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Märklin 89200 Anhalter Bahnhof
Anhalt Railroad Station in Berlin

[Moved from Berlinerwerke-Z Saga Page 6 on 09 Nov 2011]

On 05 Oct 2011, I won an eBay bid for a painted and fully-assembled Märklin 89200 Anhalter Bahnhof (a gigantic Z-scale model of Berlin's Anhalt railroad station), at one time the largest trainshed in the world.  I've wanted this model so badly I could taste it ever since it first came out many years ago at some $350 or more.  There was never any way I could or would spring for that much for a pile of plastic but the bidding was very low and the model had to be picked up locally.  Luckily for me, "locally" was only a few miles away.  I picked it up on 07 Oct 2011 and lugged it home, only to discover that it was even larger than the 18" x 34" (46cm x 87cm)* Märklin claims!  I never really had any way to incorporate the monster into the Berlinerwerke-Z but I had spent an inordinate amount of time armchair railroading in my CAD program trying to do just that.  Not having any place to put the beast, I set it on my unfinished reincarnation of the BW-HO:

89200a 89200b 89200c
(07 Oct 2011 photos by and © S. Berliner, III 2011 - all rights reserved)

At left, the front with an HO car for laughs; in the center, the back with my RDC-2 for AWE!, and at right, the back up close (as close as I could get there) - AWE, indeed!

    [* - It actually measures 19" x 35" (48cm x 89cm) across the baseplates.]   added (25 Jan 2013)

That's an 11½" ledge above and beyond the station - DING! - what a great place to "tuck" the model!  I'll fit a 20½"¹ HOMASOTE plate on the ledge, run a Z line some ¼ scale mile from the BW-Z off to the left at about 2" above the HO layout along the end wall (at left), around behind the station on a 220mm radius, and continue along the ledge with a switchback running back into the SIX (6) house tracks plus two (2) sidings beyond the shed:   rev.gif (11 Dec 2012)

(marked 03 Nov/20 Oct 2011 photo by and © S. Berliner, III 2011 - all rights reserved)

I had written, "Later, if the budget can stand the strain, I may add a reversing loop (the Lajos Loop) and a turning wye (the Kadee Wye), plus a long siding (the M-T Spur), at the far (right) end of the ledge, some 1⅛ scale miles away"; as of 11 Oct 2012. the necessary additional track is on order!  That includes the turnouts for the Alley Yard (yes, I'm a'gonna add that, too)!  So that this all makes any sense to you, gentle reader, I whipped up a sketch of the two layouts and how they relate:   new.gif (13 Oct 2012)

(13 Oct 2012 diagram, revised 11 Dec 2012, by and © S. Berliner, III 2012 - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed diagram for larger image.]

I have (of course) an excruciatingly-detailed CAD drawing but this is easier to reproduce and to read.   new.gif (13 Oct 2012) and   rev.gif (11 Dec 2012)

Well, in for a penny, in for a pound (although big bucks and lotsa Euros would be more appropriate)!  I decided to connect the "East" end to the BW-Yard and the "West" end to the Alley Yard lead to give me easier access to the expansion yard and a turning loop and wye at the main layout as well as out at Lajos Loop.  I'm currently waiting for a slew of turnouts to turn up but here's how it will work:   new.gif (18 Jan 2013) and   rev.gif (24 Jan 2013)

(13 Oct 2012 diagram, revised 11 Dec 2012 and 18/24 Jan 2013, by and © S. Berliner, III 2012, 2013 - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed diagram for larger image.]

This diagram has been revised and amended to show FAR more in-jokeZ and punZ than ever!   new.gif (24 Jan 2013)

While I was at it, I deleted the two pair of left-hand turnout crossovers in the BW yard since I can now access all the tracks from Alley Yard (they will be used in this expansion) and added a THIRD double slip switch (which I actually happened to have lying around).   new.gif (25 Jan 2013) and rev.gif (15 Feb 2013)

Whoops, dearie!  It occurred to me that this arrangement forces me THROUGH the BW Yard to get out onto Z-Track when running clockwise on the BW-Z!  Easily resolved; add a pair of turnouts and Karin's Cutoff (F3)!   new.gif (15 Feb 2013)

(13 Oct 2012 diagram, revised 11 Dec 2012, 18/24 Jan and 15/22 Feb 2013 by and © S. Berliner, III 2012, 2013 - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed diagram for larger image.]

