by Friedhelm Weidelich

RailAdventure GmbH, the market leader for special transports and test runs with new trains in Central Europe, is acquiring a stake in the English company Hanson & Hall Rail Services. Six Class 43 high-speed railcars will operate as dual locomotives for the company's domestic services in Great Britain.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The rustic original for a bridge diorama or module in 1:32 scale still needs to be supplemented with suitable rolling stock. Here are 49 year old photos and some new ones for inspiration. They show an amazing range of locomotives, railcars and passenger cars.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The Czech transport company RegioJet, together with the new Dutch night train operator European Sleeper, will add new routes and destinations to European night train services next year. 67 photos show what was going in Prague's Central Station in 2012.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

There are settings that you can't invent. Eventually you will find a believable accumulation of details that inspire a modeler to a diorama. Here comes a bridge scene for gauge 1 that has it all and could be realized on a compact footprint for epochs I to VI.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

50 years ago, I took a steam special train with 038 650 to Switzerland. A picture gallery.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The freight line near Hanover always offers surprises. A picture gallery with 45 photos taken in storm, rain and sunshine.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

ÖBB and Siemens Mobility today presented the first new Nightjet car. This provides interesting insights into the production.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Red Hummer, Black Buffalo and BR 01 202: Infantilization and lack of expertise go hand in hand in model railroading.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

In 1970, snow was still a regular occurrence in February, and winter was not a reason for the Deutsche Bundesbahn to stop traffic as a precaution. Some photos.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Snow and sunshine are good reasons to spend a few hours outside and photograph trains. 61 photos give an impression of what you can discover there. A current snapshot from two main lines east of Hanover.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The Wunder gauge 1 models are being delivered these days. About 35 years ago, the DB cars were phased out. What did the passenger trains with conversion cars look like back then, what is also important in the models? 35 photos I took about 50 years ago, when the 3yg(e) cars were commonplace.

by Gastautor

Hans and Walter Ziegler show how they patinated an 01 from KM1 with simple means. This gives courage to try it yourself. Some prototype photos from the end of the steam era give suggestions how far you should (not) go.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

A new book sheds a lot of light on the trains of Touropa, Scharnow, Hummel & Co. A must for all buyers of the Touropa cars from Wunder.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Because Covid-19 has significantly affected the whole season, the first German museum railroad is operating for the first time in autumn.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The Vectron from Siemens Mobility has now been approved by authority Trafik-, Bygge og Boligstyrelsen to operate for the Danish State Railways. Three locomotives of DSB's class EB are already on their way to Denmark.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Journalists are dumb. Not all of them, and rarely does this apply to the trade press. But if you look at the former top product of German magazines, DER SPIEGEL, you often encounter journalistic incompetence. With the current Vectron order of DB Cargo, for example.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Yesterday, Deutsche Bahn announced an ICE order with Siemens. Because the press material said so, the journalists rushed at the radio-permeable windows and the bicycle compartments. But because an ICE 3 is not an ICE 3, hardly any media report was correct or was decorated with false pictures.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The Italian pointed roof cars, which Dingler has announced for gauge 1 now, were part of many freight trains. A glance into my archives – and at a preserved car in South Tyrol, Italy.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Locomotives in this color scheme are rare. A Polish company stands out with this. Pretty in pink.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Wunder's makeshift baggage cars have provoked more reactions than any previous meeting - consistently positive ones. Since 1967, the models of these cars have been appearing in front of my camera time and again.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Many electric locomotives of the former state railways and the Deutsche Reichsbahn have fallen into oblivion because they were only built in small numbers and did not always prove themselves. The German language book by Dirk Winkler recalls them with brilliant photos once again in the memory of railway enthusiasts and engineers. The text has unfortunately turned out rather joyless due to unnecessary flaws.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

What have we done without the Internet? If you're still bored, I have something for you.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Unusual, weird designs of locomotives, cars and multiple units are popular with model railroaders. Soon there will be a new darling of the public.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Gauge 1 usually suffers from too long vehicles and too short tracks. But you can, strictly following the example of the DB Regio, extend the journey time with a trick. German TV satirical program Extra3 showed the method again yesterday.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Until Epoch IV, the collection and transport of scrap metal was a rustic business. My photos show what it really looked like back then.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

They are extremely rare on model railways - especially not on 1-gauge. They have also been removed in many places: safety points or trap or catch points.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Catenaries are very complicated to model. However, you should pay attention to details in a gauge 1 layout with overhead contact line that only become apparent at second glance.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Finally 39 photos from the Cité du Train in Mulhouse, France. Here we meet two world record locomotives and many other exciting railway vehicles.