displays and model railway layouts.

50 Ultra Realistic Model Railway Layouts - Model Railroad Exhibition “Modelspoor Expo” in Belgium

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Amazing French Model Railroad Diorama Mouville by Henk Wust and Jan van Mourik

Usually, we love very large model railway layouts, so model trains have a lot of space. But the model railroad display made by Henk Wust and Jan van Mourik from Belgium is limited to an area of 80 cm x 80 cm only. That’s approximately 31.5 inches x 31.5 inches. Henk Wust and Jan van Mourik call their little model train diorama “Mouville” which was presented in the magazine “Train Miniature Magazine” and “Continental Modeller”. It is a tribute to all the beautiful, pretty, small and charming villages of France in 1/87 scale. Therefore, the both model railway enthusiasts reproduced small station and a goods hall located on a narrow-gauge regional railway line with a rail spacing of 9 mm. Furthermore, there is a village on a hill with pretty beautiful roads and houses. The original rural charm of any small French village was copied exactly from reality to this little diorama.

Amazing French Model Railroad Diorama Mouville by Henk Wust and Jan van Mourik

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Model Railway Diorama “Les Robertmonts - Rue des Thermes” in HO scale by Pascal Hubert

In October 2018, Pascal Hubert presented his superb model railway layout in HO scale at the great model railway exhibition “Modelspoor Expo”. The model train diorama is based on the C Track rail system by Märklin. Pascal Hubert calls his model railroad display “Les Robertmonts - Rue des Thermes”. It is a railway station with passenger trains and freight trains of the National Railway Company of Belgium (SNCB). In Belgium, the “Robertmonts” are known for the quality of their spring waters since Roman times. Since that time, a famous spa resort developed. The spa resort became even better known when it was connected to the Belgian railway network. Spa guests travel by train and stay in the Palace Hotel, a luxury hotel next to the train station. However, something like that was common in the 1950s. Exactly this historic atmosphere was recreated by Pascal Hubert in his little miniature world. The construction of his model railway began in November 2017. The trains are controlled by an Esu ECos II model railway controller. Feedback is ensured by the Viessmann S88 feedback decoder with track occupancy detector. On his diorama, for example, there are a diesel locomotive SNCB (Marklin), a steam locomotive type 64 SNCB and a locomotive Type 26 SNCB.

Model Railway Diorama “Les Robertmonts - Rue des Thermes” in HO scale by Pascal Hubert

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Superb Forest Model Railway and Sawmill in Narrow Gauge HO scale by Laurent Vandermotte

It is probably very difficult for a model railroader to build a forest railway, forest tram, timber line, logging railway or logging railroad. In this context, the biggest challenge may be the realistic modelling of the trees, bushes and grasses. Laurent Vandermotte from Belgium has taken up this challenge: At the great model railway exhibition “Modelspoor Expo” he presented his model train diorama depicting a sawmill or lumber mill and a little freight train running on narrow gauges. While watching this model railroad display we recognize, the small steam train is not the focus. On a surface of about 1.0 meter in width and about 0.5 meters in depth there are loving details, for example, the lumberjack, beavers in the river or the night simulation.

Superb Forest Model Railway and Sawmill in Narrow Gauge HO scale by Laurent Vandermotte

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Model Railroad Diorama of Cuba and Sugarcane Harvesting Narrow Gauge Field Railway

Today, we are going to make a journey to the island of Cuba. In the Caribbean there is a special season, namely the sugarcane harvesting season. It is called “Zafra”, and it runs from January through May. The term Zafra became well-known internationally during the 1960s due to its importance in Cuba. Therefore, we see a narrow gauge field railway running along crooked rails somewhere in the Caribbean rainforest. This special season has been picked up by a German model railroader, Wolfgang Stößer. Cuba and the beautiful landscape, the nature and also the palm trees were inspiration to start model railroading. On this little model railroad diorama we are at the Viñales Valley in Cuba. Sugarcane and other crops are cultivated on the bottom of the valley, mostly by traditional agriculture techniques. Many caves dot the surrounding hill faces. Finally, the Viñales Valley is a major tourist destination. The area of the diorama has a size of approximately 210 cm x 90 cm. The model landscape was made with “Plastiform”, a modeling compound. Trees and bushes are products which are made by the German company “Noch” but they were weathered by a special spraying technology. Some of the palm trees were bought by the Dutch company “Anita Decor”; some palm trees were handmade. The rolling stock, for example the steam locomotive and the railcar, was rebuilt from standard gauge to narrow gauge, HO scale. Additionally, locomotives and vehicles were weathered, too.

