Those who did not have the opportunity to attend the 34th International Model Railway Exhibition in conjunction with the 11th Märklin Days in September in Göppingen missed a packed program of events and numerous highlights that were enjoyed by more than 60,000 visitors: plenty of models, the largest steam loco built in Europe along with other steaming prototypes and a garden railroad exhibition over several thousand square feet in one of Germany’s finest Handball Bundesliga venues.
Professional handball team Frischauf Göppingen was playing away and leading G-gauge clubs from all over Germany used its hall to present magnificent and imaginatively designed layouts. For those who were unable to attend, this issue of LGB Depesche covers the most important news from the three days and provides advance notification of next year’s major anniversary celebrations to mark 50 years of LGB.
Also in this issue of LGB Depesche: the brand-new RhB Ge 4/4 II 629 Tiefencastel loco together with freight and passenger trains, four fantastic anniversary trips organized by our trusted travel partner Bahnreisen Sutter and LGB TOURS to the hot spots of prototypical narrow-gauge operations – the Harz Region, Saxony and of course Switzerland.
We were delighted to visit a young 25-year-old from Austria, Tobias Messner, who is one of the winners of our layout competition from 2016. Karsten Speyer of the Gartenbahner Südwest club completes his workshop on the topic of cog railroads with a second installment, while LGB dealer Sven Linden offers expert advice on layout planning. Enjoy reading this issue!