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Imagine you work in the aviation industry and you start building your first model railway. In the meantime, your employer goes bankrupt, so you decide to move your professional job to the railway industry as well. In this way work and private life come into the same (rail) world. That is the story of 39 year old Benjamin from Münster in Germany. On his instagram page we mainly see pictures of containers on his N scale layout. why?
It started in 2019 with a first module. The theme of the landscape is the small, fictional terminus of Friedrichshausen in central Germany – operated by a small, fictional railway company, the Friedrichshausener Eisenbahngesellschaft (FHEG).
Most important here is the little intermodal terminal where colorful container traffic predominates. The photos give an impression of a spacious model railway, rich in details. In reality, the layout is no bigger than 114 x 30 centimeters. This also shows the strength of N scale, small sized as well as extensive scenes can be displayed on small surfaces. The segments of the layout are built up for a photo shoot and then put away again.
A lot of time has already been put into detailing the landscape. Some elements of the layout are aged or custom-made. For example, we see a passenger car in the livery of the fictional railway company FHEG.
And further on we see a field full of sunflowers to pick yourself including a small cash register to leave a contribution. The model railway makes an impression of peace and quietness, the landscape elements form a beautiful whole in which the container trains also play a role. This creates a realistic scenery.
If you like modern local model railways and containers in particular, you will find the right place at the Friedrichshausener Eisenbahngesellschaft. You can follow this project on Instagram .