Chapter Five

Let's discover the world of railway modelling. This is Chapter Five containing of Pilentum's videos from #201 to #250, listed in reverse chronological order. All videos are always available on YouTube.







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# 250
Wonderful US model railroad layout in HO scale with landscape in winter

This model train layout in HO scale was built by German modellers from Cologne. There are three different landscapes covering the whole model railway layout. And, there are a lot of North American locomotives and freight trains, including Amtrak or CSX, etc. The model railroad layout was carefully designed with a beautiful snow cover.

Wonderful US model railroad layout in HO scale with landscape in winter | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E2wYNrOygA



# 249
HO Scale Model Railway Layout of Narrow Gauge Rail Transport in Chile

While Pilentum visited a model railway exhibit for American model trains in Germany he saw this special model railroad diorama of the Chilean railway. The model railroad was built by Juergen Petrik in HO gauge, 1/87 scale, narrow gauge. It is a model of the famous “Ferrocarril Andino”, the narrow-gauge railway somewhere in the Atacama Desert in Chile. On the right section, there is the Pacific coast where penguins and sea lions swimming in the cold water. In the background of this scenery, the locomotives and trains drive on the railway line. On the left section, there is the high plateau of salt lakes and volcanoes with a little station. The landscape on this model railway layout is really impressive, for example the rocks, the very small stones and the plants along the tracks.

HO Scale Model Railway Layout of Narrow Gauge Rail Transport in Chile | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APJgCsgLsss



# 248
The Choo Choo Barn Model Train Layout in Strasburg Pennsylvania

As you know, Pilentum lives in Germany. But Pilentum knows that there are many wonderful model railroad displays in the United States. A great desire of Pilentum is to visit the US once to film these great model train layouts. Unfortunately, the travel costs from Germany to the US are very high. But in order to present some of the most impressive model railways Pilentum asked the Choo Choo Barn for getting some video footage. So this video was created. Now, you should ask yourself why Pilentum did choose the Choo Choo Barn. The reason is the extraordinary story behind this model railroad exhibit. The Choo Choo Barn was originally born in 1945, in the basement of the Groff home in Strasburg. George Groff had just returned from World War II, and was looking for a Christmas present for his son Gary. He found a $ 12.50 Lionel model train set. And, one thing led to another - within few years - that simple train set had begun to take over a larger and larger portion of the family basement. In the 1950’s, the Groff family began opening their model railroad display for neighbors, townspeople and local school groups during the Christmas holidays. The exhibition became very popular so that the Groff family decided to move the model railroad into a small township maintenance facility. Then, the Choo Choo Barn, as George decided to call his display, opened on Thanksgiving Day in 1961, and it was very quickly a hit with local folks and visitors alike. With over 600 square feet of detailed landscaping, 6 trains, and 6 animated figures, people knew they were seeing something special and unique. Over the years, the display continued to grow. The train layout has grown into an attraction for all ages and all groups. There are miniature replicas of The Willows Restaurant, Dutch Wonderland amusement park, the Strasburg Railroad, and a scale version of the Groff family home. Today, the Choo Choo Barn is a 1,700 square feet model train layout.

The Choo Choo Barn Model Train Layout in Strasburg Pennsylvania | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiV-4ihJM0E



# 247
Z scale highly detailed model railroad layout

Last weekend, Pilentum visited a model railway exhibit for US model trains in Germany. One of the most impressive displays was built by Juergen Tuschik, a German model railroader. For creating his miniature world he chose neither HO scale nor N scale, but Z scale. The layout, named “Flaggstone East Terminal” presents a marshalling yard with industrial plants in the foreground and a silhouette of a big city in the background. Of course, there are larger and perhaps more beautiful model railway layouts, but in this case the small size of only 1/220 scale is extremely special.

Z scale highly detailed model railroad layout | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ebh81NWGGMM



# 246
The fantastic miniature world of model railroading and railway modelling in Germany

The Miniature Wonderland is the world‘s largest model railway, located in the city of Hamburg, Germany. More than 15 million visitors - from all over the world - have already visited this famous model railroad exhibition. Spreading over more than 1,500 square meters, a unique and outstanding exhibition built in HO scale arose in 760,000 man hours - and it keeps on growing. Next to sophisticated technologies, the Miniature Wonderland is known for its captivating richness of detail. There are 250,000 figures lovingly set in scene. There are moving cars and ships. And, at the miniature airport airplanes are taking off and landing every minute. The Miniature Wonderland is a breathtaking miniature world unmatched anywhere in this world. Every year more and more visitors are discovering the Miniature Wonderland. But also behind the scenes, there is a lot to report: For example, currently more than 360 people are working there. From technicians to art students - the whole team is going to create new worlds in HO scale. The great exhibit invites its visitors to dream and to observe. And, visitors get the possibility to look at our world from a totally different perspective. Although the model trains - sometimes - disappear in the background, however, not only the creation of these amazing landscapes makes Miniature Wonderland so unique. It is also the innovative high-technology, which has never been installed in model railway layouts before. This technology, hidden within the impressive landscapes, is an important factor for the fascination and uniqueness. For example: 385,000 lights, which are dynamically controlled by a self-developed light control system, provide an almost perfect simulation of day and night. Of course, also approximately 300 amazing miniature cars must be mentioned, which are controlled by several computers. Finally, Germany’s Miniature Wonderland is not only a normal model railway exhibition, but a miniature world - for the young and the old - which invites its visitors in many ways to marvel, to dream, and to discover. So, please: Visit Germany. Visit Hamburg. And, visit the Miniature Wonderland. Thank you, and keep on watching Pilentum.

