25. August 2023

Press release from 25.08.2023: The model railroad layouts for Faszination Modellbau Friedrichshafen 2023 introduce themselves:

Faszination Modellbau Internationale Leitmesse für Modellbahnen und Modellbau FN2023 Spur H0 WUeP Weschnitztal Ueberwaldbahn Projekt 16zu9 uai

Track IIm (G): Hammerundermeadowvalley” segment layout

The garden railroad is considered the big one among the small ones. Locomotives and wagons that even children can pick up without dad yelling for help right away. In addition, there is a richness of detail that can also be perceived with the naked eye. The IIm show layout of the LGB friends from the Lower Rhine, consisting of 12 segments offers on a total area of 15 x 5 m everything you could wish for on a model railroad. Up to 15 trains are in operation at the same time. Detailed scenes especially please the female viewers. Due to a track height of only 70 centimeters, even small children can view the miniature world. In addition to a colliery with a 140-centimeter-high winding tower and wind turbines, there are many richly furnished industrial complexes and stately homes. Controlled digitally and by radio with the Massoth system. On about 150 meters of track with about 40 switches, a lively railroad operation is possible on two levels. Saxon and Lower Rhine motifs can be found on the layout. Since American narrow gauge vehicles also like to travel, the Saxon station Hammerunterwiesenthal and thus the layout was renamed “Hammerundermeadowyvalley”.

Operator: LGB-Freunde Niederrhein, Mr. Frank Tümmermann, D-47228 Duisburg
Plant size: 15 x 5 m

Track IIm (G): Eifel plant – light railroad in the 50s

The former record layout of the late Franz Stellmaszyk was rebuilt, restored and digitized by the club LGB-Freunde Niederrhein!

On display, among other things, is a light railroad as it was once found in lava mining in the Eifel under the motto “from the workshop to the volcanic quarry” the very normal life and work in the middle of the last century. True to detail with the smallest details recreates the working world in a lava pit.

Operator: LGB-Freunde Niederrhein, Mr. Frank Tümmermann, D-47228 Duisburg
Plant size: 6.5 x 4.5 m

Track II m (G): Sauerland segment layout + alternate connection point HilMa

The core of the layout is a prototypical roll car layout that demonstrates the transfer of standard gauge freight cars to narrow gauge roll cars.

The motifs are based on the Plettenberg and Hohenlimburger Kleinbahn in the Sauerland region. This includes a small depot with a two-track wooden locomotive shed for the narrow-gauge traction units, behind which the new fiddleyard adjoins as a stabling facility for train compositions.

New is another station facility (Banhof Elsemühle) with transfer facilities and some sidings. There is also a sand drying shed and a storage shed of a railroad maintenance depot.

A special eye-catcher is the three-rail turnout with an additional threading out of the meter gauge. The turnouts installed within the elaborately designed road surfaces are designed as prototypical road turnouts.

In addition, the Sauerland segment layout is supplemented by a standard-gauge layout section called “Awanst HilMa” (HilMa alternate connection point), newly built by Gerhard Seelbach.

Operator: IG Spur II Wolf Groote & Gerhard Seelbach, D-58840 Plettenberg
Size: 23 x 12 m

Track I: USA model railroad layout

This layout was modeled after the USA Railroad around 1950. Steam locomotives and multi-coupled diesel locomotives are on display, all of which have been rebuilt with PHOENIX sound. All passenger and freight cars have ball bearings and Kadee couplers. By treatment with 9 different colors the freight cars are beautifully aged. The station was modeled after a New York Central station. The reefers (refrigerator cars) are loaded with ice for the next run at the Icing Dock (ice factory). Cows are rounded up for transport in the Cattle Cars on a fenced off area, then the locomotive ride can begin.

Operator: Spur I Team Hasselt, Mr. Paul Schraepen, Belgium-3511 Hasselt
Plant size: 28 x 6.5 m

Track I: Bregenzerwaldbahn – museum railroad

The association Bregenzerwaldbahn-Museumsbahn shows a simple station layout with 4 tracks for the presentation of worth seeing models of the fleet of the Bregenzerwaldbahn. The operation is digital, also the turnouts are switched digitally.