Wow; ANOTHER wye - KNOT WYE (F4) [why not?]; talk about alternative track routing [waltz me around again, Willie]!

I redid this last diagram somewhat on 22 Feb 2013 to reflect a need to relocate the station and the track behind it (now MacHan's Meander) back¹ to give a litle more breathing room between the two layouts, resulting in Jeffrey's Jog (F1).  I relocated both BW Tower (0) to cover both accesses to the BW-Z Yard and FT Tower (1) to cover both Alley Yard and Knot Wye and made some other minor changes.  I also revised the size of the original BW-Z; it's actually only 2' x 4'!   added (22 Feb 2013)

¹ - because of the shift to the rear, the plate ended up only 20" deep; that extra ½" helps me squeeze in between the layouts (24 Feb 2013).

Oh, my; am I behind here!  I decided to spring for a lot more track and double-track all the way from Knot Wye to Lajos Loop - ~TWO scale miles of track! (07 Jun 2014);

(13 Oct 2013 diagram, revised 11 Dec 2012, 18/24 Jan and 15/22 Feb 2013, and 20 Jan 2014 by and © S. Berliner, III 2012, 2013, 2014 - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed diagram for larger image.]

That will be a 245mmR track outboard of the 220mmR at Kluz Curve.  Once I cut a new, wider Homasote piece for Alley Yard, I'll finally be ready to lay track!

Here's a rough idea of the double-track version:   new (22 Jul 2015)

(marked 22 Jul 2015 photo by and © S. Berliner, III 2011/2015 - all rights reserved)

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Now, just how did a replica of the giant Anhalter Bahnhof turn up on the diminutive BW-Z?  Well, it seems that old Wiener Berliner had a son who became a billionaire and had no issue; nostalgic for his old pre-WWII Berlin neighborhood, he anted up the staggering cost for the BW management to erect this replica.  Nothing loath to any PR advantage that might bring in more work or tourism revenue, the BW team agreed et, voilá!

    [That's about as good a reason as any I could cook up!]

For more on the real Anhalter Bahnhof and models in several scales, click here.

There is a "major" goof on the model*; the three arched openings for the tracks used to accomodate eight tracks, two at the left and three each in the center and at right.  The latter two were later reduced to two each but I thought I'd go with the older layout.  Unfortunately, the diemaker made the sides of the openings taper inward at the bottoms for some inexplicable reason (mold draft would have them taper outward, if at all) instead of being parallel; it looks a little odd but it doesn't leave enough width for three tracks.  So, two each it must be!  Not only that but, for all the elegant detailing on the rest of the building, there is none whatsoever on the lower portion of the arches!   added.gif (07/09 Nov 2011) and {*} rev.gif

By the way, that "goof" really is NOT "minor" at all, the arches measure about 160mm across at their widest point (about 145mm up) but only 156mm across at their bases!  Put another way, the piers between the arches are 15mm wide at the 145mm height but 20mm at their bases!

Actually, looking at the old plan views which follow, we can see that the piers measured 3,45m (13' 7") across at their bases and the openings from pier to pier were 14,9m (31' 5½"). across.  At 1:220, these should then be 15.7mm (0.62" -> ⅝") and 67.7mm (2.67" -> 2-21/32").  The actual Märklin 89200 model measures 20mm (¾") across the base of the piers and 60mm (2-5/16") between the piers.   added.gif (24 Jan 2013)

Hoo, boy/girl; there's another discrepancy in the model.  It's 50.142mm (1.974") too short!  Big deal?  Well, for the effort Märklin expended on a model of such limited interest and the kind of money Märklin charged for the new kit, you'd have thought they'd have gotten it dead-on.  As it is, that comes to 11 metres or 36' 21/3" shy, a not inconsiderable difference, not that it matters the least (unlike the narrow arches) in my application.   new (24 Feb 2013)

    [In what follows, directions are looking into the open end of the station,
        i.e. - "left" is at top (east), "right" is at the bottom (west).]
  moved.gif (01 Feb 2013)

There were at least four different track arrangements inside the station over the years.  The earliest of which I can find any record is that of 1884, when there were eight tracks inside - two on the left, three in the center, and three on the right, with escape turnouts for loks in the center and at the right:

(1884 track arrangement)

Sometime later, the turnouts for the inner tracks at center and right were removed:

