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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Pilentum was at the great Warley Model Train Show in Birmingham in 2018, he saw so many beautiful model train layouts that he did not know what to film. Therefore, Pilentum was capturing only some scenes of this superb OO gauge model railway layout including model trains made by Hornby Railways. It is the modular show layout presented by the Hornby Magazine. The layout consists of a great shunting yard on the left, of a rail crossing on the right and a fiddle yard in the background.
The model railway layout that was built by Norman Jones in N scale is set in the mid 1970’s to early 1980’s, and portrays a secondary main line incorporating a branch line junction station and river crossing. The layout is called “Blue is the Colour” and was completed in 2014 and featured in the magazine British Railway Modelling (BRM). In addition, it has appeared in the magazine “Model Rail’s Great British Layouts” in 2017 as well as the British journal of the N Gauge Society. The rolling stock consists of British Railway trains, locomotives and passenger coaches.
Malcolm Goodger calls his model railway layout “Priory Lane”. It is an N Gauge layout, which can be classified as a micro or minimum space layout measuring only 4' 6" x 1' 6" with an operational area of 3' 0". Priory Lane is a small country station in Great Britain with limited goods facilities which was originally a through station on the East West Line connecting with the terminus at Priory Hill to the West of the village.
This model railway layout in 1/24 scale is set in the 1970’s and depicts a small Uranium mine somewhere in the Canada. The diorama was presented as minimum gauge micro layout at the Warley Model Railway Exhibition. Although the layout is not based on an actual mine, Nick Wright has tried to capture the industrial “run on a shoestring” look and feel of a typical mine of this size. Generally, these minimum gauge or micro layouts are small model railways, usually less than three or four square feet in area, that have a clear purpose and offer a degree of operating potential.
Ebsworth Street is the name of a modern image model railway layout that was built by the members of the Beckenham and West Wickham Model Railway Club. It is a 4mm scale or OO gauge layout for the exhibition circuit. Ebsworth Street recreates a small main line terminus station with three platforms running from London via the main line. Beside the railway station with a main road leading to town centre, there is a train care depot with locomotive sidings. The model train layout is DCC operated by Lenz 100 Control System and MRCCC (Model Railway Computer Control Centre).
The model railway layout is set in southern Sweden, on the shores of Lake Vättern in Västergötland. It is the lakeside terminus of the “Ulvaryd Mjölltorp Railway Line” (Ulvaryd-Mjölltorp Järnväg), a narrow gauge railway connected the small lakeside town of Ulvaryd with the main line from Skövde to Karlsborg. These Swedish railway lines were built in the early 20th century. The narrow gauge lines existed until the 1950s. All are now closed. The model railroad layout made by Charles Insley in HO scale is fictitious.
The model railway layout, which is called “New Bryford”, had previously been exhibited in the late 1990’s and after a change of ownership it has returned to the original model builder. The layout, built in OO gauge or 4 mm scale, has been extensively refurbished including a new, deeper backscene and conversion to Digital Command Control (DCC) operation via a Lenz 100 system. Peco Code 75 track is used in the scenic section and Peco Code 100 in the storage yards. Switches or points are equipped with Peco point motors - all have been fitted with extra switches to improve electrical reliability. The model railroad portrays the railway scene within the Manchester, Wigan and Bolton area in Great Britain. Passenger traffic, for example, is varied from Northern Rail diesel multiple units (DMU) to Voyagers on Anglo-Scottish duty and occasional Pendolino trains. Freight traffic is equally varied, for example, there are DB Schenker, Freightliner, Direct Rail Services and Colas Rail all having regular workings through New Bryford. The DCC system enables to control each item individually including lights and sound. Much of the rolling stock was modified, repainted and renumbered by Mick Bryan and Peter Taylor. Normally, ready-to-run items from all the major manufacturers are in use. But there are a few kit and scratchbuilt items to add further variety.
