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H0 Playground in operation again



After 4 weeks of maintenance work on the museum's power supply system, the H0 playground can be used again.


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Participatory action

As a signaller, let trains depart on the model railway layout
on the 2nd floor of the Museum of Hamburg History

  • At 15th of March
    • The introduction starts at 14:30 and 15:30. The presentations starts at 15:00 and 16:00. The presentations lasts approx 30 miniutes.
    • Costs: included in the museum entrance fee.
    • without registration (For space reasons limited to 10 persons per presentation)



  • The association "Modelleisenbahn Hamburge.V." offers the cooperation as signaller.
    The support of the dispatchers as signaller provides exciting insights into model railway control, the operation and handling of a railway operation in Hamburg. After an introduction to the operation, you can take part in a Track control consoles handle the trains on the model railway layout which has existed for 70 years and send them to the appropriate destinations. Elaborate models, large-scale Staging of the railway station facilities from Hamburg-Harburg station as well as an bundance of historical objects, picture and text documents allow 100 years of railway history to be presented.


    Review of the participatory action on 16th February 2020

    will follow...

    Review of the participatory action on 19th January 2020

    The encouragement on the "1st cooperation as signaller: Signaller in station Lüneburg" we had not expected that way, because we were literally overrun. Countless young and old fingers pressed the buttons on the track diagram control tables. Therefore we have additionally installed the Buchholz and HS (Hamburg Central Station) for spectator operation released. It was run on the MEHEV timetable, which is modelled on the daily routine of the original and the development of the vehicles (from historical steam locomotives, via "Schienenzeppelin" and "Flying hamburger" to the modern IC and ICE).
    PS: only in one point did we deviate from the great example, our visitors dispatched the trains on time and there were no train cancellations.
    Many thanks to Horst St. for idea, advertising and execution.
    Placing the poster stand (stopper) in the entrance hall was also a great idea. With it could be aimed at the participatory action can be pointed out.
    Also many thanks to the competitors: Bert, Jörn, Dimitrios, Michael K., Carsten and (Jo)Achim, and the many employees of the Museum of Hamburg History, who supported us in the smooth guidance of the over 300 visitors.

    Review of the Model Railway Day on 8th December

    Hello dear model railroaders, here is a short summary of this action:
    • the number of visitors was in the "normal, middle" range
    • we have the participation action during the demonstration with a simplified timetable in the signal box Lüneburg performed.
    • It worked quite well when the audience became participants.
    • We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members and guest members who helped with the preparation< and implementation and thus contributed to the success.


  • Logo Tag der Modelleisenbahn

    Participation action at the
    Modelleisenbahn Hamburg e.v.

    19.01.2020 14:30 and 15:30
    Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte
    2nd Floor

    On the occasion of the annual "International Model Railway Day" the association "Modelleisenbahn Hamburg e.V." offers the cooperation as signaller.
    The support of the dispatchers as signaller provides exciting insights into model railway control, the operation and handling of a railway operation in Hamburg. After an introduction to the operation, you can take part in a Track control consoles handle the trains on the model railway layout which has existed for 70 years and send them to the appropriate destinations. Elaborate models, large-scale Staging of the railway station facilities from Hamburg-Harburg station as well as a bundance of historical objects, picture and text documents allow 100 years of railway history to be presented.
    • The introduction starts at 14:30 and 15:30.
      The presentations starts at 15:00 and 16:00.
    • Costs: included in the museum entrance fee.
    • without registration (For space reasons limited to 10 persons per presentation)
    further dates: 16.02.2020, 15.03.2020

    Information about: www.mehev.de or Phone: +49 40 31 44 35
    In the Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte
    Holstenwall 24 / 2nd Floor, D-20355 Hamburg


  • Review

    70th anniversary celebration Presentation of the modelrailway
    on the 2nd floor of the Museum of Hamburg History

    After 70 years of daily demonstrations of the traffic historic modelrailway on the 2nd floor of the Museum für Hamburg history, on October 2, 2019, a dignified framework was established for this anniversary. Many famous personalities came to the celebration and the simultaneous opening of the "Special exhibition on the 70-year history of model railways in the Museum for Hamburg History" under the motto:
    MEHEV = Modell Eisenbahn Hamburg Erklären Vorführen. (modelrailway hamburg explaining presentating)

