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.
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.
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!
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.
I just returned from a quick trip to Europe where I attended the 20th anniversary meeting of FREMO Netherlands. It was the largest meeting that I’ve ever attended and featured hundreds of modules and over a kilometer of track. The H0 Europa layout reached from Scandinavia all the way to the Alpine nations of Switzerland and Austria.
There were plenty of opportunities to operate trains – everything from little commuter rail buses in Norway to international express trains on the double-track mainline running from Denmark to Switzerland to mixed freight trains on a private branch line.
Check out some of the sights that I caught along the way: