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.
One of the things I love about US model railroading is that trucks are interchangeable between cars from different manufacturers. With a multitude of trucks available on the market, it’s helpful to have a cheat sheet that indicates what axle lengths work with them. I found such lists on the Reboxx website that help me determine which PROTO:87 wheel sets I need to order from NWSL or Andy Reichert’s PROTO:87 Stores.
Find Axle Lengths by Wheel Diameter
Maybe, you’ll find them useful as well.
Get in the cab of a steam locomotive in this video by Reinhard Düpmeier and enjoy the ride on a cross-border branch line from Germany to the Netherlands on the 2012 Lichtenvoorde FREMO:87 meeting layout. I had to miss this fun event even though I was in Europe at the time. Note the new stations Wernsdorf on the German side and Terborg on the Dutch part of the layout.
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!