The fantastic miniature world of model railroading and railway modelling in Germany | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LIxWm4o9OI



# 245
Railfanning cab ride view of a large modular model railroad built in FREMO or Mod-U-Trak standard

In this video, Pilentum presents a railfanning cab ride view on a very large modular model railroad layout built in FREMO, Free-Mo, Mod-U-Trak and Modutrak standard. Model trains run along more than 50 meters of HO scale railway tracks in narrow gauge. The great model railway display presents the famous Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway in Switzerland.

Railfanning cab ride view of a large modular model railroad built in FREMO or Mod-U-Trak standard | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dAII6Oljuo



# 244
Railfanning view of a large modular model railway layout built in FREMO Free-Mo Modutrak standard

Basically, there are two methods to build a model railway layout. On the hand a model railway layout can be built on a single plate. In this case width and length finally define the size of the whole layout. On the other hand single modules are built by members of a model railway club. Because of consistent standards in module construction, wiring, DCC, track and scenery, these single modules can be fitted to a very large modular model railway. For example, FREMO, Free-Mo, Mod-U-Trak and Modutrak are well known standards for building those model railway modules. In this video Pilentum presents a model train cab ride along a very large modular model railway layout. There are more than 50 meters of HO scale railway tracks in narrow gauge. The whole model railroad layout presents the famous Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway in Switzerland. This Swiss mountain metre gauge railway operates between the Realp railway station in the Canton of Uri and the Oberwald railway station in the Canton of Valais, crossing the Gletsch railway station also in the Canton of Valais. Because the entrance of the tunnels were built so low, what is usual for narrow gauge railways, Pilentum's cab ride camera does not fit. So Pilentum had to make a video cut between the tunnels.

Railfanning view of a large modular model railway layout built in FREMO Free-Mo Modutrak standard | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CM0iRvNZHp4



# 243
Model trains in action at the famous Gletsch railway station in Switzerland

Many model builders and railroad modelers in Europe are fascinated by the railway system in Switzerland. Although there are high mountains and deep valleys, everywhere the railroad runs. So, many model builders would like to create this atmosphere on a model railway display. Especially in Germany there are many layouts with Swiss landscapes. Therefore, we see in this video the famous Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway. Of course, it is a model railroad layout built in HO scale, narrow gauge. In particular, we can see the railway traffic at the famous Gletsch station in Switzerland. Let me explain why this station is something special: This railway station was opened in 1914, and owned and operated by the Furka Oberalp Bahn. The Furka Oberalp Bahn was the only railroad that crossed the mountains. The railway line was used until 1982. Then the railway line was abandoned because the new Furka Base Tunnel was opened for crossing the mountains. But since 1992, the abandoned railway line has been reopened as a heritage railway. And, also the station at Gletsch was reopened. The station in this model is a very, very good copy of reality in 1/87 scale. Now, please enjoy watching these Swiss locomotives and trains.

Model trains in action at the famous Gletsch railway station in Switzerland | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNCiZSpSmh0



# 242
Very Large Model Railway Layout by Märklin in HO Scale

In this video, Pilentum presents a very large HO scale model railway layout. Now, we are going to discover this amazing model railroad in detail. In this miniature world, there are 50 trains running simultaneously in digital railway control mode. There are both passenger trains and freight trains. Especially at the large central station there is a lot of rail traffic.

Very Large Model Railway Layout by Märklin in HO Scale | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1Y8XRoxEtY



# 241
Awesome model train layouts made in Swiss model railroading and railway modelling style

In the history of railway and railroad construction, we must recognize that the most beautiful and the most ingenious railway lines have been built in Switzerland. There are many tourists who visit Switzerland only because of the railway tracks. Therefore, it’s not a surprise that there is a separate genre in model building, namely Swiss model railroading or Swiss railway modelling. In this video, Pilentum presents three model railway layouts in HO scale, narrow gauge, showing special structures and places of the Swiss railway. You can recognize the places by identifying the name signs at the miniature railway stations.

Awesome model train layouts made in Swiss model railroading and railway modelling style | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg_HD-5YcXc



# 240
Famous Diesel Locomotives DRG Class V 140 and DB Class V 200 of the German Federal Railroad

Pilentum would like to show you some famous diesel locomotives of the German railway history. Therefore, we have to visit a very old model railroad exhibit built in O gauge or 1/45 scale in Germany. On this railroad layout any toy train is made by hand. The first locomotive in this video is the famous DRG Class V 140. It was the first diesel locomotive with a hydraulic power transmission diesel engine, transmitting more than 1,000 kW of power. The locomotive was developed in the 1920’s and has been taken regularly on rail transport service since the 1930’s. After that loco, there is a very short video record of a battery electric multiple train used on the Prussian railway lines. It is the Prussian Class AT 3 Wittfeld battery locomotive. Thereupon, we will see the very famous DB Class V 200. It was the first diesel-hydraulic express locomotive of the German Federal Railroad. The DB Class V 200 hauled express trains on all main lines in the 1960’s. Because of the electrification of many railway lines the V 200 locomotives were used increasingly for commuter trains and freight trains. They were taken out of service in the late 1980’s. While many model train manufacturers produce as well the DRG Class V 140 locomotive as the DB Class V 200 locomotive, for example made by Hornby, Marklin, Roco, Fleischmann, etc., it is very difficult to find a scale model of the Prussian battery electric locomotive.

