This year, the American railroad company Amtrak celebrates an important birthday.
In 1971, this semi-state railroad company took over the loss-making long-distance
passenger services in the US. This ensured that the railroad remained as an alternative
to road and air transport for journeys within the US. To celebrate Amtrak’s 50th anniversary,
LGB is releasing three F7 locomotive models and six Streamliner passenger
cars in the Amtrak design of the 1970s. As part of our latest releases, we also present
a classic design from the LGB range. The track cleaning loco has been re-issued and is
now fitted with an mfx/DCC decoder for the first time. Two fascinating articles about
prototypes are well worth reading: One takes you to the federal state of Salzburg in
Austria. The Pinzgau Local Railway has been operating between the towns of Zell am
See and Krimml for 120 years. Today, its narrow-gauge tracks are used by historic steam
trains as well as modern rail car trains. Our second trip takes you to an altitude of 1,700
meters (5,577.4 feet) in the Swiss Alps. This is where Bündner Güterbahn, the Rhaetian
Railway’s logistics company, set up the Samedan cargo handling hub to organize environmentally
friendly and efficient freight deliveries in Grisons. Our profile article takes
us to all the way to Mexico City, where Carlos Molina has realized a childhood dream.
His Train Bistro is the first restaurant in South and Central America to use LGB trains
to serve food and beverages to guests.
Naturally, we have also tracked down a wonderful garden railroad for you. This time,
it’s an indoor layout inspired by a Wuerttemberg light railroad. We also provide plenty
of useful tips about layout maintenance and installing digital technology. These are
just some of the many fascinating topics featured in this issue.
Enjoy reading this issue and stay safe.