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Documentary movies and videos about model railroad, model railroading and scale modeling.

September 15, 2019

Professional Rail Transport Modeling with Push-Pull Trains and Helper Locomotives in HO Scale

On the model railroad layout miniature trains arrive at the large station. Then they wait until one of four available helper locomotives ranks behind the train. Together - with the locomotives pulling and pushing - the train departs. The entire operating procedure on this HO scale layout is fully automatic. Trains and locomotives are automatically controlled by the computer (DCC). Even the operation with helper locomotives is automatically controlled. The model railroad control system ensures that the two locomotives do not put too much stress on the cars and the model railway control system checks that the locomotive at the front does more pulling than the locomotive at the rear does pushing.

Professional Rail Transport Modeling with Push-Pull Trains and Helper Locomotives in HO Scale
September 13, 2019

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

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).

August 31, 2019

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

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.

August 27, 2019

Rail Transport Modeling in France: The superb model railroad layout made by François Joyau

Rail Transport Modeling in France: The superb model railroad layout made by François Joyau

François Joyau built a superb model railroad layout of the railroad lines around Paris. This rail infrastructure was called “La Petite Ceinture”. However, he called his HO scale 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.

August 21, 2019

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

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.

August 7, 2019

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

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.

July 24, 2019

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

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

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”.

July 24, 2019

Modular Model Railroad with German Steam Locomotives and Diesel Railcars

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.

July 24, 2019

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

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

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.

June 7, 2019

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

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

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.

June 7, 2019

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

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.

June 7, 2019

HOn3 Model Railroad Layout with Steam Locomotives and Diesel Locomotives

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.

May 19, 2019

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

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

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.

May 9, 2019

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

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.

May 3, 2019

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

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

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.

May 2, 2019

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

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.

April 26, 2019

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

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.

April 14, 2019

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

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.

April 14, 2019

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

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.

April 14, 2019

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

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.

April 14, 2019

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

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.

April 14, 2019

Model Railway with Marklin Model Trains in Z Scale

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.

March 22, 2019

High-Speed Trains in Japan: KATO N Scale Bullet Train Model Railroad Layout

High-Speed Trains in Japan: KATO N Scale Bullet Train Model Railroad Layout

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.

March 22, 2019

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

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.

March 22, 2019

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

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.

March 22, 2019

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

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.

March 15, 2019

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

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.

March 15, 2019

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

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.

March 15, 2019

N Gauge Model Railway Layout “Bridgford” by Alastair Knox

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.