Introducing Model Railway Layouts for Faszination Modellbahn Mannheim 2020

IIm (G) Gauge: West Side Lumber Model Logging Railway

This layout depicts a US forest railway with sequoia trees up to three metres tall. Amongst other features it shows a US western town with a fully equipped saloon (with hillbilly sound), hotel rooms, a sheriff’s office with jail cells, a church with altar and benches and two general stores. All of the locomotives – including Shay, Climax and Heisler – are aged and equipped with pulsed smoke generators, and provide for a genuine atmosphere. The layout showcases timber harvesting during the years from 1880 to 1920 – transport, unloading and feeding to the sawmill, sawing of the trunks and haulage of the boards on a narrow gauge railway. All of the sounds and motion effects can be triggered by the visitors using pushbuttons located around the layout.

Operator:
WSL & Co. Logging Railway, Klaus P. Kerwer, D-53881 Euskirchen, Germany

Layout size:
16 x 4 m

 

IIm (G) Gauge: Northern German Lowlands with Peat Extraction

Three trains run in different directions on the oval layout, two of which alternate automatically in the station. Transport to and from the peat extraction facility is handled by a Regner narrow gauge railway in shuttle operation as in the 1960s and 70s. A steam locomotive runs back and forth from the roundhouse to the coaling facility at the maintenance depot. Almost all of the buildings are self-made. There’s a fully stocked delicatessen and a coffee shop in the train station, and the layout also includes a soccer field, a camping site and untamed nature.

The layout is operated with digital control.

Operator:
Freunde der LGB Norddeutschland, Jörg Reincke, D-21035 Hamburg, Germany

Layout size:
10 x 4 m

 

I Gauge: Ingolstadt Central Station

This layout is set in epoch III/IV. The former Ingolstadt Central Station was faithfully recreated as the main station. Beyond this, a functioning maintenance depot with turntable, a coaling facility, a roundhouse and a water standpipe (all functional) were also replicated. The city is dominated by a church. The station and the storage yard are illuminated. The entire layout is digitally controlled.

Operator:
Eisenbahn- und Modellbahnfreunde Ingolstadt e.V., Klaus Meyer, D-85055 Ingolstadt, Germany

Layout size:
16.5 x 5.2 m

 

0 Gauge: Diesel Locomotive Maintenance Depot

This 0 gauge layout depicts the Ladeside diesel maintenance depot from the early 1960s. Diesel locomotives began to replace steam power in numerous applications at this time. The new locomotives could often be seen side by side with steam locomotives in dirty, neglected steam locomotive maintenance depots. The maintenance managers soon realised that the old steam locomotive depots were far from an ideal environment for diesel locomotives, and decided to convert old maintenance depots in order to service diesel locomotives.

The Ladeside diesel locomotive maintenance depot is a typical example of this type of conversion. The replica is based on the former steam locomotive maintenance depot in Ardrossan in southwestern Scotland. In order to provide visitors with additional appeal, a railway repair shop including loading ramp has been added as well.

The Ladeside diesel locomotive maintenance depot is DCC controlled and all locomotives are equipped with sound decoders. Some even have smoke generators on board. A few steam locomotives can still be seen as well, which are also equipped with sound decoders and smoke generators.

Operator:
Ladeside Diesel Depot, Mike BissKA16 9BE Newmilns, Scotland

Layout size:
7 x 2 m

 

0 Gauge: Layout with Bustling Vehicle Operations

Claudius Schüle from Karlsruhe presents his 0 gauge layout on an area of 36 square metres. Vintage fans get their money’s worth with this tinplate railway. Rolling stock from Märklin, Bing, Lionel and various other manufacturers dating from 1935 to 1953 can be found on the layout, which has numerous sidings. Unlike double-track railways, this layout makes use of all available surface area. Plenty of railway operation is guaranteed with this layout!

Visitors can even get directly involved by bringing their own 0 gauge models to run on the nostalgic tracks. And thus the visitors’ models are also provided with the opportunity of getting into the limelight. Locomotives can be operated with Märklin-style 3-conductor alternating or direct current (i.e. no steam vehicles). Clockwork locomotives are also welcome.