This model railway layout was built by the members of the Modelspoorklub van de Kust (MSKK). It is a Marklin model railway (3-rail system). The layout is about the German region of Thuringia at the beginning of the 20th century. Then, it was the great era of steam strains and steam locomotives. The layout is constructed as a modular model railway layout of nearly 8 x 5 meters. The model trains are controlled by the “Koploper” software.
The “Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway” is a largely volunteer operated heritage railway which operates a partially rack and pinion-operated line across Switzerland. Culminating at 2,160 meters, above sea level, it is an old mountainous section of the “Furka Railway” that was abandoned after the construction of the Furka Tunnel. It has been gradually brought back into service with the use of steam and diesel locomotives, with the entire line completed in 2010. On the model railway layout, we see - amongst other things - the famous railway station of Gletsch. It is a nearly realistic replica of the buildings and railway tracks. Furthermore, we can discover some other sections of the “Furka Railway”, for example, the “Steinstafel Bridge“ or the “Steffenbach Bridge”. All model trains are made by BEMO. In 1/87 railway modelling scale, these narrow-gauge railway lines of Switzerland are called “H0m scale” with a track gauge of 12 mm.
This superb model railroad diorama in scale 1/43 was built by the French model train club, called “Club de Modélisme de St. Michel sur Orge”. Some members of this railroad club have a passion for field railroads, industrial railroads and narrow-gauge railroads. Therefore, they decided to build a former paper factory from East Germany. The focus is on the rails and locomotives which are using the industrial railroad lines in front of the factory. Locomotives are perfectly weathered. Additionally, there is a catenary. On the industrial site, there are also the typical old vehicles from East Germany.
The Rhaetian Railway (RhB) is a Swiss transport company that owns the largest network of all private railway operators in Switzerland. The RhB operates all the railway lines of the Swiss canton of Graubuenden. Inaugurated in 1888 and expanded from 1896 onwards in various sections, the Rhaetian Railway serves a number of major tourist destinations, such as St. Moritz and Davos. On the model railway layout, we see the RhB station in Alp Gruem, Swiss landscapes and model trains made by BEMO. All Rhaetian Railway lines are 1,000 mm (3 feet 3 3⁄8 in) metre gauge wide and electrified. In 1/87 rail transport modelling scale, these 1,000 mm railway lines are called H0m or HOn3½ with a track gauge of 12 mm (0.472 in).
This superb model railway layout was built by Rudi Nelissen. The layout is called “La Roche-en-Ardenne” (Porphyry Quarry), and depicts the beautiful landscape of La Roche-en-Ardenne, a Walloon municipality of Belgium located in the Ardennes. The rolling stock in HO scale consists of tram engines (steam dummy or dummy engine), steam tramways and steam locomotives, which were used for transportation in Belgium in the last century. Furthermore, Rudi Nelissen built a porphyry quarry on the right side of the model railway layout, where the typical cobblestones in the Ardennes were produced. There are several steam-cranes that were used in the quarries at that time. These cranes are self-built in brass and are fully functional. Apart from that, it's a beautiful landscape modeling.
The “Montreux Oberland Bernois Railway” is a famous narrow-gauge railway company, operating in Switzerland. It’s one of the oldest electric railways in Europe. The main line, 62.4 km (38.8 mi) in length, built to 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) gauge, connects the cities of Montreux, Gstaad and Zweisimmen. On the model railway layout, we can see the rail traffic at “Gstaad Railway Station”. We can also discover one of the most beautiful model trains, namely the “Golden Pass Panoramic Train” in original crystal panoramic livery. The model trains and locomotives are made by “BEMO” Company.
The British Modellers Club “CLAPHAM”, CLevedon And PortisHead Armchair Modellers, presented its OO gauge model railway layout, called “Devenport Road”, at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition 2018 in Birmingham, Great Britain. As the name suggests, Devonport Road is based in the suburbs of Plymouth. The station was the junction of the Southern Railway withered arm into Plymouth and the Great Western branch to Cattewater. Passenger traffic is in the hands of diesel multiple units (DMU), but there is still substantial freight. The model railway layout is self-standing and occupies a footprint of 4,000 mm by 1,800 mm or 14 feet by 6 feet, including operator area and access and stock storage area. In June 2017, the layout became an award winning model railway layout at the Shepton Mallet show.
