by Friedhelm Weidelich

Accucraft and the many brands associated with it now have a new online store that makes it easier to keep track.

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

Hardly had MiniArt released a kit of musical instruments than the Ukrainian manufacturers added two pianos. More kits are flooding the market.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Spur1-Exklusiv has decided to make a special offer.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

This week I received a sample package with figures for gauge 1, which belong to the top class and add unique motifs to the booming market.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

We have the new status for upcoming deliveries of gauge 1 models.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Despite the current heat wave in Germany, autumn is just around the corner, with gauge 1 novelties that are not quite as hot.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

American-style model railroads are quite rare in gauge 1. But it is worthwhile to be inspired by American layouts.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Kiss Modellbahnen Deutschland, a brand of Fine Models, announces a new model that hardly anyone would have expected.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

For five years a hardly known railroad company existed in the French occupation zone in southwest Germany: SWDE.

The current EK-Special 138 describes the complicated railroad history after the end of World War II.

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

Today I received photos of the Ae 3/6 from Kiss Modellbahnen Schweiz.

The three model versions are sold out ex works and may still be in stock at some dealers.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

In 2014 I showed a nice field railway from Denmark in scale 1:35. In the meantime the model maker has changed to a larger scale. A good reason to have a look at the old module layout again. 50 pictures in large format.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The German cartoonist, who died a few days ago, was also a photographer with a special relation to the railway.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

MBW has published the planned versions of the class 52.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

In addition to the Ziegler brothers' contribution to the construction of the small coaling station, the supply sources now come here.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The Ziegler brothers have completed their museum depot with a small coaling station. After a long wait they decided to build the model themselves. It is functional and looks good.

Here they describe and show how they went about building it.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The German accessory manufacturer Bergswerk offers four new water-based premium clear coats which seal model surfaces highly transparent and non-slip and protect them from UV light.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The new newsletter from Spur 1 Austria brings good news - and critically comments on the speculation in forums about the Chinese production facility.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

In 1927, the Swiss Federal Railways SBB purchased two baggage cars from BLS for use in the "Gotthard Pullman Express". 36 photos of the gauge 1 model of Wunder with fantastic views of the rich interior.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

From 1926, the CIWL's "Golden Arrow" connected Paris and London.

Wunder has created a 1:32 scale model of the luxurious train.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Two CIWL Pullman cars and a baggage car from the luxury trains "Edelweiss" and "Gotthard Pullman Express" are presenting themselves before the camera. The first one is spectacular on the outside, less so inside. But in any case a gem for gauge 1 collectors with lots of space. Have a look and enjoy!

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Shop showcases of scale 1:32 buildings are often decorated with photos because the decoration is laborious or corresponding goods are not available. A kit with musical instruments for a stylish music shop of epochs I to IV will be available soon.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

A reader gave us an address for high-quality models of metalworking machines. They are delivered ready to use and are highly detailed.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

In May I presented figures for epoch I here. You can also use them in epoch II, if they are painted appropriately.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

If tool making is too expensive due to too small series, the industry turns to additive manufacturing. The now offered accessories, like this lathe, are mostly very inexpensive - but unfortunately not in the 1-gauge scale.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The Steiner Modellwerke have redesigned the inclined coaling elevator. The lorries will be produced once again.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

While packing the locomotive I discovered the two figures between the polystyrene flakes. They are cast out of metal and neatly painted.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Messe Sinsheim GmbH just published the decision to cancel this year's 37. Int. Modellbahn-Ausstellung, 19. Faszination Modellbau and 12. Echtdampf-Hallentreffen. The events have been planned for October 30 to November 1, 2020 in Friedrichshafen.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

At Dingler, the kits of the Baden cars are currently being assembled on a trial basis. Here are the first pictures.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The exhibition in Norway is featured in two videos showing the module layout in operation.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Fine Models has added two new variants to the Bavarian Lokalbahn steam locomotive project which has been taken over from Kiss.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Take one! The plastic box, which will be empty at the end of the 2019 season on a pier on the Baltic Sea, ironically symbolizes a part of the gauge 1 market: Order something, we can deliver almost nothing anyway!

Now it's time to bet on the Zero.

Despite tha: the updated list of gauge 1 projects promises more deliveries for 2020 - and some more new projects.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

With its 8.55 kg, the SNCF 241-A-65 for gauge 1 is a heavyweight with very high tractive power. This applies to the Märklin model both technically and literally. Because the aesthetics of the French steam locomotive in Swiss hands appeals to everyone. Read the detailed review of the gauge 1 model here, with over 100 excellent photos.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

SNCF's 241-A-65 is a Swiss-based heritage locomotive that leaves no one cold. As a Märklin model for gauge 1 it was worth 98 photos in large format. The pictures of this impressive French locomotive show its strengths and few weaknesses, the review is in progress.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

A few photos on the fly. See more tomorrow.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Märklin's 241-A-65 has arrived for a review. And because unpacking is so emotional, my son took photos of the process.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

After his excellent Polish Dragon, Jacek Wysocki built five tank cars. His gauge 1 models are still getting even better.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Spur 1 Austria today presents a new steam locomotive and another new version. Besides status reports on the currently produced models there is a spectacular announcement: 0 Gauge.

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 Gastautor

There is nothing to replace wood in the model. Hans and Walter Ziegler have revised a flat car from KM1, which improves the appearance with a real wooden floor.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

From Norway I received snapshots of a harmonious, imaginative and realistically designed module layout.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Sometimes you wonder why certain accessories are not available for gauge 1. Wema is tirelessly producing new ideas from the practical experience of creating a layout.

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

Many locomotives of the Deutsche Bundesbahn were used elsewhere at the end of their service at the state railway. A few V 200's came into the desert - and not each one survived. Klaus Wagner built models of these.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

It is great when guest authors come forward with topics and ideas. I was impressed by the list of a kind guest author, from which market shares and delivery times could be calculated, also because of the hard work that went into it. However, on closer inspection, the mathematical conclusions on this basis were too strict.

by Gastautor

The fourth part deals with two self-built gauge 1 boxcars from the 1980s and other freight car models that were worn out in service.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Dingler has now described the details of his 14 variants of the two-axle Prussian passenger cars and the mail/luggage cars in greater detail. And an addendum about the Wismar railbus.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

On Sunday an excellent gauge 1 module layout can be visited in Norway.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The first half of 2020 is nearing its end. Failed trade fairs and obstructions caused by Corona and an insolvency have not had a major impact on the industry. But if you take a closer look at the gauge 1 project list, you will discover shifts in the market. Because some can deliver, others cannot.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Dingler has now set the prices for the four new projects.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

With a focus on Germany, Dingler announces two novelty packages for gauge 1. Both projects close a gap just in time and will open new perspectives.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The International Spur 1 meeting in Sinsheim, traditionally held this weekend, had to be cancelled due to Covid-19. But you can find out here what Dingler would have presented there. The novelties are tempting and cover a lot of the scope of our hobby.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

MBW plans to deliver an DRG/DB E 95 in 2021.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The four production samples of the three-axle conversion cars from Wunder are almost spectacularly successful. The gauge 1 models of the 1950s to 1980s Bundesbahn passenger cars, which were in operation in thousands of copies, offer excellent value for money. 69 photos, which show the enormous variety of details and will increase the anticipation considerably.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

There is news from Kiss Modellbahnen Switzerland.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Märklin will deliver the 241-A-65 in July 2020. There is even more interesting news from the world of gauge 1.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

MTH from the USA, also represented with "Railking" models in 1:32, will close business.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The Bavarian low side cars from Fine Models are approaching production maturity. 14 new photos, which should please gauge 1 friends of epochs I and II.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

We continue with patinating examples of the Ziegler brothers. The pictures speak for themselves.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Märklin has now delivered the second pot car with item number 58725. If you can get the gauge 1 model out of the packaging without a crash, you can look forward to a little handicraft fun.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

On April 24 and 25, 2021, a new model railway platform of Gauge 0 and 1 is planned in Birmensdorf/ZH with the title TrainExpo.ch. Club layouts and models of all kinds in gauges 0, 0e, 0m, On3, 1 and 1m will be shown in operation, products for layout and vehicle model making will be on sale.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