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

Layout size:
12 x 3 m

 

0 Gauge: Sidi Fontana, Morocco 1918

The city of Sidi Fontana in Morocco is fictional, but the layout was inspired by one of the world’s longest narrow gauge railroads which spans more than 2000 km. The railway system makes it possible for the French army and civilians to transport goods. The rolling stock consists of Pechot, Decauville and generic narrow gauge cars. All locomotives and rolling stock come from commercial manufacturers or from 3D printers with laser cutting. Sound runs via DCC, and camel and donkey sounds are played back at the same time.

Operator:
Franck Combe, F-92600 Asnierses-sur-Seine, France

Layout size:
3 x 2 m

 

H0 Gauge: Niederhausen-Westerfeld & Berkeldam

This layout takes “The German Federal Railroad in the 1960s” (epoch III) as its motif and is highly detailed, has background scenery and is equipped with its own lighting. Professionally aged vehicles are operated in a manner appropriate to the epoch.

3 trains can be operated simultaneously. The layout is not based on any existing archetype. It’s been built entirely on the basis of pure imagination. The layout’s centrepiece is a medium-sized freight station with several sidings. A single-track branch line goes to both sides of the freight station. There’s a hairpin bend on the right side of the layout, and the left side has a 7-track staging yard with turntable. This makes continuous and varied train operation possible.

The “Berkeldam” layout by Paul Roodbol will be presented as well. It depicts a typical Dutch harbour setting with railway station.

Operator:
Modellspoorclub Veluwezoom, Roland Heyne, NL-6951 LS Dieren, Netherlands

Layout size:
10 x 4 m

 

H0 Gauge: “Süderhafen” Port Facility

Süderhafen is a fictitious port facility set in a timeframe of 1910 to 1920. The railway depicts port operations from years bygone with roughly 20 radio-controlled ship models, functioning cranes, shunting horses, steam towing winches, a floating dock and much more. The neighbourhoods surrounding the port are also shown in addition to the port facility itself. Whether middle-class district, workers’ housing or contemporary villas – the social conditions are presented as well. The port facility is built on a scale of 1:87 and all ship models are on a scale of 1:100, which is common in model shipbuilding. Railway operations are based on the corresponding models of the Prussian railways – from the locomotives and carriages right on up to the self-built Prussian signals. The ship models range from 15 cm inland waterway tugs to naval vessels with lengths of up to 2 metres.

Operator:
IG Kaiserliche Marine, Thorsten Pfeiffer, D-25524 Itzehoe, Germany

Layout size:
11 x 7 m

 

H0 Gauge: Single Track Railway with Authentic Surroundings

This modular H0 railway is a single-track Franconian branch line from epochs III and IV with several small to medium-sized stations, as well as other stations and stops. Interesting scenes alternate with expansive landscapes. The scenery is frequently embellished with elaborate technology. Visitors can actively participate by triggering various actions.

Operator:
Club der Modelleisenbahner Würzburg, Martin Klein, D-97082 Würzburg, Germany

Layout size:
20 x 5 m

 

H0 Gauge: Impressions of the Saarland

The club has created a perfect representation of their native Saarland with this layout. A double-track main line runs through gentle green hills, past half-timbered houses and vineyards. In many years of intricate handiwork, the vineyards were crafted by modelling a total of 2173 vines.  A road also winds through the landscape. The modellers deliberately chose vehicles that have been known for decades, from an ocean-blue/beige 216 to the old Rheingold tinplate passenger cars. Up to 9 trains can run simultaneously on the layout. The centre of operations is the five-track through station in St. Wendel, which is the starting point of a double-track main line. The romantic landscape, true to the original, is interspersed with industrial areas and shopping centres. Sidings on the industrial estate ensure plenty of interesting shunting operations.

Operator:
Modellbahnfreunde Bliesen e.V., Heribert Horras, D-66606 St. Wendel, Germany

Layout size:
6 x 3 m

 

H0 Gauge: Snowy Winter Landscape

An historic winter sports special train passes the gantry signal box at the station approach in Bad Eisbach. There’s busy through traffic and bus traffic on the station forecourt at the end of Bad Eisbach’s main station. The panoramic view of the winter landscape provides a preview of the spaciousness of the H0 layout. Urgent mission for the wrecking train: the unit hitched to the locomotor is on its way to a VT 98 which was involved in an accident on the single-track line. The touring train of the Westphalian State Railway must not be absent when checking the new line from Bad Eisbach.

