Dare I say, Abendstern Nebenbahn is one of the FINEST Model Railroads of the 21st century. This incredible creation by Vikas Chander has the perfect balance of fine scale prototypical accuracy, all around artistry across many aspects of miniature art and technological sophistication that is extremely rare to see in any private model railroad, and even in many public displays.
Vikas’ Abendstern Nebenbahn might not be called ‘grand’ as it doesn’t have the elevation of The Franklin and South Manchester, or the expanse of Hochschwarzwald, but just like most celebrated pieces of art that are often not big in size, this display wins your heart through its elegance and simplicity. This layout is the proof that you do not need incredible trstles and viaducts or two lerge helix or 3 different levels to build a masterpiece. With zero elevation throughout the layout and just one 8 inch long girder bridge over Fulda river, the ‘specs’ might look ordinary, but the moment you step into the layout room, you would know that this place is special in every aspect of realism. Not just realism in the individual models or the trains – but every single element that you can lay your eyes upon – the buildings and their interior, the tiny little human figurines, the track, the ballast, the grass and vegetation, the trees, the signals (oh! you have to see those signals with your own eyes, no video or photo can do justice to them), the streets, the street lamps, the vehicles… everywhere you look the essence of excellence oozes like Serge Luten’s perfume! But it doesn’t end with the models, no. It continues to creating an atmosphere using state of the art lighting technology, smoke generators to create visibility context and atmospheric sound spekers to bring everything to life – all of which are orchastrated by Train Controller which doesn’t require any human intervention. So you get the enjoy unlimited railfanning from dawn-to-dusk and then from dusk-to-dawn while enjoying you favorite drink without having to press a single button anywhere
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