Model Railroad Diorama of Cuba and Sugarcane Harvesting Narrow Gauge Field Railway

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One of the finest model railway layouts of Belgium's most famous model railroader Ivo Schraepen

If you know about the European railway modelling scene, then you have probably heard of Ivo Schraepen. He is a very famous rail transport modeller from Belgium, who specializes in the construction of very large model railway layouts in HO scale. He is present at every big model railway exhibition in Europe, and presents his exceptionally beautiful railroad layouts. One of his great layouts is called “Kempenland”. It is a double-sided layout of more than 20 square meters of model landscape. Double-sided means, visitors can view the miniature world from both the front and the back. On the front, there is a large Belgian main station with a lot of railway traffic, and on the back, there is a rural region, partly with industrial buildings and with a railway depot. Ivo Schraepen’s layout was built in 2008 but has been thoroughly modernized. After ten years a lot has changed, for example, the railway lines are fully electrified and completely digitized. Furthermore locomotives, trains and buildings are weathered. The model railroad layout “Kempenland” was inspired by the natural region “Campine” (French) or “De Kempen” (Dutch), situated chiefly in north-eastern Belgium and parts of the south-eastern Netherlands. Furthermore, the layout has been built according impressions from the railway line from Hasselt to Leuven in Belgium.

One of the finest model railway layouts of Belgium's most famous model railroader Ivo Schraepen

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U.S. Navy model ship and model boat diorama of Omaha Beach

Today, we are going to discover an extraordinary diorama. This miniature world of model ships, model boats or model shipways was constructed by the Shipbuilding Club MBV Hofstade, Belgium. This diorama is called “Omaha Beach, Normandy, June 1944” and depicts the famous Omaha Beach after the military conquest by US troops in World War II. It takes about five meters in width and approximately three meters in depth including a real water basin. There are floating pontoons connected by bridge elements with larger pontoons, which are used as jetties for the supply ships and warships. In front of the beach, there are landing ships and tank landing ships (LST) with open bow ramps. There are also Liberty ships, a class of cargo ships built in the United States during World War II. By the way, Pilentum does not want to change its focus from model railway construction to military vehicle modeling, miniature figure modeling or aircraft modeling. Pilentum was just fascinated by this little water world and would like to share this video with you.

U.S. Navy model ship and model boat diorama of Omaha Beach

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British Model Trains at the Marshalling Yard or Classification Yard in OO Gauge

This model railway display was built by Frank Bunnik from Belgium. His little model railroad diorama is called “Albion Yard”, and it represents a railway yard somewhere in Great Britain. There are British model trains in OO gauge or OO scale - also spelled 00 gauge and 00 scale. This 1/76 scale is the most popular standard-gauge for model railway tracks in the United Kingdom. Frank’s model railway layout is not very big: The diorama is about three feet in width and about one foot in depth. There are several tracks that are mainly used for shunting or switching diesel locomotives and freight cars.

British Model Trains at the Marshalling Yard or Classification Yard in OO Gauge

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The Circular Railway of Paris - La Petite Ceinture - Model Railroad Diorama by François Joyau

In the 19th century, when the first railway lines were constructed in Paris, France, there was a circular railway to connect the different suburbs. Then this circular railway was called “Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture”, also known as “La Petite Ceinture” in Paris. Serving first as a freight-only line, then developing into a passenger service, the circular railway became Paris’ first metro-like urban transport system. Since its last year of passenger service in 1934 the railway lines are mostly abandoned. Today, people, who like so-called lost places or abandoned places, can enjoy some of the remaining tracks and stations. Because of the special meaning of this railroad for the city of Paris, François Joyau built a small piece of this circular railway in HO scale. His model railway layout, named “57 bis Rue Eiffefe”, takes about 200 cm x 60 cm, and depicts beautiful weathered buildings, backyards and streets.

