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collecting and operating of TTR, Trix Express and Trix 00 gauge trains
Anniversary of Trix Express was held at the impressive Berlin Museum of
The Museum is
on the site of a former railway depot, and has engine sheds, turntables,
and many wonderful railway exhibits.
exhibition was in Engine Shed No.2, sharing the space with a full size
V200 Diesel Hydraulic loco, and a 2-10-0 heavy steam loco.
Here's a video taken at the
The video and photos
were taken early on day 1 of the 3-day exhibition, with the hall becoming
packed with visitors later that weekend. Here are two Trix Express scenic
layouts (DC, fibre track).
operated a TTR layout with locos and rolling stock mainly supplied by Dixon
Upcott (left). Also assisting during the exhibition were (from left) Keith
Jones (TTRCA USA & Canada Rep.), David Wood, Franz Nowack, John Hopkinson
and Steve White (not in photo).
The event was
organised by Dieter Weißbach (pronounced Veissbach) of the Berlin
'Trixstadt' group. Dieter managed to find a few moments to operate his own
layout which featured several TTR items.
layout is mainly prewar, with additional new wooden buildings made in the
style of Trix.
A close up
showing TTR in action alongside some of Dieter's new wooden houses.
Star' 9F is NOT based on the Trix Express 2-10-0 chassis, instead two BR24
2-6-0 loco chassis have been used.
Stefan van de Poll ran an
excellent AC layout with many rare locos on show.
Stefan's American Pacific was in
action with a train of prewar Trix Express coaches.
A 20/52 electric passes over the
electrically operated level crossing.
29/56 2-4-2 Tank Loco with unusual couplings.
Close up of
the coupling, which is the USA type but with additional prongs.
TTR Table Top layout in operation, with American passenger and freight
trains under the control of Ralf Siewertsen.
many Trix Express boxed sets on display. You can see that the design of
the boxes and labels is very similar to that of British Trix Twin
tarpaulins have been produced to mark Trix 75th, many were on display on
frame, cloth cover and printing have been done by Reimund Beulen.
One of the
scenic Trix Express layouts, with fibre track and DC locos. Note the
tarpaulin with yet another Trix design.
with a display of
later Trix Express locos and rolling stock, with a demonstration track
large 1937 era layout featured AC E94 'crocodile' and 20/57 Pacific.
superb replica Trix wooden buildings, including this grand 'Trixburg'
scenic layout, with overhead catenary and Trix Express DC locos.
Conveyors were in operation on various Trix Express layouts in the
exhibition, this one has been covered in grime to blend in with the engine
of the large scenic layout, with a train of 'Touropa' tinplate coaches on
the left, and a V100 diesel goods train in the centre.
Centre is an
electric 'double slip' point. These weren't part of the original British
Trix fibre track range, but will fit with TTR to provide additional track
possibilities and interest.
and Franz at the TTR layout discussing repaints and replica models.
The TTR AC
layout operated for 3 days with BR Scotsman, Coronation, London Transport
loco (replica), BR Compound and several 0-4-0s.
(on right) manages to get a break from photography to chat to John
Hopkinson and Dixon Upcott. Meanwhile the BR Compound and goods train
perform well and provide an opportunity for the many visitors to see TTR
featured in a German model railway DVD. Included is an interview with
Keith Jones (wrongly captioned "Steve White").
Photos from TRIXSTADT event Berlin, Germany, March 2010.
There are many more photos of the exhibition on
the TRIXSTADT website.