Re: [z_scale] Re: Toy Trains up to My Z today.
- Hello Michael,
> Permission? None needed :)!THX :-)
> Do you know of any good Z shops in the Munich area?Sorry, but this is an information I need myself, since I'm in Munich
in Octobeer <-- oooppps, wishful thinking?
But seriously, I'm from Northern Germany near Hamburg. I will be in
Munich from October 8th to 11th for a long relaxing weekend, and I
haven't been there before.
One thing I found for Z was the department stores across the square
from the main train station. They have large "toy" sections that
include model trains. They might not have the "Christmas displays"
out yet as they aren't MBA driven like the stores here are.
> Hello to you in Germany! I will be out that way in a couple of__________________________________
> weeks for work. Do you know of any good Z shops in the Munich
> --- In email@example.com, Uwe Liermann <maillist@f...> wrote:
> > Hello Michael,
> > > we baked him an N- scale layout
> > Well, that's what I would call a great idea. I loved the
> > I'm wondering if we are just showing those to my 6y/o son, or if
> > copy the idea to his next birthday :-) (If you give us the
> > permission to do so ;-) )
> > --
> > Greetings from Germany
> > Uwe
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- Hi 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!
Thank you for the detailed information (PLUS PHOTOS!). Don't know
how much play-time I'll have there, but now I am armed with a map and
recon photos for a surgical strike if that is all I end up having
BTW, hello again! I met you once, briefly, at Utrecht Eurospoor '03
during my last business trip out that way. I hadn't much time then,
but was able to sneak out to the show for a few hours and take in
some of its vastness. The main reason I went that way that day was
to see the legendary VECRR in person. Incredible piece of moving
Though I only saw a total of three Z layouts there (which, by the
way, was three more than any I had ever seen at any of the local
shows in NoCal), I was astounded by the amount of Z that was being
traded! The hardest thing for me during that entire trip was to
force myself out that door to catch the train to Amsterdam for the
return flight that day :)
Just a quick note to let you know that I was able to spend a few hours
in Munich before my return trip to the states.
I went to Fischers and Obletter's and it was worth it...
I was at the Munich Airport early Wed. (9/22) morning and found that
I had some time to kill before my afternoon Lufthansa flight for SFO.
I checked my baggage into a locker at the airport and then hopped
onto the S-Bahn for the 45miniute ride to the main Munich train
Nice ride with lots of trainspotting along the way. When I got
there - WOW.
I was in ICEHeaven; there was a nonstop stream of ICE2, ICET, ICE3, I
had never seen so many ICE trains before! I pulled out my MiniDV
camera and just sat there filming for almost an hour straight.
Afterwards, I went outside of the station and hopped onto the tram to
the next station and went to Obletter's and Fischers. Just as
described - they are literally across the street from each other!
Both are nice shops - Fischers had a much larger area dedicated to
trains but both were very well stocked.
I was a bit bummed when I started asking for a gear for my 8871 and I
was told that it was only a special order part. (I suspected as such,
but thought I'd ask anyway:)
Anyway - hope you get to play some when you're there later this week!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Uwe Liermann <maillist@f...> wrote:
> Hello Michael,
> > Permission? None needed :)!
> THX :-)
> > Do you know of any good Z shops in the Munich area?
> Sorry, but this is an information I need myself, since I'm in Munich
> in Octobeer <-- oooppps, wishful thinking?
> But seriously, I'm from Northern Germany near Hamburg. I will be in
> Munich from October 8th to 11th for a long relaxing weekend, and I
> haven't been there before.
- Hello Michael,
THX for the update on Munich train stores. Last night I checked
Jeffrey's story about his tour to Munich in 2002, and then got a map
where I marked the stores in Munich. I also found an address for a
it is also situated at the same street as Fischers. I will have a look
Since the flying is the fastest way, and did cost much less than car
or train, I admit that I don't use the ICE from Hamburg to Munich. So
I will do the same trip to the Main station in Munich. Our hotel then
is just around the corner.
I will do a toast to this fine group, while enjoying a fine beer ;-)