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    Miniatur Wunderland : largest model railway / railroad in the world

    Recieved this by e-mail and share it here with all members:

    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

    Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
    Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com
    Old forum: http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/
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    Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.


  • #2
    I have long wanted a live steam engine. I want an Astor (a Japanese company that makes the engine) engine in G guage (garden railway guage where the rails are 45mm apart). I have a G guage railroad that comes out every Christmas and runs around the tree.

    Several years ago I met a retired man in my town who built a whole live steam train in 5 inch guage that runs on coal. He has turned his entire basement into a machine shop. Because the engine and cars are so heavy he has rails in the back of his van. He backs the van behind his house and folds down a railroad bridge to his van and pushes the engine, tender and cars into his van to take them 90 miles away where there is a track to run his train.

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    • #3
      I thought, we had a presentation of this terrific museum in our old forum, but i could not find it... anyway - here is the link to their homepage - full of information and videos:

      http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/exhibit/

      You can even see the status of every single truck driving on that exhibition including actual km-status:

      http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/e...t-frederiksen/

      They also have the Black Prince running there:

      http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/e.../black-prince/

      Take yourself a free hour to explore the web-page. It's stunning. If you spend a visit there, you should at least have 4 hours time to see all.
      Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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      • #4
        We spend a visit there in 2007 as "warm-up" for our Lofoten-Cruise!! But it has changed a lot since then... The Alps are ready... here some pictures for you - poor quality, because our old HP camera had no good makro-modus....

        Street scene from the city of Hamburg:



        Hamburg stadium with more than 20.000 (!) mini-spectators:



        ...yes there are also trains...



        ...winter comes early this year up in the mountains...



        ...while down in the sunflower fields, temperatures are still allowing different actions...



        ...some scenes from Norway...







        Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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        • #5
          I thought this sounded familiar to me....I must have seen the report on the OLD forum! I KNEW you had been there, Ralf!

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          • #6
            This is a place i must visit sometime. It's an amazing place by the looks of it, i like model railways and i have never seen anything that comes even close to this. Love the computer controlled cars and trucks!, and i cannot help but wonder how they control those model ships that are going around?? Anyone have the answer to how they are controlled and powered? Same goes for the cars and trucks, though i guess they could be magnetic?

            Fantastic place though, i would happily spend a few hours in there!
            Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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            • #7
              The steering of the cars and trucks is too complicated to explain it here. It is the baby of Gerrit, one of the owner brothers and his own idea. You will learn a lot about it by reading this:

              http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/e...em/technology/

              http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/e...stem/software/

              Thery are now fighting since four or five years with the automatic steering of the ship system. Up to now employees steer the ships with RC. Now they want to operate with infrared and laser controlled positioning. The problem is the movement of the water which also moves the ships from their calculated position:

              http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/e...ystem/control/

              These guys are so crazy.

              If you want to spend a visit there: the ultimate CV-hotel in Hamburg is in only 1km distance: The Cap San Diego !!

              http://www.capsandiego.de/Fahrten/Fahrten_Bilder.html

              Click also on "übernachten" to get info about the accommodation.
              In "Kontakt" and "Kontaktdaten" you will find the adress, mail and phone numbers.

              I am convinced, this will be an unforgettable visit!!
              Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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              • #8
                Look, we could have a CV vacation on a ship without even sailing!!! the Cap San Diego looks quite nice!!

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                • #9
                  This is an awesome place I really would like to see for myself some day!
                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                  Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                  Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com
                  Old forum: http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/
                  Join us: Save the "Kong Olav" on facebook

                  Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Ralf__ View Post
                    The steering of the cars and trucks is too complicated to explain it here.
                    Ralf, that must be the understatement of the year! I have just spent ages reading through the technical stuff, wow, what can i say? Honestly everyone, you have only got to read through the pages about how the cars are controlled to think 'WOW'. And then, when you read through the section about how they are developing the control system for the ships, well, your jaw will hit the floor. And i thought dynamic positioning systems on real ships was complicated!
                    And i have not even looked at the train control systems yet! - or the lighting!

                    So i think you can safely assume that i am rather impressed to say the very least! I have been so engrossed in reading about all of that stuff that i have not done much more than glance at the 'The Cap San Diego' site yet, but from what i have seen i must agree that when i go to see the Miniatur Wunderland, the Cap San Diego is certainly the place to stay - though i think i might give the hammocks in the hold a miss!
                    Your charts, your radar, your eyes and ears - if all 4 agree, you may proceed with caution.

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                    • #11
                      With so many folk in several countries around the North Sea experiencing problems and difficulties with flooding, I felt that sharing this photo that I came across today would bring a smile and raise the spirits. It is from Minature Wonderland in Hamburg which I loved visiting earlier this year:



                      Sturmflut in der Speicherstadt
                      By Miniatur Wunderland

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                      • #12
                        HAHAHA, this is so typical for the Braun twins. You can see here Gerrit and Frederik, the owners of the museum. They have their museum up in the 3nd and 4th floor of the building so they can be relaxed and play a bit. It is clear, you must be like this to build up something so wonderful!
                        Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                        • #13
                          Think I saw a video on youtube as well of this "particular cruise".... the model looks really great by the way, as well as all the things they have built up inside the "museum".
                          With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                          Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                          Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com
                          Old forum: http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/
                          Join us: Save the "Kong Olav" on facebook

                          Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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