Enjoy these locomotives and model trains from Marklin.
If you’re asking model railroaders and railway enthusiasts in the United States, where to find one of the most outstanding model railroad layouts, they will probably answer, this is the “Piermont Division” made by Howard Zane. In fact, the “Piermont Division” is a superb HO scale permanent display layout, constructed to museum quality. Howard Zane’s 2,850 square foot model railroad layout, showcasing his artistry in model railroad building and rail modeling, is acclaimed as one of the finest and largest private layouts. There are over 22 scale miles of track, historically accurate architecture, overwhelming landscapes and of course America’s greatest steam locomotives. Although fictional, the “Piermont Division” is filled with scenes and structures you would swear you have seen before. For decades, rail modeler Howard Zane has produced scratch built, custom structures of all kinds in HO scale and O scale for model railroads.
At the great model railway exhibition “Modelspoor Expo” in Belgium, Samuel de Zutter and Wouter de Troyer presented a beautiful model train layout in HO scale, H0 gauge or 1/87 scale. The layout is called “Voorde Dok”, and depicts a dock that could have been located at the old port of Antwerp in the 1950s to 1960s. Samuel de Zutter and Wouter de Troyer are known for their model railroad layouts which usually contain countless details. Nothing comes out of the box. Warehouses and factories are scratch-built and weathered to bring it to a lifelike state. Therefore, the crane, the locomotives, the ships and much more are of course not free of rust. Enjoy this masterpiece of railway modelling which was built by sanding, polishing, painting, weathering and distressing by forming dents and rust, dust, etc.
Pilentum was capturing only some scenes of this superb O Gauge model railway layout. The layout “Central Works” is being shown as a layout under construction, because it is the latest project of the Gauge 0 Section of the Luton Model Railway Club. The layout comprises an industrial scene featuring a car assembly plant. There are two segments: The mainline exchange sidings and the industrial section of the factory complex. Traffic for the factory arrives in the form of raw materials and is exchanged into the works via the industrial locomotives. The location is based on the intense network of sidings that once existed at Longbridge in Birmingham. A feature of this layout is a working coal tippler which provides fuel from loaded wagons to the plant boiler house.
In this video, we are not the train driver, but a passenger. We look out the window and enjoy the train journey along an incredibly large model railway layout. This model railroad depicts heart of Germany’s coal and steel industry, the so-called Ruhr district. The layout was constructed in HO scale and covers an area of more than 420 square meters. On the layout, there are many well-known buildings of this former industrial region, for example, steelworks, blast furnaces and factories.
This model railroad layout depicts a narrow-gauge railway line in Switzerland. Trains leave the fiddle yard from either the left or right side and have to cross the huge railway viaduct. Many railway lines in Switzerland are built as meter-gauge railways. These are narrow-gauge railroads with track gauge of 1000 millimeters or one meter or approximately 3 feet. In Europe, especially in Germany, the “BEMO” Company is the market leader for scale models of Swiss locomotives, passenger coaches, freight cars and trains in this narrow-gauge scale. The scale is still 1/87, but it’s called HOn3½.
At Warley MRE Mark Hancock and members of the Yorkshire Area Group of the N Gauge Society presented their modular model railway layout, called “Heworth Sidings”. This model railroad is a fictitious modern image layout and is named after the local area in York. The layout models a twin track overhead electrified main line. The main line is busy and sees a constant flow of freight and passenger movements, the latter being a mix of Intercity and local traffic. The layout is 28 feet by 10 feet and allows to run scale length modern image block trains. Model trains are controlled via DCC. There is a working signalling system which uses track block detection to make sure the correct signal aspects are shown at any time. The main line is operated via computer control: Laptops are despatching and receiving the trains.
