Layout Tour: Minature Wonderland Hamburg (NSF56K)

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by atsf_arizona, Nov 18, 2005.

  1. atsf_arizona

    atsf_arizona Member

    Hi, all,

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

    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:

    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

    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.


    1. The Modelleisenbahn Wonderland in Hamburg, Germany


    2. Alpen layout at Minature Wonderland - panorama right side


    3. Alpen Minature Wonderland - Paorama Left side Alpen


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


    5. Amerika Minature Wonderland - the Las Vegas scene


    6. Amerika Minature Wonderland - the Grand Canyon


  2. atsf_arizona

    atsf_arizona Member


    Part 2:

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


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


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


    10. Minature Wonderland - Hamburg skyscraper under construction


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


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


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


    14. Minature Wonderland Scandanavia Kiruna Mine in winter


  3. atsf_arizona

    atsf_arizona Member


    Part 3:

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


    16. Minature Wonderland North Sea Sunflowers


    17. Minature Wonderland - Overview of layout size and cost


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

    Tad Member

    Nice shots, John.

    Thanks for sharing.
  5. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Das ist wonderfull

    You had a great trip Thanks for posting this wonderful L/O.
    I love all the differant scene`s and weather change.
  6. gavin manley

    gavin manley New Member

    wow!!!!!!!! that was encredable such detail
  7. Zman

    Zman Member

    I'm going to build me one of those once I win the lottery.
  8. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Wow.:eek: :eek: Great Pictures.:thumb: That sure is one big model railroad.:D
  9. trolleynut

    trolleynut Member

    Ive long been an admirer of this layout.Thanks for the great pics.
    The level of detail in the road system vehicles is simply incredible.I hope to see it one day.
  10. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    If I remember correctly I think there is one in New Jersey as well. I will have to go through my papers here at home and find the website and I will post it. Now where did I put those papers:confused: :confused:
  11. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Wow, I've gone over these pics several times and it's absolutely impressive. I can't thank you enough for posting them.

    Thanks also for the statistics. Now I just have to go find my conversion tables....:D
  12. atsf_arizona

    atsf_arizona Member

    Hi, LiveSteamer.

    I'm sure you're thinking of "Northlandz" in New Jersey.

    Although I haven't been to Northlandz, from what I've seen in photos of Northlandz, I would guess Miniature Wonderland in Germany displays a much higher level of detail and fidelity.

    It's incredible how many people and how much work has gone into Miniature Wonderland, and it shows. Craftsman quality would be accurate to describe the Hamburg, Alpen, and Scandanvian exhibits there.

    Glad everyone has enjoyed the photos from Germany (smile). Happy Holidays.
  13. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Thanks for the pix, John. There are precious few things that bring me to envy...a trip there would be right up there at the top. :thumb: You're right about Northlandz---while still impressive in its own right, the modeling is coarse and borders on fantasy with some of its Dr. Seuss like bridge work. Still a cool place none the less and no doubt the catalyst for more than a few beginning modelers.

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