(eight-track arrangement without turnouts - diagram altered by SB,III)

Next, the inner tracks at center and right were removed and there was no inner platfom for the center tracks:

(six-track arrangement with no inner center platform - diagram altered by SB,III)

Finally, at least by the time station was daylighted by Allied bombing, each of the remaining six tracks had its own platform:

(final six-track arrangement - diagram altered by SB,III)

Just in case your Deutsch isn't fluent, here's a translation of the terms noted:

Abfahrts = Departures
Ankunfts = Arrivals
Aufzug = Elevator (up from)
Gepäck = Luggage
Kopf = Head
Perron = Platform
Post = Mail
Stadtbahn = City/Light Rail
Verkehr = Traffic
Versenkung = "Sinking" (down to)
Vorort = Suburban

Thus, we have platforms for departures, for arrivals, and for (in the center) suburban trains and city (light rail) trains and baggage, and elevators up from and down to the post office and for baggage up and down.  The left hand tracks and platforms were for departures, the right hand for arrivals, and the center for suburban and city traffic.

The platforms extended about 200' (60m) outside, beyond the building end.  I'll play this by ear on the model, after it's installed and I see how it looks.

Oopsies!  Late on 22 Jan 2013, trying to gently pry off the base plates from the huge mass of the fully-assembled model, in order to lay track and then simply set the model over it, off came the entire rear wall assembly, instead! (24 Jan 2013)

(23 Jan 2013 photo by and © S. Berliner, III 2013 - all rights reserved)

At least, it's easier to reach inside, now.  Oooh, lookit!  'Way down inside, there's the grand staircase down from the waiting rooms in the headhouse to the platform level (I didn't build this kit and so never saw any such before - odd, no such staircase shows on plans or interior photos of the headhouse)!

I see that two of those elegant little masts on the corners have come adrift from the pilasters on the end wall (wonder if I can find them or if there are spares in the kit box)!

It appears to me, from old photos, that the actual staircase was much smaller and extended upwards INSIDE the arched opening of the headhouse wall.  The plans reproduced above give a different story; the entry was at platform level and was flanked, INSIDE the headhouse, by lateral stairs down from the waiting rooms.  Further, I think there were narrower staircases down inside the two outermost smaller arched openings (which extended down to the platform level).  Note also on the plans that there were stairs inside the pilasters, probably leading up to an arcade above the three main track arches; if so, the view down into the cavernous shed must have been truly spectacular! (added 25 Jan 2013)

Now, what about that errant staircase?   new (04 Mar 2016) AHA!  There it is!  That grand staircase is on the WRONG SIDE of the headhouse wall!  If you look at this old engraving of the main vestibule:


and this high-lighted enlargement of the floor plan:

(plan extract by S. Berliner, III - 04 Mar 2016 - all rights reserved)

it becomes abundantly clear.  Worse yet, the tracks are elevated on an embankment and Askanasischer Platz is at street level so a grand staircase descending from the vestibule down to the tracks is quite out of the question!  Märklin, you blew it!

Lest there be any confusion about those staircases inside the vestibule, leading UP to track level, here's an enlargement of the old engraving above which should make it "abundantly clear":   new (12 Jan 2017)


Let's look at an ancient elevation view of the South Facade* on which I have superimposed a vertical scale in meters:

(elevation enhanced by S. Berliner, III - 03 Mar 2016 - all rights reserved)

"0" is at street level, rail head about 4.2m (~13'), platform height about 4.8m (~14½'), and the height of the walls below the moldings about 10.2m (~31').  One entered the station through the portico (Vorhalle) at street level, passed though the vestibule at street level, climbed some 15 steps up that grand staircase and then turned left or right to ascend a slightly shorter flight of some 10 steps up to the head platform level, about 14' above the street.

That makes good sense; it comes out to around 6¾" (17.1cm) per step.

That means that the gallery inside the head house was roughly 12m (~36½') above the platforms and the gallery above the arches some 20m (61') over the platforms!

In fairness to Märklin, what were they to do?  They built a model sitting on table level and then had to account for the high main floor level.  Problems, problems!