The Circular Railway of Paris - La Petite Ceinture - Model Railroad Diorama by François Joyau

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Steam Loco Test Run at the Rimkov Locomotive Works

This award-winning model railway diorama is called “Rimkov Locomotive Works”. It was built by the model railroaders Rik Martens and Koen Vermeulen in 1/32 scale. “Rimkov” is a fantasy name, though the layout was inspired by the Rugby locomotive testing station in the United Kingdom. Inside the factory a steam loco is running on a locomotive testing plant, and after the steam loco has reached its maximum speed, all steam valves are opened.

Steam Loco Test Run at the Rimkov Locomotive Works

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N Scale Model Train Layout - Modular Model Railroad from Germany with Diesel Locomotives

This modular model railway layout was constructed by the German model railroader Karl-Heinz Friedel. In October 2018, he presented his N gauge layout at the famous model railway exhibition in Leipzig, Germany. Karl-Heinz started railway modelling in 1994. At that time, the first two segments were constructed. In 1995, he built two additional modules. Thus, the N scale layout grew year by year up to 28 segments with a total length of more than 29 meters. The basic framework of the model railroad layout, which is called “Karlsberg”, consists of 16 mm thick blockboard panels. The rails are laid on a 3 mm cork track bed or cork rail bed made by Tillig Company, Germany. In total, there are 105 meters of Roco rails and Peco tracks. Railway signals and Semaphore signals are made by Viessmann Company, Germany. The railway lines were also equipped with start-up and brake decoders from Uhlenbrock Company, Germany. These decoders are responsible for a smooth start and realistic braking of model trains. The N gauge layout by Karl-Heinz Friedel was built in the style of the German railway epoch III (1945-1970) and epoch IV (1965-1990), because it allows a larger variety of train sets for driving. While model railroading Karl-Heinz spends great importance to authenticity: Because no catenary is installed on the layout, no electric locomotives are used.

N Scale Model Train Layout - Modular Model Railroad from Germany with Diesel Locomotives

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O Scale Trains at the Dresden Transport Museum by Pilentum Television

Pilentum really likes the very large o gauge model railway layout at the Transport Museum in Dresden, Germany. The model railway, the landscape and the rolling stock contain so much history because the railroad system in O scale was originally used by East German railway engineers as a training area. Some locomotives are custom-made. They are absolutely unique. Let’s discover this model railroad layout which takes nearly 325 square meters. Please, listen to the authentic sound when trains pass by.

O Scale Trains at the Dresden Transport Museum by Pilentum Television

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TT Scale Trains - Model Railway with Rolling Stock of Tillig, PIKO, Hornby and Peresvet (Пересвет)

This model railway layout in TT scale was constructed by the club “Modelleisenbahn Freunde Köln” (Model Railway Friends of Cologne), a German model railroader association. Within the association, a special department has emerged, called the “Modellbau-Team Köln” (Railway Modelling Team Cologne). This team has focused on the construction of model railroad layouts, which are shown at model train shows and model train exhibitions throughout Europe. The team’s TT gauge layout takes an area of about eight meters in length and four meters in width. The layout can be viewed by visitors both from the front and from the back. Due to the separation of front and back two different landscapes can be represented, namely on the one hand a rural part with a single track railway and a small station and on the other hand an urban shaped part with a large central main station and electrified main line. In addition, there are imposing railway bridges. Today, TT scale is a niche model railroading scale, whose name stands for “table top”. Its 1/120 scale and 12 mm gauge sizes it almost halfway between HO scale and N scale. Model trains in TT scale retain a comparatively small niche in the United States and in the United Kingdom, but it is the second most popular scale in the former East Germany, in Eastern Europe and Russia. Currently Tillig is the largest company to make TT scale rolling stock. Most TT scale track today is also made by Tillig Company, which offers both standard model railroad track and an integrated roadbed track. By the way, the Russian Company Peresvet (Russian: Пересвет) is another manufacturer, who produces TT scale models, mostly Russian train sets. Also the German manufacturer PIKO has started with a TT line, focusing mainly on German stock, and Arnold - the subsidiary of Hornby Railways - offers TT scale models.

