a year ago, my friend Bernd was invited to attend the model train exhibition “Trainsmania 2019” in Lille, France. The invitation came from Francois Fontana, head editor of the “Voie Libre” narrow gauge model railroad magazine.
Such an invitation can’t be denied, so Bernd and I started to France last week to show our Hon30-layouts at the exhibition in Lille. The “Trainsmania” is a medium-sized model train show, but had several wonderful layouts and especially lot’s of dealers with small detail parts, laser kits and others. Also on the market stands, there were several exquisite brass models and kits available. And the candy stand with white nougat was also very tempting ;-)
As we traveled to Lille on Thursday, we had set up the whole layout the same day to be prepared for the opening on Friday. As Bernd had his new station “Espagnac” fitted between our layouts, we changed the wiring to use Espagnac as Interchange station between our layouts and power-sections. This resulted in a great layout for switching, operation and the fun of train runs.
We were very surprised by the popularity of our layout at the show on both sides, the visitors as well as the other exhibitors. Even the language-issue, I for myself don’t speak French and Bernd only a little, was no big problem, as we were able to chat in English or German and we met many nice people.
Bernd created a special “show-module” with an acrylic glass plate on top, a Peco turnout, our standard turnout mechanism and the plug/socket connectors installed, which was perfect to show the techniques even without any words.
At the end of the show, Mr. Fontana took photos for an article in the Voie Libre.
Finally, we had a great weekend and model train show. It was so much fun to operate our layout and it’s a good feeling to get so much feedback
On the way back home, we discussed some ideas for future events like higher tables for better sight and especially some solution for proper lighting. There were also some ideas for future layouts.
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.
Hello again from the smaller Hon30 railroad, in spring this year, I showed some layouts from other model railroaders, which were based on my design of the WBE. Bernd Iron copied my entire layout with some additional segments, and gave it a totally different look. Yesterday, he came for a visit and brought some of […]
Hello logging railroaders, last weekend, I participate on a model train show in Sinsheim, Germany, and showed my modular Hon30 layout in public for the first time. On this show, a German model train magazine organizes a competition for private model train layouts and mine was part of it. Unfortunately, I had a helper for […]
Hello logging railroaders, in the past days, I set up two different layouts from my Hon30 modules and ran some trains with different locos. I also tested the new Minitrains Controller and I’m very happy with it. Here are a couple of photos, taken during the op-session. I guess it’s time to start the next […]
Hello, last Sunday, I steamed up my 009 live steam loco to haul some log trains on my Hon30 layout. I ran 3 boiler fills of water and had a lot of fun as well as warm fingers :-) This was the first time that I set up the whole layout after adding the backdrops […]
Well, it’s finally done… after 4.5 hours of work and from 50 minutes of raw material, I finally got a 14 minutes movie about my Hon30 logging railroad. Unfortunatlity I forgot to make photos along the videos. Anyhow… maybe at the next operation session. As they are shown in the movie, here are some details […]
Hi folks, here’re the photos of the finished segment as announced in the last post. Beside the log landing, there’s a cutting area and a small station building for the loggers and their equipment. Cheers, Gerd
Hello, due to special events at last week, I was not able to post the updates on my Hon30-layout and I’ll bring them this week. Meanwhile, I finished the 4th segment with the little pond on it. This pond is surround by many trees to create a special scene when the train takes its way […]
Hello guys, I uploaded a little video that shows the flexible and easy assembling of my modular Hon30 logging railroad layout. It’s fully “plug&play” and can be set up in a few minutes and if you like, you can just change the setup during your operation session. I started with a simple shelf layout design, […]