Famous Diesel Locomotives DRG Class V 140 and DB Class V 200 of the German Federal Railroad | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN9Goenq0IA



# 239
Steam Locomotive DRG Class 01 - Germany’s Big Boy Steam Train in O Scale

In this video Pilentum presents the famous steam locomotive DRG Class 01 in 1/45 scale. This steam locomotive was the first strong steam express passenger locomotive in Germany that was built between 1926 and 1938 for the German Federal Railroad. Later, the steam loco was also used for freight service. The top speed was 125 km/h or 79 mph (forwards) and 50 km/h or 31 mph (backwards). The video was taken on a very old model railroad exhibit in Germany. On this railroad layout, built in O gauge or 1/45 scale, any toy train is made by hand.

Steam Locomotive DRG Class 01 - Germany’s Big Boy Steam Train in O Scale | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS1e0BuERKI



# 238
Germany’s First Fast Diesel Trains DRG Class SVT 877 and DB Class VT 08 in O Scale

In Germany, there is a very old model railroad exhibit built in O gauge or 1/45 scale. On this railroad layout any toy train is made by hand. Pilentum would like to show you two special diesel trains in this video: The famous DB Class VT 08 and the DRG Class SVT 877. The famous DB Class VT 08. VT means “Verbrennungstriebwagen” in German, and “Diesel-Electric Powered Train” in English. Starting in 1952, the new class VT 08 diesel-electric powered rail car came into use on the long-distance express network for the new German Federal Railroad. These diesel trains impressed people because of their elegant streamlined shape. Inside the train, there was a galley, a dining area, a writing compartment, and a mail compartment. The very comfortable DB Class VT 08 trains ran on all the important long-distance railway lines in Germany. The DRG Class SVT 877, also known as the “Hamburg Flyer” or “Flying Hamburger”, was Germany’s first fast diesel train. Since 1933, this diesel-electric powered train was used to carry passengers on the Berlin-Hamburg railway line. The speed was about 286 km/h or 178 mph.

Germany’s First Fast Diesel Trains DRG Class SVT 877 and DB Class VT 08 in O Scale | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxeWOpjMQRw



# 237
360° Video Camera from Google Street View for Photo Mapping a Model Railway Layout

As you know, in Germany the “Miniature Wonderland” is the largest model railway layout in the world. It is a permanent model railroad exhibition built in HO scale. One year ago, a team from Google made some amazing panorama views with a very special 360° camera. Today, these photos are integrated into Google Street View and into Google Maps. At that time, a secret was made of which camera Google used for making these 360° photos. In this video, Pilentum explains which camera was used. Then, the Kodak PixPro SP360 Action Cam and the Kodak PixPro SP360 4K were used. Of course, the team had to reconstruct the camera so that it was small enough to fit it on the tracks under the overhead power line (catenary). And, the team had to build a small kind of a locomotive in HO scale, which automatically runs on the railway tracks. The yellow camera housing of the Kodak PixPro SP360 is clearly visible on the Google railcar. This camera is very good for creating 360° panoramic views. Especially when you take a look at the results on Google Street View, the camera's image quality is surprisingly very good. For making 360° photos from the miniature street level, the team constructed a 1/87 scale camera car that drove across the streets. Then, they used the Kodak PixPro SP360 4K Action Cam. The big secret was not the camera itself, but the technique with which the camera was used. Kodak had released this new camera, which takes video recordings in Ultra High Definition (4K quality), a few months later. If you are interested in the creation of 360° videos, you should take this camera because of the higher video resolution. The camera makes a photo or video with a camera angle of approximately 210°. Therefore, two cameras are required for making a full 360° panorama view: The first camera for the front view and the second camera for the rear view. In the next weeks, probably in September 2017, Kodak will launch a new camera on the market: The Kodak Orbit360 4K PixPro Action Cam. This camera has two lenses for the all-round view forward and backward.

360° Video Camera from Google Street View for Photo Mapping a Model Railway Layout | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_dmlaWgjJw



# 236
Cab ride on a super sized Marklin model railroad layout in HO scale (Part #2)

Do you remember the large model railroad layout with a size of 28 meters in length and 5 meters in width? On this miniature world built in 1/87 scale, there are 50 trains running simultaneously in digital railway control mode. There are two railway sections, an inner circle and an outer circle. In this video the train camera is driving along the inner circle. Because of the enormous length of the whole layout there are some fiddle yards or staging yards. Planning and construction of this model train layout began more than 10 years ago. Today, the railway layout is part of a public model railroading exhibit in Germany.

Cab ride on a super sized Marklin model railroad layout in HO scale (Part #2) | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReRjNyhrhS0



# 235
Cab ride on a super sized Märklin model railway layout in HO scale (Part #1)

This model railway layout has got a size of 28 meters in length and 5 meters in width. On this miniature world built in HO scale, there are 50 trains running simultaneously in digital railway control mode. The area of the main station has got a length of approximately 15 meters. There are two railway sections, an inner circle and an outer circle. In this video the train camera is driving along the outer circle. Because of the enormous length of the whole layout there are some fiddle yards or staging yards. Planning and construction of this model train layout began more than 10 years ago. Today, the railroad is part of a public railway exhibition in Germany.

