Near Rotterdam Railway Station, there is the largest, finest, greatest and biggest model railroad layout of the Netherlands. This miniature world is built in HO scale and covers an area of more than 600 square meters. The Netherlands are presented with coasts, landscapes, railway lines, wind mills, trains, docks, buildings, ships and much more. Core of the entire model railway exhibition is the port of Rotterdam with container ships, terminals, dry dock, industrial plants and many bridges. Another section of the model railroad display presents a replica of the city of Rotterdam with its tram line, buildings and central station.
This is a beautiful model train layout about a limestone railway, which was built as a narrow gauge system in O scale. It is a model of a quarry and the operation of the railway is shown. This model railroad layout is one of the best that exists in Germany. Perhaps you may think that this layout is only a diorama, but on this model railroad layout six narrow gauge steam locomotives are driving.
This nearly realistic model railway layout was created by the members of a French railroad club. The model railroad layout is built in HO scale and presents the railway line along the Aosta Valley and the Jura Mountains. The model train layout is constructed in various dioramas with individual sections. Railroad modeling of rocks, trees, plants, overhead lines and tunnels was the subject of many detailed studies, so that a really nice model railway system was developed.
Normally, you would expect that this model train layout was built in the US. But it was made in Germany. This model railroad layout, some say city edge layout, was built in HO scale. It was presented at the great Eurospoor Model Expo in Utrecht. On the layout, the electrified railway line between New York and Philadelphia is presented. The railway display is absolutely perfect and worth seeing because everywhere, for example on the streets, at the cars, at the buildings and at the locomotives, specialists and model builders have done a great job in weathering. All components have been completely weathered. And, the scenery looks almost like reality.
In this video, Pilentum presents amazing steamworks. Please, watch these amazing live steam model trains in G scale. Listen to these awesome real steam locomotives in 1 gauge. Feel their noises of steaming, of smoking and of firing. These model trains are characterized by individual beauty and technique. Using live steam and real steam trains might be the most realistic way to do model railroading.
This fantastic model railway layout was built by the members of a miniature railroad club in Germany. The model train layout is built modularly in HO scale and it is completely digitally controlled by DCC. On the model railroad RR layout, there are two stations: A large central station with seven tracks and platforms, and a smaller station with four tracks. But there is also a large staging yard or hidden station with a railway length of more than 150 meters behind the scenes. On the model railroad layout, 45 train sets are in use. 15 trains are visible on the layout, and 35 trains are parking inside the hidden yard. A special attraction is the tram and its route through the city. There are four tram stations that were filmed by Pilentum during a cab ride. There is also an installtion of the famous Faller car system. The entire model train layout is equipped with an overhead line or catenary. Finally, it is a great model railroad RR layout.
This model railway layout was opened in 2014, and it is one of the largest layouts made by Marklin in Germany. The model train layout presents a journey from Germany’s Ruhr Valley with its steel and coal industry to Italy. At the beginning of the exhibition, the Ruhr Valley is presented before the days of heavy industry. Then, there is one of the first displays showing the coal loading in a port in the 1960s. At that time, the coal was first stored and later loaded onto ships. Behind that scenery, a replica of a typical mine in the Ruhr Valley is presented. This scale model of the mine includes any technical details. Next to the coal and steel industry, the so-called Rhine Route is presented. This is a part of the freight and passenger traffic railway line, which leads from the Ruhr Valley to other regions. For example, there are many trains running along this railway line. Furthermore, there is a fairground or fun park. At the fairground, more than 20,000 LED were installed. Right next to the fairground, there are a town, two model cyclists and an amazing castle. There is also a great central station where various passenger trains and freight trains meet each other. Far behind the central station, a large car factory is located. Cars and vehicles are shipped by freight trains to the Alps. After discovering this German section of the great model railroad layout, the Alps are the next special attraction inside this model train show. There are mountains, bridges and a lot of railway lines. Finally, the trains - after climbing the Alps - reach their destination in Italy. Inside the Italian section of this great exhibit, the region around Venice and its typical landscapes, train, cars and locomotives are presented.
This amazing model railroad layout in HO scale is not an exhibition. It is a private model train layout. It is a perfect model railway layout because all areas of the layout are optimally illuminated, along the entire railway track a catenary is mounted, and electric locomotives are driving with pantographs. On the railway lines, inside the stations, locomotive depots and in helices model trains made by Marklin, Fleischmann, Trix, Arnold, Pico and Roco are in use. The original or standard motors of the locomotives were removed and replaced with efficient engines and gearboxes from the Faulhaber company, Germany. Therefore, locomotives are starting quietly and breaking in an absolutely smooth way. On the model display, there are locomotives, passenger cars and freight train used by the German Federal Railroad. The video footage was partially created by using Pilentum's model train camera car. So, you can watch some beautiful cab rides.
