27. January 2023

Gauge TT: Model railway layouts on show

Faszination Modellbahn International Fair for Model Railways, Specials & Accessories Spur TT MEC Oranienburg 02 scaled uai

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

TT Gauge: Hoppenstedt as of the Year 2000

Construction of the “Hoppenstedt” layout began in 2008. It features a model nuclear power station as seen in a TV sketch of the Hoppenstedt family created by German comedian Loriot. The main line was laid out as continuous double track through the Elbe Sandstone Mountains based on the stretch between Dresden and Prague. Intercity express trains can show off their high speeds along a 12 metre stretch of straight track. A large central station with 8 tracks for passenger and freight traffic is located at the centre of the layout. A bridge with a length of 1.4 metres offers a striking demonstration of how realistic impressions can be recreated with TT gauge models (1:120).

Operator: MEC – Oranienburg 1964 e.V., Mr. Rene Hampel, D-14656 Brieselang, Germany
Layout size: 8 x 4 metres