Miniatur Wunderland Weekly Report

01.01.07 at 12:03 hrs

Weekly Report No 322, CW 52

From Monday, 25.12.2006 to Sunday, 31.12.2006
The year 2006 has passed now. Time for a quick review: Quite a lot has happend in and around the layouit.
TV tower in the Hamburg section

2006 was the year of modernization; especially in the model building resort. The TV tower was built in, the fun fair became new rides and booths,

Car repair underneath Altona station

and the Altona station in the Hamburg section was completely remodelled.

Illumination changed from lamps to LEDs

The street and structure illumination was completely changed from lamps to LEDs. In addition, the conventional light control was replaced with our inhouse developed MiWuLaLight system.

The walls have been refurbished with paint and slate.

Some progress was also made around the layout. The exhibition rooms were repainted and and the walls were furnished with slate.

New floor in the Swiss section

One part of the most important themes were the remodelling measures taken in the new building sections. Nearly 900 m² (8,100 sq ft) floor had to be newly built up.

Ceiling break-through in the Swiss section

100 m² (900 sq ft) of the ceiling had to be removed for the Swiss section...

The baseframe for the staircase in the Swiss section

... and a benchwork of nearly 12 tons of steel...

Benchwork for the Swiss Alps

had to be welded together for the Swiss Alps.

3D-model of the Swiss section

Gerhard Dauscher sat several months brooding over 3D-models and plans in order to incorporate as many ideas and whishes as possible.

Plan of the Swiss section

Kick-off for building the new Swiss section was the 1.6.2006 when the 1:1 plans were laid out the first time.

The new staircase in the Swiss section

The most important theme was, of course, planning and building the new Swiss and the future airport section.

The Blue Goals were set up for the Soccer World Championship; just like the real world did.

Not just for us but for the whole country the Soccer World Championship was an important event. Nearly all germans suffered from soccer fever. of course, the Miniatur Wunderland adapted very quickly and devoted some areas to the Soccer World Championship. Since we oriented us as close as possible to the prototype, we installed so-called Blue Goals in the Hamburg section; just as had been done in the real world from May to October when many roofs in the Hamburg city were crowned with them.

The laser from St. Micheals which connects a couple of Blue Goals

In addition, some Blue Goals were 'connected' by a laser beam originating from St. Michaels church.

Championship-party on the layout

Moreover, we staged a 1/87 scale championship fan-party during which the games were broadcasted live on some miniature TV-screens.

Championship Special on the layout

One thing, however, was not to be missed out : The Championship Special train running on the layout during the time of the World Soccer Championships.

The 3.000.000 visitor in the Miniatur Wunderland

2006 was also a year to party. April 20, 2006 we welcomed the 3.000.000 visitor.

The 3.000.000 visitor in the Miniatur Wunderland

It is barely imaginable that a model railroad exhibition could draw that many visitors in just 4.5 years.

The 5th birthday of the Miniaur Wunderland

Another highligt this year was the 5th anniversary of the Miniatur Wunderland since the opening in 2001.

The 5th birthday of the Miniaur Wunderland

August 15, 2006 some 400 congratulators arrived to party with us until early morning the next day...

Atze in Wunderland

What do celebrities do in their leisure time? Pretty simple: They pay a visit to the Miniatur Wunderland :-) Atze Schröder even brought his wig and stayed forever.

Atze Schröder in the Miniatur Wunderland

Since his visit he is on stage at the push of button and performs his program in a concert hall.

Mario Barth in the Miniatur Wunderland!

Mario Barth passed by before his performance in Hamburg and awed at all the small details which the 'most prmitive hobby of men' could bring up!

The bosses of the Miniatur Wunderland during an interview with Johannes B. Kerner

Jörg Pilawa is always thrilled when he and his family find time to visit us. During the TV show 'Johannes B. Kerner' with Freddy and Gerrit he spoke really fascinated about the layout and its impact on him.

Blackout in the Miniatur Wunderland

Everyboday knows that the Wunderland is open 365 days a year although with changing hours. Closing time is oriented on the expected numbers of the visitors. We thrive to give every visitor the chance to indulge the layout. Unfortunately, we had (nearly two) exceptions this year - two days, on which the opening hours were not determined by us but by 'higher powers'... June 20, 2006 , approx. 2PM: Relatively many visitors are at the layout, at least for a day when the German national Soccer Team plays. Suddenly, it happened: All trains stood still, the lights went out, and the emergency lights went on. What happened? A somewhat capital problem in a substation of the local energy supplier arose and switched off the current for the complete Speicherstadt complex. After some phone calls with the eneergy supplier we came to the conclusion that we had to close the exhibition for the rest of the day. The blackout lasted more than two hours but apart from some disappointed visitors no harm was done.

Storm tide in Hamburg

Wednesday, 1.11.2006, the complete Speicherstadt reports: land under water! Really the complete Speicherstadt? Of course, NOT! The Miniatur Wunderland wouldn't be the Miniatur Wunderland, if it could not react to such unforeseeable problems. Although the complete Speicherstadt complex was shut off from traffic, the trains kept on running. If 2006 had been a leap year, we would indeed have been open for 365 days but now we 'only' were open for 364.5 days – Ashes on our heads!

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