Model railway layouts at Faszination modellbahn sinsheim 2017 Gauge iim: "Meckenheim" Replica of a narrow gauge railway

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Model railway layouts at Faszination MODELLBAHN Sinsheim 2017

Gauge IIm: "Meckenheim" - Replica of a narrow gauge railway
As well as its three-track station, an impressive feature of this layout is the large quantity of half-timbered houses. The whole layout is equipped with a self-built catenary, and is operated via digital controls. The pretty town includes the timbered houses, large station building, some shops, town hall, a pub with beer garden, two churches and a large farm. All the buildings were constructed by club members. A road running parallel to the railway connects a village to the town.

The trains on the railway are mainly replicas of the Swiss Rhaetian Railway. Passenger trains with modern three-phase locos can be seen, but also nostalgic traditional rod-driven locomotives like the Rhaetian Crocodile. There are also freight trains on the line and occasionally a special train pulled by a steam locomotive.

Operator: Club der LGB Freunde Rhein/Sieg e.V., Günter Schippers, 41236 Mönchengladbach, Germany

Size of layout: 20 x 4 metres

Gauge IIm: "Schmiedestein"

The "Schmiedestein" layout is a typical narrow gauge railway scene in gauge IIm in a remote region of Saxony, without any particular prototype, though reminiscent of the area between Lössnitz and Mount Oybin (near the Czech border). The constructor of the layout, Peter Schilde of IG Modellbahn Schkeuditz e.V., has given special attention to the scenery, where there are little everyday stories to be discovered. The layout, constructed over a total period of 10 years, consists of modules which can easily be connected to create varying layouts.

The rolling stock includes typical vehicles seen on Saxon narrow gauge railways such as the famous IVK. But other exotic engines also seem to have found their way to Saxony, for example a little forest railway loco. Operation is mainly analogue or via battery-operated radio control.

Operator: IG Modellbahn Schkeuditz e.V., Reinhard Sperling, 04435 Schkeuditz, Germany

Size of layout: 13 x 3 metres

Gauge 1: "German Federal Railway"
This large gauge railway layout depicts the eras III and IV of the German Federal Railway. The module layout is digitally controlled. The 14 outer modules form a large track oval. On one of the long sides is the station with three through-tracks and a railway depot with engine shed, water crane and coal bunkers.

On the opposite side there are two tilted surfaces which are actually the entrance and exit to the fiddleyard. This is incorporated into the framework under the station and as it is illuminated, the goings-on in the underground station can be seen through three windows built into the frame.

Operator: Modelleisenbahn- und Eisenbahnfreunde Halle-Stadtmitte e.V., Hans-Peter Graul, 06122 Halle, Germany

Size of layout: 10 x 4.5 metres

Gauge 0: Layout bustling with activity
Claudius Schüle from Karlsruhe presents his 0-gauge layout on an area of 36 m². Vintage fans will love this tinplate railway. Rolling stock by Märklin, Bing, Lionel and various other manufacturers from the era 1935 to 1953 can be found on the layout, which has numerous side lines. Unlike double-track railways this layout makes use of the full surface. Guarantee for plenty of rail operation!

Visitors can even be part of the show by bringing their own 0-gauge models to run on the nostalgic tracks, putting spectators' own models into the limelight! The engines should have three-phase alternating or direct current, i.e. Märklin type but not steam engines. Clockwork locos are also welcome!

Operator: Nostalgie Spur 0 Karlsruhe, Claudius Schüle, 76199 Karlsruhe, Germany

Size of layout: 12 x 3 metres

Gauge H0: Timber on track
The subject matter of the 12-module layout "Timber on track" in H0 gauge is multi-functional forestry, focussing on the three aspects protection, yield and recreational function.

Around 1,000 true-to-scale and perfectly detailed model spruce, pine and fir trees, along with numerous deciduous trees, emphasise the diversity of the forest on this layout that is probably unique in Germany with its theme of forestry management.