Wickwar is a small town on the railway line between Bristol and Gloucester. The model railway layout was constructed by the members of the Farnham & District Model Railway Club in N Gauge. The layout is modelled as it was around the early to mid 1950s. As well as local trains, there were many long distance expresses with destinations such as Plymouth, Bournemouth, Manchester, Bradford and Newcastle. Goods trains were mostly to or from Bristol or Avonmouth docks. Motive power was mainly LMR tender locos. To the south-west (left side) the line comes out of a tunnel and along the side of a valley. To the north-east (right side) it starts to cross the valley. All the buildings are scratch built. Next to the tunnel is the large brewery, built by the railway company to replace existing breweries whose water supply the tunnel cut through. At the period modelled, it had become a cider factory which later closed but has now reopened as the “Wickwar Brewing Company”. Each of the two tracks can operate on DC or DCC. The fiddle yard has three roads in each direction, each divided into sections so that 24 model trains can be stored. The backscene was “photoshopped” from photographs of the real location and printed on vinyl. The movement of trains in the fiddle yard is automated using MERG “Train On Track Indicators” (TOTI) detectors which work with both DC and DCC. Points, signals, and the car system are controlled by servo motors; the signals are operated automatically as trains pass. Lorries and buses run along the front using the Faller moving vehicle system.
While watching the first seconds of this video, you will immediately realize that this model railroad layout in N scale is more than 25 years old. This N gauge model railway layout was constructed by a teacher in the 1990’s in Germany. When Hermann Frantz started model railroading, there were neither DCC software nor decoders or track occupancy detectors. Because he had very little space in his apartment, he chose the smallest scale for railway modelling, namely 1/160 scale. He constructed a base plate of 2.6 m x 2.0 m. For using several toy trains on the tracks, he chose the latest model train control system at that time. It was the “MpC System” published by Gahler + Ringstmeier. It is a program for multiple train operations which is running on MS DOS. For laying model railroad tracks, he was using the N Scale FlexTrack made by PECO.
At the great Warley Model Railway Show, Paul Butler presented his superb model train layout built in N scale or N gauge. The layout depicts a fictitious midlands industrial town on a busy cross country route, which is served by local and long distance passenger services. Beside the station for passenger trains, there is a rail served terminal on part of the site of the old goods yard receiving regular trip workings and occasional block loads for onward distribution by road.
Some model railway layouts are so authentically built, so we believe that we are in a real world. The model railroad layout, which is called “Saint Tourbière”, is one of these miniature worlds. This masterpiece of model railroading was constructed by Wim Wijnhoud, a railway modeller from the Netherlands. During discovering this model landscape in HO scale, it feels like we are on holiday in France. This beautiful layout takes 10.5 meters in length and 2.5 meters in width. The landscape is based on a single-track railway line through the Cévennes - a range of mountains in south-central France. The village of Saint Tourbière is a picturesque town, with an old church and with a nice market square. On the market square, there are some bars, restaurants and shops. Down in the valley, the railway station of Saint Tourbière is located. The station has two platforms, a freight yard and a small locomotive depot including a turntable. Model trains arriving and departing at the station, which is located between the mountains, have to cross bridges, tunnels and viaducts.
This modular model railroad layout was built in O scale or gauge 0 by the German model railroader Wolfgang Zörkler. The layout depicts a former narrow-gauge branch line somewhere in East-Germany. Therefore, there are diesel railcars and steam locomotives, for example, the famous “Saxon IV K” locomotive - an eight-wheeled, narrow gauge, steam engine built for the Royal Saxon State Railways. These types of locomotives were built between 1892 and 1921. The model trains commute on a length of ten meters between the two stations “Reichelsheim” (on the left side of the layout) and “Altbrandsleben” (on the right side of the layout). Furthermore, there is a small field railway section with a fully functioning sand loading system. Apart from the rail traffic, there are many, beautiful details on this layout.