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Photos from the 2017 Köln FREMO:87 Meeting

After a two-year hiatus, I was finally able to attend a FREMO meeting again. The meeting in Köln-Dellbrück Thielenbruch took place in early October 2017 and featured the largest FREMO:87 layout ever, measuring more than 200 linear meters across five branch lines.

It was the third meeting with my station Fessenheim (see second image below), which is still under construction at the time of this writing. I’ll add more information about the progress of this project at some point.

For now, I’ll share a handful of impressions following a single train across one of the DB branches between Hünenberg and Häfnerhaslach, which included a masterfully built model of the Bromskirchen valley bridge. All shots were taken with an iPhone 6.

Pt crossing bridge in ealy morning light Pt in Fessenheim (FSM) Pt crossing bridge Pt at railroad crossing Pt passing signal

Photos from the 2014 Glottertal FREMO:87 Meeting

On the hottest Pentecost weekend on record, more than 50 FREMO:87 modelers from all over Europe came to beautiful Glottertal in the Black Forest for model railroading fun, delicious food and great company. With a layout consisting of more than 100 meters of track, the largest ever set up in Glottertal with many new modules, the 2014 meeting was truly one of superlatives. Here are a few impressions from my visit.

Era III diesel work horses: V100 and Köf II in Gutach.

Era III diesel work horses: V100 and Köf II in Gutach.

Lumber is a familiar sight in the Black Forest station Gutach.

Lumber is a familiar sight in the Black Forest station Gutach.

New depot in Türkheim (Bavaria) Markt.

New depot in Türkheim (Bavaria) Markt.

Farmers looking on train movements.

Farmers looking for train movements.

ETA 150 entering station.

ETA 150 entering station.

Dutch passenger train waiting at signal.

Dutch passenger train waiting at signal.

The same train passing Schelling in the Netherlands.

The same train passing Schelling in the Netherlands.

Citroën van at Dutch level crossing.

Citroën van at Dutch level crossing.

Dutch farmer with his horses and carriage.

Dutch farmer with his horses and carriage.

Dutch standard gauge tram line with freight traffic.

Dutch standard gauge tram line with freight traffic.

Photos from the 2013 Nuremberg FREMO:87 Meeting

In early October, I was able to attend part of the 2013 FREMO:87 meeting at the DB Museum in Nuremberg, the birth-place of German railroading. The small Festsaal was perfect for a layout consisting of about 65 modules with two branches centering around the station Türkheim (Bayern) Markt. I brought a number of my era IV models that I was able to run before the regular era III operations took over. All in all, it was another great road-trip with wonderful fellowship that included a visit to one of the best model train stores left in Germany. Enjoy the cellphone photos.

Our Sprinter loaded for Nuremberg

Our Sprinter loaded for Nuremberg

Loading in at the DB Museum

Loading in at the DB Museum

Starting the setup in the Museum's Festsaal

Starting the setup in the Museum’s Festsaal

Era IV freight train with a few of my cars

Era IV freight train with a few of my cars

Beautiful Weinert DB V20 engine in Fornsbach

Beautiful Weinert DB V20 engine in Fornsbach

Loading gauge in Fornsbach

Loading gauge in Fornsbach

Scratch-built FS car in Türkheim

Scratch-built FS car in Türkheim

Czech hopper in Türkheim

Czech hopper in Türkheim

DB Class 50 engine in Türkheim

DB Class 50 engine in Türkheim

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

Pictures from the Zunsweier 2011 FREMO:87 Meeting

Earlier this month, FREMO:87 enthusiasts organized the first regional meeting in Southern Germany. The meeting in the quaint village of Zunsweier situated in the foothills of the Black Forest near Offenburg featured a layout with stations from Baden, Bavaria and Württemberg with a timetable set in era III. A workshop on supering the Brawa Omm52/E37 open hopper rounded out the program.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to fly in for this meeting so I am going to share a few photos taken by a friend of mine. It looks like the meeting was a success and will hopefully be repeated in 2013.

 

Zunsweier 2011 FREMO:87 layout

Zunsweier 2011 FREMO:87 layout

Signal at Fornsbach

Signal at Fornsbach

A passenger train makes a stop in Gutach

A passenger train makes a stop in Gutach

Lumber from the local saw mill ready to be hauled away

Lumber from the local saw mill ready to be hauled away