Operator:
Lippstädter Eisenbahnfreunde, Wolfgang Joswig, D-59555 Lippstadt, Germany

Layout size:
14 x 3 m

 

H0 Gauge: Winter in Odenwald

The layout shows what it was like in the 1950s and 60s (epoch III B to IV). It’s digitally operated and manually switched. With two stations including one siding and one stop each at the two reversing loops, up to four trains can be operated simultaneously. The background gives the impression of comprehensive scenery. Larger themes are depicted such as a ski resort, a winter forest with a castle and the fully illuminated streets with their railroad crossings. Snowball fights, ice skaters, a Christmas market and the SWR television team are also included. The rolling stock consists of a realistically snowed-in rail bus, as well as diesel and steam locomotives and illuminated, occupied passenger cars.

Operator:
Winter-Modellbahn-Freunde, Francisco Rodriguez, D-69469 Weinheim, Germany

Layout size:
34.5 square metres

 

H0 Gauge: Modular Funfair Layout

There are numerous, functional funfair rides on the modular layout, which have been elaborately equipped with SMD lighting technology. On the bumper car alone, more 900 SMDs were installed and wired via running light controllers. Many of our road vehicles are equipped with lights. Several hundred Preiser figures animate the layout. Shops and apartments with interior furnishings and figures are included in the rows of houses. Smooth running transportation for the fairground visitors is provided by the tram, which runs through the entire city. The line runs from the tram depot through the new housing development, past town hall, the fairground and the fire in the tax office, to the city church with cemetery and the old town district. Special emphasis was placed on faithful reproduction of details with lots of small scenes. The buildings and vehicles have been aged in order to round out the overall impression.

Operator:
IG Modellbahn Görlitz, Ingolf Feldt, D-02826 Görlitz, Germany

Layout size:
5 x 4.5 m

 

TT Gauge: Layout Portrays the GDR in the 1970s and 80s

The TT layout recreates the German Reichsbahn in the GDR in the 1970s and 80s. It consists of a 2-track automatic main line with a replica of the concourse at Dresden Centre Station as its centrepiece. Up to 20 trains with a length of up to 1.60 metres can be displayed, depending on the setup variant. 2 branch lines lead away from the main station. The branch lines are operated in analogue mode. There’s a large maintenance depot for steam locomotives next to the main station. One section of the layout comprises a narrow-gauge railway based on motifs from Saxony in TT gauge.

Operator:
MEC “Theodor Kunz” Pirna e.V., Michael Lipowski, D-01796 Pirna, Germany

Layout size:
13 x 6 m

 

TT Gauge: Layout with Double-Track Main Line and Branch Lines

The motif is not based on any concrete archetype and comprises a double-track, fully electrified main line with branch lines. Vehicles from epochs III to VI are used. Steam and ICE operation is thus possible. Attention is focused primarily on epochs III and IV. Model track from Tillig was used as rail material. A block control system is used for primary layout control by means of which the following train is always pulled into the next block according to occupancy. The trains are started from the staging yard by remote radio control or with the control panel. The main lines are equipped with signals. Each signal is connected to an automatic braking and starting system in order to provide the trains with starting and braking performance true to the original. One of the special features is a self-designed, self-made video train. Spectators have the impression that they’re riding along in the driver’s cab. Ten pushbuttons are included around the layout where interested viewers can activate certain functions themselves.

Operator:
Modellbahn-Club Guben e.V., Christoph Garcia Almendaris, D-03172 Guben, Germany

Layout size:
5 x 4 m

 

N Gauge Diverse railway operations

N-Club International (NCI) organizes the setup of layouts based on its members’ modules. Thanks to a standardised module connection system, ever new layouts can be created. Primary attention is focused on train operation and the small details along the tracks.

One analogue and one digital layout will be exhibited at Faszination MODELLBAHN 2020. Once again, international flair in the analogue layout will be provided by one of the members of the “spur-N-schweiz” (sNs) model railway club with his Swiss modules and another club member from England with his modules based on the German THW (disaster-relief agency).

