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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Rimkov Locomotive Works 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.
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.
This model railroad diorama is called “Albion Yard”, and it represents a railway yard somewhere in Great Britain. There are several tracks that are mainly used for shunting or switching diesel locomotives and freight cars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. They call their little model train diorama “Mouville” which was presented in the magazine Continental Modeller.
The “Modelspoor Expo” is the largest exhibition for railway modelling and model railroading in Belgium. In October 2018, there were more than 50 high quality model train dioramas, model railroad displays and model railway layouts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.