(Poster courtesy of MOBA)
Köln, November 2000
Author: John Oxlade
FRIDAY 10th NOVEMBER
In the evening, visitors to WorldRailFans
started to congregate on Baal (in northwestern Germany, between Aachen
and Monchengladbach). Martin Silz had booked a table at a local
restaurant for 12 people to kick-off the first large meeting of
visitors to the site.
John Oxlade, Doris Larman (John's girlfriend at the
Martin Silz, Tibor Weidner, Roy Kishore, Frank Forsten, Georg Feddern,
Tim Hale, Dave Pryor and Kenny Ericson attended. Tim was using napkins
to draw out track plans, and Tibor's salad was so large we thought he
would need mountaineering equipment to get to the top.
Everyone had a good time and the meal was a good
opportunity to wind-down after a long day's travelling. John Oxlade
and his girlfriend had travelled in via Eurostar from London to
Brussells, but as it was 45 mins. late, they missed the connection to
Aachen and eventually arrived in Baal about 10 minutes before the
meal. Kenny had come down from Stockholm and Dave and Roy had flown in
from the US.
Frank handed out the complimentary tickets for the
exhibition (provided by the MOBA and including train travel in the Köln
area), and we agreed to meet in the lobby of the Köln Messe at 10:00
the following day.
SATURDAY 11th NOVEMBER
10:00, Köln Messe hall 14. Ruud van den Breevaart
had travelled down from Rotterdam that morning and was already waiting
at the hall. We met up with Andy Hayter and his wife, and Kenny was
already in the show with his wife and son. Martin's mother and father
also came along, and Walid Khier was reportedly at the show but we
failed to make contact.
Although we arrived as a group, it was not
practical to go around together, so we split up with the agreement to
meet at the MOBA stand at 13:00 to have our picture taken and thank
the MOBA for being our hosts. The photograph was put on the MOBA's
website almost straightaway and used in their "events of the
day" diary. Their group photograph is reproduced here (with
permission) along with their accompanying words (originally in
"Today there was another
highlight on the MOBA stand. The Internet group WorldRailFans
came to visit us. This group of Internet and railway enthusiasts, who
until now, had only communicated via Email and Chat, travelled from
the USA, Great Britain, Sweden, Holland and Germany and met here in
Germany for the first time. Tomorrow they will travel as a group to
[the railway museum at] Bochum-Dahlhausen and afterwards will return
to their home countries."
After the show, some of us decided to get some food
and be finished in time for Ruud to catch the 19:00 train to
Rotterdam. Unfortunately 11th November is carnival day in northern Köln
and the city was teeming with people in all sorts of fancy dress
costumes. Unlike the previous evening's fine food, we ended up going
to a certain American hamburger restaurant as being the only place we
could get anything to eat before Ruud's train left. Oh well, you can't
win them all.
SUNDAY 12th NOVEMBER
Martin (and his parents), Georg, Frank, Tibor (and
his wife and daughter), John, Doris and Tim met up at the railway
museum at Bochum-Dahlhausen. The museum has a good collection of
locomotives, including 01, 38 ,50, 78, 95, E32, E94, a Schienen-Straßen-Bus
and a Wismarer Schienenbus.
After looking round the museum grounds, Martin gave
us a guided tour of the roundhouse with a commentary describing the
exhibits, and their backgrounds. We then went to the carriage where
the MEC Essen (Essen
Model Railway Club) has their model railway. This was not normally
open in November, however Martin had made special arrangements for the
layout to be operated for us.
Later in the day, John, Doris, Georg, Frank and
Martin went for a trip on the preserved line operated by the museum.
An ELNA loco along with 5 carriages made a pleasant 2 hour round trip
accompanied by lots of steam effects (it was rather damp outside) and
As a finale, Martin, John, Doris and Georg went for
a splendid meal and said their goodbyes.
John Oxlade (and I suspect all those who attended)
would like to thank Martin Silz and Frank Forsten for making many of
the arrangements for us all on our visit to Köln. The only problem
was that it all worked out so smoothly that they might be invited to
arrange the next one too.