As a dental laboratory technician, Joachim Lutz is very familiar with moulds. He has built a bridge for the gauge 1 club layout with team colleagues that is quite impressive.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Fine Models has finished the last unpainted shown hand sample of the 97 101. Four photos of the gauge 1 rack locomotive, which will be available in autumn 2020.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Like the announcement, the production model of DB's class 81 has its premiere at spur1info. The first gauge 1 locomotive from Steiner Modellwerke is now available. The price-performance ratio is right. But what is particularly well done and what can be criticised? A review with 88 large format photos.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Ten professional photos of the production model of DB's 81 001, era IIIb, by Steiner Modellwerke for gauge 1. For subscribers only.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Freshly unpacked is the DB tender locomotive of class 81, which has just arrived from Steiner Modellwerke.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Hans and Walter Ziegler have taken two more freight cars for weathering.

The 1-gauge cars show the long years of service of the prototypes.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

For a long time, far too long, the customers of Kiss Modellbahnen had to wait for concrete results after the insolvency announced in March. Now the results are available.

by Gastautor

"Only through patination a row of cars will look like a real train," wrote Hans Ziegler and sent an article and many pictures showing how he and his brother Walter proceeded with weathering freight cars. This is because brand-new gauge 1 models appear somewhat out of place on a railway landscape that is obviously close to the original.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Wunder Präzisionsmodelle will produce a rather exotic cab control and baggage car for gauge 1, which had its origin in Bavaria in epoch III.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Accessories for gauge 1 are usually quite large. Kits can be mounted without magnifying glass and the secure grip of a four year old. The pallet kit discussed here is ideal for fun at the end of the working day - and the result is very close to the original.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Besides the 07 1001 of the DR from Proform there is also a 07 1001 as a live steam model. It is operating in Switzerland.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

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

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Covid-19 hits gauge 1 more than was to be expected after the interruption of production in China and Korea. Two problems in particular are delaying deliveries.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The German state railways from before 1920 are more popular with gauge 1 railroaders than is generally assumed. Now there are many 3D-printed figures, but you have to paint them yourself.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Hundreds of Gauge 1 dioramas and layouts are secretly blooming at private homes. Here we have the last opportunity to view an elongated diorama from Switzerland, which is now for sale.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

07 1001 clearly shows the French provenance. Proform built the gauge 1 model to order.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The hand sample of Fine Models' E 71 has been painted and lettered. Photos that make you want to own this Prussian vintage locomotive for gauge 1.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The Gauge 1 Meeting in Sinsheim cannot take place because of the Corona crisis and has been cancelled today.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The Calenberg Industrial Railway in Oe offers countless ideas for a field and industrial railway in gauge 1 in a very confined space, because improvisation has always belonged to such narrow-gauge railways.

Part 2 with 64 large format photos.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

If you get desperate when coupling 1e narrow gauge vehicles, the model coupling is to blame. Now there is a solution that gives pleasure.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Achim Lutz has weathered a pseudo-patinated used SBB Eaos open freight car from Märklin according to a prototype photo. The effort was worth it.

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

From 1957 the Deutsche Bundesbahn built a makeshift baggage car from two 3rd class makeshift passenger cars. Like all transitional solutions in Germany, these cars were in use for decades.

Wunder Präzisionsmodelle now delivered the long baggage cars, which were used in all types of DB trains. The gauge 1 models are well made, but need matching radii. 49 photos of all details.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Spur 1 Austria made test runs with the model of the 93 and published a short report and photos.

Spur 1 Austria

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

Happy Easter, dear readers.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

After Spur 1 Austria, Fine Models also announces an E 71. It is already almost finished. There are understandable reasons for the double development.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The Austrian class 93 of gauge 1 Austria is nearing completion - and the Easter Bunny brings a rustic electric locomotive.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

From Easter onwards, new groups of figures for gauge 1 motifs will come onto the market. Here is a preview of the figures and planned sets.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

In the Corona crisis many have time to think. And then they start cleaning up.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Monheim was the terminus of the Bavarian local railway Fünfstetten - Monheim. Now there are the station building and the coaling station as gauge 1 models.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

