Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Bigguest High Rail Layout EVER!

Ok, for a minute, forget about standard gauge. I know it is hard, just try for 30 seconds. I was in Amersterdam last week (that's right, the Netherlands) and I went to this place called "Madurodam".

The place is essentially a huge model of Amsterdam in 1:25 scale. I took a bunch of pictures. It's essentially the best modeling I have ever seen. It's also a huge train layout. It has boats in real water that really move, cars that move, airports with planes that taxi on the runway, trolleys and trains (commuter and freight). And tons of little people.

What makes it so good? Well, it is huge for starters. I posted the link above. I'll post some Youtubes as well. The attention to detail is spectacular. Bar none, I've never seen such a spectacular achievement and attention to detail. And it works here; this isn't modeling a part or a chunk out of a time and "just" a place. This is modeling a whole city with buildings that are brand new and buildings that are hundreds and hundreds of years old. I had a chance to compare the models to the real buildings and they were spot on.

I know, it's a larger scale so it is easier. This is a couple of acres of modeling though and they did virtually the whole city including canals with everything moving.

Only one thing kind of spooked me: they had real fish in the water. And not little gold fish but some larger fish like Bass and Trout. Maybe even a catfish. Seeing those suckers swimming around in such juxtaposed with such a detailed little city was kind of un-nerving.

Oh yes, and I had the best eclair in their cafe I think I've ever had in my life. The only downside was that with the dollar so weak right now and the Euro pretty strong it costs a huge chunk of change to get to this place. If you are in Europe on an expense account or doing some corporate travel I'd recommend this or if you are retired and plan these kinds of trips. With some planning the cash outlay can be minimal, spur of the moment is like buying box seats at a Yankee or Red Sox game.....

It's fantastic and if you get a chance to leave the US of A and want to see an amazing spread and get some great ideas, you need to check this out.

I've never seen a working lift bridge like this one, not over real water no-less. And I've never seen a working model boat pass under the bridge and than double back!!!

By the way, the 3rd picture down is a scale, working water lock. I was dumbfounded when I saw this thing actually work.

1 comment:

Tim Savaglio said...

Soon you will be able to see a similar attraction with out getting on an airplane and going through customs. Opening on July 17th in West Chester, OH , a northern suburb of Cincinati, is Entertrainment Junction a massive G Scale layout that is billed as the World's Largest Indoor Model Railroad. This G Scale Railroad will operate 90 trains at any one time. It includes four different themed areas and a second level viewing area. To get an idea of what this is all about you can view their website at www.entertrainmentjunction.com or go the Cincinati Garden RR Clubs website to learn more. This is a well funded and thought our effort that will become a great ambassador for our hobby no matter what the scale. This attraction includes much more than just the railroad. There is a 5000 square foot railroad themed play are for children, a hobby shop to be leased to an operator, party rooms, the Cincinati Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society has their Library located there, there is a Transportation museum area, a large area for displays of layouts in many gauges to include perhaps Standard Gauge, and a seasonal Maze area. This is a very professional undertaking. lIt will be something to see. As a disclaimer, I have no financial interest in this attraction in any way. I am just passing this information along as it is related to this posting. Best Regards, Tim Savaglio
Liberty Township, OH