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Variety is the spice of life so we presented only small steam locomotives on this year steam meeting in Karlsruhe. Our tour provided 17 participants mostly members of S.M.P.D. Society.



Advantage of small models represenation is a substantially more simple logistic. We do not need a big lorry because locomotives, waggons and water cans we load to our passenger cars without trouble. And loading and unloading itself is very easy. Mr Chudoba participated in the steam meeting with us. He transported a few models of sandstone buildings. We separated respective models in our three cars.


Arrangement of sandstone buildings into railway yard.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Sandstone bridge with two mighty pillars with vault and steel bridge deck.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Station building Vrestov.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Warehouse.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Tunnel.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Unloading of a small models
is very easy.
(photo © Jiri Polak)

Our background on railway yard.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

We covered models for the night.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

There is our background.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)




Railway yard for models scale IIm was designed as well as in last years. Railway yard with a two return loops has had shape of letter "U". There were a four groups of side and heating tracks on the right side. Some modelers have had their backgrounds along track. Two rails of railway scale "0" led around this yard and this scale had absolute right of way. The critical point was crossing "IIm" scale rail with "0" scale rail near our depot. But we did not cause no collision.


Morning activity in depot.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Morning activity in depot.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Preparing and heating of models.
(photo © Jiri Polak)

Preparing and heating of models.
(photo © Jana Uhlirova)


Steam locomotives of serie Betty, which members of S.M.P.D. Society own, met on steam meeting in Karlsruhe:
"Karthaus" from engine shed Brno-Reckovice
"Liselotte" from engine shed Kosikov
"Petrov" from engine shed Krenovice
"Vinohrady" from engine shed Prahy-Vinohrady


Steam locomotive "Karthaus".
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Steam locomotive "Liselotte".
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Steam locomotive "Petrov".
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Steam locomotive "Vinohrady".
(photo © Pavel Uhlir)



Next locomotives from S.M.P.D. rolling-stock:

Locomotive U 37.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Locomotive Shay.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Locomotive 99 4701
Prignitzer Bahn.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Locomotive 99 1590-1
Sächsische Preßnitzalbahn.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Locomotive RhB G 3/4 11 Heidi.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Locomotive U 37 002.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)



Freight cars loaded by sawn.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)



Locomotive "Petrov" with goods train:

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)



Triebwagen of Jiri Sajbrt in scale 1:32 drove like mad:

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

"It is going fully oneself."
(photo © Tomas Randysek)



Locomotive "Liselotte" with handling train:

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Jirka Kut tried engine driver,
but this was very small.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Water refueling.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)



Locomotivea RhB G 3/4 11 "Heidi" with goods train:

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)



Locomotive "Slatina" with goods train:

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Water refueling.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Roman and Martin are
watching a train.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)



Lumberjack locomotive "Shay" with freight of tree trunks:

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)



Goods train with sawn is drawn by locomotive "Emma":

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)



Steam tram "Henriette":

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)


Occasionally a gas is out before than engine driver supposes and steam engine is without a pressure. Engine driver must take immediate action because an immobile locomotive hampers other trains. But Martin solved it operatively. Following train was club too, so he coupled both trains. Pusher steam engine 99 5603 worked hardly.

"Why does it not go?"
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

"I see, it´s quite clear, gas is out."
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

"Following train is club too,
fortunately."
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

"A bit more!"
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Coupled goods trains.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Coupled goods trains.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Immobile steam tram.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Locomotivea 99 5603 is
in full mesh.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)



Locomotive U 37 from engine shed Reckovice with passenger train:

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)



Locomotives U 37 003 a U 37 002:

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)



Locomotive 99 1590-1 near warehouse in station Vrestov:

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)



Locomotive 99 4701 with passenger train:

(photo © Tomas Randysek jun.)

(photo © Tomas Randysek jun.)

(photo © Tomas Randysek jun.)



Locomotive "Karthaus" from engine shed Brno-Reckovice:

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)



Locomotive 99 5603 from engine shed Praha-Vinohrady:

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Pavel Uhlir)

(photo © Pavel Uhlir)



Locomotive 99 4651 from engine shed Rosice with goods train:

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Karel is watching it from above.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Passing of two club trains.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)



Goods train drawn by locomotive "Petrov".
(photo © Tomas Randysek)



Jiri Sajbrt brought a new model of lumberjack locomotive Climax in scale 1:28 with one. He completed it just before steam meeting. It smelled novelty still. Really well-done model. This model was running-in and he operated it only pads to regular run-in. It ran like clockwork. And Jiri hated question: "Did you put it on track today at last?" He was a little aggressive and apathetic eventually ...  (you can see building of Climax on his web pages www.steamer.cz)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Jiri Polak)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Pavel Uhlir)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

"Please, not again ask me,
when I put Climax on track!"
(photo © Jiri Polak)



Locomotive "Petrov" with passenger train:

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)



Handling train drawn by locomotive "Slatina".
(photo © Tomas Randysek)



Locomotive of type 99 211.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)



Two club trains rendezvous.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)



We discussed about stuff:

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Jiri Polak)

(photo © Pavel Uhlir)

(photo © Pavel Uhlir)

(photo © Pavel Uhlir)

(photo © Pavel Uhlir)

(photo © Pavel Uhlir)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)



And no discussed only. We got a fresh minerail oil from Kralup´s refinery and we must tried it:

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)



The next forced towage of train from track. Standby locomotive "Petrov" drove from engine shed to train with immobile locomotive "Emma":

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)



Highlight our attendance was real loading test. Jiri Sajbrt conceived a plan to try traction force our steam locomotives. He made a special ten-axle waggon for oversize load. And then he sat on this waggon and he get a haul. And we managed to pull him with six steam locomotives. Mr Regner, as designer these steam locomotives, watched this test and he was maybe pleased.

Preparation of a special waggon.
(photo © Jana Uhlirova)


Heating of locomotives.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)


Everything is ready.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)


Test was a success, we moved Jiri a few metres.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)


Mr Regner watched test.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)


Viewers.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)


Our lightest member tried driving too.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)



But Echtdampf-Hallentreffen do not live only of small steam locomotives. There were also another exhibitors of steam locomotives various scales, stationary steam engines and marine models in exhibition hall No. 1.

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Tomas Randysek)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Pavel Uhlir)

(photo © Pavel Uhlir)

(photo © Pavel Uhlir)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Pavel Uhlir)

(photo © Pavel Uhlir)


Large scale steam, diesel and electric models ran on common 5" or 7" railway yard in exhibition hall No. 2.

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)


Steam traction engines weaved along track:

(photo © Pavel Uhlir)

(photo © Pavel Uhlir)

(photo © Pavel Uhlir)

(photo © Jiri Sajbrt)

(photo © Pavel Uhlir)

(photo © Pavel Uhlir)


What write in conclusion? The steam meeting itself did not differ from last year´s season. Maybe exhibitors was a bit less than, but those smaller. Bigger companies belong among fixed star in Karlsruhe. Chances of shopping various modelling material, professional literature and another accessories are a great many.
Our this year´s return to small models was a good idea. We were a highly visible element in our club overalls. It is nice watch how is S.M.P.D. Society and its models grow.