TT Scale Trains - Model Railway with Rolling Stock of Tillig, PIKO, Hornby and Peresvet (Пересвет)

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Model Railway Layout “The Train of the River Moder in Alsace” by Hubert and Laurent Bertrand

Hubert and Laurent Bertrand are two model railroaders from Alsace, France. They are father and son, and great enthusiasts of miniature trains, for example, steam locomotives, electric locomotives or diesel locomotives. In the last years, they constructed a modular model railway layout in HO scale, which is called “Le Train de la Moder” in French, meaning something like “The Train of the River Moder”. Without any doubt we can point out by watching the architecture of the buildings, that the model landscape is based on the valley of the Moder, a small river near the river Rhine, in the north of Alsace, France. The construction of this model railroad layout began more than ten years ago, when Hubert Bertrand inspired his son Laurent in railway modelling, model railroading and model making. The design of their modular model railway based on a dog-bone layout. It is built in eight removable elements and transportable segments with a full length of approximately 13 meters. These modules are made of cleats and plywood. The model landscape is made from wire mesh coated with plasterboard glue. Furthermore, products - made by manufacturers Noch, Heki and Busch - were used for landscaping. In this miniature world, there are an Alsatian village, a viaduct, tunnels, a traditional architecture with half-timbered houses and pink sandstone of the Vosges and much more. All the buildings are made by hand. There are also 30 meters of rails in HO scale for different locomotives circulating on the railway lines.

Model Railway Layout “The Train of the River Moder in Alsace” by Hubert and Laurent Bertrand

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Haversham Central Model Railway Layout by John Dowrick N Gauge - Warley Exhibition 2018

When Pilentum visited the great Warley National Model Railway Exhibition 2018, he met John Dowrick presenting his first ever layout built in N Gauge or N scale, which he called “Haversham Central”. In reality, Haversham is a tiny village where John lives, near to Milton Keynes and very close to the west coast mainline. His layout depicts a fictitious city, set loosely in the early 1960s. The layout is a DC operation and shows just how much can be achieved in such a relatively small area, because the layout takes 5 ft x 2 ft x 9 inches. Despite the size, “Haversham Central” successfully depicts a very busy city setting with model trains coming and going from various parts of the country, for example, the blue Midland Pullman, Golden Arrow and even the Brighton Belle. Behind and near the station, there is also the opportunity to do some shunting in both the goods area and the engine sheds.

Haversham Central Model Railway Layout by John Dowrick N Gauge - Warley Exhibition 2018

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Duxbury OO Gauge Model Railway Layout by the Leamington & Warwick MRS - Warley Model Train Show 2018

The Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Society presented its OO gauge or 4mm/ft scale club layout at the great Warley National Model Railway Exhibition 2018. The model railway layout is made up of ten 2 feet x 4 feet plywood baseboards giving an overall dimension of 16 feet x 8 feet. The mainline and branch leave their fiddle yards and curve round into the main station area, passing the engine shed, turntable and LT storage sidings on the right. The station has one bay platform with a run round, two through platforms and a loop platform which normally serves the branch but can hold other down trains to let express trains pass. Behind the branch platform is a small three road parcels and sundry goods depot. The two track main line leaves the station and curves back around into the fiddle yard. Track is a mixture of flexible track by Scale Model Productions Marcway and copper clad construction points and crossovers - all Code 75. Signalling is a variety of colour light and semaphore. All points and signals are electrically remote controlled. During the past twelve months the members of the Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Society have completely rewired the model railroad layout and it now operates under the MERG electronics system, which has enhanced the operational reliability of the layout immensely. The model train layout can also operate under DCC control to further display the versatility of the Model Electronic Railway Group (MERG) system. The miniature world of Duxbury Station is loosely based on Aylesbury in 1960. Aylesbury was the one time terminus for the Metropolitan Railway trains from Aldgate, Liverpool Street and Baker Street with a bay being provided for the purpose. These trains were electrically hauled to Rickmansworth where a BR locomotive would take over. However, with the extension of electrification to Amersham, the Aylesbury service was discontinued in the early 1960's. During railway modelling the club layout the members imagined, that London Transport extended the 3rd and 4th rail all the way to Aylesbury. This way on the club layout are running both electrically hauled LT trains using the famous Metropolitan Bo-Bo's as well as the Underground units. Furthermore, there are steam trains, albeit in BR guise, as well as diesel and electric trains.

Duxbury OO Gauge Model Railway Layout by the Leamington & Warwick MRS - Warley Model Train Show 2018

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Model Railroad Layout of the City of Tilff in Belgium - Very realistic railway modelling in HO scale

The model railway society, called “Artevelde Miniatuur Spoorweg Amateurs Club” (AMSAC), located in the city of Ghent, Belgium, is one of Belgium’s leading club in rail transport modelling. For building their latest HO scale model railroad layout the members were inspired by the railway station of the city of Tilff in Belgium. If you are using “Google Earth” or “Google Maps”, and if you are looking for the train station in “Tilff” in Belgium, you will see a very special building, namely a huge protective wall, directly located beside the main line near the river. This double-track railway line and the wall at the railway station are the focus in this model train layout. Therefore, the French speaking members of AMSAC call their model railway layout “LeMur”, meaning “The Wall” in English. The HO club layout was built especially for model train exhibitions. The layout has a length of about ten meters and depicts the main line along the river Ourthe in the Ardennes in Wallonia, Belgium.

Model Railroad Layout of the City of Tilff in Belgium - Very realistic railway modelling in HO scale

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Gorbriton Hill O gauge or 7mm scale model train layout at Warley Model Railway Show in 2018

At Warley Model Railway Show in 2018 the Somerset Railway Modellers Club (SRMC) presented its beautiful model train layout in O gauge, 7mm scale or O scale. The model railway layout depicts a branch line which terminates at one of the many ubiquitous seaside towns found along the coast of Great Britain. This initially independent line was opened in 1855 by the Gorbriton and Wilsea railway company. The branch was 15 miles long beginning at Gorbriton Hill station, continuing through, Wilsea and Holbeach stations before ending at a connection with the Midland main line. Up to its demise under the Beeching Axe in 1966 Gorbriton Hill was a mecca for railway enthusiasts as it was uniquely placed, being a terminus for Great Western, Southern and Midland passenger and freight traffic. By the way, the “Beeching Axe” was a reduction of route network and restructuring of the railways in Great Britain. In reality of course Gorbriton Hill is a fictitious town, as is the associated branch line. The name Gorbriton is in fact an amalgam of three letters from the names of Gordon, Brian, Tony and Bill who are all members of the Somerset Railway Modellers Club. Nevertheless the model railroad layout has been built to fulfil two important criteria, to be of interest to the viewer and to run a range of rolling stock. The layout shall give an impression of the atmosphere that would have existed between 1932 and 1965 on the Gorbriton branch line. While watching this video, please note the unique scale model of the famous Leader Locomotive. The Leader was a class of experimental steam locomotive, produced in Great Britain to the design of the innovative engineer Oliver Bulleid. The Leader was an attempt to extend the life of steam traction by eliminating many of the operational drawbacks associated with existing steam locomotives. The design incorporated many novel features, such as the use of thermic siphons, bogies and cabs at each end of the locomotive, resulting in its unique modern diesel-like appearance. Unfortunately, the project was cancelled in the early 1950s. Five Leader locomotives were begun, although only one was completed. After all, this locomotive was being scrapped by 1951.

