Layout Tour: Minature Wonderland Hamburg (NSF56K)

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  1. atsf_arizona

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    Hi, all,

    I was fortunate enough on my recent Europe business trip to visit the very
    large HO model railroad at Minature Wonderland:

    http://www.miniatur-wunderland.de/

    This is the huge model railroad in a old historic warehouse district in
    Hamburg, Germany, with four different themes (Europe, America,
    Alps, Scandanavia); it was featured in the February 2004 Model Railroader.

    I spent the day there, and took a series of 'you-are-there' layout tour
    photos, which can be seen at:

    http://community.webshots.com/user/Minature_Wonderland

    This layout is incredible. The detailing, moving automobiles, figures, full
    night time lighting are in many cases worthy of contest level modeling. (Minature
    Wonderland is a modeler's layout, not a rough unattractive Northlandz kind of
    layout).

    It is also very interesting to see how the Europeans characterized the
    United States model railroad scenes, i.e. their perception of us.

    Below is a summary overview. I feel very fortunate to have visited, and
    I hope you enjoy the photos and can share in the fun with me as well.

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    1. The Modelleisenbahn Wonderland in Hamburg, Germany

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    2. Alpen layout at Minature Wonderland - panorama right side

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    3. Alpen Minature Wonderland - Paorama Left side Alpen


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    4. Alpen Minature Wonderland - the town of Saint Wendel and the Alps

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    5. Amerika Minature Wonderland - the Las Vegas scene

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    6. Amerika Minature Wonderland - the Grand Canyon

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  2. atsf_arizona

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    Part 2:


    7. Minature Wonderland - Landungsbrucken - a famous waterside restaurant in Hamburg

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    8. Minature Wonderland - a famous bridge, Kohlbrandbrucke, over Hamburg harbor

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    9. Minature Wonderland - model of AOL-Arena in Arena, complete with 12,000 Preiser figures

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    10. Minature Wonderland - Hamburg skyscraper under construction

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    11. Minature Wonderland - Knuffingen bridges - this was Feb 2004 MR article's lead photo shot


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    12.
    Minature Wonderland Scandanavia - Ship in real water, sails under it's own power


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    13. Minature Wonderland Scandanavia Kiruna - snow worker "oops!"

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    14. Minature Wonderland Scandanavia Kiruna Mine in winter


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    Part 3:


    15.
    Minature Wonderland Control Center - Looks like NASA - railroad is fully computer operated and automated


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    16. Minature Wonderland North Sea Sunflowers

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    17. Minature Wonderland - Overview of layout size and cost

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    I hope this layout tour is interesting for you all.
  4. 77railer

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    Great pics...thanks for sharing them with us...77Railer
  5. ausien

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    Thats truely amazing. What workmanship, thanks for shareing.. You must have had a wonderful trip and picked up a good few ideas for you own layout....steve