    The 1. chairman of the MEHEV, Mr. Matthiessen, welcomed the guests, explained the procedure of the celebration and handed over the word to the following speakers.
    The Vice-President of the Hamburg Parliament Mr. Wersich, as well as Finance Senator Dr. Dressel confessed to the railway hobby and were enthusiastic about how they became railway fans in their childhood. They wanted the modelrailway layout on the 2nd floor of the MHG to be "a jewel in the crown of the Museumslandscape", it should remain in place and many more anniversaries should be celebrated.
    2.v.r. Hr. Matthiessen, r. Dr. Wiechmann
    Dr. Herbort The group representative of Deutsche Bahn AG, Mrs. Dr. Herbort delivered the congratulations of our great original.
    The 1. chairman of the MEHEV, Mr. Matthiessen, declared the model selection of the train station "Hamburg-Harburg", the significance of this model for Hamburg and the special circumstances of the material procurement for the construction of the modelrailway in the 1940s.
    The VVM chairman, Mr. Dr. Elsner, paid tribute to the performance of the MEHEV and explicitly emphasized the value of the honorary work on modelrailway and original railway vehicles, so that they can also be used for subsequent preserve for generations.
    Mr. Krumm, Chairman of the BDEF, conveyed the congratulations and reminded the audience that MEHEV is one of the founding members of the Bundesverband-Deutscher-Eisenbahn-Freunde and emphasized the outstanding presantation of the gauge 1 modelrailway in the Museum of Hamburg History.
    The interim museum director of the MHG, Mr. Dr. Wiechmann, reported on the current status of the modernisation and conversion plans at Holstenwall 24.
    The MEHEV treasurer, Mr. Schäding, reported from his first visits in the 1970s, as a pupil of the opposite commercial school and his later collaboration in the MEHEV.
    On the 3rd floor of the MHG the guests were able to enjoy a gauge 1 modular layout take the speed controller into there own hands and let the steam- and diesel locomotives drive. Some modules were developed by our youth group, other modules were provided by club members at your disposal. The Märklin Nostalgic Railway from the 1950s and the 1960s, which were built on the original metal tracks in the gauge H0, was demonstrated, and many unfulfilled desires from childhood came up in memory. Several times the words fell: yes, the "class V200" had I too, but a "class 01" always remained my unfulfilled dream. The well-known "TELEX-Coupling" brought the special "flair" into the shunting operation, also here the guests talked to each other about their vehicles and occurrences in the many operating hours with the modelrailway.

    During subsequent discussion circles on the topics of railways and local transport in Hamburg, as well as many memories of the first own model railway, the participants were able to strengthen themselves with Franzbrötchen, which were made available by the winner of the "Franzbrötchen-Wettbewerb 2019 im MHG". The very first bite into this special pastry made it clear why it won first prize in the competition.
    The MEHEV-members of the festival committee have given each guest our commemorative publication "70 years modelrailway in the museum". The readers of the HN can also read the festive magazine for €4,00 at the Museum Shop of the Museum of Hamburg History or at the MEHEV cash desk. The festive magazine shows the beginnings of model railways in the museum up to the present day and is a treasure trove for the interesting reports and pictures of this unique model railway. The editions of the HN that were made available to the public were also gladly requested by the guests.
    The special demonstration of the traffic historic modelrailway on the 2nd floor led the guests into the past 110 years of the railway history in Hamburg. Starting with the steam locomotives and vehicles from the time of Prussia and the germans country railways originated, over the time of the increasingly faster locomotives and traction vehicles in the 1930s, the "New construction vehicles of the 1950s of the Deutsche Bundesbahn", up to the vehicles of the "Deutsche Bahn AG", which we daily can see on the tracks in Hamburg and the surrounding area. Some "MEHEV treasures" were also presented for a special experience, e.g. "Der Adler", the first locomotive in Germany, which starts the railway age, left the station Harburg over the Elbbrücken and the pillartrack to the main station. The model figures were dressed especially festively and were not astonished when an ICE was rushing past them. The "rail transport train", which was in operation for a short time, with rail transport wagons loaded with long "steel rails" drove about the plant. Thus it could be shown that also the maintenance of the tracks in original and model are important, so that the tracks stay safe. The guests were equally enthusiastic about the track control panels Lüneburg and Buchholz, that are based on original control panels. After an introduction the service, the guests could let our trains run. The technology corresponds to the great original and allows the trains to reach their destination safely and on time..
    Members and board of the MEHEV especially thank the festival committee and the helpers with the organization of this anniversary celebration.

    70 years presentation of the gauge-1 model railway
    from Modelleisenbahn Hamburg e.V. in the museum of hamburgs history

    We celebrate from 3. to 6. October 2019

    • on the second floor:
      • we will present the history of the modelrailway in the museum in a picture galerie,
      • in a showcase we will present historic models with had run on the layout a long time ago.
    • on the third floor:
      • we will present a new gauge-1 module layout from our MEHeV-youth group,
      • show the progress of the railway in hamburg in pictures
      The room on the third floor is open only from October, 3. to 6., 2019

    • On 5 October 2019 at 2 pm in the large lecture hall of the MHG (ground floor)
      Mr. Hans-Peter Neumann from the passenger association PRO BAHN
      asks the question: "Where does Hamburg need a train station?"

    • On 6 October 2019 at 2 pm in the large lecture hall of the MHG (ground floor)
      Mr. Alexander Montana from VCD North,
      presents an "Alternative Public Transport Concept 2035".

    • From 3 October on there is our commemorative publication
      for the price of € 4.-
      included is a keyring pendant