Cab ride on a super sized Märklin model railway layout in HO scale (Part #1) | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcJzz7PIDjU



# 234
Explore the fantastic model trains and locomotives of the world's largest model railway exhibit

In Germany, there is the largest model railway exhibit of the world. It's a miniature world consisting of nearly 16,000 meters of train tracks and representing many places around the world. Started in 2000, the so-called Miniature Wonderland has been built with an eye for detail, humor and fantasy. Today, it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany. In this video Pilentum presents the fantastic model trains and locomotives only. There are locomotives and high speed trains from Germany, from Italia, from Austria, from Scandinavia and from the United States.

Explore the fantastic model trains and locomotives of the world's largest model railway exhibit | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUgBGH31nYE



# 233
The most beautiful trains and locomotives in the Netherlands

In this video you'll se the most beautiful trains and locomotives in the Netherlands. The video footage was shooten inside the famous Miniworld Rotterdam, a very large model railway exhibition built in HO scale.

The most beautiful trains and locomotives in the Netherlands | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imynTm743Fk



# 232
Swiss Railway Modelling

In this video, Pilentum presents a pretty layout of the famous Brig-Visp-Zermatt-Railway of Switzerland. In reality, this railroad is a metre gauge railway in Switzerland. Its 44 kilometre long railway line links the communities of Brig and Visp in the Rhone Valley with Täsch and Zermatt in the Mattertal. It is that railway line where the famous Glacier Express drives between St. Moritz and Zermatt.

Swiss Railway Modelling | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6vGJN-DW3Q



# 231
Amtrak Trains, Burlington Nothern Railways and Pennsylvania Railroad HO Scale Layout

In this video, Pilentum presents a model railroad layout, located inside a German toy train museum. The railroad layout is about Amtrak Trains, Burlington Nothern Railways and Pennsylvania Railroad in HO scale.

Amtrak Trains, Burlington Nothern Railways and Pennsylvania Railroad HO Scale Layout | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msQyBlWU1jU



# 230
Model Railway Traffic on a Marklin Railroad Layout in HO Scale

This model train layout was built in HO gauge or 1/87 scale. There are trains, passenger trains and freight trains, of the German Federal Railway. On the railroad layout, there are some attractions, for example the very large central railway station with nine railway lines and four platforms. Furthermore, there are two miniature bike riders driving along the streets.

Model Railway Traffic on a Marklin Railroad Layout in HO Scale | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwL-9Sq7OZ8



# 229
Burlington Northern Model Railroad in 1/87 Scale

The Burlington Northern Railroad was a railway company formed from a merger of four major railroads in the United States. Pilentum found this model railway layout inside a German toy train museum. In this model railroad movie only one train is presented: A typically green Burlington locomotive with a yellow railbox freight car, with an Illinois Central Gulf freight car, with a Columbus and Greenville freight car, with a western Pacific freight car, and with a Conrail freight car with open doors an the end. Burlington Northern operated between 1970 and 1996. Its historical lineage begins in the earliest days of railroading with the chartering in 1848 of the Chicago and Aurora Railroad, a direct ancestor railway line of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, which lends Burlington to the names of various merger-produced successors. Burlington Northern purchased the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway on December 31, 1996 to form the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway, which was owned by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation.

Burlington Northern Model Railroad in 1/87 Scale | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_bw0hpaTSw



# 228
Amtrak Model Train for Passenger Railroad Service in HO Scale

Amtrak, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, is a passenger railroad service that provides intercity service in the United States. In reality, Amtrak serves more than 500 destinations, operating more than 300 trains each day over 21,300 miles of track. Pilentum took some video shoots of an American model railway layout inside a German toy train museum. In this model railroad movie only one passenger train is presented: Two Amtrak locomotives with five passenger cars. I guess, it is an Amtrak Viewliner, Amtrak Amfleet or an Amtrak Horizon passenger car of Amtrak rolling stock.

Amtrak Model Train for Passenger Railroad Service in HO Scale | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCPNXyQor2s



# 227
The Great Marklin Model Railroad Show in HO Scale

This permanent model railway exhibit was one of the first digitally controlled Märklin model train systems in Germany. By the year 2001, it was the largest model railway layout in the world with more than 700 square meters of exhibition space. The construction of the model railroad was started in 1997 and completed in 1999. Built in HO gauge or 1/87 scale, on the layout there are more than 250 model trains in action including electric trains and steam trains. There are typically German landscapes from the North Sea, from the Ruhr and Rhine area, from the Lake Constance, and from Switzerland including Swiss model locomotives and passenger cars. You will be impressed by the many bridges - breathtaking and spectacular railway bridges - connecting the German landscape to the Swiss landscape. Unfortunately, in December 2016 the model railroad exhibit was finally closed due to high operating costs.

The Great Marklin Model Railroad Show in HO Scale | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWP1CsWPfBU



# 226
Impressive City Edge Layout and Cab Ride with American Model Trains

This amazing city edge model railway layout was built by German model railroaders. They were so fascinated by American trains, for example Conrail Trains or Amtrak Trains, that they have built a modular model railway layout. The main modules present the typical street life in America, a locomotive depot, backyards, side streets and a large railway line. In Germany, American model railroads are rare. But this layout convinces with a very realistic modeling style. Locomotives and trains are scratch built in a very impressive way. Even streets and houses are scratch built.

