8. September 2022

H0 Gauge: Model railway layouts on show

H0 Gauge: Märklinfan Club Italia – Modular Italian Layout

The layout portrays a double-track Italian railway line. It doesn’t reproduce any actually existing track segment, and instead replicates several features which are typical of the Italian landscape. It consists of numerous classic Italian trains in transit, from epoch III to the present day, including a number of international trains that have made their way to into Italy.

Settebello, Frecciarossa, Espresso del Levante, Riviera Express, Freccia del Sole, Autozug and many others provide continuously for a highly interesting show.

Operator: märklin Club Italia, Alberto Pedrini, 12037 Saluzzo CN, Italy

Layout size: 12 x 6 metres

H0 Gauge: Landscape Depicting Epochs IV to VI

The layout consists of roughly 35 modules on which Märklin C-tracks have been installed with track spacing of 77.5 mm.
All tracks are ballasted as well. Landscape arrangements are based on the spring and summer seasons.
The layout is not assigned to any particular archetype, in order to give free rein to the imagination. Several modular blocks are assigned to specific topics.
The four-track through station, the Faller car system, a fairground, a wooded area with bridge and an open staging area can be mentioned in this regard.
In addition to digital layout operation, computer-controlled automatic operation with WIN DIGIPET 2021 “Premium” is also used at the exhibitions. This permits lively traffic with 8 trains.
Integration of the staging yard into the programme makes it possible to change trains during operation as a special feature.

Operator: IG Modellgruppe der märklin Insider Stammtisch Hildesheim, Michael Ptok, 31185 Hoheneggelsen, Germany
Layout size: 11 x 6 metres

H0 Gauge: Railways through Germany’s Central Uplands

The epoch III and IV model railway layout has no specific archetype and is based on prototypes found in Germany’s central uplands (Eifel, Bergisches Land). It’s single and double-tracked with stations on the single-track sections for the purpose of railway crossings.
A brewery, timber operations and sawmills, a reservoir with power generation, a funfair, a weekly market, restaurants, farms and a replica of the Moselle bridge at Bullay can be found to the right and left of the tracks.
In order to get visitors involved, the model railway layout features various pushbuttons by means of which figures and the like can be set in motion.
The modular layout is operated digitally. If visitors (especially children) are interested in operating a station or running a train themselves during the exhibition, this is possible under supervision.

Operator: ECRS Siegburg/Hennef, Uwe Bodenstein, 53721 Siegburg, Germany
Layout size: 20 x 6 metres

H0 Gauge: Timber Harvesting

The forest, as well as multifunctional forestry with the three forest functions including protection, utilisation and recreation are the theme of the 12-part H0 gauge modular layout with the title “Holz auf der Spur”.
At Germany’s only forestry and timber layout, the roughly 1000 spruces, pines and firs, which have been extended and optimised to scale, are particularly eye-catching and, in combination with numerous deciduous trees, bring the diversity of the forest to life in detail.
Loading of the freight cars and trucks in epoch VI is also depicted at its best: trains and trucks with loaded and lashed long and short timber, reproduced faithfully in detail, transport wood as a raw material to the modern sawmill.
The representation of a safety felling at a tunnel portal by means of an interactive functional model with sound is a genuine visitor magnet.
The motifs for the layout come from the southern Black Forest, including the model of the Wutach viaduct at the “Sauschwänzlebahn”.

Operator: Kooperation Holz auf der Spur, Jörg Hammes, 78052 Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
Layout size: 19.5 x 8 metres

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 St. Wendel through station from which a double-track main line originates. 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, 66606 St. Wendel, Germany
Layout size: 7 x 4 metres

H0 Gauge: Verein Schweizerischer Digital Modellbahner (VSDM)

