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Exhibition area

Exhibition area: the Modellarium

The new exhibition area is dedicated to railway models. The "Modellarium" has over 2,000 models on display, ranging from 1:5 scale historical vehicles to a 1:700 scale mini-locomotive.

There are few other technical systems so closely associated with the term "model" as railway. The first model railways came onto the market as early as 1860 when national rail companies had detailed 1:10 scale models produced. Right from the beginning, railway models were much more than just a toy: they were used to document vehicle technology and as an advertising medium. They were also used in professional training or became the focus of a passion for collecting. The Modellarium exhibits the world of railway models in all their diversity.


Focuses of the exhibition

The exhibition focuses on three large model collections. The 1:10 scale exhibition includes almost 60 models produced in the rail company's workshops between the 1880s and 1997, which are particularly impressive thanks to their special hand-made quality and great attention to detail. Another area of the Modellarium accommodates a 1:20 scale exhibition with 47 models. Deutsche Bundesbahn previously used these for advertising purposes at trade fairs and exhibitions. There are also over 1,900 vehicles in the 1:160 model railway scale. These are part of the world's largest N-gauge collection, which was left to the DB Museum in 2003 by pharmacy professor Siegfied Ebel from Würzburg. There are also many more models to be seen, ranging from a heavyweight 1:5 scale locomotive through to virtual models which exist only in computers. The famous "Adler" (eagle) locomotive has also been brought to life again as a digital model.

Model railway

In addition to a new model railway layout which our visitors can operate by themselves, the Modellarium also accommodates the DB Museum's historical model railway. You can find more information about the model railway under the corresponding menu option. 

Exhibition catalogue

An exhibition catalogue has been created, which is available from the DB Museum or book stores.