Impressive City Edge Layout and Cab Ride with American Model Trains | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCI_wb1kKms



# 225
Toy Trains in 1 Gauge at the Hamburg Model Railroad Museum

Today, Pilentum Television visits the large model railway layout inside the Museum of Hamburg History, Germany. Most people - in the context of Hamburg and model railway - are thinking about the great Miniature Wonderland, the largest model railway of the world. But many years before, a very large model railroad has been built in Hamburg. This model railroad wants to appear anything but commercial, but to present the railway history of Hamburg in an educational way. It is the 1 gauge railroad layout built by Germany’s first model railroad association in 1949. The origin of this beautiful layout dates back in 1944, when the Director of the Museum of Hamburg History had the idea to establish an exhibition of Hamburg’s railway history. In order to show Hamburg's railway history, a large exhibition hall inside the museum was chosen. And, a few years later, the idea of building a model railway layout came into reality. The members of Hamburg’s railroad association began to work. But note, this happened immediately after the Second World War. And, Germany was destroyed in ruins. Therefore, it is not a surprise that model railway friends from Sweden organized nearly 250 square meters of wood panels for the construction of the model railroad. After two years of construction, on October, 1949, the first layout of Hamburg’s model railroad was finished. However, over the years, there have been a number of smaller and even larger problems, but the analogue railway system was running for more than 40 years without a technical failure. In 1995, many parts of the first layout had failures. Locomotives and the rolling stock were also affected and had to be modernized. This is not surprising, because the rolling stock had travelled almost 6,000 kilometers along the model railway tracks. Anyway, the members of the railroad association were able to solve these problems successfully. But there was another big problem: The entire cabling of the model railroad had to be modernized. This problem was a disaster, because anyone, who builds model railroads, knows that there are numerous electrical cables and power connections that have to be installed along the tracks. It is a laborious work to fulfill this electrical installation. And, it was even more difficult to modernize the old electrical installation completely. The members of Hamburg's railroad association went to work again to restore the old railway layout. Old tracks were replaced by new tracks. The three-wire alternating power operation was switched to the two-wire DC operation. As a result, of course, all locomotives, passenger wagons and freight cars had to be retrofitted. Furthermore, the analogue model railroad control had to be exchanged. A full digital solution, which we know on the market today, was not used at that time, because hundreds or thousands of decoders had to be installed inside the rolling stock. But a very good solution was offered at that time by the computer-aided model railroad control of the company Gahler & Ringstmeier from Germany. With the Gahler & Ringstmeier system defined routes are stored for each model train. And, the current position of all available model trains is also monitored. However, in December 1996, this mammoth work was completed. Years later, the modernization of the railroad layout could be continued. New sections, new landscapes, and new railway stations were installed. And, the catenary was modernized, too. Finally, today's concept of the modernized and expanded railroad layout, is to present 100 years of railway history in Hamburg. This includes all trains of passenger and freight transport, from Prussian wagons to the new ICE high-speed train. Today, visitors of the Museum of Hamburg History enjoy 115 vehicles, including 60 steam locomotives, 13 electric locomotives, 26 diesel locomotives, 4 electric tramways as well as 12 diesel railcars, and much more. There are 185 passenger cars, and 380 freight cars. Since the opening of the model railroad layout in October 1949, this model train show was built by members of Hamburg’s model railroad association, and today it is still supervised by members of Hamburg’s railroad association. The exhibition takes 600 square meters. The model railway layout itself, has a size of 250 square meters. With a track length of more than 1,200 meters, there is a lot to discover on the left and right of the railway lines.

Toy Trains in 1 Gauge at the Hamburg Model Railroad Museum | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJPRUpbzSjQ



# 224
Big Model Trains and Cab Ride at the Dresden Model Railroad Museum

Inside the Dresden Transport Museum in Germany, there is a beautiful model railroad layout. It is an amazing O gauge model railway layout measuring more than 300 square meters. There is also a train collection of the finest scale models that were built in the German Democratic Republic. Yes, we are talking about the old GDR, also known as East-Germany. Then, this railroad layout was built as a teaching system for young railway engineers for learning the rail transport traffic. In a playful way, those railway engineers used the O scale model railroad trains to simulate the railway operation. They had to learn about the operation of multiple trains on the same railway line or on a large rail transport system. Using model trains they learned about the signalling control, the process by which control is exercised over train movements by way of railway signals and block systems to ensure that trains operate safely, over the correct route and to the proper timetable. Many years later, when the German Democratic Republic still existed, this train layout was installed inside Dresden Transport Museum. Today, it is a typical model train show which is very popular with the inhabitants of Dresden. When Pilentum visited the Dresden Model Railroad Museum he used a GoPro Hero 3 camera inside the diesel locomotives pulling freight cars. And, a second camera was installed on the right side of a passenger car. Thus these cab ride video recordings were made. Normally, the operation of multiple trains on the same layout is made easy due to DCC, digital command control. But at the Dresden Model Railroad Museum diesel locomotives, electric locomotives and steam locomotives do not have a DCC decoder inside. In Dresden, they are using the famous Gahler + Ringstmeier system - a block control system - which allows you to control each train individually. There are still model trains in analogue mode but they are controlled by a computer system. Today, there are approximately 30 locomotives and 115 coaches, mostly unique models or individual constructions corresponding to the railroad history of the GDR. There are heavy-weight locomotives generating a unique, unmistakable sound.

