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December 31 2022

Faller's Weinhaus finished...




December 28th

Brawa Additional


Brawa 48963/50701


Brawa 48963/50701


Brawa 48963/50701 


Brawa 49869


Brawa 49418 


December 21

Starting a New Chapter in the Renovation Journal, to begin with this  kit, Faller 191779, meant as addition to the Fachwerkhaus 




December 21

Faller Part 2 arrived today per DHL...




December 20

Faller Part 1 arrived today per DHL...



December 15

Per DHL two packages delivered:

1. the newly released EK Verlag Book on the Baureihe 5710-35

2. my DRG 9810 returned from Brawa Remshalden, now forseen with a new axle. Runs smooth on the Cochemer Bahn now. A video, shot this very afternoon, will be released soon.





December 6

Last night I put the DRG 06 001 on the CB, making some pictures and video's for FB (a test that succeeded). Today also exposed to daylight...


Märklin 39662 


December 2

Searching in my 2009 Landshut Micro Metakit Files, there are still many pictures that have not been released before. Different angels, another display...

One of them is the Bay. 2125 (05103H) with an Austrian snow plough ((99900H), which is of Bavarian origin. See the story right here.


Micro Metakit 05103 with 99900H ~ Villach


Micro Metakit 05103 with 99902H ~ Bayern


Micro Metakit 05103 with 99901H ~ Bludenz


November 27

The bells of Stift Cochem herald Advent


November 19

Collecting my (now!) brandnew DRG 06 (Märklin 39662), the Brawa Sächsiche 'Audi'wagon, and - surprise - my first DRG 98.10 in Bavarian livery (released 11/2022)

I was able to make aan photoshoot of some 2022 new releases. Not in my line (since wrong engine number!), nevertheless a noce model to shoot: the MHI model 2022


Märklin 39438 ~ MHI 2022 


Märklin 39498 (Trix 25498) - Albatros


Märklin 39651 - Limited Edition 2022


Trix 22664 - Limited Edition 2022 


Piko 50135-4 (enumbered 2022 ~severly doctored)


Piko 50653


Roco 73156


and an oldie, finally with the extended printing (an occasion with lots of dust to be removed):


Märklin 34159


Märklin 341509


Märklin 37294

By the way, my dealer gave me two old Rivarossi catalogs (1963/64 and 1964/65) from an estate. You can find them on this homepage.



Besides the fact that I was able to pick up a brand new Baureihe 06 (Märklin 39662) in the shop, there were also a Saxon 'Audi' wagon (Brawa 49868) and DRG 98.10 (Brawa 40585) waiting for me.




Click on this picture so see all H0 Sachsen Güterwagen


Brawa 40585


November 14th 2022

Truly, a Day to Remember. Chosen, sic conditione not to parlay in the public domain...

Let's keep up the mysteries of life and enjoy them at the utmost!


November 4

Although Thomas Blencke offered to make a nice handmade Fachwerk shed for the Cochemer Bahn, he had to withdraw his promise today due to 'family matters'.

A very nice message however came from Faller today: on the front page of the Faller Newsletter, released at the very beginning of the Friedrichshafen IMA this morning,

there's an article and reference to my building process of Schloss Bran. My sincere gratitude goes to mr. Francisco Hoyo (Faller marketing) who called me yesterday to sort things out.






October 24

Finally some birch trees at the left of the compound.




... and positioned on the CB


October 11

Today I provided the area of the half-timbered house with a first natural layer. More in Journal 27...



September 23

These days, Faller presented the latest News (Herbst/Winterneuheiten 2022/2023).

Very interesting is the Pulverturm, obviously part of the Bran Castle. If ever I knew, I might have integrated it somewhere. Maybe...



Faller 130825


September 23

Finishing the Report on the Fachwerkhaus (Faller 130266)



September 23

Finally finished my Rothenburg ob der Tauber Visit annex Klingentorturm...




August 19

In 1940 Märklin released a Baureihe 06, be it non prototypical with axle code 2'C2' (4-6-4):


Märlin SK 800, 1940


This year, the Göppingen factory is once again delivering a Baureihe 06 in H0 scale, albeit as an Insider model.

Unfortunately, I had to send it back, as many have had, since someone must have been digging in it. There was damage all over (screws screwed up, connecting rod broken, driving problems)... 


Märklin 39662, 19.8.2022



August 13

Today's photoshoot at my dealer's began with Brawa's 01 193, (New 2018)



August 12

Small photoshoot of a C III Sigl  (one out of 20 pcs. worldwide)


Micro Metakit 06105H © 2022




August 5

Finished writing Chapter 25 (Auhagen Stadttor)




August 1

Finished writing Chapter 24 (Martinstor)



July, 28th

Working on the Compound. A new skyline is nearby...



July, 12th

Finished Kirche St. Johann's...  


Besides, 6 Trix cars now got Märklin wheels (old and new)




July, 2nd

A new chapter started with St. Johann Chapel, in: Chapter 23




June, 21st

While the days will shorten again, I finished the Bran Castle (Schloss Cochem) today with the little gatekeeper's house at the side.

The only thing left are the 6 adornments on the roof tops, which are too fragile while I'm still 'tossing' the thing around.




May, 26th

Recently I had the same locomotive in front of my lens. By 'same' I mean: the target with the same scratches, which I already photographed in 2009, as part of the collection of my late dealer. On May 7, I had exactly the same model in front of my lens again, this time with a much more appealing lighting.


