association presents itself
September 1957 about 20 model railway enthusiats decided to found an official association after having met regularly in different Kiel restaurants in order to carry on with their common hobby. They did not have a fixed club house at first and therefore were very happy when finally they could buy an army radio trailer mustered out and were allowed to have it parked on the Ringstraße in Kiel. A first railway was built in it; which gave a small, but proud start of the Club. There is only one founding member left today, but new interested persons with new skills have joined the Club in the meantime, so that a stable amount of 40-50 model railway friends can be registered now, members who are more or less active in the railway conception and in the conservation of the Club House.
The mentioned radio trailer had to be removed quite soon in reason of road construction works and 1962 was a lucky year as an appartment with 2 rooms and a long entrance-hall could be rented from the Bundesbahn (German Federal Railway) in the temporary home, Flintbeker Straße 43a, Kiel. A 2 conductor direct current railway was soon ready, which was shown to the Kiel public from 1963 on each year before Christmas. Unfortunately the Club had to move 1986 as the Bundesbahn was following a new marketing conception of its immovables. Almost the same rooms could then be rented from the Bundespost (German Federal Post), Pestalozzistraße 79, Kiel, and again since 1988 the new built railway has been shown each year before Christmas. The total renovation as well as the construction of the first step of the new railway was finished within 2 years, which means that only 1987 remained without presentation to the public..
Over the last years a great number of discussions have been held during the evening regarding the conception of the new railway. For this reason the decision was taken 1990 with an aching heart against the rebuilding of the Kiel railway station in the new Club House. This part of the railway was an exact replication of the original, but would have required unproportionate high technical adaptation to suit in the new conception of modern through stations for passengers as well as goods trains. As a consequence the today`s line does not correspond to a real line in the nature, nevertheless the single situations have been constructed with all original details. This detailled replication requires an important research of the original (countryside, buildings, vehicles, time-tables, etc.). If by a further following-up of the conception a specific lap of time has to be met, then a large scale research starts for all of the members, but at the end the result compensates for all efforts.Family excursions, information events and visits within next and far distance are also part of the main activities of the Club
The railway is steered from two big
positioning desks, i.e. one for the part seen by the viewer and one for
the storage station.
The electric steering of the railway is located in a separate room. Electric supply, switch platines and computer are there in high cupboards up to the ceiling. Dozens of cables with thousands of wires are leading to the different points of the railway. Trains are driving according to a fixed time-table, whereby the clock is running 3 times faster than the real time. The time-table is shown on various monitors, which are related to the corresponding signal boxes. Furthermore TV-cameras, which are placed over far situated points or over stations bad to be seen, are allowing an exact overview of the running situation.