Operator: Bregenzerwaldbahn-Museumsbahn, Mr. Walter Rüf, Austria-6870 Benzau
Plant size: 10 x 0.7 m


Track 0: Stolberg hairpin bend

The layout of the “Spijkspoor” association was modelled on the connecting railroad from Stolberg (Rhineland) to Münsterbusch, which has long since disappeared. A special operational feature here is the hairpin bend.

In 1968, the line is no longer heavily used, as the zinc smelter is already shut down. Scrap metal, zinc coils and zinc white are the main goods for transportation. With BR94 and mostly BR50 cabin tender some freight cars are transported daily from and to Münsterbusch.
The facility is equipped with many details, some of them movable, which can be activated by the visitors.

Operator: MSC Spijkspoor, Mr. Richard Versteeg, Netherlands-3181GG Rozenburg
Plant size: 12 x 6 m

H0 gauge: WÜP – Weschnitztal-Überwaldbahn project

The WÜP, Weschnitztal-Überwaldbahn-Projekt is an association of various model railroaders from the Frankfurt-Mannheim-Heidelberg area, who have reproduced the corresponding railroad line from Weinheim to the Odenwald in essential points.

The most characteristic operating points, such as stations, engineering structures and other distinctive points, have been reconstructed essentially authentically according to original documents and are being made accessible to the public for the first time in their geographical order. At Mörlenbach station, the line splits into the two named branches, true to the prototype.

The construction and the idea for it were presented in twelve episodes in 2023 in the leading trade magazine MIBA on the occasion of its 75th anniversary. At Faszination Modellbau in Friedrichshafen, all these replicas can now be admired live in a truly large layout arrangement. The group around Horst Meier and Bernhard Brieger let the most significant train sets run in the model as well.

Experience, among other things, rattling rail buses, the Sarrassani circus train, wooden trains for the Coronet lumber mill or the ballast trains from Fürth and marvel at the realistically implemented environment.

Operator: WÜP – Weschnitztal-Überwaldbahn-Project, Mr. Horst Meier, D-63110 Rodgau
Plant size: 37 x 7 m

H0e gauge: Narrow gauge trains in the landscape

The layout is digitally controlled and up to 6 trains can be moved simultaneously with radio mice system Roco. Each engineer accompanies his train across the layout.

In the stations, the meeting of the trains is to be organized by the “locomotive drivers”, the operation of the switches is done with control panels at the respective station module.

There is a concealed reversing loop at each end of the layout. This eliminates the need to shunt/transfer the locomotive at the end of the layout, making operation much smoother.

Mainly models after Austrian model are on the way, but there are also from time to time other European narrow-gauge vehicles, light railroads and various home-built vehicles on the track.

Operator: Modellbahn Freunde Oberland, Mr. Richard Willi, Austria-6800 Feldkirch
Plant size: 9.5 x 3 m


H0f gauge: light railroad around a quarry & ballast works

The newly built model railroad layout shows a light railroad around a quarry with an abandoned factory owner’s villa and a ballast works.
The buildings are aged and the trees are partly self-made! The small layout has a detailed design of the landscape and a suitable background scenery.

Operator: Modellbahnteam Bodensee, Mr. Thomas Hestner, D-88248 Friedrichshafen
Plant size: 1.45 x 0.9 m

H0m gauge: mountain railroad Switzerland with incline and decline

The GARM group comes with a H0m layout with brand new modules. GARM stands for “Groupe Amis Réseau Modulaire” and is based in Echandens, Switzerland.

The focus is the mountain railroad with incline and decline. The base track has a length of 85 meters and is operated via two analog control panels. the line passes through four tunnels, over a gallery, three bridges and two viaducts. Signals and lighting complete the layout, which shows an autumn landscape.

