Fortunately, even the coronavirus cannot get in the way of anniversaries and birthday celebrations. This year, the Brocken loco, road number 99 236, of the Harz Narrow-Gauge Railways celebrated its 65th birthday and LGB is paying tribute to the birthday loco with a special model. We feature this majestic steam locomotive classic of the class 99.23, its history and the LGB model (item 26817) in detail in our cover story. Our second main topic for this issue is the readers’ competition “Best garden railroad 2020”. This time, participants from six countries entered their railroads for evaluation. They included wonderful indoor and outdoor layouts. The layouts of our six prizewinners, which are presented in detail here, provide an insight into just how unique and beautiful garden railroads can be. Additional topics: We report on new items for fall 2020 with models from Switzerland and the USA, new museum trains from Saxony and France, the Club model 2021, and an RhB sliding wall boxcar with a refrigeration unit. We also take a look at the steam-powered prototypes in Austria’s stunning Ziller Valley. Our building tip will conjure up some Christmas spirit. With a little imagination and some simple materials, we bring festive anticipation to the railroad. We also have a fantastic game tip for the Christmas period in the form of the classic timesaver switching puzzle, which can also be played on G-gauge railroads. These are just some of the many topics featured in this issue.
Enjoy reading this issue and stay safe.