The process of loading timber onto goods wagons and trucks is also perfectly depicted, and set in era VI: Long and short logs are loaded and secured into wagons and trucks and then transported to a modern sawmill.

An interesting feature for spectators is the emergency felling of a tree at the entrance to a tunnel using an interactive functional model with sound system.

The landscape motifs on the layout portray the southern Black Forest, such as the Wutach Viaduct on the Sauschwänzle Railway.
Operator: Jörg Hammes, 78052 Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany

Size of layout: 13.5 x 3 metres

Gauge H0: Double-track electrified main line
The club plans to display a layout comprising 61 modules and with a total length of over 80 metres. It will be a double-track electrified main line. At one end is "Zollhaus" terminus, at the other end a concealed shunting station "Neuburg", so that engines can be accurately manoeuvred at both ends of the track. In between there is a multi-track through station "Kirchberg" and a factory connection line. The vehicles used are from era III, though some vintage locomotives are also in action. In addition to prototypically compiled trains the layout will also present the so-called short 'delivery trains' of this era that delivered or collected goods wagons from various loading and connection points.
Operator: Eisenbahnfreunde Breisgau e.V., Othmar Huppmann, 79100 Freiburg, Germany

Size of layout: 17 x 16 metres

Gauge H0: East Birnbaum Station


The station is constructed in 120 cm x 60 cm segments, with the total length of the display measuring 8.4 metres. The railway consists of a large track oval. The hand-painted backdrop of the station conceals a fiddleyard with seven sidings, where trains can be assembled before driving out onto the layout.

The tracks are mainly by Roco-Line, but some of the special sets of points were self-constructed. The numerous accessories for the railway tracks such as switchpoint lights, scotch blocks or cable holders for the three level crossings are all products by Weinert.

The landscaping materials used on the layout are by Busch, Heki and Noch, while trees and shrubs are from the assortments offered by Polish manufacturers MBR-Model and Kobza. Several functional models by Viessmann bring the layout to life.


Operator: Poznanski Klub Modelarzy Kolejowych, Ryszard Pyssa, 61-701 Poznan, Poland

Size of layout: 15 x 3 metres

Gauge H0: Industrial layout
The club began constructing this layout in 1999 and since then it has constantly been improved and refined, so that they are now able to present a very attractive industrial layout set in era II – III. It is operated via an analogue track control panel and a separate power supply connected via cable.

15 metres of track, 17 points and 10 signals went into the construction. The layout can also be run at night as the streets and houses all have lighting.

Operator: MEC-Oranienburg 1964 e.V., René Hampel, 14656 Brieselang, Germany

Size of layout: 3 x 1.50 metres

Gauge H0m: Narrow gauge railway layout with Swiss Rhaetian Railway (RhB) motifs
This layout depicts a single track main line of the RhB, with Swiss motifs set in era IV / V. There is a main station on the lower level and a passing station/ fiddleyard on the upper level. The line leads through a long tunnel up to the highest point and then over a large viaduct which is the central feature of the layout. The tracks continue to wind their way through several tunnels and a gallery back to "Susch" main station. A fully functioning cable car connects the station to a mountain region.

A Faller Car System with traffic light controls guarantees additional fun on the layout.

The special feature on this layout is a nine metre long track helix where trains must master an elevation difference of 80 cm before crossing a model of the great Landwasser viaduct.
Operator: MEC-Oranienburg 1964 e.V., René Hampel, 14656 Brieselang, Germany

Size of layout: 3 x 1.40 metres

Gauge TT: Semmering railway
At present the layout consists of 11 segments. It is a single-track line with a replica of Hainichen station and the beautiful route around Striegistal in Saxony, although the original line no longer exists. The layout is controlled via PC with Freiwald software TrainController Silver version 7.0. The trains are digitally operated.

On one side of the layout is a terminal loop with 3 sidings for 1.6 metre long trains, a concealed track crossing the complete layout and another concealed track to the back of the station.