The Swiss Digital Model Railway Association (VSDM) was founded in 1995 to promote digital model railways. The association’s objective is to teach its members the ins and outs of using digital technology on model railroads. As a result, primary attention is focussed on a purely technical layout without landscaping. The core members of the association have been working on the layout for 17 years, on which up to 18 trains are operated. The trains run on the left-hand side in accordance with the Swiss standard. Signalling in the upper station, the left loop and the track helix comply with Swiss railway operating regulations. Signalling in the lower station is currently in planning. The layout measures 12.5 × 3.6 metres and consists of 25 modules. The trains are operated on Märklin C-tracks. A total of 4 digital systems are used. Digital operation is implemented with a Märklin CS3 and 5 Märklin boosters. TrainController Gold was chosen for use as the control programme. Switches, signals and feedback signals are operated by means of a self-made model railway control system (MoBaSbS). Illumination of the Symo console, with its 163 LEDs and 32 buttons, is handled by a self-built Z21 DCC control unit. The console’s buttons are read out via an S88 bus using a digital system developed by the association. The Symo console operates the upper station, the left loop and the track helix. The lower station is operated with a monitor screen, a Raspberry PI and a TrainController 9. The layout has a total of 48 switches, 26 signals and 271 feedback signals.

Operator: VSDM, Bruno Geninazzi, Lindacker 11, 3465 Dürrenroth, Switzerland
Layout size: 12.5 x 3.6 metres

H0 Gauge: Model Railroading and Transportation History by Hagen von Ortloff

Together with Lutz Mäder and Rolf Brändle, popular celebrity moderator Hagen von Ortloff of the well-known television series “Eisenbahn-Romatik” will present a show layout set in the 1950s and 1960s entitled “Model Railroading and Transportation History”.

Trolley buses produced by Esslingen-based EHEIM GmbH & Co. KG in the 1950s and 1960s (production of which was taken over subsequently by BRAWA GmbH & Co. KG) are operated on this layout. A highly modern monorail from the late 1950s manufactured by Schuco is also included on the layout, which was not very successful as a toy and is accordingly in demand and expensive today. Trams make their rounds on the other side of the layout: a Stuttgart tram made by Gogtram in Ulm and a Dresden tram from Dresden manufacturer BeKa. These are further augmented by a cable car from EHEIM GmbH & Co. KG and a cable car from BRAWA GmbH & Co. KG. The cable railway from BRAWA is the highlight and centrepiece of the layout.

The railway, which links up all of the other vehicles and runs around the layout’s periphery, comes from model railway manufacturer Märklin in Göppingen, Germany. The railroads, mainly from the 1950s, rattle along the metal tracks – some with middle rails. Buildings from tradition-rich companies Faller, Vollmer and Kibri are also included – the legendary “Villa in Ticino” deserves special mention in this regard, which has been sold more than 400,000 times in four decades. The Elbe, from its headwaters to its estuary, is depicted on picture postcards, some of which are over a hundred years old:

110 images, somewhat enlarged and joined together to form a zigzag, create a colourful background with a length of more than 20 metres.

Operator: Hagen von Ortloff, Lutz Mäder and Stephan Kraus
Layout size: 11 x 6 metres

H0 Gauge: Klappstadt Railway Depot

The “Bw Klappstadt” layout was built with blockboard panels connected by means of hinges. Locomotive treatment plants corresponding to eras 3 and 4 are featured. The Fleischmann turntable is located between the two enginehouses, which in reality was rather rare in railway depots.
The layout is analogue controlled, and electrical power is supplied to layout components by means of plug-in cable connections. Fleischmann profile track was used as track material. Whereas the enginehouse on the right comes from the Faller 190069 car shed, the one on the left was self-built using parts from the Kibri “Ottbergen” enginehouse.

In terms of operation, steam locomotive depot procedures are replicated. The locomotives pass the coal bins coming from the right and are loaded with coal from mine waggons. Then they take on water at the water cranes while the slag is emptied into the trenches which run along the track. The next operation is coke breeze removal before the locomotives move to the sanding towers, where the sand tanks are filled. The locomotives are then ready to proceed to the turntable. As an unusual feature on the front track, the engines first have to advance to the end of the track in order to reach the turntable in reverse via a switch. The locomotives are distributed to the sidings leading to the enginehouses by means of the turntable. Track sections can be de-energised via small switches inserted into the layout plate.

Interesting operations result from several Peco locomotive lifts at the right end of the layout. Various locomotives are placed here in turn onto an short section of electrified track that leads into the layout. Shunting sections, consisting of a short shunting locomotive with single or two two-axle vehicles, provide replenishment for the workshops in the enginehouses. They fit on the locomotive lifts as well as on the turntable.

Operator: Friedel Helmich, 93339 Riedenburg, Germany
Layout size: 3 x 0.5 metres