Montag, 12. November 2018


I really enjoyed the three (and a half) days at Eurospoor in Utrecht. It's great to be able to exhibit your layout and even greater if it is coupled to modules of fellow model railroaders. As in 2016 and at other shows, Valkenveld was linked to the modules "Looseinde" from Marco and "Ergernisse" from Jasiu, plus a small fiddle yard. My son Milo and (another) Marco helped with operations during some of the days. We enjoyed each compliment we got and received three(!) invitations for future shows!

People especially commented on our trains running at prototype speeds, the effect of depth on a layout that is just 30 cm deep and the general atmosphere of "less is more".

Here a few impressions from build-up to break-down.

Ready for the show.


All modules coupled together.

Overview of (from left to right) Ergernisse, Looseinde and Valkenveld under the banner of the "Omroep Modelspoor Club".

Secret back view. All tidy and ready to go for the show.

Jasiu switching in Valkenveld and talking to the interested public.

Three days of continuous switching action.

Milo at the throttle helping with operations (and an unusual visitor in the form of NS 6480 - in general we stuck strictly to our early 1960s theme).

Marco at the fiddle yard end.

Milo runs a "border-crossing" train with DB V100 from Looseinde into Ergernisse yard with Marco observing the operations.

Milo is asked if it is allowed to run trains. Well, unfortunately, ...

Jasiu, Milo and Marco ensuring all runs safely and on time.

Overview of Valkenveld.

The two Marco's and Milo before the opening of the final day.

Marco answering the questions of a young railfan.

A loooong train just for fun as the show draws to an end.

Sunday is "family day" with more children visiting Eurospoor. You immediately recognize the future model railroader when he is not bored but fascinated by trains creeping rather than flying over the rails.

NS 2297 in Valkenveld.

NS 2437 switching the PAM car on the team track.

Organized break-down chaos.

(Almost) all loaded and ready to go home.

Freitag, 9. November 2018

Day 1 at Eurospoor is done, 2 more to go

Day 1 at Eurospoor in Utrecht has been great fun with lots of switching activity in Valkenveld, Looseinde and Ergernisse and lots of great discussions with other railfans. If you missed it, you still have a chance to visit us tomorrow and on Sunday in hall 3, stand 3 E 036. Here some impressions:

Overview of the modular layout just before opening.
Valkenveld is ready for lots of switching action.

Secret back view.
NS 2437 switches in Valkenveld

Sonntag, 4. November 2018

MSC Malbak event

The 30 years jubilee event of the MSC Malbak was a great event, perfectly organised with great hospitality. For us three participants of the Omroep Modelspoorclub it was a great testrun for EUROSPOOR next week. Everything worked smoothly on Valkenveld and the modules "Looseinde" from Marco and "Ergernisse" from Jasiu. We had no major issues and great fun in running the trains and talking to the interested public. We allowed ourselves to run not only the 1960s NS theme rolling stock but also locomotives from other countries.

Montag, 29. Oktober 2018

Almost ready for the shows

The images show the state of Valkenveld before the two upcoming shows: the jubilee event of the MSC Malbak in Blaricum on 3-4 November and EUROSPOOR in Utrecht on 9-11 November. Obviously without rolling stock, cars, people and all the nitty gritty details that will be arranged at the events.

Montag, 22. Oktober 2018

Valkenveld at the MSC Malbak Jubilee Show

Just a week before EUROSPOOR, Valkenveld will be exhibited at the 30 years jubilee show of the “Modelspoorclub De Malbak” model railroad club in Blaricum on 3 and 4 November. Call it a general repetition.

De Malbak
Burgemeester Tydemanplein 3
1261 NK Blaricum
Open on 3 and 4 November 2018 between 10:00 and 17:00
More information here.

Article in the "Gooi en Eemlander" about the MSC Malbak.

Preparations are in full swing with amongst other things the Deelder Staal facade almost complete and a new fence for the "Hoekstra Oliefabrieken" silo area.