Many thanks are also extended to the MOBA and the
MEC Essen for their hospitality.
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(All photos by John Oxlade unless otherwise
|Images from the meal in Baal on
Friday 10th November
|Click on image for
||Frank, Georg and Tim
discussing Tim's "napkin" track plan.
|Images from the Internationale
Modellbahn Ausstellung on Saturday 11th November
|First view of the
exhibition, although only about 25% of it.
||On the Busch stand,
their new UFO model.
||A nice LGB layout.
"Glocke" Kempten's "Ospizio Bernina"
|The Fleischmann stand and
||Model Railway Club Helsinki's
||G. Hendrik's layout "de
Passerel", based on a Mosel vineyard.
||We are entertained by the MOBA.
(Photo courtesy of the MOBA)
|Images from the railway museum at
Bochum-Dahlhausen on Sunday 12th November
|DR 95 0028-1 (an ex-Prussian
T20), in front of the roundhouse
||Especially for John Bruce, an
||Martin Silz, his mother and
father, Georg and Doris in front of a converted diesel railcar
used for measuring the inside profile of tunnels
||The museum's Köf II and a
Donnerbuchsen (Thunderbox) giving short rides
|A British loading gauge ferry
wagon, DRG type "Gfh Trier" (later Saarbrücken), DB
class Gbh 21, built in 1927.
||An overall view of the turntable
and roundhouse showing the museum's BR50 and BR95
||The recently restored and
re-streamlined 01 1102.
||Cab of the Schienen-Strasse-Bus
(Road-Rail-Bus). A special bus, which could run on roads as
well as on tracks
|Martin Silz giving us a tour
(with commentary) standing in front of 78 468.
||01 008 inside the roundhouse
||The restoration of this
ex-Prussian combined post & baggage coach is nearly
||The ELNA loco being readied for
|The "Father of all
Thunderboxes": a Ci-21 forming part of the museum's train
from Hattingen to Wengern-Ost
||Martin, Georg, Frank and John
standing in front of a six-wheel Prussian baggage car, which
is part of the museum's train
||Martin and the Essen
Model Railway club's layout (operated by Bernd Kleindienst).
The layout is built inside an old passenger carriage.
||The main station on the MEC
1) Interessengemeinschaft Spur Z (Z Scale Interest
The Z Scale Interest Group is exhibiting a Z scale
railroad to the public. Along 30 meters the visitor can experience the
smallest serial produced model trains in the world in action.
Scale 1/220, Z
2) Z Club 92
Z Club 92 offers the interested visitor a look into
the world of Z scale. The modular layout is an imaginary layout that
does not follow a specific. Here the visitor sees what is possible in
a small area with Z.
Scale 1/220, Z
3) Authentic Modellbau Club, Wien (Vienna, Austria)
For the first time the AMC Vienna is showing parts
of its large modular layout in Germany. Shown are six train stations
built according to Austrian prototypes. Additionally, hand made models
are shown in a display case.
Scale 1/160, N
4) HEB Modelleisenbahner, Heusenstamm
The HEB group will be present with their well known
modular layout for the first time in Cologne this year. The layout is
set in hilly terrain, and includes a large station with shunting
facilities and a large steam locomotive maintenance facility.
Scale 1/160, N
5) Modelleisenbahnclub Seehausen, Altmark
The model train club, Seehausen, Altmark, has taken
up the task of realistically modeling the route
Geestgottberg-Salzwedel in 1/120. The stations of Geestgottberg and Krüden,
along with the connecting stretch, are modeled in full detail. Also
all engineering works on this layout are individually constructed.
