Back from Dortmund, the Mecca of all modelrail fairs.
It was truely an experience of a lifetime. Quite different from Nurnberg, larger in scale, sensational layouts, Seminars, workshops, new products and lots of modellbahn shops which sell all sorts of models and accesorries, quite bad actually for the wallet.
The fourth day we had a chance to visit the Eisenbahnn Museum at Dahlhausen , got a chance to ride a V200 in era 2 coaches and see a running steamer Br65
which was the highlight of the trip.(photo's will follow in another thread)
But first the show. Anyone interested of more detailed photo's of the stunning layouts can visit:
and can click on the Berichte's, my photos are not as good as Dougs, I used a Sony T3 and some are flue due to a lot of shouldering done and of backpackers.
A lot of hall's for the interests of everyone in all line of Hobbies.
For the airplane enthusiasts
If your game is sailing and boats
all in huge hall's. Model rails was in Hall 6&8
The first thing that struck me when entering hall 6 was the MicroMetakit
stand, They have produced some HO American outline diesels.Guess they are aiming for their hearts and wallets.
Br 85 was just gorgeous
New Inovations? This Anti-Acoustic self glued ballast beds got my attention.
Oh how I was looking forward to buy the new Trix SNCF 150X
but Trix guys told me that I had to wait till May and that only the Maerklin one is out in the shops. Therefore I just had to stare at it at their stand.
I have always wondered how the shadow stations worked on simple one mainline straight layouts. Two very fine examples:
As for the layouts my true winner was the Modellbahnfreunde Maifelt
groups layot. Lovely Loco sheds and loco facillities
from Tim Hale UK, shows you a minimal layout but with astonishing realism.
The BSW-FZG Harzquer- und Brockenbahn Wernigerode
groups layout had a magnificent pier, first class
The Americans, Hub division
, hada big layout and alot of trains with heavy loads wondering around and around testing the endurance of the loco's
...and finally can't think of aa American layout without a baseball field
...will be continued