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Offline twmarklinfan  
#1 Posted : 11 August 2022 16:41:45(UTC)
twmarklinfan

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Hello All,

It been a long time since I have attended a European model railway event. This one has taken my eye as it is right before my birthday. I am hoping she who must be obeyed might loosen the purse strings!

On a more serious note please may I have some feedback from others who may have attended the event?

Many thanks
Adrian
Offline kiwiAlan  
#2 Posted : 11 August 2022 17:10:19(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: twmarklinfan Go to Quoted Post
Hello All,

It been a long time since I have attended a European model railway event. This one has taken my eye as it is right before my birthday. I am hoping she who must be obeyed might loosen the purse strings!

On a more serious note please may I have some feedback from others who may have attended the event?

Many thanks
Adrian


The event may have been held last year, but otherwise has never been held as far as I know as the first one was to be in 2020 - and guess what got in the way. It is to replace the IMA that was at Cologne, but the organisers could not reach agreement with the management of the halls there, and so planned to move it to Friedrichshafen. The first one was planned to be on the same weekend as Eurospoor, but the later ones are planned for the following weekend, so it is possible to do both events.

The other thing to look at in Friedrichshafen is the Zepplin Museum.
Offline Cadde  
#3 Posted : 14 August 2022 13:52:03(UTC)
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Hi. The Friedrichshafen model exhibition exists for years and covers not only railways, but everything modelling. Planes, ships, trucks, construction machines, Lego, name it, you find it there. Until before the first Covid lockdown, the world's largest model railway exhibition took place in Cologne every two years. The Cologne exhibition management company didn't want to continue with it and so it moved to Friedrichshafen instead, and is added to the regular model exhibition there. So Friedrichshafen is supposed to be the largest exhibition now. Having said that, I was there last year and it was sparsely adopted by exhibitors as a lot of Covid restrictions were still in place. When I visited the event the years before Covid it was actually really good and extensive. Let's hope it gets back to its older glory this year or next year.

If you think of going there, then I recommend to take a plane to Zurich and get on a train to Romanshorn at Lake Constance. From there you have a ferry crossing the lake straight into Friedrichshafen city centre. The train goes direct from Zurich airport to Romanshorn. And the ferry is right next to the train station. In Friedrichshafen, a 2 minute walk from the ferry, you have free bus shuttles to the exhibition. Sounds complicated, but is easier and faster than traveling via Munich, Basel or Frankfurt.

There are also two other exhibitions, which I personally think are even better. The first one is in Dortmund. It is just massive and the number of exhibitors and model clubs showing their layouts is impressive.
https://www.intermodellbau.de/en/home/

The second one is usually around the same time and equally good. It is in Mannheim. Easy to reach from Frankfurt airport by train.
https://www.faszination-modellbahn.com/en/

You rarely see the same exhibitors on more than one of these exhibitions. I visited all three of them every year for the past 6 years or so.

Hope it helps.
Cadde
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Offline twmarklinfan  
#4 Posted : 15 August 2022 09:29:42(UTC)
twmarklinfan

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Hi Cadde,

Thank you very much for the info. Part of the reasons for going to Friedrichshafen is that we haven’t visited before so I thought it might be something interesting for both of us, so I will investigate.

Dortmund was an annual pilgrimage pre covid. We were a group of 4 but sadly two of the group can no longer travel due to covid requirements, so that’s gone cold.

I’ve never been to Mannheim so I will have a look at that.

Many thanks again
Adrian
Offline MKOpSeattle  
#5 Posted : 16 August 2022 08:48:27(UTC)
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Thank you Cadde for your insights. I was seriously thinking of going to Friedrichshafen until I saw your post. I didn't know about the other two events. Coming from the USA, I can only go to one. If you have to pick one to go, which one will you pick? Thanks.

T
Offline kiwiAlan  
#6 Posted : 16 August 2022 16:32:00(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: MKOpSeattle Go to Quoted Post
Thank you Cadde for your insights. I was seriously thinking of going to Friedrichshafen until I saw your post. I didn't know about the other two events. Coming from the USA, I can only go to one. If you have to pick one to go, which one will you pick? Thanks.

T


I have never been to the Friedrichshafen one, but have been to the Dortmund one several times.

The Dortmund Exhibition is a Model Exhibition, not just a Railway Exhibition. In the past there have been two adjacent large halls of MRR, one primarily manufacturers, and the other primarily second hand traders and shops selling new stock. There is a bit of cross over between the two halls, along with the occasional layout.

Other halls have model boating (one hall, large 'paddling pool' lake with large fans when yachts have their turn, but also power boats at other times), one hall has 1/12 scale radio control vehicles - a feature of this is about 5 tons of sand dumped in the middle of the hall and then a swarm of R/C diggers, bulldozers and dump trucks move it around, another hall for model aircraft, and a hall for people wearing video head sets while they fly their copters around a course.

Not too far from Dortmund is the Bochum-Dalhausen Railroad Museum. The one time I went there I met Hagen von Ortloff of Eisenbahn-Romantik fame doing some filming, and didn't mind me interrupting him for a couple of minutes chat.

From Carstens description it sounds like Friedrichshafen could be a similar arrangement. Another thing about going there is the Zepplin Museum on the waterfront, well worth spending some time there. When I was there in '97 it was the middle of the summer holidays and the museum was full of school kids on summer holiday excursions tearing around. I had some fun switching the video consoles that tell you about an item to English (so I could about the display), the kids would run up to them - 'don't understand that' - and run off without realising they could switch them back to German.

Well, I suspect I haven't made the choice any easier ... BigGrin BigGrin BigGrin
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Offline Cadde  
#7 Posted : 17 August 2022 21:21:30(UTC)
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Dortmund is my favourite out of those three.
Offline MKOpSeattle  
#8 Posted : 10 January 2023 07:51:18(UTC)
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I plan to go to the model show in Dortmund in late April. Besides the Bochum-Dalhausen Railroad Museum suggested by Alan, can my fellow marklinist recommend any tourist places for short visits? I'll fly into Frankfurt, pick up my friend and head North from there. I'm thinking of the general areas between Frankfurt and Dortmund, and venture out East and West. So far I have Nuremberg and Rothenburg on my list, and I plan to spend about twelve days on this trip. Thanks.

T
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Offline kiwiAlan  
#9 Posted : 10 January 2023 15:11:04(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: MKOpSeattle Go to Quoted Post
I plan to go to the model show in Dortmund in late April. Besides the Bochum-Dalhausen Railroad Museum suggested by Alan, can my fellow marklinist recommend any tourist places for short visits? I'll fly into Frankfurt, pick up my friend and head North from there. I'm thinking of the general areas between Frankfurt and Dortmund, and venture out East and West. So far I have Nuremberg and Rothenburg on my list, and I plan to spend about twelve days on this trip. Thanks.

T


From Frankfurt to Dortmund you'll pass near Wuppertal, so you may like to have a ride on the overhead railway there.


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