Gorbriton Hill O gauge or 7mm scale model train layout at Warley Model Railway Show in 2018

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Warley National Model Railway Exhibition 2018 - The Superb Model Train Show at NEC Birmingham

In November 2018, Pilentum Television visited the 26th Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, Great Britain, for the first time. Pilentum was overwhelmed by the multitude of the model railway layouts and dioramas. There were more than 90 of the best layouts of British railway modelling and international model railroading in any scale and gauge. As you know, Pilentum Television is from Germany. In Germany we have also large model railway exhibitions, where model railroad layouts are presented. But usually there are about ten or twelve layouts at German model train exhibits. In the Netherlands, for example, there is a larger model train show, namely the “Eurospoor”, where about 30 or 40 layouts are presented. In Belgium, every two years there is the “Modelspoor Expo” with nearly more than 50 layouts and dioramas. However, what Pilentum saw at Warley Show was really one of the biggest, largest, greatest, most beautiful and entertaining exhibitions. Anyone interested in railway modelling should visit the Warley model train show. For those, who could not travel to Birmingham, Pilentum Television made this video documentary on YouTube. Enjoy these 100 minutes of video and find it both interesting and inspiring for your railway modelling.

Warley National Model Railway Exhibition 2018 - The Superb Model Train Show at NEC Birmingham

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Model Railway Layout with Steam Locomotive and Diesel Railcars from Prussia in HO Scale

This modular model railway layout in HO scale was constructed by the German model railroader Dr. Franz Rittig. The layout depicts a former narrow-gauge branch line, which was operated in the 1960’s at the time of the Deutsche Reichsbahn (German Reich Railways). The model trains commute between the two stations “Franzburg” and “Friedrichsruhe”. On the layout there are Prussian steam locomotives, class T9 of the Prussian State Railways, later incorporated into DRG Class 91, and a diesel railcar, type VT 135. Buildings, elaborately weathered, were taken from Auhagen and Kibri. The rolling stock was made by Fleischmann (steam locos) and by PMT manufacturer, Germany.

Model Railway Layout with Steam Locomotive and Diesel Railcars from Prussia in HO Scale

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Cab ride along one of the largest model train layouts about Germany’s coal and steel industry

In 2008 this superb model railway layout was opened in the city of Oberhausen, located directly in the heart of Germany’s coal and steel industry, the so-called Ruhr area. Then, this permanent model railway exhibition represented cities, landscapes, steelworks, coal mines and the rail transport in the 1970‘s. The model railroad layout was constructed in HO scale or H0 gauge and covered an area of more than 420 square meters. Due to financial problems, this model railroad exhibit was closed two years after the opening. Fortunately in September 2012, this large model railway layout was sold to a new owner, who re-installed the whole layout and made it accessible to visitors again. Today, this fine layout is a part of the railway museum, called „Modellbahnwelt Odenwald“, located near Frankfurt/Main, Germany. The miniature world was built according to original track plans, stations and landscapes, for example, the Oberhausen central station, the port of Dortmund, the blast furnace plant of Oberhausen, colliery and coking plants. On the layout, there are many replicas of well-known buildings in the Ruhr area. Furthermore, a special highlight is the photorealistic background system of the model landscape. The model railroad was designed as a two-wire digital system, which is used by model trains of Fleischmann, Roco and from many other manufacturers, except Märklin. Locomotives, light effects and trains are managed by the digital model railway control system „TrainController“. Enjoy Pilentum’s train journey of at least 80 minutes on a several kilometers long track system.

