Photos from the 2011 Hemer FREMO:87 Meeting

Here’s a quick review of the FREMO:87 meeting in Hemer, Germany that brought together modelers from Germany, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and the US in a nice facility not far from the old Hemer station which was also featured on the layout.

With 120 meters of track, the Hemer FREMO:87 layout was the world’s largest Proto:87 layout ever assembled and consisted of four branches, including a main line, a Bavarian branch, a private railroad, and a Dutch branch. The layout size and clever timetable kept a crew of 20 to 30 operators busy for hours at a time.

The Dutch branch introduced a number of wonderfully scenicked new modules and sidings, on which I spent considerable time taking pictures while operating local freight and passenger trains. The timetable on this branch was loose enough to allow for frequent rail fanning stops.

There is a growing trend of building track module sections that extend themes and landscaping beyond a single module and provide a more cohesive look. These new sections included a four-piece section modelled after a prototype in the German Allgäu region that featured super elevated track with a transition curve and a three-piece section of a rural Dutch scene with an agricultural access road stretching across the three modules.

A special thank you to Andreas Rittershofer for letting me use his background. Enjoy the photos!

Hemer 2011 FREMO:87 layout in the center of the Grohe Forum

Hemer 2011: FREMO:87 layout in the center (click to enlarge)

Local freight on its way to Hemer

Local freight on its way to Hemer

Class 50 engine with local freight leaving Iserlohn Ost

Class 50 engine with local freight leaving Iserlohn Ost

Shunter waiting for orders

Shunter waiting for orders

Passengers in Iserlohn Ost

Passengers in Iserlohn Ost

A local freight and passenger train meet in Iserlohn Ost

A local freight and passenger train meet in Iserlohn Ost

Diesel passenger train waiting at Heinerslust junction

Diesel passenger train waiting at Heinerslust junction

Steam passenger train entering Geisecke

Steam passenger train entering Geisecke

Man working in the distillery near the Dutch border

Man working in the distillery near the Dutch border

Super detailed RP25 class 41 engine visits Geisecke

Super detailed RP25 class 41 engine visits Geisecke

Rural scene on the Bavarian branch

Rural scene on the Bavarian branch

Rail bus in Hölle

Rail bus in Hölle

New module section with super elevation

New module section with super elevation

Local freight crossing the German Dutch border

Local freight crossing the German Dutch border

Bridge between Nahuis and Schelling

Bridge between Nahuis and Schelling

Level crossing in Schelling

Level crossing in Schelling

Spotting cars in Schelling

Spotting cars in Schelling

Scene in Lintelo

Scene in Lintelo

Shunting in Lintelo

Shunting in Lintelo

Dutch level crossing

Dutch level crossing

Rail bus on the Dutch branch

Rail bus on the Dutch branch

Cow pasture in the Netherlands

Cow pasture in the Netherlands

Rail bus to Winterswijk

Rail bus to Winterswijk

Loading the vans

Loading the vans

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