This Marklin model railway layout was built by a man who is now over 80 years old. When he was a young boy his father had given him the first train set of Marklin. This was in 1937, namely the steam locomotive RM 800 with three passenger cars. From that moment on, he began with his model train collection. But many years later, the old man realized the dream of his own model railroad layout. For this, he started building his model train layout in HO scale. The model railway layout is built on five levels, it has an area of about 50 square meters and it is supplied via 38 transformers with driving power. Since 1991, this model railroad layout is open to visitors. The model railway exhibition is certainly not comparable with large commercial exhibitions because houses, tracks and trains are rarities today.
This very large model railroad exhibit in HO scale presents the German history of railways from the beginning of the 20th century to modern times. Four various model train layouts on more than 1,000 square meters present the several periods of time. There are more than 200 model trains in action. In the beginning of railroad history, there were steam locomotives. Later, these steam locos were replaced by diesel locomotives. Today, electric locomotives and high-speed trains, for example the famous ICE in Germany or TGV in France or Frecciarossa in Italy, are in use. At this model railway show, each period is represented with its inherent locomotives and trains. Although these four model railroad layouts are very big, the trains are not digitally controlled. There is no DCC in use. There is an analog control technology in use, namely the model train control system made by the Gebhardt company from Germany. Furthermore, it must be mentioned, that all the locomotives and trains are running in a very smoothly way. They were converted and optimized with special model train motors made by the Faulhaber company from Germany. In addition, the trains have the correct length in relation to the 1/87 scale.
There was a model railway exhibition with a beautiful model railroad module of the suspension railway in Wuppertal. In reality, this monorail was opened in the year 1901. In this video you can watch this monorail in miniature.
In 2014, Pilentum visited a model train exhibit in Germany. There was a very large modular model railroad layout built in HO scale. There are a little nudist beach, a trolleybus museum, a great central station and a small city edge model train layout with a scale model of the famous Wuppertal Monorail. And, there are model cars and vehicles from the Faller Car System, too. This modular model train layout was built by a railway club in Germany. In 1989, some model railroaders joined together for founding this model railroad club. Today, almost 25 years later, there are 50 members, and they develop modules for model railroading. The club has got one of the largest portable model railroad systems in Germany. They always built at 1/87 scale. Model trains are running either in two or in three wire operation with analog or digital control. Inside club room, there are nearly 168 individual modules. Regularly, the model railroaders present their model train layouts at model train exhibitions. So in 2014, when Pilentum could visit a variety of these model train modules.
For this cab ride, Pilentum installed the GoPro Hero 3+ camera into a model train locomotive. This model railroad layout in O scale is installed inside the Dresden Transport Museum, Germany.
A German railbus or railcar as model train in O scale with DCC sound. The camera was installed in front of the railcar to get a perfect angle of view.
Before there was the great Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg, this fantastic model railroad layout was built in the year 1997. Then, this model railroad display was the largest DCC controlled model railroad layout in HO scale throughout Germany. In the beginning, the model train layout had an exhibition area of 100 square meters. At that time, 800 meters catenary, 400 railroad switches and 1,200 meters of railway tracks were used. Today, the railway network grew up to 2,000 meters of railway tracks and 200 square meters exhibition area. The entire system is DCC controlled. And, also the day and night lighting is controlled automatically. There are 125 trains, freight cars, passenger cars and locomotives made by different manufacturers, for example, Marklin, Fleischmann and Roco. In addition, there are a big fun park, a large central station, a great port facility and many details.
Pilentum found a model railway exhibition with rare, original and fully functional tinplate model train layout made by Marklin. These tin plate trains were built in 1925. There are some typical metal toys or so-called tinplate toys, for example, a train station, a bridge and a fun park with carousel. And, there is the famous, vintage railroad crossing which our grandsfathers have played with. In the years 1893 to 1954 toy trains were made of tinplate by Märklin. Then, O scale was the dominant size. While the first locomotives were built in a very abstract way, the details of the model trains increased in the 1920s. But even after a century, these tinplate trains never lose their charm and beauty.
Before there was the big miniature airport at Hamburg's Miniature Wonderland, this model airport was built. This model airport is part of an unknow model railroad exhibit in Germany. The model airport is built in HO scale and covers 2 square meters only. On the airfield, a so called aircraft push back is simulated with a Lufthansa Airbus.
This model train layout is characterized by a mountain landscape, a canyon with real water and a big mine. The scenario of this model railway layout is based in Canada. On the area of a very big ore mine, rocks are loaded onto long model trains with more than 60 freight cars driven by three diesel locomotives. Then, the freight trains drive along the Rocky Mountains landscape to port, where the ore is loaded onto a ship. Later, the trains pass through a real looking landscape with deep gorges and flowing water. The whole model railroad layout is built in HO scale.
