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!