At the NuSSA in Stadtoldendorf a narrow-gauge industrial railway was exhibited, on which a varied operation was carried out. The railway with 900 mm gauge was built in scale 1:45. A good example? 46 photos show the possibilities and how to create a credible atmosphere in a small area.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Dingler customers will not have to wait much longer for the bulk freight wagons Ktmm 65 and Ktmmv/Ud-73 of Deutsche Bundesbahn. We take a look at the hand samples. 31 photos and an animation.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Many passenger coaches of the Deutsche Reichsbahn are still waiting for a realisation in 1:32 scale. A new announcement with details for spur1info subscribers.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Little is known so far about the class 51 of the Deutsche Reichsbahn, which will soon be announced for gauge 1 as well. Here are the details.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Lively looking figure sets are the speciality of Jaffa's Moba-Shop. Now we have new products again.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Schuco launched the Deutz F 3 M 417 in a post-war version and offers it with a wooden trailer.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Yves Rittener has finished his vineyard. It doesn't get any better than this!

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Due to the development of the corona pandemic, Messe Sinsheim GmbH has decided not to hold this year's Fascination Modellbahn Mannheim, which traditionally takes place in spring, any more. A postponement to the late year 2020 is not promising, also in consideration of the current sensitivities of our exhibitors, the trade fair company has announced.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

At the moment a flood of offers is pouring in on gauge 1 friends. And some articles are already in short supply. Breaking news.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Wema Bahnatelier has released two new figures, which can be used in many ways.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Jacek Wysocki's Dragon is finished. An impressive gauge 1 model from Poland, completely self-built.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

In Stadtoldendorf, Germany, Martin Krane recently exhibited its compact 0e field railway once again. It shows that you can build an interesting motif in 1:45 on the space of an H0 layout. In 1:35 or in the true 1:32 scale you would not need much more space. Maybe a reason to think about a little layout.

33 photos with many ideas for your imagination.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

As expected, Messe Dortmund has now postponed Intermodellbau from April to mid August.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Not a grass mat next to the gravel, but a varied vegetation makes the locomotive shed diorama for gauge 1 worth seeing. Grass and plants have "grown" quite fast. But before that I had another idea.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

In the fifth part of the building report the plumbing work on the roof of the small locomotive shed will be completed. In addition, two realistic-looking puddles are created with the simplest of means.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Yesterday evening, shortly before 8 p.m., the public service broadcaster Hessische Rundfunk reported about a large gauge 1 layout built by Fine Models and destined for a customer in Asia.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Kiss Modellbahnen GmbH & Co KG is insolvent. The insolvency proceedings were opened yesterday.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Jaffa's Moba-Shop presented in Stadtoldendorf three new sets of figures for the first time, which have their special charm.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

For gauge 1, narrow-gauge railways are still a niche product. In search of inspiration we visited the NuSSA - the zero and narrow gauge exhibition in Stadtoldendorf, Germany. It was worth it, because high quality model making was exhibited there.

We start with a field railway in 1:32. 46 photos of a compact, versatile layout.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Märklin has just announced the current delivery dates.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The corona virus has current effects: The Faszination Modellbahn 2020 will not take place, as planned, from 13 to 15 March 2020. "Due to the daily changing conditions and the sense of responsibility of the organiser Messe Sinsheim GmbH, the date will be postponed to a later date", the organiser has just announced.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

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

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Even an engine shed covered with tar paper in 1:32 scale should have gutters. Another challenge for the occasional handyman...

by Friedhelm Weidelich

From 13th through 15th March 2020, "Fascination Model Railway" will once again take place at the Maimarkthalle in Mannheim. Here, model railway enthusiasts will be able to view models and hand samples that they know from reports on the International Toy Fair.

The fair organizer is in contact with the authorities because of the corona virus. As things stand today, the fair will take place.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Horst Göhr has built a signal box for a customer, which is to be installed on a gauge 1 layout.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Schuco has delivered some models that are interesting for the 1950s to 1970s. A new large tractor is coming for the present day.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

A diesel locomotive needs fuel from time to time. So a small filling station is integrated into the gauge 1 diorama. This also increases the play value.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

After the positioning test and three glued-on walls, literally basic work is carried out in the engine shed. Parts of the interior fittings are also made. Inspired by imagination, a useful workshop utensil is created, which I have never seen in any model before.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

A small chipboard, a started and a finished kit and a piece of track. This gave rise to the idea of developing a diorama that provides plenty of activity and fun even during the building stage. While doing handicrafts, it quickly became clear that once you started, the ideas develop by themselves. Perhaps also with you, dear readers.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

