Thursday, 28 February 2013


WHAT and amazing place, a must see for all i have to say.

Of the 8 of us there for the weekend, myself and a club member Rory, flew out on the Friday (22nd) to Gatwick then Hamburg (There is a direct flight from Edinburgh with Easyjet starting march the 21st, Not told the misses yet........).   We arrived about 6pm and met up with the rest of the members, and head for some food, then into Hamburg Station for a little spotting.

Hamburg Train Station.
It was about -6 and windy over the weekend, but nice and dry inside the station.  For the time of night there was quite a bit of trains coming in and out.
Saturday, we had booked tickets to get into Wunderland at 8:30am so we could get a locker and beat as much of the rush as possible.
The first room we came into was the Alps.  Massive is the only word i had for this area, over two stories of the building, it was a very impressive entrance to the layout, white mountains as far as the eye could see, huge platform station, some amazing Bridges and tower cranes.  The level of detail packed into the buildings, road, platforms was unreal, there was so many little scenes going on everywhere.  It too me an hour and a half just to leave this section.

This is a view from the level about down onto the Station below, (I wonder how many Camera's have be dropped from here).
There was so many small detail and scenes dotted all over the place, i no doubt missed a lot. Here some likely lads have tried to tunnel into the bank safe, but it seems the police have an idea of what there up too.

 The Concert was something else thousand and thousand of people in the crowd, over sixty portable toilets with all sorts of things happening in them, a large camp site to the back.


This is a ship lift and one of my favourite structures.
I have to say i am a big football fan and have followed my team around Europe many times, and i have always fancied building a model football stadium on a layout.  So when i came across this i spent allot of time think how i am gonna fit something similar in my attic layout.

I must have spent about two hours looking at this stadium, how is was put together, the materials used, how the people were seated, the pitch was laid out, and i was hooked.  I spent most of the rest of the weekend when not at wunderland planning a layout around a stadium as a centre piece. With multi story car parks and a close by station for the fans to get to the match (had to put trains some where.  I am currently doing a lot of research on a stadium to build that would fit the space i have for it.  This stadium has been built to an N scale Size (1:160) at looks to fit in really well with the HO (1:87) layout.

Multi-Story car park, there is a square car park kit on the go, i will buy a few and double the size.
I will move on to the Airport next, out of the whole weekend i spent there, by far i spent the most time here.

HUSA Transportation Loco

Well i am back from Wunderland Hamburg, had a amazing time.  But will speak about that in my next post.

While in Hamburgh i picked up this super running locomotive,  It was the colours for me that i was drawn to,  I have been doing a little research in the Loco and will add a rake of frieght wagons for it to pull.  I got some money for my Xmas from the misses and the wee boy, so this was a late xmas present from them at 99 euros.

Piko N diesel locomotive G 1506 Husa

About HUSA Transportation Group

Husa Transportation Group is a Group of companies that has set itself the target of becoming a European market leader in intermodal logistics solutions where rail transportation is the “key differentiator”. With subsidiaries in the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland, Husa Transportation Group is already a major player in the European market for rail freight.

Husa Transportation, which was founded in December 1998 in the Eindhoven region in the Netherlands, consists of several divisions, each of which focuses on its own specific core activity.

I have seen one or two other loco's in this road name, i will be looking to add to my collection.  So my Solo Japanese N Gauge Layout has now also crossed into Europe.............

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Wunderland, Hamburg

Its been a while since i last post,

Now that Xmas is well out the way i have been clearing the attic out and boxing up all my sons stuff up (that has magically appeared) to give me room to start looking at the space and designing a track plan.

I have made one or two buys from eBay this month.

From  Greenmax i bought this building.

Mid Size Station Building - Greenmax No.2132 (1/150 N scale)
I am hoping to use this as part of a large city station, the signs on top i will change to Neon, and try and get a proper working clock,  If i can pick one more of these up cheap enough i will double the height.  This was from Plazajapan on eBay only £11 and £5 postage all the way from Japan unreal, and only took 5 working days.  I also picked up a few Kato container waggons.
The space in the attic is almost clear, but all my free money has gone towards a trip to Hamburg, so the base boards will have to wait a few weeks, Still that gives me loads of time to design the track plan, with some help from a friend John Bowman i think.
As the heading states i am off to Hamburg on Friday with my Model Railway club.
Edinburgh's Thistle Modelmakers are going as a club trip (  Which i am very much looking forward too, this will be my first trip to wunderland, but a few of the club members have been once or six times already.
On the Sunday we have book the behind the scenes tour, to show all the inner works, which is gonna be super.  as you can tell i am very excited about this, and if you want to know more about Wunderland, have a look at the amazing stuff on youtube and there webpage.
When i get back i will put my Photos and Vid up, and let you know how i got on.