My little Hon30 logging line
last weekend, we had a big model railroad event here in my area, called “the long night of model trains”. More than 20 clubs in the south-west of Germany held an evening-open-house from 4pm to 10pm for interested model railroaders and visitors.
I was invited to show my Hon30 logging layout in Ludwigshafen (near Mannheim & Heidelberg) since two club members are building modules in the same practice as I do. To get a big layout, I just took Bernd with me, who has shown his layout together with mine earlier this year. All together we had four individual layouts and all were connected to a 50′ long Hon30 layout. Each of the layout was operated on its own, but with interchange tracks and the ends, we run trains from one end to the other, including switching and lots of freight traffic.
Additional to the evening-open-house on Saturday, the show continued on Sunday as well due to the 40th anniversary of the club. Over all, we welcomed more than 300 visitors and it was a very nice show for all of us. Here are some photos of the whole arrangement and some details from the other layouts.
last weekend, I exhibited my Hon30 forestry railroad layout in Sinsheim/Germany together with the “copied” layout build by Bernd. The new sawmill-module acts as interchange between our layouts and it was the first time, that we combined both together for an eight meters long layout.
We didn’t have any test-setup before, but everything matched together perfectly. It was the first exhibition for Bernd, so he was very excited. But hi did great, even during the official photo-shot.
The interest in our layout was very well. Many knew the layout from the internet, others saw them for the first time and got caught by a totally different concept of model railroading.
As in the last years, the layout was shown in the competition of private home layouts, sponsored and organized by the Miba-magazine. All nine layouts got voted by a jury, composed of model train experts. Despite the high quality of other layouts, the operation, joy and flexibility of our layout concept convinced the jury again. Finally we got honored with 1st place.
Motivated by our success, we’re full of new ideas for the next event.
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