The double-track main line and “St. Dominic” railhead station, which is connected via a more than 7 metre long T-branch main line, are at the middle of the large analogue layout. There’s a replica of the Bridge at Remagen on one side of the junction after a bend, followed by several modules with German motifs and the Swiss section mentioned above. There are three further modules after a branch line to the deployment station, two of which will be on public display for the first time. The third module is a reproduction of “Ladenburger Bridge”.

The digital layout deals with the classic theme of a “double-track main line with (single-track) branch line”. The layout is controlled manually in a sort of “signal box mode”. The line includes four different train stations on an area of about 10 x 9 metres – a railhead station, a branch-off station, a single-track through station and a double-track through station. The railhead station, Buchhorn Central Station, and the adjoining line, have also never been exhibited before by the N-Club. Diversified operation is also possible without a deployment station thanks to the branches and the single-track section. The numerous details on the modules (including pushbutton functions) invite visitors to take a closer look.

Operator:
N-Club International e.V., Frank Mikenas, D-70599 Stuttgart, Germany

Layout size:
22 x 9 m

 

N Gauge Alzey Station

The centrepiece of this layout is a replica of Alzey Station with 10 tracks and a total length of approximately 5.5 metres, based on the German Railway’s original track plans when the station was built in the 1980s.

Additional modules were built on the basis of our native Rhinehessen and its surroundings. Objects are included in various places which visitors will recognise from their recollection of the originals. Numerous lighting effects are an additional highlight. Moving buses, cars and trucks can be seen on some of the modules. Several modules are equipped with pushbutton options which can be taken advantage of and enjoyed by the visitors.

Operator:
N-Bahn Freunde Worms e.V., Marcus Busch, D-67547 Worms, Germany

Layout size:
12 x 6 m

 

Z Gauge: Small Railway, Big Impact

Model club “Z-Freunde International” will present a variety of attractive module layouts at Faszination Modellbahn Mannheim 2020. Here’s a small sampling:

Deep Sea Port

The Z gauge Deep Sea Port diorama was conceived on the idea of combining various paper models with a Z gauge model railway – although the scales aren’t an exact match. The motif is freestyle and the elevated suburban railway line is reminiscent of the Port of Hamburg. The diorama is distinguished by highly realistic model construction and a great wealth of detail.

Dream Loop Line Module Layout

The new module layout project shows a section of the Nahe line between Heimbach/Nahe and Kronweiler. This stretch of the railway from Saarbrücken to Mainz runs through an especially idyllic and picturesque part of Nahe valley. The layout depicts an autumn landscape with its gloriously coloured foliage. Heimbach station and surrounding buildings form the focal point of the layout. Five bridges modelled in detail from the original structures are an especially eye-catching feature of the modules. Kronweiler Station and Bruchwiesen Mill, with its rotating millwheel, were built in accordance with original construction plans. The station is especially impressive, stretching over 3 modules. Train traffic is controlled digitally via computer.

Wild West in Z Gauge

A module system by Michael Bernhard is presented on the basis of a motif from the distant wild west. The setup and appearance visualise the advantages of the small Z gauge railway and demonstrate its great play and model-building value.

Operator:
Z-Freunde International, Sylvester Schmidt, D-56856 Zell, Germany

Layout size:
11 x 4 m

 

Funfair Model Building: Cannstatter Wasen on a Scale of 1:87

IG Kirmes & Kirmesmodellbau will present a 4 square metre funfair diorama of the Cannstatter Wasen on a scale of 1:87 – Germany’s second-largest fun fair – on a 24 square metre presentation area. In addition to numerous self-built structures such as marquees, the Fruit Column and a grocery store, the layout features numerous true-to-original amusement rides and rows of shop booths with elaborate LED lighting of the latest generation – a light spectacle with over 20,000 LEDs!

IG Kirmes & Kirmesmodellbau provides a platform for families, as well as for interested expert visitors, and is more than happy to offer tips and tricks concerning funfair model building.

Operator:
IG Kirmes & Kirmesmodellbau, Andreas Ciupek, D-65428 Rüsselsheim, Germany

Layout size:
4 x 1 m