* - "In fairness to Märklin", eh?  Let's look at matching crops of that South Facade elevation and an early photograph again!   added.gif (02 May 2017)

ABHoFSoFacDwgCrop ABHoFSoFacPhCrop
(elevations cropped by S. Berliner, III - 02 May 2017)

Sorry, Märklin; guess you didn't "goof up" as badly as I had thought - there is clearly an unmistakeable draft inward on the piers as one looks up from ground level towards the springing of the arches!  Not as much as on the model, perhaps, but the piers definitely do taper inwards.

Just out of curiosity, I created and added an elevation drawing of the steps to the old South (rear) facade view above:   added.gif (17 Dec 2019)

(elevation enhanced further by S. Berliner, III - 17 Dec 2017 - all rights reserved)

You can readily see how the steps would lead to the street level.

PROJECT STATUS (pix to follow) - as of 24 Feb 2013, turnouts have not yet arrived but all plywood is cut for Alley Yard, the station and approaches, and Lajos Loop, and in place on brackets and angle stock on the room walls and the ledge.  Homasote roadbed is cut and in place for all but Alley Yard.  Track laying and wiring come next.  Just don't hold your breath!  Further on, I will build a storage cabinet under the BW-Z, hinged at the far left, so the layout can swing out from the wall for ease of maintnance and modificartion, as well as better access to the BW-HO at that corner, and create an entirely new control panel, finally dumping those horrible Märklin 7000 and 7200-series controllers for micro-toggles and Kadee Stinger pushbuttons. (25 Jan/22/24 Feb 2013)

Incidentally, the framing and bracketing for Alley Yard, Z-Track, the Anhalter Bahnhof, Lajos Loop, and M-T Spur are super-strong, not because the roadbed or trackwork is so delicate but because I tend to bump into things, HEAVILY! (22 Feb 2013)

PROJECT UPDATE - as of 22 Apr 2013  additional track has arrived at long last but - - - Houston - we have a problem!  I'm getting older and can't reach across the BW-Z any longer.  Thus, all the manual turnouts for which I've been waiting so long can't be used in Alley Yard!  I have to spring for the significantly-more-expensive remote turnouts there; those over on the Bahnhof Yard and at Lajos Loop/Kadee Wye (except for the reversing switch C, Tony's Turnout) can remain manual.  Next, I have to finish cutting away the baseplates under the Bahnhof and route wiring channels in the underside of the Homasote over the ledge and along Z-track and Will's Way/M-T Spur.  Then, I'll assemble AB Tower and wire up the Bahnhof yard toggle switches that will hide under the tower roof.  After all that, it will be time (at long last) for an entirely-new control panel for the BW-Z, with Kadee "Stinger" pushbuttons and micro-mini toggle switches in lieu of those awful Märklin 7000-series controllers.  Too much armchair RRing and not enough physical progress - gotta get off my butt and do some real work.  Stalled over how to mount the BW-Z on a cabinet so it can swivel out of the way and still be hinged upward to access the wiring (spaghetti); part of the dilemma is that everything is on thick shag carpeting and so has to be adjustable vertically to allow for settling! (22 Apr/27 Oct 2013)

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Well, open-heart surgery (a pig valve and two bypasses) and three skin-cancer operations slowed me down a peg (excuses, excuses!) but I've been doing quite a bit of armchair railroading and decided to add a bridge (F6, the BW Bridge) where Z-Track meets Kluz Curves (at upper left) such that the inbound and outbound tracks cross there, allowing clockwise running out and back throughout the layout without switching (lotsa "outs" eh?).  Nelson Grade (F2, reassigned) leads up to the bridge.  I also augmented the not-yet-existant facilities at Anhalter Bahnhof by adding another cross-over (I, Ilona's X-Over) to allow the outer Suydam Siding to become a through track to better serve as the passenger yard lead and added a third Suydam Siding and turnout inboard of the existing two (30 May 2015/07 Sep 2015):

(30 May 2015 diagram, revised 11 Dec 2012, 18/24 Jan, 15/22 Feb and 13 Oct 2013, and 20 Jan 2014 by and © S. Berliner, III 2012, 2013, 2014 - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed diagram for larger image.]

That does away with that odd 245mmR outboard track at Kluz Curve.  All this plus moving the A-B Switch (B) away from the station and extending the outer Suydam Siding to it greatly improves operation (if one can call my "chooching" trains "operation").  Now for some real-world action!

