27. January 2023

Gauge Z: Model railway layouts on show

Faszination Modellbahn International Fair for Model Railways, Specials & Accessories Spur Z Z Freunde International 01 Hochseehafen uai

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