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    Default Miniature Railway Display - hunting for Citroens...

    Maybe I am going mad, or just being sucked into the "everything Citroen" vortex...

    Spent the last few weeks in Europe travelling around. One of the stops near my hometown was a visit to the "Miniatur Wunderland" in Hamburg - the world's largest model railway display - sounds a tad geeky, and I had my doubts, but it is brilliant! (Google it!) Even if you are not into railways as such, the effort and attention to detail the guys have gone to to set these displays up is breathtaking. Hundreds of thousands of tiny figurines, kilometres of tracks and a myriad of electronic wizardry to change lighting from day to night, exploding volcano, tidal waters, etc - stunning. They have covered the US, Scandinavia, Germany, Italy, Switzerland (with a 5m high Matterhorn!) and a fully functioning airport (with landing 747 planes) - we spent hours looking at the details and marvelled over the technical finesse of the setup.

    here a few shots:

    The new Hamburg Philharmonic:

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    View of the vehicles on top of the Koehlbrand bridge:

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    A Bavarian Oktoberfest scene:

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    A Concert display - imagine gluing all those thousands of tiny figurines down (and painting them first!):

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    The Rome display:

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    Why am I banging on about this in a Citroen forum you may now ask... well: where there are railways, there are model cars, and where there are model cars, there are possibly Citroens. So, after quite a bit of hunting I indeed found them - however, very limited numbers only: only found ONE DS and a few H-Vans! Almost as rare a hen's teeth...

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    The DS was part of a "divided Germany" display placed near a Checkpoint, the H-Van was observing the UFO that made an appearance at "night" over some countryside... hence Alien Hunter!

    Citroens are everywhere - just got to look closely...

    Sven

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    Absolutely brilliant detail!
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    Great stuff Sven, but I didn't see any trains!
    I have a small model railway in my new man cave that runs along one wall. It is not scenicked but is instead an art deco inspired setup in black with two levels and bridges modeled on the Eastern freeway ones in polished Oregon timber. My trains are chosen for their art deco design (passenger trains) or bright colour schemes (freight). They are all digitally controlled with sound and some also with smoke and you can run multiple trains on the one line all doing their own thing. It is brilliant (and not geeky at all. I also have a few car transport carriages with my dream fleet of cars on board as you can get beautifully detailed cars in the same scale (HO- 1/87) so few a few bucks can indulge in what ever takes your fancy.

    How is the 'blue danube' running these days?

    cheers Tony
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    The Danube is fine, but has of course been sitting idle the past three weeks... but with temperatures forecast to go to 38 degrees this weekend I am sure I will be able to add some sweat patches to the seats over the weekend .

    Sven

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    oh come on Tony.... don't tease us.... a couple of photos wouldn't hurt......

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    OK Jon, here are a few images

    overall shot

    both levels shown here

    one of the oregon bridges (with head lights you might recognise below)

    the other bridge with a Dreyfus Hudson NYC passenger train

    bridge and central control

    all aboard

    cheers Tony

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    here are some of the dream fleet carriers

    I have a couple more packed away waiting for inclusion

    These are some of the nice little models. The HO scale ones are the three starting with the blue safari.
    The layout will be extended right around the garage with a removable section for the roller door and the door into the garage. The digital control adds another dimension to model trains. The problem is my sister gave my son her sons old scalextric set for christmas so that is another distraction. I have already bought a racing alfa 33/3 which is very fast, and I am going with my son to a slot car race track tomorrow with his porsche 917.
    cheers Tony

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    the images all look well.

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    wow i say wow..... looks super.... and i cannot help but notice that your dream car train has many the same cars i own or used to....
    ......e type, messerschmitt and lots of citroens.... so snap.

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