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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

Axle Lengths for Your Freight Car Trucks

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.

Checking the axle lengths for an Accurail truck.

Find Axle Lengths by Wheel Diameter

Reboxx Ho 33″ Wheel Application Chart (PDF)

Reboxx Ho 36″ Wheel Application Chart (PDF)

Maybe, you’ll find them useful as well.

Take a Steam Train Ride Across the 2012 FREMO:87 Meeting Layout in Lichtenvoorde

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.

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