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Nuremberg Toy Fair Tour

In late January 2003, Great Event Tours kicked off the year with a trip to the Harz Mountains in eastern Germany, followed by a visit to the Nuremberg Toy Fair.  Here are some selected images from this fantastic trip...

We started our tour on Thursday, January 30 in Frankfurt with a day of sightseeing.  Of course, trains were also on the agenda, and we did visit several train stores in Frankfurt.  Then it was off to Limburg, for a short excursion on the newly-completed high speed line from Frankfurt to Cologne...

CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT AN ICE LOOKS LIKE PASSING AT 200 MPH!

We chanced upon the Touristlok 103 in the Frankfurt locomotive yard,

and found a parking garage that afforded a good view of one of Frankfurt's freight yards.

The next day we headed into the Harz mountains.  It was a beautiful place, and the scenery was augmented by the Harz Narrow-Gauge Railways, a series of rail lines crisscrossing this park with over two-dozen steam locomotives.  Our hotel at Drei Annen Hohne was magnificent. 

That's the hotel, photographed from the station platform.

This is the view we had from the breakfast room of our hotel...

... and this is the view from my bedroom window.  At one point, there were three trains in the station, all pulled by steam locomotives!

The ride up to the "Brocken", Germany's highest point reachable by train outside the Alps, was breathtaking, and we were rewarded at the top with a splendid view...

CLICK HERE to see additional pictures of the HSB - Harzer Schmalspurbahn (Harz Narrow-gauge Railways)

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That afternoon we headed to the Harzer Modellbahnzentrum, and its large collection of layouts.

Upstairs there was this large Maxi layout...

... and a beautiful LGB layout.

Downstairs we enjoyed layouts in H.O., TT, N and Z scales.  Pictures from the H.O. layout are below...

There was also a beautiful N-scale layout based on the Mosel valley.  I took the following photographs...

Then it was back to Wernigerode, where we celebrated another wonderful day with a fine dinner...

The next morning we were up bright and early for our trip to Regensburg.  It would be nearly six hours on the train, but a wonderful journey.  We stopped to admire Wernigerode by daylight, visiting the Rathaus (city hall) and some of the quaint streets. 

That's Ron Seilheimer from New Jersey standing next to the "smallest house in Wernigerode".  Do you think he'll fit through that doorway??

We said goodbye to the steam trains and headed down to Regensburg.  The next day, Monday, we visited the Nuremberg Toy Fair, an amazing collection of toys of all kinds.  It would take days and days to see everything, so we concentrated on the trains. 

CLICK HERE for a few photographs of Marklin's 1-scale offerings...

CLICK HERE for a few photos and video of Marklin's H.O. new items...

In addition, here are some images from other displays at the fair...

At the Marklin booth was this very pretty N-scale Trix layout.  The Marklin H.O. layout was the previous year's layout, with only a slight modification to the track plan.  That's why I didn't take any photographs.  Still, I did take this picture of the new Leipzig station in Z-scale:

It's a massive and beautiful station, as pretty as one would expect.  My congrats to anyone who builds a layout which will use it!

On Tuesday we headed to the DB Museum and a few train stores in Nuremberg.

CLICK HERE to see pictures from that day's adventures...