Märklin 3046 in 2009...


... and in 2022 


May, 25th

It took a while to select pictures and so, but finally the Journal is up to date.

To not make Chapter 21 too long in scrolling down - I'm just half way! - I decided to describe the building of the South Part in Chapter 22.

Today I connected the Lectern Tower and Corner Tower to the main building. Glue is still drying...



May, 20th

Worked all day on the stair tower.

The removal of the paint residue on the surfaces to be glued, as well as the application of lighting with the necessary darkening, took the necessary time.





May, 12th


After at least thirty or more years of searching - and always disappointed at trade fairs when it was a non-KKK or DRG version - I saw this model appear on eBay

at fa. Armin Schmitz in Zülpich. The text read 'Neuwertig'. Buying on eBay always involves a certain risk...

Nevertheless, I took the shot to order. The wagon itself only cost € 15.99, the shipping costs were € 17.00.

But it turned out to be a wagon in mint condition. The bag with coupling hooks was still sealed. I have rarely seen anything like this and in such mint condition.

As if it came straight from the factory. Yesss, I'm pretty happy. For me it's the number ONE of Bayern refrigerated cars made by Trix.


Trix 23574


May, 7th

My 2nd great photoshoot at my new dealer. This photo shoot consisted largely of Märklin Retro locomotives from the years 1959 - 1970, which were part of the collection that my previous and recently deceased dealer put together. The 2022 Photoshoots in the New Shop are presented on a Special Dealer's Page


Märklin 4621.3


Märklin 3011 


Märklin 3014


Märklin 3019


Märklin 3034.1


Märklin 3034.2


April 23rd

While working on page 8 of the Bran Castle - enjoying every single moment - working as cautious as possible - here's an in-between- job: wind springs.

I got this very idea from H0VastgoedjeScenery, who's working on his layout with the same buildings. Read more in Chapter 13.2a




Saturday, April 22nd

This morning, the second version (now in black) of Adler's teilentströmte 05 002 arrived at my stead for a photoshoot, both static as stationary on the Cochemer Bahn.





April 16th

Until now it takes a lot of time to paint and weather all parts of the Bran Castle. Today the orange red was applied. Read more in Chapter 20 of the Renovation Journal.




April 5th

Having enjoyed looking at the still closed box for some weeks, last Thursday I finally was able to opening the six boxes of Bran Castle.

After grounding the roof parts in Amaranth red, I applied the Lasur Coating today. Read more about the process in Chapter 20.4.




March 23rd

Faller Fachwerkhaus 130266 arrived, including 7 sets of micro bulbs for the Bran Castle.

I am considering to position it at the foot of the rock, above which resides the castle on the top of the cliff! I'm rather curious about the Fachwerkhouse which Thomas Blencke is preparing for the Cochemer Bahn. This model will fill in the gap in the left rear side of the Cochemer Bahn.


Faller 130266


March 23th

Firma Adler Modelbahnmanufaktur Köln sent me their Retro Umbau model of a 03 1043 for a customer, to have it run on the Cochemer Bahn as well as a photoshoot 




March 18th

For the first time a visit of my new dealer, who took over the shop form the late dealers. First, I did a really huge photoshoot of many gems from the safe. Followed by a huge purchasing.

 Three occasions from a collection, three brand new Brawa releases, and for most: Faller's Schloss Bran. Paint, glue, balsa and many more things... with a long summer ahead.



A real gem is the KM1 Württemberg C in Spur 1 with Glanzblech, only released in 20 pieces. I shot this huge model in a studio at the shop with the use of LED lights:




Rivarossi HR 2149


Brawa 40071


Brawa 49824


Brawa 49825


Brawa 49852


Roco 46825


Trix 23524


Trix 24078


March 16th

Small photoshoot at Gisbert's...


Liliput 131181


Piko 50632


February 22nd

Another picture from the Rheine Files 1969 was added 



February 22nd

A pack of wolves finally in position... their story is told in Chapter 15



February 8th

On request, today I received all pictures of the Class 18.1 aka Württemberg C in Spur 1, made by KM1, which was kindly made available by mr. Andreas Martin.

Impressive for most is the Era 1 Nr. 2007 variant in Glanzblech. Only 20 pcs were produced and are already sold out.



February 5th

The flock of sheep is back, and after some forty years, the scouts have finally arrived at their destination.

Read more in Chapter 18.




January 28th

How time goes by...

While I was looking through boxes of old photos, I came across this photo during the construction of the Cochemer Burg, must have been around 1998.



January, 8-15

The last corner of the layout gets full attention. A new chapter is written...



January, 1st 2022

Today, the Stift Cochem module was integrated into the Cochemer Bahn. It has been downstairs for eleven months, which I have worked on almost every day. And if not, not a day went by without looking at it intensively to gain impressions. The project was a special process, in which the construction of the church in particular gave me great satisfaction. The interior can no longer be admired, but it can all be seen through the diaries. As previously described, the correct positioning of both monastery and church was a challenge. But the end result turned out to be exactly what I was hoping for.







After I started the construction of Stift Cochem on January 30, as an extension to the Cochemer Bahn, I got the module ready today - after exactly 11 months.

You might say that - in a way and left some finetuning - the Cochemer Bahn is hereby... f i n i s h e d.


January 30th, 2021 until...


December 30th 2021  




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