I attented the yearly model railroad show at the Dutch railway Museum. This time not as a visitor but as a volunteer in the children's corner.
1 An overview of the "grand" errrm ... hut.
2 A friend of mine persuaded me into joining a volunteers team assisting children in mastering the skills of building structure kits. So most of my time I was occupied there. Occasionally there was a childrens ebb, allowing me to see some of the show
4 Strengthening the father-daugther bond
6 Very serious work.
7 Willemspoor is de first Dutch broad gauge layout I have ever seen. And wow what a good one.
8 The first railway line between Haarlem and Amsterdam was opened in 1839 (yep 175 years this year). The temporary Amsterdam station was replaced by a permanent solution a few years later: the Willemspoort station
12 Travelling in those days was for the more wealthy folk. First they were the one who could afford it but second why on earth would a simple workman want to travel such enormous distances?
14 Being dropped off by your carriage is no more than fitting of course.
18 The first railways were laid in broad gauge, 1945 mm, in the assumption that this was the finest of this new techmology. In the founder's years that was no problem but as railways took hold in Europe and 1435mm gauge gradually turned out to be the winner in the battle for standard gauge the Dutch broad gauge proved more and more of a problem. Construction of new broad gauge railways ceased in 1847. By 1866 all broad gauge railways had been converted to standard gauge.
19 De Arend was the locomotive to pull the opening train of the first railway in the Netherlands.
22 The Pegasus by Robert Stephenson in 1844. It lasted until 1866 and was not re-gauged.
27 I found this layout in On30 very intriguing
33 The famous scene with the accompanying music in the background
41 To conclude my personal selection of beautiful layouts a few shots from Gert Arkema's delightful "Rhenen"
47 I bought this driving axle as a souvenir, simply because it was beautiful. I know my selection of layouts is very limited. Ontraxs offers infinitely more than the few I could show you, but I simply did not have the time to do more. I especially regret not having seen Marcel Ackle's newest creation, but people were queueing there. Guess why ;-)