Big Model Trains and Cab Ride at the Dresden Model Railroad Museum | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNJL8_lPriA



# 223
The miniature train passenger view on a model railway line 4K UHD

Basically, this railroad movie is nothing special, except that it has been produced in 4K and UHD. When Pilentum visited a large model railway exhibition in Germany, he had the idea not to install the camera inside the locomotive for making a cab ride video, but to install the Yi 4K+ camera on the side of the railway coach. This is a new and impressive camera angle: You feel like a passenger sitting in the train and looking out through the window. It is very attractive when trains pass by. Impressive are the scenes, when the train drives along the large railway station.

The miniature train passenger view on a model railway line 4K UHD | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCLw2U2Mm_A



# 222
Cab ride on a very large model train layout in HO scale

This model train layout in HO scale was installed in a former railway museum in Germany. Then, the whole model railway layout was restored, and the train control was converted from analog technology to digital technology. Today, this display is one of many model railroad layouts at the largest model railway exhibition in Southern Germany. Totally, there are 126 model trains in action. A lot of the electric trains, steam trains and diesel trains are parked inside of the fiddle yards. The whole display has a length of 50 meters and varies in width from 1.6 meters to 2.2 meters. The entire layout has more than 1,100 meters of track length. Please, enjoy this beautiful cab rides along the whole railway exhibition.

Cab ride on a very large model train layout in HO scale | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjOpfCr70AY



# 221
Model Railway Layout with Diesel Trains and Steam Locomotives

This model railway layout in O scale was built as a modular model train display by a German railroader association. Before the members started model railroading, they decided on the one hand, that they want to build their railway in 1/45 scale, and on the other hand, that their home town should be the focus of their model landscape. Because the members are living in the Westphalia region, Germany, on the railroad layout there is a little railway line, non-electrified of the former Deutsche Bundesbahn. Passenger trains arrive and depart at the station. Diesel trains and freight trains are crossing the scenery.

Model Railway Layout with Diesel Trains and Steam Locomotives | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkLTMylyH4c



# 220
Fantasy Island Model Railroad Layout with Cogwheel Railway or Rack Railway in O Gauge

Imagine there would be a small island, somewhere in the world's seas. And, on this island a cogwheel railway or a rack railway is driving from the port, down in the valley, up to train station on the mountain. In the harbor a passenger ship rocks in the waves, and on the other side of the island a fishing port is located. On the sea, there are a submarine and a lighthouse. This is the whole model railway layout, based on 3 x 3 feet, that was built by Thomas Schmid from Switzerland. He named his absolutely amazing display in the French words Île VaOù, and his model train layout was awarded with several prizes, for example at the famous model train exhibit Ontraxs in the Spoorwegmuseum at Utrecht, Netherlands. Please, enjoy the little railway climbing the hills along bridges, along rock faces and along deep fissures in the mountains.

Fantasy Island Model Railroad Layout with Cogwheel Railway or Rack Railway in O Gauge | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjLO6gdhOUY



# 219
At The Train Station of Josef Brandl 's Austrian Model Railroad Layout

This video was made at the largest model railway exhibit in Southern Germany which is built in HO scale. There are a few model train layouts arranged in one large exhibition hall. Pilentum was just set the camera beside the train station. Please, enjoy departures and arrivals of the toy trains on Josef Brandl 's Austrian model railroad layout, called the Duernstein Miniature World.

At The Train Station of Josef Brandl 's Austrian Model Railroad Layout | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcsPOXF3hoU



# 218
Pilentum Model Railroads - At the Railway Line

While making the latest cab ride video with model trains in action, Pilentum was set the camera beside the railway line. Please, enjoy some fast electric trains, some freight trains and some high speed trains from Germany.

Pilentum Model Railroads - At the Railway Line | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI40wjsYdic



# 217
Pilentum Model Railroad - At The Central Station

Once again, this video was made at the largest model railway exhibition in Southern Germany which is built in HO scale. Pilentum was just set the camera between the platforms at the large central station. Please, enjoy departures and arrivals of the toy trains.

Pilentum Model Railroad - At The Central Station | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvsbN_fwHwo



# 216
Pilentum Model Trains - At The Railway Embankment

This video was made at the largest model railway exhibition in Southern Germany. Pilentum was just set the camera beside the railway embankment. Please, enjoy some fast diesel trains, some historic steam trains, some freight trains and some high speed trains.

Pilentum Model Trains - At The Railway Embankment | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyOdS3vHegI



# 215
The little steam train inside a realistic built model railway landscape in HO scale

This model railway layout is another masterpiece of European model train layouts. The landscape was built by Patrice Hamm from Alsace, France. On his narrow gauge railroad display, there are ancient buildings and houses in medieval style. Figures are behind the windows, and on the market square and in the corners of the houses are many details. The whole model railroad is professionally designed in HO scale or 1/87. Sometimes a steam train or a railcar runs along the landscape.

The little steam train inside a realistic built model railway landscape in HO scale | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rO6P5Cnec6k



# 214
Heavy Freight Trains and Passenger Model Trains in action

This extremely large HO gauge model railway layout was built by Ivo Schraepen, a well-known model builder. The railroad display represents the great Hasselt railway station in Belgium. On its model railway, which has a length of almost 25 meters, the origin railway station is exactly rebuilt in 1/87 scale. All the real elements of the railway line are replicated on the model train layout. There are nine platforms available for passenger transport, and there are 14 railroad tracks available for freight trains.

