Pilentum Television, simply abbreviated to “Pilentum”, is the largest international video network for railway modelling, model trains and model railroading. Pilentum presents videos of the largest miniature worlds and of the finest model railways. Pilentum does not show instructions or tutorials, but Pilentum tries to capture the beauty and the uniqueness of model railroad layouts around the world.
In recent years, Pilentum has produced more than 460 videos and reached a total of more than 50,000,000 views. Pilentum Television is based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and is managed by Markus Lenz. There are no employees. Videos, photos, descriptions and websites are is produced by Markus because of his passion for photography and videography of model trains. Pilentum’s website is available in many other languages.
This is the latest video posted by Pilentum Television on YouTube. The video is titled “One of Germany’s finest and most unknown private model railway layouts in N scale” and presents the life’s work of Wolfgang Frey.
This miniature world in N scale was built by Wolfgang Frey. He was a German model railway enthusiast who passed away in 2012. In November 1978, Wolfgang Frey had started building his model train layout. His dream was to build an exact scale model of Stuttgart’s central main station, of all platforms, of all houses and buildings, of all roads, of all tramway lines, of all signal boxes, of all freight stations, of all locomotive sheds and of all surrounding railway lines.
Every day, mostly in the evening hours when he came back from work, he built this model railway. He built for more than 30 years until his death. We are not talking about a diorama, which has an area of one or two square meters. No, we are talking about a private miniature world that covers more than 800 square meters. Everything you see in this video is a unique rarity.
There was a famous magazine for railways and model railways, edited by Vido Hribar, in Denmark. He started publishing the magazine “Banen” in 1990. He had produced a total of 126 issues of this high-quality magazine, which was sent exclusively to subscribers. In 2012, Vido Hribar stopped publishing this print magazine and concentrated on publishing an online magazine called “Banen Online”. In the period from 2012 to 2020, issues № 127 to № 148 have been produced.
Unfortunately, Vido Hribar became seriously ill many years ago. In January 2020, he was struck by two blood clots in his brain. He lost the ability to read and write. He passed away on December 8, 2020. To preserve Vido's memory, his lovely wife Ebba and his family has authorised Pilentum Television to re-publish all issues of “Banen Online” from № 127 to № 148 written in Danish language, for free.
On Pilentum's website, you can download more than 40 issues of the Trainini Model Railway Magazine. The Trainini Magazine is a free magazine and electronic journal for railway and railroad enthusiasts of Z Scale. But there are also reports about other scales. Furthermore, there are many tutorials about railway modelling and model railroading.
The famous model train journal Revista Brasileira de Ferreomodelismo published by Frateschi between 1988 and 1992 was of fundamental importance for the model railway scene in Brazil. For this reason, ten issues written in Portuguese language are available for download on Pilentum's website.
On Pilentum's website, you can also download 20 issues of the British journal, called Model Railway Express eMagazine. This is an online publication produced by a group of model railway enthusiasts in the United Kingdom. Inside the magazine, there are high-quality reports and even tutorials for railway modelling.
For those interested in model railroading and railway modelling in Brazil, Pilentum offers five issues of the high quality Central Ferreo Magazine. Written in Portuguese language and dedicated to model railroaders and railway enthusiasts, there are detailed reports about Brazilian model railway layouts and very good tutorials.
Jens Krogsgaard is a model railroader from Denmark. Inspired by the cab ride videos that are often presented on Pilentum Television, Jens decided to construct his own camera dolly. He uses the old “Polaroid Cube Camera” for video recording. Since this camera is no longer manufactured, Pilentum Television recommends the use of the new “RunCam 5 Orange Camera”. Both the old “Polaroid Camera” and the new “RunCam Camera” are cube cameras, which are characterized by very small dimensions in width, height and length.
Jens’ camera dolly not only records photos and videos, but it can also be panned while driving. Therefore, Jens designed a Blynk application for iOS and Android Smartphones and Tablet PC. This is the easiest way to build own mobile applications that work with the hardware installed on the camera dolly. His camera dolly is an absolutely ingenious invention, which is suitable for model railroad layouts in HO scale and model railway layouts in N gauge. Jens has written a detailed construction manual in English language as well in Danish language, which explains all the individual construction steps. You can download this construction manual below.
The camera dolly is presented in a video at Pilentum Television on YouTube, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VESfq1nlCM. Jens is also working on his own model railway layout, which has its own website on https://www.krogsgaardsmodelbane.dk. Jens also writes about interesting topics about model railroading and railway modelling on his second website on https://modeltog-guide.dk.
For many years the Warley Model Railway Exhibition is the showcase of the rail transport hobby and it attracts many thousands of visitors. It is the greatest model railway event in the United Kingdom and Europe’s largest single hall modelling event. In 2019, once again there were over 90 working, inspirational model railway layouts. The Warley Model Railway Show Magazine describes each model railway layout presented at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on 23 and 24 November 2019. You can download the Warley Model Railway Show Magazine, which contains 65 pages of text, descriptions and beautiful photos, free of charge as a PDF document.