[singlepic id=319 w=300 h=233 float=right]On Sunday March 22nd, our layout visit took us on a journey far out of town to Sasolburg to see yet another amazing layout, this time the completely scenicked Marklin layout belonging to Andreas Kappmeier.
Andreas has taken approximately 10 years to build and fully scenic his model railway. His layout is totally freelanced but uses German steam locomotives and typically Continental scenery and buildings. It comprises of a double mainline using the Marklin 3 Rail system that passes through the country side, past industrial areas and into busy mainline stations. The layout is divided into four power districts fed from four separate boosters which in turn is run and controlled using a Marklin computerised control unit which allows Andreas to run a number of trains simultaneously and fully automatically.
[singlepic id=312 w=300 h=233 float=left]The layout is extremely busy with many small scenes that catch the eye and have the visitor looking for more. With crowded city streets and packed station platforms, to small country scenes that are bustling with activity, one can take a long time to walk around the layout and take it all in.
When asked how many HO figures he had on the layout, Andreas could not say, but at a glance, it must be in the high hundreds, possibly over a thousand. It was nice to visit another layout where the scenery was complete.
After spending a couple of hours viewing this magnificent layout, socialising with the other guys that joined us from the club, and enjoying the excellent eats and drinks that were prepared by Andreas’s wife, it was time to make our way back to Northmead. As always, a good day was had by all, taking part in one of the highlights of the clubs activities, and that is to go to another model train lover’s home to see what they have done with their collection.
In the photos below, not all are commented as the text would be repetitive, however, there are many photos depicting an awesome layout!