Pilentum Television is the largest international video network for railway modelling and model railroading. Pilentum does not present instructions for rail transport modeling and does not offer tutorials how to weather trains or how to build scale models. Pilentum just wants to document the the beauty of landscape modelling and the uniqueness of model train layouts around the world.
Therefore, large public model railway layouts as well as private model railroad layouts are presented in Pilentum’s video collection. Furthermore, there are also video reports archived, which include beautiful dioramas, wonderful miniature worlds and layouts with extraordinary locomotives and trains. Over the last few years Pilentum has produced more than 450 videos (cf. Video Collection). Basically free of charge, all these videos can be watched on YouTube.
Pilentum has developed special techniques to film miniature trains. For example, there are special camera cars and camera dollies to create realistic cab rides in HO scale and even in N scale (cf. Filmmaking). Trains are always filmed with a camera mounted on a tripod. In addition, layouts are always filmed from a realistic worm’s-eye view or from unique camera angles. Finally, some videos are dubbed with individual music or with real railway sound effects. These filmmaking techniques give Pilentum’s videos a very special uniqueness and set them apart from other television productions.
The most important insight, however, is that Pilentum Television is managed by only one person, namely by Markus Lenz from Frankfurt (Main), Germany. Markus is producer, cameraman, editor and musician in one person. He produces the videos in his spare time, driven by his passion for videography and photography.
Markus Lenz during shooting model trains
The project “Pilentum Television” was born many years ago in Germany, when Markus Lenz was trying to make photos and videos of miniature vehicles in macro photography mode. Because miniature cars unfortunately don’t move, he focused on model trains. Over time, a preference had arisen to visit model railway exhibitions for making high-quality video documentaries. The idea was to make model railroading and railway modelling more popular because rail transport modeling seems to be a hobby which is increasingly replaced by computers and video games today.
YouTube was chosen in order to attract as much attention as possible and the name “Pilentum” was chosen because the word comes from the Latin language and means something like “easy chariot” or “carriage” which was once used by Romans. Although the YouTube channel was launched on August 20, 2011, the first video was released on May 25, 2013. The first video presents a diorama of the famous Sherman Hill railroad line. A few days later, on 18 June 2013, a 52-minute documentary was published showing the world’s largest model railway exhibition, called “Miniatur Wunderland” in Hamburg, Germany. In the meantime, Pilentum’s YouTube channel has been officially confirmed and has reached more than 100,000 subscribers.
YouTube Creator Award for Pilentum Television
Because Markus Lenz is fluent in several languages the video’s title and description are written in different languages on the YouTube channel as well as on Pilentum’s websites, of which there are three on www.pilentum.de, on www.pilentum-television.com and on www.pilentum.org. While this website on www.pilentum.de is written exclusively in English, the second official site on www.pilentum-television.com includes more than 25 language versions including Russian, Persian (Farsi) and even Hindi. On the third page www.pilentum.org, an extensive presentation in Russian is being built. If you have any questions or suggestions or if you want to present a video of your model railway layout on Pilentum Television, please use the contact details below. Due to the many daily requests, please be patient until Markus answers you.
c/o Mr. Markus Lenz
Gesellschaft für multimediale Dienste
und Unternehmenskommunikation KG
60314, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
E-Mail: post @ pilentum-television.com