On the other side is a double-track loop to cope with the height difference of 20 cm and an integrated double-track loop to regulate the entry direction of trains. Apart from 2 or 3, all model buildings were built by club members.
Operator: Modellbahnfreunde "Bahnhof Hainichen" e.V., Bernd Judas, 09661 Hainichen, Germany

Size of layout: 10 x 3 metres

Gauge TT: Central German landscape
Centrepiece and focal point of the layout is the large truss approach bridge corresponding to similar civil engineering structures in Central Germany. Apart from a large main railway station there is also a depot. A small branch line leads to a little village with a smaller station. The double-track main line is currently being equipped with a catenary, parts of it already in evidence.

The layout is set in the 1970s and 80s with typical vehicles of the Deutsche Reichsbahn from that era.

In a computer-animated slideshow, construction progress of the layout is shown in "fast motion" photo documentation, giving spectators the opportunity to see the various stages of construction and the basic structure of a model railway layout.
Operator: MEC-Oranienburg 1964 e.V., René Hampel, 14656 Brieselang, Germany

Size of layout: 5.40 x 1.50 metres

Gauge N: Rail traffic in southern Germany


In its module group, the N-Club-international organises the assembly of module layouts made by club members. Thanks to standardised module alignment it is possible to create a new layout every time. Central focus is on train traffic and the little details alongside the tracks.

The layout displayed at Faszination Modellbahn is divided into two separate system-specific sections. The analogue operated section consists of 39 modules, with the operational concept comprising a rapid transit, a double-track main line and a double-track branch line. The landscape includes a viaduct similar to the one in Vaihingen, a suburb, lakes and streams.

The second section consists of 26 modules and is operated digitally. Here we see Stuttgart's landmark, the television tower, as well as a typical Swabian landscape with rivers, agricultural areas full of activity, a lookout tower, open-air museum and a viaduct.


Operator: N-Club International, Dieter Frank, 74366 Kirchheim, Germany

Size of layout: 20 x 20 metres

Gauge Z: A communal area for Z-gauge layouts

On the layout designed and constructed by Ulrich Günther, a passenger station with adjacent sidings guarantees plenty of shunting, coupling and assembly action. Visitors have a good view of the control panels and are able to see behind the scenes of the analogue-controlled layout. A 2.5 metre long background depicts a town with interesting buildings, cars and truck models.

Another Z-gauge layout, built by Sebastian Page, presents a winter landscape with 2 parallel circuits in the form of a twisted oval on two levels. A central 4-track station enables lively train traffic. The controls are analogue and the houses, signals and lamps are illuminated.

Gerhard Maurer's module layout currently comprises 9 modules with a total length of 6.5 metres. The modules are built with standardised Jörger System end plates so they can also be connected to other modules. The landscape is modelled on the branch line from Heimbach/Nahe to Baumholder. All the buildings and bridges were partly constructed from original plans, and their detail shows that it is possible to create impressive scenery even in scale 1:220. The module layout is operated with a Rautenhaus RMX digital system and each segment PC-controlled. The layout includes a container terminal with perfectly replicated transhipment proceedings. Additional activities such as border control and a camping site enliven the surroundings.

Peter Friede's "Wolnzach" layout is an intricately detailed layout in three segments based on Wolnzach-Market station, set in the 1960s and 70s. The analogue-controlled layout is operated using a Jörger decoupler. All the buildings are self-made replicas of genuine sites. Construction time was approx. 5 years. Some of the movable models (crane, depot doors etc.) can be activated by spectators.

Another beautiful and extremely detailed work is Manfred Forst's "Pig layout", its houses expertly modelled out of cardboard. Every scene is realistic and true-to-scale - a fine example of what is possible in landscape modelling beside the tracks in scale 1:220.

Operator: Z-Club International, Sylvester Schmidt, 81827 Munich, Germany

Size of layout: 12 x 7 metre

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