MÄRKLIN & RAILROADS
www.trains-and-trains.dk : A personal view by Christian Vinaa
Exhibitions : "Intermodellbau" in Dortmund
Where ?Europe - Germany - Nord-Rhein-Westphalen - Dortmund - Westphalenhallen Dortmund.
Dortmund is in the northern part of the Ruhr district.
When ?Every year in April. Wednesday to Sunday; - usually week # 15 or 16.
What ?5-day fair ( Wednesday - Sunday ), open to the public, arranged by Westphalenhallen Dortmund.
The Intermodellbau is one of the, if not THE, biggest fair / exhibition for "Modellbau" - modelling in Germany.
The Westphalenhalle is a very large exhibition center with 8 separate halls and various outdoor areas as well :
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What to expect ?The Intermodelbau is not only about model-railroads :
You can find lots of model airplanes - model-boats - model-trucks - model-cars - model-tanks/armour - RC-cars and trucks; even cardboard ships ( not for water-use ) and other items made from cardboard.
In short : If it is a hobby - its represented at the Intermodellbau.
Each hall is reserved to one or two single "hobbies". Usually hall 4, 7 and 8 are devoted to model-railroads.
You can easely spend one day in each hall; but exhibitions demand stamina and good foot-wear, so I would recommend 1/2 - 3/4 day at the Intermodellbau, and then spend the rest of the day in Dortmund, or touring the Ruhr district; see below.
Hall 4: You can spend hours walking around looking at the manufacturers stalls and the about 5-8 model-railroad layouts that are on display.
Hall 7 : Many sellers and about 5 model-railroad layouts on display.
Hall 8 : Usually shared between live steam, large scale model-trains, where children can get a ride, and areas where model-trucks can be driven around.
The Intermodellbau is the first, public, big exhibition of the year; since the Nürnberg Trade Fair in early February is a trade fair and not open to the general public.
This means that many of the new items that the various manufacturers have disclosed at Nürnberg will be presented to the public for the first time at the Intermodellbau. This makes the Intermodellbau a very interesting exhibition to visit.
As to the actual new products; please check the sections: "Märklin" and "Other manufacturers" from the TOC.
Other things to see around DortmundThe many things that the Ruhr district also has to offer, railroad and model railroad wise, makes it attractive to visit Dortmund in april, where, if you're not too unlucky, the German spring will have begun, making i.e. train spotting comfortable and nice.
Intermodellbau 2013Here are some of my photos from Intermodellbau 2013 :
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