24874Re: Hobby shops in Munich
- Sep 2, 2004Hi Gang,
The easiest way for me to answer the question regarding HSS's in
Munich is to share my report of the whirlwind tour from the VEC
Faszination Modellbau AdventureZ in 2002. Note: you'll have to
join VECRR to see the photos but the hobby shops are identified in
the text. Enjoy!
Episode 20: HSS's in Munich
Munich, Wednesday March 27, 2002.
Warning: lots of links!
There is nothing I like more than to go hobby shop hopping with
With Jeremy Brandon's help we were hoping to make several stops
during the day
but first we had promised ourselves a guided city tour to get our
bearings and to see the major landmarks.
The three of us enjoyed a 1-hour English-German tour with the Yellow
Lines. The guide was very animated and informative moving from one
the other without taking a breath!
Thanks to the tour we had a better feeling of the layout of the city
major attractions including the palace, the golden angel, the
the twin 15th century church towers and the opera house...
Once back on solid ground, we were off and hunting for HSs. The
easiest to find was Fischers which had a huge sign along the
boulevard. It was
hard to miss.
The entrance held a surprise for Terry and me. Jeremy and Manfred had
installed, in the main floor, an operating HO display. Customers
over the moving trains that were on a shuttle circuit. Jeremy wasn't
because one of the two trains seemed to be stuck.
The second floor of this modern store was devoted to trains, RC and
kits. The displays were well done and the Z selection was reasonable
limited to the 2001 items.
The store had a clean WC which we all promptly put to good use in
for a full day of HSS's.
The next stop took us across the street (via an underground plaza)
Toy Store. I like a city that has two major toy stores across from
The train section was very well stocked in more unusual and hard to
They had Noch pre-formed N-Z layouts in several sizes and a good
plastic kits from Faller, Vollmer and Kibri. Another surprise was
that Obletter's was having a sale on Marklin Z! Too bad I didn't
because there were some very nice specials. Jeremy was especially
in one loco in the 'Sale' case.
I picked up a Marklin presentation
pack (you know, the one with the little blue 0-6-0 and car in the
case). It happened to be the only one in stock and it was on special
now had my 'official' Marklin souvenir from the trip :-) and it cost
than a replacement 5 pole motor and chassis for my venerable 0-6-0
Faced with the paucity of Z scale
items in the hobby shops we had seen so far, I decided to widen the
scope of my
hunt. I announced that HOn30 would also be fun to look for,
Remembering that magnificent mallet Bemo had shown in Sinsheim, I
it actually might be on a shelf somewhere in town. Jeremy knew of a
places that might fit the bill.
Herr Bauer's shop was full of LGB and Bemo. He informed me that the
question would not be available until the Fall of 2002. Just as well
wallet in any case.
Wagner EuroTrains was a wonderful shop that offered US prototype in
HO and N.
This was the only store where we found Micro-Trains Line products.
The only Z
items to be found were some metal vehicles that were priced higher
weight in gold. I did plunk down some Euros for a Roco HOe 0-6-0 to
wife's collection up-to-date.
Although we didn't visit this shop with Jeremy we did manage to find
it with a
little help from Model Railroader Magazine. Terry had brought along
address and we managed to spot it from the opposite side of the
street, not far
from Fischers. The store reminded me a lot of US mom and pop shops.
grungy, disorganized, pricey and the owner didn't show any sign of
us. Just like home! There was a very small amount of Z, nothing to
about, but I thought I'd mention it anyway. My advice: if you're in
don't waste your time with this place, unless you're homesick!
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