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(photo © Tomas Randysek)

The world is changing and moving constantly. And modelling world too. The Echtdampf Hallentreffen had two movings through federal country Baden-Württemberg. When we participated this meeting for the first time was Echtdampf Hallentreffen in district town Sinsheim in early January. There is located technical and transport museum with IMAX 3D cinema which it is definitely worth seeing. The steam meeting moved into Karlsruhe in 2010 which is placed about 60 km farther. We noticed gradual exhibitors and visitors decrease for the last years. The most striking change came in 2016 when steam meeting moved to the Boden lake in town Friedrichshafen. Exhibition grounds Sinshem made decisions between towns Friedrichshafen and Köln but the former won luckily for us. The Echtdampf Hallentreffen was joined from modeller trade fair Faszination Modellbau and moved term to start of the November. We skipped last year and we were pleasantly surprised this year.

Friedrichshafen is a great district and university town in the south Germany not far from Austria and Switzerland by Boden lake. It is the capital of the district Bodensee in federal country Baden-Württemberg at the same time. There are two museums in this city - Zeppelin and Dornier. Zeppelin´s museum is divide in two parts. The hangar with sightseeing airships is located nect to the exhibition grounds. The second part is located nex to the seeport at the Seestrasse No. 22. The Dornier museum is placed next to the local airport at the address Claude-Dornier-Platz No. 1. We didn´t visit these museums this years, but we will visit their next time. The local airport is lively activity so we can see taking off and landing planes for short and middle flights. And sightseeing airship is flying over the exhibition grounds.

(photo © Julian Herzog; source: Wikipedia)

We went a route Brno - Prague - Pilsner - Rozvadov - Munich - Friedrichshafen, total lenght 780 km and transit time an eight hours and a half with one longer and one shorter break. And with a loading models from depot Kosikov. Initially one van and two cars had to go. But new passenger waggon which had to be exhibited at our stand didn´t fit into van. Why our boys construct new waggons so long. At last went only three cars and we had to stuff all our things into these cars. We flatter ourself we have done it rather well. A road traffic was very well on Thursady and on Sunday evening too. And scenario in Friedrichshafe was the same as Karlsruhe. We unloaded all models at the exhibition grounds, prepared our stand and then we moved into our hotel Holiday Inn Express which was situated near to exhibition grouds.

(photo © Messe Friedrichshafen GmbH)

Area of the exhibition grounds is extensive and base has a decent standard. Trade fair was a wide-ranging with side events. The attendance was well during all three days and I had a problem take the photo of model sometime. Offer of refreshments was very good. There is a big restaurant with open gallery above the entrance hall and so diners could watch flying models. There are many smaller stand and one snack bar in entrance hall. Visitors could taste Schwaben speciality into log cabin at the open space between exhibition halls. The weather was pleasant except for Sunday when was raining all day. But there was a little light inside exhibition halls. But in summary it was very good trip which we can warlmy recommend.


We missed van after all.
We tried to fill all free space but we managed it in the end.
(foto © Jiří Polák)

A steam engine Andpie was the main exhibit of the our stand.
(photo © Lukas Tucek, Tomas Randysek)


The module yard IIm, which was placed in hall A2, didn´t admit any changes compared to Karlsruhe regarding shape and size. Compose operation RC models of lorries and buses to module yard was very positive change, which revived general operation. We had reserved one railway station with six dead-end tracks and four big tables. The classical "beer" desks were exchanged by chairs with backrests and so sitting was very comfortable.

Our base.
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Club trains at the station.
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From left Shay, 99 4701 a 99 5603.
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Triebwagen and 99 1590-1.
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Steam car Triebwagen.
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Steam locomotive Vinohrady.
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Steam locomotive Liselotte.
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Steam locomotive Petrov.
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Steam locomotive 99 5603.
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Steam locomotive Heidi.
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Steam locomotive U 37.002.
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Steam locomotive 99 4701.
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Steam locomotive Shay.
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Steam locomotive 99 1590-1.
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Tramway Brno "ten" introduced for a time.
(photo © Tomas Randysek, Jiri Polak)

Lumberjack train with steam locomotive Shay.
Only last photo with tipper is for Shay a little timeless.
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Steam tramway Henriette was under the guidance of Lukin in Friedrichshafen.
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Uhlir steam locomotive 99 1590-1.
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Rhaetian Heidi from depot Kosikov.
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Slatina from depot Brno.
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Lukas cared for steam Henriette for the whole time.
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Pavel tried to light burner.
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Locomotive needs help sometimes.
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Dosage of the drinking oil Kralupol.
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Refueling water during run.
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And now we can continue.
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Heidi runs like clockworky.
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Waiting for pressure.
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Elizabeth and Graham visited us. They went at the five inches yard as always.
We got tasted my apricot brandy to them - but it was very strong for Elizabeth.
(photo © Jiri Polak)

Sometimes is necessary repair something ...
(photo © Tomas Randysek, Jiri Polak)

Jirka is connecting connector to battery.
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Jura used his travelling soldering iron.
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A little while for coffee and snack.
(photo © Jiri Polak)


There were less modellers at our module yard than last years.
But majority of them were familiar faces. The atmosfphere was friendly as always.

