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Hamburgs biggest modelrailway in 1 gauge

A century of railway history in Hamburg on a traffic-historical model

  • Opening of the model railway on October 7, 1949 in the Hamburg Museum of Hamburgische Geschichte. Since then over 68.000 presentation with more than 2,3 million visitors take place.
  • The layout was constructed by our assosiation members and is still managed by them.
  • Most of the scenery are handmade, i.e. overhead contact installations, signals, buildings and also many locomotives and wagons.
  • The regular presentatated trains nowadays cover a distance of approx. 81mi annually. The oldest of our traction units has run more then 5.000mi.
  • Beginning of the technical modernisation after the breakdown in 1994.
  • More than 110 traction units are ready for operation, some more have to rebuild from AC voltage to DC voltage. The modelrailway is controled with the PC-operating system MpC from Gahler+Ringstmeier.

Regular presentation of the modelrailway:
Monday                                   closed                                                                    
Tuesday to Saturday 11 am 12 am - 2 pm 3 pm 4 pm
Sunday and legal holiday 12 am - 2 pm 3 pm 4 pm 5 pm


Technical data

  • 1 gauge - scale 1:32 - 45 mm gauge exactness
  • Model of the station Hamburg-Harburg and the Hamburg main freight yard
  • Dimension of the hall 717yd², dimension of the layout 299yd²
  • Length of the tracks 1300yd, 260 switch points
  • 143 signal, therefrom 27 mechanical signals
  • approx. 43.700yd of wires
  • Powersupplie 24 V DC
  • 115 traction units
    • 60 steam engines
    • 13 electric locomotives
    • 26 diesel locomotives
    • 4 electric railcar with 8 trailer inclusive an ICE
    • 12 diesel railcar with 13 trailer
  • 185 coaches
  • 380 goods waggons
  • ca. 30% of the trains are individual constructions
  • Timetable-presentation with PC-operating system MpC from Gahler+ Ringstmeier
  • Control also or parallel with:
    • Automatic route control
    • Button control panels similar to german SpDrS60
    • Monitor control centre similar to ESTW

Press reports

(only available in german)