A few projects and prices have been added since the last release. 175 gauge 1 projects with more than ever uncertain delivery dates.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

3D-printed figures in natural poses and fine accessories - the 1:32 range is growing. Inspiring close-ups of samples.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

It is much work to cover a roof with model tiles. But the effort is worth it if you strive for the highest model-making quality.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The battle for market share is gradually taking on grotesque features. Now, MBW as third player announces three-axle conversion cars.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Lasered roof tiles come in many shapes. If you have very high demands on model making, lay them one by one. Here is a source for high-quality roof tiles.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Recently, the Bavarian milk wagon and a hand sample of the CL passenger car from Fine Models also appeared in front of the camera. 28 photos that make you look forward to the gauge 1 models.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Michael Wyrwich has finished a Bavarian S 3/6 in green state railway livery for gauge 1.

Here are a few photos.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Many thanks to all who have renewed their subscription during the last weeks. Unfortunately, the old archive was no longer accessible. This error is now fixed.

Furthermore there are tips for a comfortable login.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

In 2019, Gauge 1 reached its zenith. At least in terms of the number of projects, because in addition to the still pending announcements, often several years old, there were numerous novelties, plus some double and triple announcements against all good sense.

In 2020 the project list is shorter, but countless projects are to be delivered this year. Will that work?

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The newly announced figures from Noch for gauge 1 are worth a closer look.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Steiner Modellwerke abandon O gauge. However, the gauge 1 models remain in the program.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

MO-Miniatur is expanding its small assortment for rail-bound vehicles and announces Roll on/Roll off Cars. There is also a novelty for the depot.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

For the 300th birthday of Baron von Münchhausen Preiser is bringing an Elastolin figure. It matches the conversations in the model railway hall at the International Toy Fair.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Beli-Beco presented its extensive range of lamps and illumination for model railway scales in Nuremberg. A novelty for gauge 1 was included.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

In the obscure world of military model making there are sometimes useful accessories for civilian purposes. Besides the traditional 1:35 scale, there are also models in 1:32 scale, matching the 1-gauge.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

MarGe Models has new modern trucks in the pipeline - and really long trailers that are shaping the 21st century's roads.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

MiniArt is constantly expanding its range of kits in 1:35 scale with civilian motifs.

Many of them can also be used together with 1:32 scale.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

On the stand of Fulgurex you could find all sorts of familiar things. But the next Gauge 1 novelty is already planned - with an interesting side effect.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Tractors are the farmer's best friends. German farmers use the green monsters to demonstrate against too low prices for their products. Schuco has quite a number of novelties for tractor collectors – and something that has been missing for ages.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Not everyone at Märklin expected such a success of the new Gauge 1 products. The market is heading in a new direction, which Märklin is pursuing with new self-confidence. Customers will also benefit from this.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The 320 001 of the track construction company Wiebe hummed quietly on the Märklin gauge 1 roller bench.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Still has made the Gras-Master even stronger and announces for the first time accessories for gauge 1.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The Toy Fair in Nuremberg has been steadily losing importance for gauge 1, but Märklin makes it worth a visit.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Company founder Bernd Lenz withdraws (not completely). The future of the O gauge and electronics manufacturer is secured. A gauge 1 manufacturer is also involved.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Fine Models has received three samples of the Bavarian low side cars of the Oq and O types. In Bavaria they were indispensable in epochs I and II. They should become attractive gauge 1 models. 37 photos in large format demonstrate what you can expect.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The two hand samples of the Bavarian cogwheel steam locomotive PtzL 3/4, the later class 971 of the Deutsche Reichsbahn and Deutsche Bundesbahn, set a very attractive monument to the prototype. 55 first-class photos show the richness of detail offered by the strictly limited models of Fine Models for gauge 1.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Märklin has new delivery dates.

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

Fine Models has today received two hand samples of the Bavarian cogwheel steam locomotive PtzL 3/4, which are only produced in an exclusive edition of 40 pieces. Here are the first photos.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Did you know that the Deutsche Bundesbahn also released records? A look back into epoch III.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Until the 1970s, there were manually operated gantry cranes in German railway stations for reloading heavy goods from open freight cars to carriages and trucks - and vice versa. For those who don't necessarily need real action on a Gauge 1 diorama or at the loading track, Jürgen Hans offers an attractive alternative to functional models.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Märklin adapts to the market with the (spring) new products for gauge 1. Apart from the V 320, which has already been announced in detail at spur1info, there are reissued cars and a truck.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

It couldn't be better: Yves Rittener shows how he built the vines for a 1-gauge club layout. The result is high-end model making.