Cab ride along one of the largest model train layouts about Germany’s coal and steel industry

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British Model Railway Layout “Thornbury Hill” in OO gauge with Cab Ride along the Main Line

When Pilentum was at the wonderful model railway exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham, Warley Model Train Show, he was warmly welcomed by the Burgess Hill Model Railway Club and its members of the Thornbury Hill Owners Group. We had a good time playing with the model trains, we filmed many scenes and we made a cab ride video along the main line. The Thornbury Hill model railway layout began life in 1970 as the main OO gauge layout of the Burgess Hill MRC. In March 1986, the model railroad layout was described in the “Railway Modeller Magazine”. The layout model, set in the 1930’s - just prior to the main line electrification - was intended to represent a section of the London Victoria - Brighton mainline. It was not intended to represent a particular station. In 1991 the layout was sold to the present owners, who added the third rail and moved the period forward to the 1960’s, which allows using steam, diesel and electric trains. After the reconstruction, the layout depicts Thornbury Hill station with the four track main line merging into two, a goods yard and a non-electrified branch line. The track is to OO fine scale standards and is hand built; the signals are all operational and interlocked with the points. The station buildings are based on London, Brighton & South Coast Railway designs, with the canopies copied from East Croydon and the signal boxes based on the prototypes at Eastbourne and Seaford. On the model railway layout there is an intensive service of main line and suburban electric trains supplemented by steam or diesel hauled goods, parcels and special trains. The layout requires eight operators and requires a space 41 feet by 9 feet in total.

British Model Railway Layout “Thornbury Hill” in OO gauge with Cab Ride along the Main Line

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The Tram of Westerlo - Model Railroad Diorama with tramways by Modelspoorclub de Kempen

This beautiful model railroad layout, called “The Tram of Westerlo”, was built by the Modelspoorclub de Kempen from Belgium. Westerlo is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Antwerp. More than 100 years ago, the municipality had a tram connection, namely the Tram Line 275, which connected Aerschot and Westerlo. This tram line - some say tramway, streetcar or trolley car - was opened in 1911. On the Westerlo market square, there were four tracks in the beginning of the 20th century. The model railway layout is based on photographs from books and postcards about Westerlo. The diorama provides an overview of the houses on the south side, near the market square.

The Tram of Westerlo - Model Railroad Diorama with tramways by Modelspoorclub de Kempen

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Superb On30 Model Railroad Layout “Mara Harbor” by Martin Welberg

The model railroad layout, called “Mara Harbor”, was built by Martin Welberg. Martin is a well-known model builder and model railroader in the Netherlands. His interests in model railroading or railway modelling are coastal narrow gauge railroads in On30 scale. Some years ago, Martin started building a new modular model train show layout for the famous model railway exhibition OntraX 2014 in Utrecht, Netherlands. His idea was to construct a coastal line railroad layout, including an engine shed and locomotive depot with turntable, wooden bridges as well as a lot of trees and bushes. Of course, a dock or dockyard - also known as a shipyard - should not be missing. On Martin’s superb American themed On30 layout, we see different steam locomotives shunting along the coastal railway line between the fiddle yard on the left and the dockyard on the right. The whole layout, which was presented at the great “Modelspoor Expo 2018” in Belgium, takes approximately eight meters in length. Apart from the rolling stock, we will discover absolutely perfect weathered buildings on Martin’s railway layout. He is a professional in weathering and in the reconstruction of wood structures. By the way, On30 scale - also called 0n30, On 2½ or Oe gauge - is the modelling of narrow gauge railways in O scale on HO gauge track in 1/48 scale ratio by American model railroaders, in 1/43.5 scale ratio by British and French model railroaders and 1/45 by Continental European model railroaders.

Superb On30 Model Railroad Layout “Mara Harbor” by Martin Welberg

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Model Railway HO Scale from Germany with Catenary for the Electric Locomotives

In this video, we are going to discover one of the most impressive model railways which was presented at the great model railway exhibition in Leipzig, Germany, in October 2018. The model railway layout is called “Bad Clausthal” and was constructed in HO scale or H0 gauge by the model railway association Friedrich List Leipzig, Germany. It is a nearly 15 -meter-long railroad layout containing a catenary system or overhead lines on its main lines.

Model Railway HO Scale from Germany with Catenary for the Electric Locomotives

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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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