Heavy Freight Trains and Passenger Model Trains in action | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkt617LXpns



# 213
Porsche Model Railroad Museum with Model trains in HO Scale

For two days Pilentum filmed the whole model railroad museum built at 1/87 scale. Of course, not all scenes, buildings, locomotives and Marklin trains could be recorded on video. However, in this big movie, which has almost one hour playing time, you can watch a lot of the model train layout and of its details. The journey starts in the railroad section of Austria where trains arriving at the big central station. For example, there are some other stations, bridges and one large railway viaduct. Thereafter, the journey continues in the railway section of Switzerland. This part of the movie begins when the toy train is driving along the impressive bridge. In the Swiss section you will discover the great mountains, many railway lines and a central station again. Finally, the journey through the large model railroad layout ends in the section of Germany. There you can watch many castles representing Southern Germany, the landscape around the Lake Constance and some marshalling yards.

Porsche Model Railroad Museum with Model trains in HO Scale | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zQt5Pp2o1Y



# 212
Behind the scenes at Mr. Porsche ‘s Model Railway Museum

Many viewers asked Pilentum if there is a video recording in which you can look behind the scenes, for example looking into the fiddle yard or staging yard. And, the answer is yes. Pilentum made a cab ride from the Austrian model trains section to the Swiss model trains section. Therefore, the camera model train had to cross the big railway bridge. After crossing this bridge the camera loco is riding along the impressive fiddle yards or staging yards behind the scenes. These model railway tracks are hidden from view and allow trains to be stored by the operator. Please, enjoy the railroad landscape and railway scenery.

Behind the scenes at Mr. Porsche ‘s Model Railway Museum | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvrHMZatnic



# 211
When it gets night on Mr. Porsche ’s model railway layout, II

In 2015, Mr. Hans-Peter Porsche, the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, the automobile designer of the famous VW Beetle, decided to build a toy train and model railroad museum in the South of Germany. Every 17 minutes the day changes into the night. At this moment, a beautiful light show and laser show are presented, which the world has not seen before. It is a unique and awesome mixture of computer animation, light and laser effects and Sound FX in the 400 square meter model railroad exhibition hall. There are more than 20 laser beamers spotting buildings, bridges and simulating amazing effects. If you’re going to visit Germany, then take a ride to the Mr. Porsche ‘s museum. It is called “Traumwerk Porsche” in the German language, meaning “Dreamworks Porsche” in the English language.

When it gets night on Mr. Porsche ’s model railway layout, II | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpYCrBuqN0c



# 210
When it gets night on Mr. Porsche ’s model railway layout, I

This is one camera angle of the model railway layout of Mr. Hans-Peter Porsche. As you know, Hans-Peter Porsche is the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, the automobile designer of the famous VW Beetle. In 2015, he built a special model railway museum in the South of Germany. This museum is called “Traumwerk Porsche” in the German language, meaning “Dreamworks Porsche” in the English language. And, there is a very large railroad display with many model trains in action made by Marklin. The large model railway layout has got an exhibition area of more than 400 square meters. Every 17 minutes the day changes into the night. At this moment, a beautiful light show and laser show are presented, which the world has not yet seen. It is a unique and amazing mixture of classic railroad model building and modern computer animation through a 360 degree laser video show panorama.

When it gets night on Mr. Porsche ’s model railway layout, I | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf0XL6u1RsM



# 209
G Scale Garden Train Model Railroad Cab Ride Yi 4K Camera

This is Germany in autumn: cloudy weather, cold, and hardly sunshine. We have installed a small Yi 4K camera in front of a LGB G scale locomotive for making a cab ride. In fact, nothing special. Note, it’s the first video on Pilentum’s YouTube channel in 4K video quality.

G Scale Garden Train Model Railroad Cab Ride Yi 4K Camera | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbUfNz_xkeE



# 208
Steam locomotives on an amazing model railroad layout in scale 1/32

This model railroad layout is one of Germany’s largest private model train displays in 1 Gauge. It is located near Frankfurt, Germany. The whole layout is built in 1 gauge or in gauge one or in 1:32 scale. There are not only model trains made by Marklin, but there are also the finest steam locomotives made by KM1 company and by KISS company. Any steam train is scratch built and weathered. Also the tracks, switches and railway lines are weathered. Inside the locomotives are sound decoders and smoke decoders. The model railway layout consists of two levels: The fiddle yard on the lower level and the normal railway display on the upper level. Here is a four-track railway station with a marshalling yard as well as an locomotive depot with turntable or wheelhouse. Note, planning and construction of this beautiful model railroad began in 2006.

Steam locomotives on an amazing model railroad layout in scale 1/32 | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeDL7Wst0-U



# 207
Cab ride on Mr. Porsche ‘s very large model railroad layout

This is the model train layout of Mr. Hans-Peter Porsche. He is the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, the automobile designer of the famous VW Beetle. Since his childhood, Hans-Peter Porsche collected tin toys from Marklin, from Bing and from other manufacturers. A few years ago, he decided to present his collection of toys to the public in a special museum. This museum is called “Traumwerk Porsche” in the German language, meaning “Dreamworks Porsche” in the English language. In addition to the toy collection, there is a large event hall for Porsche cars and a very large model railroad display with model trains in action. Outside, there is also a railroad and a playground for children. The Dreamworks model railway museum is located in the South of Germany. The large model railway layout has got an exhibition area of more than 400 square meters and represents the three countries Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Pilentum was capturing video footage of more than six hours, for example these beautiful cab rides along the whole railway exhibition. Please, enjoy the railroad landscape and railway scenery.