On this modular model railroad layout, there are beautiful steam locomotives and diesel locomotives using sound and steam generator. This modular model railroad layout built in O scale consists of ten modules. All modules have a total length of 10 meters and an overall depth of only 0.5 meters. The entire modular model train layout is operated by DCC decoder LH 100, LS 150 and ESU Switch Pilot. All functions, such as the start-up of locomotives, sound, noises and steam, are controlled digitally via decoders.
It's only a short video about a German steam locomotive in O scale with sound effects.
In this video, Pilentum presents a small modular railway layout with tram, tramway, streetcar and trolley cars. The model train layout is built in O scale.
Only a short video about a German diesel locomotive in O scale with sound effects.
This is a very beautiful model train layout with marshalling yard and goods station located in a strikingly realistic landscape. When Pilentum visited a model railway exhibition for model trains in O scale in Germany, there were two modular model train layouts that were assembled to one big model railroad layout. The model railway is operated by two model railway clubs.
In the beginning, there were tinplate trains from Bing, Marklin or Lionel. Pilentum found this antique tinplate model railroad layout. The trains must have been produced between 1940 and 1950. Then, is was called Trix Express. Unfortunately, this model railway layout is so old that no function is available. But collectors, fans and enthusiasts will enjoy viewing this video footage.
In this video, Pilentum presents a very beautiful model railroad display built in O scale. It is a small modular layout containing steam trains which were used by German Federal Railways. Indeed, nothing special but nice to watch.
In Germany, either in autumn or in spring, there is a very large model railroad exhibition organized by three model railway clubs. The clubs are building their modules in the FREMO standard, very similar to those HO scale modular standards which a recommended by the National Model Railroad Association in the United States. These are unique standards in module construction, DCC wiring, track and scenery. The model railroad modules used in this exhibition contain more than 200 meters of railway tracks. There are more than 100 model trains in DCC mode an the famous, self-controlled model cars. A very special feature of several modules are the frivolous and sexy scenery, for example, the love couple near the nudist beach. This love couple, moving automatically, is one of the famous products made by Viessmann company in 1/87 scale.
In spring 2014, there was a model railroad exhibit that was visited by Pilentum. Inside the great exhibition hall, Pilentum watched this narrow gauge modular model railway display built in O scale. It is like a historama of the period of the Wild West. Some people call it also Old West. On the display, steam locomotives, once used by the Little River Lumber Company, by the Greenbrier & Big Run Lumber Company and by the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Company, drive on the railway lines.
This model train layout was built at the end of the 1990's. At that time, it was the largest model railway layout in the world with more than 700 square meters of exhibition space. Today, this HO scale model railroad layout is still one of the largest exhibition made by Marklin. On the whole railroad display, there are 200 trains and more than 3,000 passenger cars and freight cars in use. Also, there are 4,100 meters of railway tracks with 356 waypoints and crossings as well as 290 railway signals. Please, note the mountains up to three meters in height. Take a look at the bridges and railway viaducts.
This model railroad layout might be the largest model railroad display in O Scale in Japan. The Hara Model Railway Museum is a large exhibit and collection of model trains from Japan, Europe and the United States. It is located near Yokohama Railway Station. Inside the big exhibition hall, they call it "Ichiban Tetsumo Park", there is a very large model railroad layout with model trains including steam locos and electric locomotives and trolley cars. An amazing feature is the overhead line because electric locomotives get their power directly from the catenary. It is a beautiful display although German trains, American trains as well as Japanese trains are driving parallel on the railway line. This mixed railroad operation never existed in reality.
This model railroad layout was built in Germany. Although it is a fantasy landscape with many details, it offers a special feature: The famous Rhinegold Express, a famous train operating between Hoek van Holland and Geneva along the river Rhine. Before 1960, this train has been driven by a steam locomotive. In 1965, the Rhinegold became the Trans Europe Express (TEE) and the famous electric locomotive of series 103 was used by the German Federal Railroad. This model railway is constructed in HO scale. There are trucks and cars known from the Faller car system, typical German landscapes and model trains with more than 3.50 meters in length. In total, more than 300 meters of railway tracks are in use. The entire model railway layout based on a digital control system made by Märklin. Please, note the large viaduct which is presented for several times in the video.
The Miniature Wonderland is a very large model railroad exhibit in Germany. It is the largest model railway layout in the world built in HO scale. It is divided into several sections, for example, Germany, Alps and Austria, city of Hamburg, America, Scandinavia and Switzerland. In the year 2011, an model airport was opened, a miniature airport with airplanes and aircrafts. The exhibit includes more than 900 model trains.
In this video, Pilentum presents a model railway layout that was built in H0 gauge. The layout is located in a former furniture store which is used as a model train museum today. There are several German model trains, a railway station and buildings. And, there are a bridge or viaduct, a horse racing track and much more.