The new modules are connected to the base unit. Thus, a cogwheel track leads from the upper station “Filigur” down to a small station. The new track includes 10 modules, all built in the last few months.

Operator: GARM Groupe Amis Reseau, Mr. Andre Jaquerod, Switzerland-1026 Echandens
Plant size: 16 x 9 m

H0 gauge: double track modular layout with 8 special themed areas

The double-track modular layout with 2 turnaround modules and a variety of possibilities shows 8 special themed areas. It shows the Meckenbeuren train station with a scale replica of the train station, sheds and houses, the beautiful river landscape of the Danube valley with the Upper Danube Nature Park, the Durlesbach train station, the Kuernbach Museum Village, the Einhalden Festival and a timber industry with sawmill.

The houses and buildings were mostly built to scale by club members in days of manual labor.

Operator: EBF Ravensburg-Weingarten, Mr. Wolfgang Loidol, D-88284 Mochenwangen
Plant size: 15 x 7 m


H0/H0m gauge: Winter in Kufenau

The layout shows the fantasy place Kufenau, an idyllic, deep snow-covered landscape. Up to 10 trains from different eras can run on the layout. A computer, in conjunction with the Train Controller control software, provides varied train operation with an integrated Car System. In addition, the system is equipped with numerous push-button actions. Here visitors can set in motion, for example, an ice rink (skaters), wedding or snowball fight. The system has a day/night simulation. A day lasts exactly 24 minutes. As night falls, the lights are switched on under PC control. And if you look very closely, you can even spot Santa Claus approaching with his reindeer sleigh.

Operator: Björn Borkenhagen, 68519 Viernheim, Germany
Plant size: 4.7 x 1.9 m

H0 gauge: Port facility “Süderhafen

Süderhafen is a fictitious port facility from the period 1910 -1920. With the railroad, about 20 radio-controlled ship models, functioning cranes, shunting horses, steam towing winch, floating dock and much more, a port operation from long ago is shown. In addition to the pure port facility, the surroundings of the port can also be seen. Whether bourgeois neighborhood, workers’ settlement or contemporary villas, the social conditions are also shown. The port facility is built in 1:87 scale, all ship models are in the usual ship modelling scale of 1:100. The railroad operation is carried out by the corresponding models of the Prussian railroad, from the locomotives and wagons to the homemade Prussian signals. Ship models range from 15 cm inland tugs to 2m naval vessels.

Operator: IG Imperial Navy, Mr. Thorsten Pfeiffer, 25524 Itzehoe
Plant size: 11 x 7 m

H0 gauge: West ramp Arlbergbahn – Hintergasse station

The model railroad layout is part of the large modular layout of the MEC Bregenz and shows some distinctive sections of the west ramp of the Arlbergbahn in the style of the 50s with the Hintergasse station.

The layout shown here consists of 14 track modules incl. Operating station with a total length of 20 meters. Hintergasse station serves as a crossing station.

The trains running on the layout are as close to the prototype as possible, which were typical for the Arlberg west ramp. The landscaping and the buildings are self-made.

Operator: Model Railway Club Bregenz, Mr. Kurt Dapre, Austria-6900 Bregenz
Plant size: 9 x 2.6 m


H0 gauge: KIRMES modular plant

On the module layout are numerous fairground rides with function, which are elaborately equipped with SMD lighting technology. On the bumper cars alone, over 1000 SMDs were installed and wired via chaser controls. Many of the road vehicles are equipped with lights. Several hundred little prizes enliven the plant. In the rows of houses stores and apartments were decorated with interiors and figures. The smooth transport of the fair visitors is provided by the streetcar, which runs through the entire city. The line runs from the streetcar depot through the new housing estate, town hall, fairgrounds, through the fire in the tax office to the town church with the cemetery and the old town. Special emphasis was placed on a detailed design with many small scenes. To round out the overall picture, of course, is the aging of buildings and vehicles.
At times, radio-controlled model cars in 1:87 scale run on the layout. This expands the range of 1:87 scale micromodelling.
A Faller Car System was installed on the new modules in the smallest possible space, where a small tourist train with its passengers also travels over and through the fair.

