Show report: The 35th International Model Railway Exhibition, Cologne

IMA in CologneBilled as Europe’s greatest model railway event, the International Model Railway Exhibition took place in Cologne in November. 

The bi-annual show was held between 15th to 18th of November 2018 and saw a who’s-who of the European railway modelling industry turn out to present their models and accessories.

Over 200 manufacturers, societies, clubs and layout builders from Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, France, Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Finland,  USA were in attendance, including “Ladeside Diesel Depot” a gauge 0 layout by Scottish modeller Mike Bisset.

Manufacturers showing their products included Märklin, Faller,, Brawa’s, Roco, Busch and Lenz.

Alongside traditional model railways, live steam was also represented with trains full of passengers being pulled around the hall. And on Friday, two Lego events were held attracting fans of all ages to a wonderland consisting of millions of colourful bricks. Exhibits included a Lego Wild West and Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, built from an amazing 65,000 bricks. A special highlight was Thomas Dickertmann Lego railway layout, which featured every one of the Lego railway systems ever issued, with the oldest elements originating from 1966.

The organisers report more than 50,000 visitors attended.

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