by Friedhelm Weidelich

Modern and old electric locomotives bear weathering and operating traces of varying intensity. But some traces they have in common. 45 photos with which you can judge the quality of patination on gauge 1 models.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

An old photo of an engineer and a certificate from the GDL could help with genealogical research. Do you have any ideas about this?

by Friedhelm Weidelich

In the third and last part about the train des pignes in the south of France, another 62 photos document this beautiful steam railroad and its meter gauge line in Provence. In total, there were 168 photos - enough to fill a book.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

In the second part we continue our journey with the pinecone train and have plenty of time to explore the station and the village of Annot. And then the locomotive is turned for the return trip.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

France has a number of beautiful meter gauge railroads. We took a ride on the Chemins de fer de Provence. A report with 55 photos that will give you wanderlust.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

In the third and last part of the report about the Fichtelbergbahn of the Sächsische Dampfeisenbahngesellschaft (SDG), we once again meet steam trains on the way and look at the Hüttenbach Viaduct and the terminus Kurort Oberwiesenthal, which has a nostalgic automat. Two videos complement my photos.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

In the second part we look again at the station Cranzahl, other small stations at the narrow gauge railway and accompany trains with the camera.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The Fichtelbergbahn Cranzahl - Kurort Oberwiesenthal in Saxony overcomes a difference in altitude of 240 meters (789 ft) on a route of 17.4 km (10.8 m) in the Ore Mountains. With steam, of course. We went along for the ride.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

To partially rebuild a dismantled narrow-gauge railroad and to run a busy operation on it: At the Pressnitztalbahn, volunteers have managed to bring a Saxon narrow-gauge railroad back to life. A visit and a ride are worthwhile. And you quickly realize: The Harz narrow-gauge railroads could certainly learn a lot from the narrow-gauge railroad operators in Saxony. 47 photos showing an adorable 750 mm narrow gauge railroad in the Ore Mountains.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

You might look to Fort Madison from time to time. Here's a new perspective.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Passenger transportation in the U.S. still has the charm of the 19th century in many places. An example.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Railroad cranes may be among the least known rail vehicles. This subject, reserved for specialists, has rarely been covered in magazines and books. Udo Kandler has rolled up the history of German rail cranes in his book published by EK-Verlag and compiled spectacular pictures.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Besides the class 182 of Deutsche Bahn, there are other electric locomotives that resemble the Austrian Taurus. An addition.

Some would call it backwoods transportation...

by Friedhelm Weidelich

News agencies, TV stations and newspapers are reporting today what Deutsche Telekom and Deutsche Bahn have published as a press release: "By 2026 at the latest, there should no longer be any gaps in coverage along rail lines in long-distance and regional transport." This refers to mobile communications coverage on trains, which network operators and Deutsche Bahn have been working on since 2008 with little success. 16 years of moderated (not only transport policy) standstill in Germany thanks to the Merkel governments have turned one of the most important industrialized countries into a snail-like dawdler that foreign countries can only laugh at.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

In the French zone, French mail cars were also on the road during three decades after World War 2.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Thirty years ago, on June 2, 1991, the ICE train service of the Deutsche Bundesbahn or Deutsche Bahn AG started with high-speed trains of class 401. Information and a large picture gallery with views from outside and inside.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Since Whitsun, the first German museum railroad of the German Railway Association (DEV) is allowed to operate again. Although under the Corona-related conditions, but with success to justify the effort. Not only is the train simply operated, but the background of the meter-gauge narrow-gauge railroad and the railroad operations are explained to the passengers. A living museum with ambition.

Foto: Amtrak

by Friedhelm Weidelich

50 years ago today, Amtrak, the national passenger transportation company, operated its first trains in the United States. Latest news.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

RailAdventure GmbH, the market leader for special transports and test runs with new trains in Central Europe, has acquired 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.