At last! Premiere. The introduction of new miniature railway products for 2020 – which can be enjoyed with all of your senses – will enter its most exhilarating presentation phase in just a few weeks: at FASZINATION MODELLBAHN! The beauty and subtlety offered by the industry sector will be unveiled to the public for the first time, right up close in all of its opulence, at Mannheim’s legendary Maimarkthalle. All renowned brand names will once again be on hand for the second session of the international trade fair for model railways, specials and accessories held at the exceptional venue in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan area from the 13th through the 15th of March. Manufacturers, clubs and associations are eagerly looking forward to meeting up with the community – and the community is already spreading the word enthusiastically in the social channels. With its straightforward concept of 100% pure model railroading, event promoters Messe Sinsheim have long since captured the hearts of the highly interested expert audience and entire families for this outstanding miniatures event, because everything your heart desires and more is available here for this extremely fascinating hobby. There are numerous opportunities for visitors of all ages to try things out together with the pros at FASZINATION MODELLBAHN. Fascinating technology and fun in a relaxed atmosphere – come in and check it out!
Exclusive Model Railway Insiders
The snazzy spring highlights are already waiting on the tracks and are ready to enter the Maimarkthalle in Mannheim for FASZINATION MODELLBAHN 2020. After the season is launched at the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, FASZINATION MODELLBAHN is traditionally the first event to present new railroading miniatures, as well as the latest accessories and digital gadgets, to the general public. Experiencing model railroad technology right up close is now on the agenda for 3 full days. What can visitors look forward to? The following is a compilation consisting of excerpts.
Big Boy is Back
With more than 160 years of company history and an enormous selection of models – along with their exciting original stories – industry leader Märklin never tires of reviving more and more legends from global railway history. And thus the Big Boy, the world’s largest operable steam locomotive, is now back in miniature. The original, namely the Big Boy 4014 operated by the Union Pacific Railroad, went on a grand tour of 12 states in the USA in May 2019. In March, Märklin and Trix will drive the flagship H0 gauge model of the legendary 4000 series into Mannheim’s Maimarkthalle. Awesome.
In honour of the anniversary for “100 Years of Electric Operation on the Gotthard, 1920 - 2020”, Märklin is continuing the Gotthard series of class Be 4/6 electric locomotives based on the “Crocodile”, the “Köfferli” etc. The new design of the class 66 will be also be showcased in four European variants – in the Trix H0 assortment as well. And Europe’s most powerful diesel-hydraulic locomotive is also celebrating its premiere in the large 1 gauge scale.
Allgäu Railway’s unique colossus is now available in six different versions and with more than 30 digital functions – 100% percent railway fun guaranteed. Even deeper insights into the world of Märklin will soon be available for all interested parties at the main plant in Göppingen, where Märklineum will open in the summer of 2020. The excitement about which Märklineum highlights will be presented at FASZINATION MODELLBAHN is growing rapidly.
Track Ballast, Sweden, Artificial Stone
Model railway manufacturer Viessmann will also delight the public in 2020 with numerous fascinating innovations such as the H0 rail tamping machine. This newly developed ballast processing machine from Plasser & Theurer is equipped with two drive types – electric and diesel-electric (hybrid). This results in clear-cut benefits including reduced maintenance costs, as well as operation with low noise and emission levels. Beyond this, switchable light functions are available in the digital mode for even more driving fun. From ambient cabin lighting and direction-dependent headlights, right on up to switchable high and low beam operation. The scope of functions of the rail tamping machine leaves absolutely nothing to be desired.
Kibri is delighting its fans with newly added building kits for the H0 track size. In fact, amongst other things, the community will continue to use the so-called Swedish houses, which are already becoming increasingly widespread in Germany, in their enchanting miniature landscapes in the future. Thanks to the time-tested snap-together system they can be assembled very easily.
Vollmer’s stone art series – handmade from quartz sand – is characterised by extraordinarily realistic appearance and haptics. The H0 range has been supplemented with a slate roof panel and an asphalt road panel, each consisting of artificial stone of outstanding quality. The panels included in the artificial stone series are made of weatherproof sedimentary composite material, which provides an incomparably realistic stone surface. Beyond this, the plates are super flexible and can be easily cut to size.
Curtain Up, Applause! Showtime for Private Layouts
The private layouts competition, which is held by the trade fair promoters together with trade journal MIBA, is a legendary and integral part of FASZINATION MODELLBAHN. Once again, layouts created by private individuals are proudly presented to an international audience and then judged by an expert jury. As the visitors move through the various worlds presented by the individual private layouts, their makers chat about the origins of their creations and the messages they impart. Those who take the time to interact with each other can listen to stirring model railway stories, establish pleasant contacts and take lots of inspiration back home.
Strong, Stronger, Micro Models
Visitors at the booth operated by IG Mikromodellbaufreunde Süd Rhein-Main discover that the fascination of functional model building also takes place on a very small scale. Excavation, transport and loading are implemented to the limit on a scale of 1:87. And almost everything one might encounter on the streets in front of the Maimarkthalle – from cars to heavy goods vehicles – rolls through an appropriate landscape. One of the numerous highlights is the functioning gravel works and its screening plant. Amongst other operations, excavators and wheel loaders are used to load the trucks there with gravel, which is then transported to various construction sites. Visitors can take a deeper look behind the scenes at the show workshop, and find out how the small models are maintained and repaired at a live presentation. The team from IG Mikromodellbaufreunde are happy to answer any questions about the technology involved with these models.
Let’s Get Creative!
No other leisure activity combines so many great opportunities and promotes so many skills as model railroading. As usual, this is why kids and teenagers are cordially invited to immerse themselves into the world of miniatures from the 13th through the 15th of March, and thus come to know and love the hobby of model railroading in a playful manner. Everything is covered from woodworking and electronics soldering, right on up to computer control. Thanks to the open model building and play activities presented at the various hands-on research stations, such as those offered by the Junior College Europe of the BDEF (German association of railroad enthusiasts), young visitors can try out various options, tinker about and give free rein to their creativity. As always, the dioramas created with great pride can be taken home after completion. FASZINATION MODELLBAHN is a popular family event with fun guaranteed for all!
Know-How? At the Model Railway Forum!
Plenty of seats are available for all interested parties and deep insights into the exciting subject of model railroading abound at the forum. Throughout the entire duration of the trade fair, visitors are provided with personal added value in terms of inspiration and solution options by means of informative, professional presentations held by brand name manufacturers and model railway outfitters – with valuable tips on the latest models and applications, free of charge for all trade fair visitors.
Confirmation from Dampffreunde
Once again this year, the Echtdampf-Hallentreffen will be presented live for the visitors at FASZINATION MODELLBAHN. Steam engines, hot-air engines and flamelickers are still inspiring for young and old alike, thus uniting generations. For three days, we’ll celebrate our mutual hobby to our heart’s content, meet cool friends from the steam engine model building scene and present our most beautiful steam engine models to a highly interested audience.
In summing things up we can say: visitors will once again experience highly concentrated model railway technology in all gauges, the latest technological features and loads of layout accessories for three days at FASZINATION MODELLBAHN 2020 – live, in action, hands-on. Specialist dealers offer competent advice and the pros from the manufacturers are always happy to talk shop. Furthermore, visitors are provided with tips and tricks which provide solutions and make model railroading technology vividly tangible. And thus the community casually meanders through Mannheim’s miniature world and is inspired, exchanges ideas and shops eagerly for their own model railways.