Miniatur Wunderland Weekly Report

22.09.03 at 09:12 hrs


Weekly Report No 151, CW 38

From Monday, 15.09.2003 to Sunday, 21.09.2003

What a weekend: A superb special exhibition by Märklin/Trix! The station of Hamburg-Dammtor is an impressive building and definitely an eyecatcher for every layout. Maybe, just maybe we can integrate it in our layout.

Apart from the Märklin/Trix Insider meeting, the 'Rail day' which saw us represented in the ICE shops in Eidelstedt, also was staged on Saturday. We'll have a special report on this topic later on.

Apart from the exiting events we also new and nice pictures from the American section...

First, we have some impressions from the Märklin / Trix Insider meeting:

The model of Hamburg-Dammtor station

Until mid - October, the model of Hamburg-Dammtor station can be seen in our exhibition. Märklin was kind enough to borrow us the model for a couple of weeks.


The Trix sales booth

The sales booths offered the obligatory special run cars in all gauges as well as the Speicherstadt buildings and accessories at special discount prices.


Special sales

Märklin left us a few special run cars so we can now offer these in our online shop and at our counter.


Model building seminars

Interested visitors had the chance to attend various seminars relating to numerous topics. Amongst others, topics like Selectrix, the development of the Speicherstadt buildings, Railware, and the Car-System were on the list.


Model building seminars

Speakers like Rolf Knipper, Andreas Weiß, Gunter Schneider, Frederik- & Gerrit Braun, as well as Joachim Jürs and Dieter Hinz delivered many interesting seminars.


The canyon under construction

Close to the weekend, they were still visible but now the first areas of the American section are covered with a thin clear plastic tarpaulin in order to protect from dust and dirt.


The Rockies under construction

Right now, the middle section of the Rockies receives a lot of attention and work.


The first summits hide under plaster

The first summits hide under plaster which means that in the very near future we will see breathtaking bluffs here.


A bridge in the Rockies

This bridge will definitely be an eyecatcher in the Rockies. By the way: it is not made of wood but completely built with styrene. Not quite exactly Gaston's material to work with... ;-)


Testfitting the Western town

Testfitting the Western town


The saw mill

The saw mill below the mountains uses water power from the river it is located on.


The ICE in America

The train operators are also busy... This 'ICE-train' in America will certainly disturb nobody...:-)


Buildings for America

Secret buildings? Yes, definitely!


Buildings for America

These styrene structures are able to carry a fold-down working platform for the technicians ;-)


Rail Day in Hamburg

Parallel to the Märklin/Trix Insider-meeting, the 'Rail Day' was staged on Saturday. The Miniatur Wunderland was of course represented in the ICE shops Hamburg Eidelstedt.


Rail Day in Hamburg

The 'real' railway showed off the ICE and its technique.


Rail Day in Hamburg

An ICE motor


Rail Day in Hamburg

a wheelset with disc brakes.


Rail Day in Hamburg

Apart from the ICE, some other locos were also there to be admired: a class 101, the fastest motive power of the Bahn AG.


Rail Day in Hamburg

The only class 103 in traffic red (sponsored by Roco)


Rail Day in Hamburg

an orient red class 218.


Rail Day in Hamburg

A class 295 which is an improved version of the class 291, equipped with radio remote control


Rail Day in Hamburg

A class 363


Rail Day in Hamburg

The only powered end car of the ICE1 that is on reserve.


Rail Day in Hamburg

One of the highlights:


Rail Day in Hamburg

The Metropolitan, hauled by class 101-130.


Rail Day in Hamburg

And right in the middle of all this, the Wunderland cared for games, fun, and big wins.


Rail Day in Hamburg

Uli raffled off masses of free entrance tickets and we invited the kids to a couple of competitons.


Rail Day in Hamburg

Uli brought on a super show and we really look forward to the next time!


Rail Day in Hamburg

Under the austere eyes of the jury and with a lot of motivation from Uli...


Rail Day in Hamburg

... an oval had to be set up, connected to power, a train had to be set up on the oval and a test drive had to be absolved.


Rail Day in Hamburg

The winner of each round had to be the fastest in setting up and he had to drive his train one complete round each forward and backward without derailment.


Rail Day in Hamburg

The winner received the brand new Miniatur Wunderland DVD from Eisen Bahnromantik.



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