On ne peut pas faire mieux: Yves Rittener montre comment il a construit les vignes pour un aménagement de club de voie 1. Le résultat est un modélisme de première classe.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Vineyards on Lake Geneva are the inspiration for an elaborate plantation on a Swiss club layout in 1:32. Part 1.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Lokladen, Bingen, Germany, offers an exclusive gauge 1 model produced by Dingler: ETA 178 001 of the Deutsche Bundesbahn.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Dingler has provided us with photos of the Wittfeld battery-powered railcar 1-gauge model .

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Part 2 on the subject of loading scrap metal in epoch III to the present day is about a scrap metal dealer with photos from 1971 and 2012. 1971, typical for a local freight train, a DB steam locomotive shunted here, which was otherwise rarely seen ahead of freight trains.

41 years later, the same two-axle shunting locomotive was still in service at the scrap yard. Interesting was however also the collection of small locomotives, which would make wonderful gauge 1 models.

36 photos offer inspiration from the prototype.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Agder Modell Teknikk from Norway keeps going and announces two new NSB locomotives in 2020 for gauge 1.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Spur1-igARTig has again completed 1/32 scale models of two structures that once stood on the Kocher Valley Railway Waldenburg - Forchtenberg and which were moved to the Hohenlohe Open Air Museum in Schwäbisch-Hall, Germany.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

On 19 August 2019, MSC Gülsüm, the world's largest container ship, docked in Bremerhaven, Germany, at the end of its maiden voyage and was given a warm welcome. With a (fool format) focal length of 840 mm, the 400 metre long ship did not quite fit into the picture.

What does this have to do with Gauge 1? You will know in a moment.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

I wish you a happy, healthy and relaxed New Year!


Special thanks to everyone who has supported spur1info with a subscription, articles, photos, information, comments, samples and advertising. I appreciate this very much.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Together with Exclusive Models in the Netherlands, Accucraft is re-launching the CIWL Pullman sleeping cars.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Dingler had some of his models of the Ae 4/7 of the SBB photographed.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

With this pre-Christmas view of Bremen Central Station I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays with time to relax and enjoy.

Take time for those you love - and for what you love.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The Christmas presents are never ending: Fine Models announces tomorrow the Bavarian rack locomotive PtzL 3/4. Here already are the details and photos of the handmade samples.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

More details and photos of the novelty announcement.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Today I have the pleasure of presenting to you exclusively a new gauge 1 model - for subscribers only.

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

Recently model railway friends met in Lodz in Poland for a small model railway fair. There were also three 1-gauge enthusiasts.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

If you can read German, I would recommend in the German thread of spur1info my review of a German-language book about station restaurants from all over the world.

Or maybe you would like to give it away to someone who can read it.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Schuco has released the Deutz F3 M 417 universal tractor, built between 1942 and 1952, as a 1:32 scale die-cast model. This interesting tractor model is suitable for 1-gauge dioramas and layouts of epochs II to IV. A presentation with 27 images.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Fine Models has now defined details for the Bavarian low side cars. Details for spur1info subscribers.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

There's something going on at the model railroad shows.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

New projects, changed prices and postponed and confirmed delivery dates - the updated project list provides updated information on gauge 1 projects.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Märklin offers the high-heeled S 3/6 in H0 scale, Wyko-Echtdampf now has 1-gauge livesteam model. And also a somewhat special model is present.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Schuco has delivered the Kirovets K-700 T. The die-cast model is a three-axle special version of the Russian large tractor with front loader and available at €89.95.

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

For the last time this year, we are looking at the list of 1-gauge projects that has grown once again. About 50 were delivered in 2019, but the list contains well over 220 projects.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

In the office he analyses the stock market for a large German business magazine, in the evening he works on his main station Hof in H0, which fills an entire basement room. He is one of the many silent model builders in the country who consistently pursue a theme and still want to become a little better. And he does so in a very relaxed way.