Cab ride on Mr. Porsche ‘s very large model railroad layout | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40TrOQ9gBWo



# 206
Cab ride on a model railroad display with Marklin and Kiss and KM1 steam trains

This beautiful model railroad layout belongs to a railway fan from Germany. He started construction in 2006. On this layout, there are two levels: The upper level represents a little village with a railway station, with a marshalling yard and with a round house for steam locomotives. The lower level contains a large fiddle yard. The whole layout is built in 1 gauge. Gauge 1, 1 scale or gauge one is a model railroading and toy train standard that was popular in the early 20th century, particularly with European manufacturers. Gauge one was standardized at 1:32 scale. Today, 1 gauge experiences a renaissance, first in the UK and then elsewhere. This was helped by 1 gauge being the same size as the modern G scale, a popular standard for outdoor model railroads.

Cab ride on a model railroad display with Marklin and Kiss and KM1 steam trains | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOUNHsi-78c



# 205
The most beautiful model railway layout of Italy - State of the Art of Rail transport modelling

The new model railway layout of Italy is really a masterpiece and a work of art in the field of model building. It is located at the so-called “Wonderland of Miniatures” in Germany. Only then, when Pilentum was editing and cutting this YouTube video, he was able to find the thousands of details. Visitors of this model railroad exhibit will be a little overloaded because every square meter amazing, impressive and loving details. There are hundreds of little stories which a told by the sceneries of the model trains layout. Furthermore, the day and night illumination in Liguria and on the Amalfi Coast is impressive because it is like a light show. I guess, you must have seen this overwhelming scale model exhibit in Germany in person.

The most beautiful model railway layout of Italy - State of the Art of Rail transport modelling | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNY6-0XK9Vo



# 204
The Great Model Railway Show - The most beautiful model railways in Europe

The great model railway show in Utrecht, Netherlands, is one of the largest exhibitions for model railways in Europe. There is an exhibit space of more than 20,000 square meters, and there are more than 50 model railway layouts from model railroad clubs, from railway enthusiasts and from model trains manufacturers. In this film by Pilentum, 18 of the most beautiful model railway displays are documented. At the great model railway show in Holland, there are also demonstrations in the area of model building. In addition, there is always a model railway market for trains, model railways, model building, collector's items, literature etc.

The Great Model Railway Show - The most beautiful model railways in Europe | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZvwBwUqNEM



# 203
Model Railway Exhibition Cologne Germany : The world of digital model railways

The world of model railways and railway modeling found a place at the large International Model Railway Exhibition from 17th - 20th November 2016 in Cologne, Germany. For four days, there was the home of the world of toy trains. At the exhibition were 208 exhibitors from 15 countries, for example market leader Marklin, Trix, LGB, Fleischmann, Roco and PIKO. Furthermore there were amazing model railway layouts displayed by exhibitors, model railroad clubs and rail transport modeling societies. In this film by Pilentum, 14 of the most beautiful model railway displays are documented.

Model Railway Exhibition Cologne Germany : The world of digital model railways | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5f0FteAODs



# 202
The Great Munich Model Railway Museum

For more than 30 years, the Munich Model Railway Museum has been one of the largest miniature and model railway exhibitions in Germany. Originally, the HO gauge layout was designed in 1978, and opened in 1980. At first, the layout was growing up to almost 400 square meters. More and more attractions were added to the model railroad system, such as a fairground or the simulation of aircrafts at the miniature airport. In 2008, the entire model railway layout and its electronics were renewed: The model railway control was converted from analogue to digital operation by DCC format. On the whole, the rolling stock consists of locomotives, coaches, and trains of all eras in order to offer a great variety of railway traffic and railway history to visitors. There are old German steam locomotives as well as modern high speed trains, such as Intercity, Railjet and Intercity Express.

The Great Munich Model Railway Museum | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0PsDBLOSHk



# 201
Model Railroad Layout with Steam Locomotive Depot in World War II

This model railway layout in HO gauge was made by Maciej Lukaszewicz from Poland. His layout is representing the old steam train and steam locomotive depot in Białogard, the most important railroad junction of the Middle Pomerania. Białogard became part of the German Empire in 1871. After World War II, it became part of Poland. The model railway layout presents the historic railway era, including the genuine Reichsbahn atmosphere around the year 1930. Then, the locomotive depot was located in Eastern Pomerania. Born in Poland, the model builder Maciej Lukaszewicz decided to build a German layout because he has got a detailed and excellent knowledge of technical German railway history. So the “Steam Locomotive Depot in World War II” is a very fine example of model making handicraft, including historic locomotives and rolling stock. There are perfectly modelled engine sheds, service buildings, and the large turntable. The size of the model railway layout is about 5.0 meters x 2.0 meters.

Model Railroad Layout with Steam Locomotive Depot in World War II | Pilentum Television: Model Railroading and Railway Modelling

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxMOxVnRyaA


Table of contents

#1 Chapter One: Videos #001 - #050

#2 Chapter Two: Videos #051 - #100

#3 Chapter Three: Videos #101 - #150

#4 Chapter Four: Videos #151 - #200

#5 Chapter Five: Videos #201 - #250

#6 Chapter Six: Videos #251 - #300

#7 Chapter Seven: Videos #301 - #350

#8 Chapter Eight: Videos #351 - #400



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