Operator: IG Modellbahn Görlitz, Mr. Ingolf Feldt, 02826 Görlitz
Plant size: 5 m x 4.5 m

HO scale: North module system with Federal Garden Show

The standardized modules can be combined with each other in almost any way. The model railway layout in 1:87 scale (H0), which is individually assembled for each exhibition, is built from up to 168 individual modules. The trains run in two- or three-line operation as required, and analog or digital control can also be used. The length and depth between the headers and the design of a module is determined by each builder. Overall, this design saves space and offers endless design options.

The layout shows, among other things, towns, villages, industrial plants, a module part with Faller Car System, and a brickyard with light railroad.

The highlight this year is the Federal Horticultural Show module, which shows a section of the Federal Horticultural Show in Mannheim with a cable car, gondoletta (boats that drive themselves) and plant show house. You could hardly buy anything ready-made for it, so much of it was made in the 3D printer. In addition, 1,200 flowers were planted by hand with tweezers.

Operator: Modulbaufreunde Ladenburg, Mr. Wolfgang Jäger, D-68229 Mannheim, Germany
Plant size: 11 m x 6 m


H0 gauge: Model railroad and traffic history by Hagen von Ortloff

The theme that the Stuttgart team ‘Lokomotive Oxaplatz’ with Hagen von Ortloff, Lutz Mäder and Rolf Brändle will exhibit at the trade fair in Friedrichshafen is simply called “H0”.

Vehicles in H0 alternating current and H0 direct current, with the focus on Märklin vehicles from the fifties. In addition, there are narrow gauge railroads in the sizes, H0m, H0e and H0f. Accessories include trolley buses, streetcars, cable cars, the Wuppertal suspension railroad and a monorail. Complemented by legendary buildings such as the villa in Ticino, the Berlin radio tower and the gas station with the round coffee and the rotating advertising board on the roof.

As a special exhibition we present models from the early days of the railroad. The legendary Rocket from England will be on display, the diminutive engine from George and Robert Stevenson’s Newcastle manufactory that won the Rainhill locomotive race in 1825.

John Bull from America arrives with his huge cowcatcher and his already then four-axle passenger cars and the Limmat from Switzerland is the legendary locomotive of the so-called Spanish Brötli train, which brought the fabulous baked goods from Baden to the noble people of Zurich in the early morning.

Not to forget the Adler, the first steam locomotive in Germany, which ran between Nuremberg and Fürth, and the Saxonia, the first steam locomotive built in Germany. With a total of seven locomotives and their carriages, we look back at railroad legends of the first half of the 19th century.

Operators: Hagen von Ortloff, Lutz Mäder and Rolf Brändle
Plant size: 11 x 6 m


TT gauge: Berk’sche Bimmelbahn – Kranichfeld-Bad Berka section

The theme of the layout is the railroad line Weimar – Kranichfeld in Thuringia. Built from 1886 to 1888, the line experienced an eventful history and is indispensable in the Weimarer Land.

The ride starts at Tannroda station. The passenger train brings mainly students from Bad Berka to Kranichfeld. Arriving at the Kranichfeld dead-end station, the real work begins for the locomotive crew. This means that after the passengers have disembarked, they are shifted. In the best case, a second locomotive is available. So uncouple the previous train locomotive, couple the new locomotive at the other end.
In GDR Reichsbahn times, the most important locomotive was the BR110 and its subspecies. But other typical Reichsbahn locomotives also run on the layout, such as the Ferkeltaxe, V60 and V36. Steam locomotives could also be found on the line. The most important locomotive is the BR 58, it shares with BR86, BR56 and BR92 the transportation of goods and passengers on the Berk’s Bimmelbahn.