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

Wunder will announce 23 new car models for gauge 1 over the next few days. Spur1info already has the details.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Modelle von Lokomotiven, die man selbst erlebt und fotografiert hat, sind relativ selten. Umso erfreulicher ist es, wenn von Kiss Modellbahnen eines der letzten Exemplare der Baureihe 78 als Spur-1-Modell angeboten wird. Die 078 192-2 war zuletzt im Bw Rottweil eingesetzt und fuhr von Rottweil aus Personenzüge nach Tuttlingen, Villingen und Horb – und auch den letzten nach Balingen.

Wie gut ist das Modell gelungen und stimmt es auch mit dem Vorbild überein? Fünf Vorbildfotos und über 70 Bilder des Modells erleichtern die Beurteilung.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The archive of Spur1info with over 2,000 articles and a few ten thousand photos is of course still available for subscribers. Access is not difficult, but you need to log in differently.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Märklin's 1-gauge model of the DB class 78 entered the market at the end of December 2018 and was very successful. In a few days I will introduce the 78 from Kiss, which is now being delivered.

The review of the Märklin model is still available in the archive. To compare and because the reproduction of the 73 photos in the new system is better, I present the article about Märklin's 78 440, article number 55077, here once again.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

At the third Sauerland gauge 0 and gauge 1 meeting, three gauge 1 layouts and dioramas were shown, which demonstrated craftmanship at the highest level. My colleague Stefan Karzaunikat from Spur-Null-Magazin provided us with photos which offer many suggestions for a realistic design of layouts and dioramas in 1:32 scale.

Op de derde Sauerländer Spur 0 und Spur 1 Großbahntreffen wurden drie systemen en diorama's getoond, die de modelbouw op het hoogste niveau demonstreerden. Mijn collega Stefan Karzaunikat van Spur-Null-Magazin heeft ons foto's geleverd die ons veel suggesties bieden voor een realistisch ontwerp van faciliteiten en diorama's in schaal 1:32.

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

You have to come to that first: Märklin is connecting cakes with model railways. Because it's very Christmassy.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

On the way to Mulhouse in Alsace I tried to photograph some vehicles of the Dreiseebahn in Seebrugg. The collection is interesting.

At the station you will also find relics of past times.

45 photos.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The new Sommerfeldt overhead contact line for gauge 1 should be somewhat simplified and inexpensive. How good are the components and how do you differ from the Wunder product range?

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The Sommerfeldt overhead contact line for gauge 1 has gone into mass production and is available. But before we get to grips with the model, I would like to convey some facts about the original and outline the limits in the model.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

An exhibition worth seeing with staged photos from the USA and an interesting newspaper article with documenting photos show many railway motifs from the 20th century.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

If 1-gauge models are to be oiled, repaired or for other reasons not to stand on their wheels, you will need a foam locomotive cradle. It shouldn't be expensive.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Dear readers,

Good news: The photos are now visible and are displayed in greater brilliance and sharpness.

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by Friedhelm Weidelich

A cohesive train appearance as with the prototype is a matter of nerves of steel with four-axle passenger cars on gauge 1. Even the fine motor skills of a surgeon won't get you far. But there are now practicable tools to solve these problems cleverly and to ensure an automatic connection of the cars.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

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by Friedhelm Weidelich

As of today, spur1info, the world's only online magazine on gauge 1, is presenting itself in a new look. Publisher Friedhelm Weidelich and web developer Andreas Lochmann from byte-werk have deliberately dispensed with fashionable bombast and huge photos on endless start pages. At its core, spur1info has remained what it has been for almost eight years: elegant, straightforward and user-friendly.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

MiniArt has released a new car kit that fits well to epoch III. And quite by chance we learn why a related Mercedes-Benz looked very similar to a Volkswagen Beetle - or was it the other way round?

by Friedhelm Weidelich

More pictures, information and a video arrived from Hong Kong. The event had prominent visitors.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Dingler has now the versions of EW 1 passenger cars for BLS, SOB and SBB.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

From Bauma I received snapshots of the production sample of the Bavarian tender locomotive D XII, which will also be available as class 730-1 of the DRG.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

The Bavarian two-axle car models by Fine Models, shown in raw condition in Sinsheim, are now painted and lettered.

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.