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Offline Andrey  
#1 Posted : 26 December 2012 09:21:16(UTC)

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Recently "Russia-2" TV channel team visited Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Piko factory in Sonneberg and Maerklin factory in Goeppingen to make a film dedicated to model railroading.

This is almost very first time, when state TV paid attention to this theme!

26'14 minute film (unfortunately only in Russian) is available here:


- up to 10'55 - Hamburg Wunderland
- 10'55-16'00 - Piko Sonneberg with little insert from Maerklin Goeppingen
- 16'00-19'45 - Info about model gauges and G-scale layout in Germany (presumably with LGB trains)
- 19'45-end - Narrow gauge children railway in Kratowo (Moscow region) - real stuff.

Due to the time limit Maerklin factory footage is very short (about 15 seconds from 13'10), but photos made there as well as shots made at Piko Sonneberg can be seen here:


You can easily see where Piko ends and Maerklin begins almost in the middle of the page.

Actually, film makers decided that Piko is closer to the Russian people than Maerklin since its very well known to them from the childhood, is more affordable in terms of prices and produces some Russia-related stuff like coaches shown there.
At the same time, film authors stated that Maerklin is great company 100 years older than Piko and manufactures very high quality overall metal models. But nothing is said about principal difference between 2 rail and 3 rail systems.
Finally mentioned that its hard to realize whether model trains are for children or for adults, since they are very expensive for the first category and very toyish for second...

Funny: said that one figure from Wunderland (man figure from the layout) costs 100 euro. Either joke or misunderstanding.

The film is new and will be hired on January 1, 2013. It may attract an attention of children and their parents and bring them to the wonderful world of model railroading... I guess its better than nothing!

Hope this subject will be rather interesting to some of you.
All the best, AndreySmile

Edited by user 26 December 2012 17:40:54(UTC)  | Reason: More info added

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Offline steventrain  
#2 Posted : 26 December 2012 10:15:53(UTC)

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Excellent, Thanks for the link.
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Offline franciscohg  
#3 Posted : 27 December 2012 01:50:36(UTC)

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Location: Patagonia
Loved the video, even if i dont understand a thing.
Seeing the mobile ramp in the hidden area of the layout reminds me a topic where whe discussed a similar device around 10 years ago........it was possible!!!!!
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Offline phil  
#4 Posted : 27 December 2012 07:21:52(UTC)

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Thanks for the link. BigGrin
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Offline BrandonVA  
#5 Posted : 03 January 2013 16:53:13(UTC)

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The difference between the two factories is interesting, but not that surprising. Very neat stuff!

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