Scale 1/120, TT
6) Modellbahngemeinschaft Siegkreis e.V
The modeling group Siegkries presents to the public
a modular layout in H0/H0e. The Layout is set in Epoch III/IV. Many
interesting components, for example a goods depot, an industrial area,
two stations up to 10 meters long, and a suburban station are all
connected by numerous mainline modules, which connect the mountains
and valleys to each other. Trains on this layout are up to 6.9 meters
Scale 1/87, H0/H0e
7) Ostthüringer Modelleisenbahn Club Gera e.V
The OMC Gera has taken upon itself the task of
modeling a station from Thuringia. After setting various criteria, the
decision was made to model Lauscha. This station is reproduced to the
smallest detail. All of the buildings are scratch built. An additional
highlight of the layout is the inclusion of the Faller-Car- System.
However, mass produced cars are not used, but those which represent
the early days of the automobile in the GDR, such as the Trabant,
articulated Ikarus bus, Moskwitsch, etc.
Scale 1/87, H0
8) Eisenbahnfreunde Dillingen e.V.
Let yourself be enchanted by the world of industry.
Shown is a section of a steelworks in the Saar, which can still be
seen today. Blast furnaces and coke facilities define the setting of
Scale 1/87, H0
8) Model Railway Club Helsinki (Finland)
Let yourself be enchanted by the scenery in the
high north of Europe. The layout is set n Epoch III/IV. All of the
models are overwhelmingly hand made. Each and every building is
scratch built. Numerous details, such as the Finnish sauna in the
blockhouse, the fishermen at the lake, and much more, help to give
this layout its special flair.
Scale 1/87, H0
9) "de Passerel" , G. Hendrik's
The layout by the club, <
> from the Netherlands, is based on the vineyards of the Mosel. The
cities reproduced are the "Saarburg" (Weinstadt) and "Serrig"
in the vineyards. The layout is set in the wine growing area along the
German/Belgian border. The highlight of the layout is the vineyard
with almost 4000 hand made grape vines. From a rail technical side
different gauges from H0 to H0f are present, and of course, three rail
dual gauge trackage is not allowed to be missing.
Scale 1/87, H0
10) Rail Miniatuere 25, Besancon (France)
The club, Rail Miniature, is presenting to the
public a funicular railway that was in operation up until 1988 between
Beauregard and Bregille. The model exhibited here was copied exactly
in 1/87 according to plans, photos, and postcards. All notable
building are faithfully reproduced.
Scale 1/87, H0
11) Modellbahnfreunde "Glocke" Kempten
The Modellbahn friends "Glocke" from
Kemtpen have left us breathless in Switzerland . They are presenting
to us the highest station on the Rhb, "Ospizio Bernina".
This station lies above the tree line and the special attraction of
this layout lies in its use of minimal vegetation.
Scale 1/87, H0m
12) Strassenbahnfreunde Hemer
The streetcar friends from Hemer have dedicated
themselves to their home in the 'Märkischen Kreis'. The show the
Iserlohner Kreisbahn in the area around Altena, as is appeared up to
1960. The 'dicke Berta' shunts goods wagons in the wire factory, which
is situated along the route. Furthermore, the streetcar friends from
Hemer enthrall us with a special exhibit of streetcar models from the
Iserlohner Kreisbahn and Cologne.
Scale 1/45, 0
13) Modellbahnfreunde Niederrhein e.V
The club is exhibiting a 15 meter long modular
layout. This layout captivates us with its large vehicle and
structures that are set into the scenery very well.
Scale 1/32, 1 Gauge
14) Eisenbahnclub der Stadtwerke Wuppertal
The STW Wuppertal club models in IIm gauge. At this
exhibition they are showing RhB models. Trains up to 7 meter long are
Scale 1/22.5 IIm Gauge
15) Franz Stellmaszyk
In a special exhibition Franz Stellmaszyk shows us
many of his world records such as the smallest vice in the world, the
smallest usable iron saw (Bügelsäge), the smallest beer bottle etc.
Everything is modeled in 1/22.5. In total Mr. Stellmaszyk has 9 entire
in the 200 edition of the Guiness Book of World Records.
Scale 1/22.5 IIm Gauge
John had personally met Kenny, Martin and Dave
before (come to that, Pierre Birgé and Sith Sastrasinh too, but they
did not attend the show), but this was the first time more than 3
people who visit the site had met.