Operator: TT-Modellbahn-Freunde Weimar, Mr. Ronald Jansig, D-994236 Weimar
Plant size: 9 x 5 m

N-gauge: Narrow Gauge and Standard Gauge Complement Each Other

Over time we have made more than 200 modules and will bring our favorite ones to the show. All modules are in 1:160 scale, hence our club name “The160s”. When a train travels along our entire built-up single and double track, it covers more than 120 meters.

On our layout there are several stations on which trains with prototypical train lengths have space. Even with the two-part Reiljet, the little prizewinners can comfortably get on and off at the platform.

On the track on the way there are many details to admire on our modules. At our wind turbine (our contribution to environmental protection), the dinosaur park, the historic mill and the never-tiring folk dancers, visitors can trigger acoustic effects by pressing a button.

Furthermore, there is also a bridge with three-rail track on the single-track line (Our contribution against too much soil sealing). Here, in addition to the standard gauge, the narrow-gauge railroad (gauge Nm) runs with passenger service to a small village with a bus connection. In addition, ballast is transferred from the narrow gauge to the standard gauge cars on this line.

So that the Preiserleins are not afraid in the evening, many of our modules are also illuminated.

Operator: Die 160er Modellbahn in Spur N, Mr. Wolfgang Kahofer, Austria-3003 Gablitz
Plant size: 20 x 8 m



Z Gauge: The American Dream in Z

In Friedrichshafen, the Z scale model railroad shows that it can also compete with the really big model railroad layouts. With the large US segment and module layout of US Z Lines Europe, the US railroaders show how to build large and prototypical model railroad layouts in the small gauge. Trains up to 11 m long with multiple units (Consist) make the model railroader’s heart jump for joy and excellently designed modules let you experience the “American dream”. A Big Boy and Callenger, even with sound, also make their rounds and show what can be done in Z gauge.

Operator: US Z-Lines via Z-Freunde International, D-81827 Munich
Plant size:
24.5 x 8 m


N Gauge: Holiday in Liguria

The layout theme is based on a single-track electrified seaside main line and a branch line with stub track that runs on diesel. The model is the Ligurian coast, in particular the single-track main line Genoa – Ventimiglia and Cinque Terre. The epochs IV to VI are represented. Most of it is self-made: Catenary, houses, trees, ships, beach chairs, etc.

The viewer is first fascinated by the beautiful long trains that roll along above the seafront. But then there are so many endearing scenes to discover, telling of the lives of locals and guests, that you almost disregard the railroad. One more attraction are the moving cars in N gauge.

A wireless audio guide headset is available for visitors to borrow and guides them through each scene in the facility.

Operator:Günztal-Museumsbahn-Verein, Dieter Eggensberger, 87700 Memmingen, Germany.
Layout size: 3 x 0.6 m


Z gauge: Z gauge, small railroad very big

During Faszination Modellbau Friedrichshafen, Z-Freunde International will present several Z-scale model railroad layouts worth seeing from many different builders. The Z-Friends will be happy to answer questions and provide information.

Operator: Z-Freunde International, Mr. Sylvester Schmidt, D-81827 Munich, Germany
Plant size: 14 m x 7 m


Funfair facility: Rodriguez funfair facility

The fairground layout was completely rebuilt in 2 years and is HO scale. It has a size of 16 square meters and has over 25,000 figures, which makes it look alive. With 12 transformers the plant is controlled and it is equipped with over 60,000 Smd.
The rides and stalls are illuminated like at a real Kirchweih. Everything moves and turns. Also hides a naked figure in it.
The plant has the full glow of lights when it is dark. A Faller Car system takes visitors by bus to an open-air festival and to the Kirchweih.
The Bayerische Rundfunk broadcasts live from the Kirchweih procession with countless camera people. The highest ride is the Freefall Tower, where you can enjoy the overview of the entire Kirchweih.

Operator: Thorsten Rodriguez Fernandez, D-90765 Fürth, Germany
Plant size: 4 m x 4 m

Pictures of all model railroad layouts can be found on our homepage www.faszination-modellbau.de in the “Press” section or under the following direct link: https://www.faszination-modellbau.de/presse/