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¨Right two steam models The Rocket ran around at our module yard.
Their real size you can compare with owner one of them.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Models of the steam locomotives at one of the siding stations.
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A tiny coal is really loading into two steam locomotives.
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Model of the steam locomotive tuned in detail.
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Blue Darjeeling Himalayan Train was news on our yard this year.
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E.K.B. 18c from Reppingen.
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Harz 99 6001 with coal train.
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You can see many another steam locomotives ...
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... from already well-known modellers for us.
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The module yard was supplemented by operation of the RC lorries and buses models this year.
Very interesting compositions arised with railway operation:

Tipper Volvo.
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Logistic centre.
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Truck Scania.
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Reversing with lorry with trailer is a tough one in model scale too.
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Meeting at petrol station.
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In the street.
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Composition with a goods train.
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Lorry with a container carrier.
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Visitors could see model of bus too.
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Model of the fork lift, which moved pallets with concrete blocks, controled this lady.
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Round timber reloading.
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Truck Volvo on the bridge.
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Model of the concrete mixing plant.
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Next round timber reloading - from train to lorry this time.
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Now we moved a bit further on in hall A2 to savour atmosphere
on module yard IIm of Jean-Michela Mayor from Swiss small town Écoteaux:

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Well-known stand for knowledgeable.
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Stand of the company Wimmer Maschinenbau.
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Models of the agricultural machinery Lanz Bulldog.
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Operating band saw. There was compressed air operated.
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Five and seven yards were placed in halls B1 and B2. The structure was the same as in Karlsruhe but builders considerably stretch the lenght of the individual circles. The operation was more spread and it was without traffic jam.

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Graham prepared steam locomotive for his Elizabeth.
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Steam tractors were reserved parking at the end of hall B2. We came round for Yeti,
which cannot absent at this steam meeting:

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In the hall B2 was a part of yard reserved for model operation of the RC car. You could see grain elevator operation with maize reloading. The lorries brought maize grains, which vere transport to grain elevator by air piping (source was industrial vacuum cleaner) and then were pour of grain elevator to railway waggons. Waggons drove grains and poured them to the open space. Here scoop loaders loaded grain to lorries which drove its into silo. And time and time again. There were container terminal and next storage building at this part.

Industrial area with RC models.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Maize grain elevator.
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Maize unloading.
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Transport and unloading of the maize grains.
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Maize graind loading.
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Cleaning after loading.
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Sand quarry.
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The kingdom of the all small scale railway modellers was situated in hall A3.
There were represented majority of the producers and their demonstration yards.
The scale G was at the begining and scale Z was at the end:

Two demonstrations yard of the company Bemo with autumn on RhB.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Exhibited models RhB in scales HO and HOm.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)


Next yard with RhB theme in scale HO presented modellers from German Laupheim.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)


Genuine America with beautiful model of the wooden truss bridge.
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Do you like a mobil yard? You can inspired by company Z-Stammtisch.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)


Miniature model of the town station.
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Diorama with bridge over river Mosel give from a distance as view into terrarium.
But miniature trains run in it.
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Faller Car Systems including transport situation display.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)


Company Märklin presented its yard besides other things.
Children's playroom was very pleasant.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)


Offer models Märklin for garden railway.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)


The hall A4 was dedicated to car models. The main attraction was a large model polygon for cars of all kinds. You could watch here classic trucks and buses but too various building machines which loaded for example ballast or soil. The part of polygon was dedicated for agricultural machinery where models demonstrated ploughing, sowing or rolling.

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There modellers showed extreme stunts with their terrain cars.
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Model of the piste with operating snow cats - required stop for every skiing fans.
(photo © Tomas Randysek, Lukas Tucek)


Cable car from Lego construction set.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)


The boats of all sizes and categories were displayed in hall A5. We were literally riveted by giant sailing boats with full function of the sail rotation. There was a big pool in tail end where a boats operated. Impressive was fighting at one of the boat by water cannons.

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Shots from fighting by water cannons.
Model firemans brought the fire under control in the end.
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Nice made diorama of the Normandy Omaha beach landing.
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The airplane models were represented in the entrance hall where was a demonstration arena surrounded by protective meshes. There were presented models of all kinds. A polystyrene foam models with alternating current electric motor predominated. Static models and stands were situated in hall A1. Many models had an imposing effects and it is very difficult fly with them. Construct this model is time- and financially-consuming but model may fall down during a little while.

The airbone arena in the entrance hall.
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You could see Mr. Yoda with his star vehicle.
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