So, my recovery has slowed a bit; I don't have much stamina yet - plus there are a few other chores around the house, like making and fitting new doors on a shed, to distract me, which have to be done in short bursts of energy.  However, I finally nerved myself up to yanking (very-gingerly lifting, really) the Anhalter Bahnhof off the ledge, gently easing the three roof sections off without demolishing the rest of the structure, and succeeded in scribing away the base plates.  This "operation" (quite literally) started off, as noted above, as something I tried to do through the arched openings in the rear wall, resulting in the whole wall popping off!  Next, I tried doing it through the massive opening left by the wall's departure but I haven't the strength to scribe that far (27"/686mm) into the cavernous interior and, using a dental scaler with a drag-chisel tip, I managed to drift off and gouge the remanent "high" platform along one wall (07 Sep 2015).

I may not be the swiftest around but I DO learn from my mistakes, so I bought a pack of new X-Acto #28 Concave Carving Blades and ground my old (ca. 1946) blade into a heavy-duty drag chisel:

(13 Aug 2016 image by and © S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
(image added 13 Aug 2016)

Mounting the modified blade in the big X-Acto #6 Heavy Duty Aluminum Handle gave me the configuration and solid grip I needed and, after innumerable passes, and with only one major goof, I got the fool baseplates out and the shell of the now-even-more rickety structure back in place on the ledge.  The goof was to drift again, this time all the way up against the stairwell where it won't be seen and a #18 Chiseling Blade made short work of a few places where the scribing didn't quite leave a clean edge.

For my next act, I will locate the Bahnhof precisely, put some locator pins in the inner corners, and do some wiring and track laying inside the shed.  Horrors - real progress!  Then, I guess I'd better build that Waterbury (CT) Bank Street Junction Interlocking Tower kit #SBM-1024 from Loren and Karin Snyder's Stonebridge Models.  It's a laser-cut micro-plywood two-story structure and I intend to beef it up, make the roof hinged, and install on-off sub-miniature switches in the attic floor for the many Anhalter spur tracks - as #2, AB Tower at Anhalter Approach on the diagram above.

Whoa, Nellie!  The very thought of the relatively-steep grades up and back down (F2 and F7, Nelson Grade and Max Grade) makes me shudder.  I think I'll just sell the new 8975 Arch Bridge (F6) and get an 8559 13° crossing (F8) [as if Märklin had any other], instead.  A level crossing should pose no problem since I'm not planning to ever run DCC nor more than one train at a time out in the main (06 Dec 2015).

Let's call all this to a screeching halt here!  It's getting far too complicated and is about to get FAR worse!  Ever since it came out, I've wanted mad Ludwig II's Bavarian Neuschwanstein fairy-tale castle from the Märklin 81785 Starter Set.  Only problem was that it came complete with a Bavarian passenger train, a track layout, and a 120V power pack, all of which I needed like a hole in the head (of course, I really needed the castle!). No one that I could find was parting with just the castle, alone, and I wasn't about to spring for some $500 or so just to get an under-scale plastic model.  Well, to cut to the chase, I really wanted that castle in the worst way so I did some sleuthing.  It seems that Märklin didn't make that model after all; it seems highly likely that it's the so-called 1:220 #NS-C-3000 model from Doyusha in Japan, which runs about $60 plus shipping.  By sheer dumb luck, a short-term eBay listing came on line at $10 just as I was playing around and I jumped on it and won! (05 Jan 2016)

MärklinNeuschwanstein DoyushaNeuschwanstein
Märklin x-81785 left - Doyusha NS-C-3000 right

They sure look the same to me.

So, now I am the proud (if idiotic) owner of both the Anhalter Bahnhof and (at long last) Neuschwanstein!

It will fit nicely in Lajos Loop, helping obscure the electrical service panel door, and I think I'll do away with Stick Yard or relocate it with Schwan Spur and Schwan Station.  That latter will be the Märklin resin 2630 station building currently designated as Bright Moment Station near the turntable.  The space thus vacated will now be the site of Dehydra Ted Water and its 20,000,000,000 gallon tank (it doesn't take a gigantic tank to hold 20 billion gallons of dehydrated water).

How, one might ask, does the Neuschwanstein castle belong on the Berlinerwerke-Z?  Oh, that's easy!  That same son of old Wiener Berliner who became a billionaire and had no issue, again nostalgic for his old pre-WWII Germany, anted up again for the cost for the BW management to erect this replica as well.  But, this time, there was a commercial aspect; the castle was to be a paying tourist proposition from the get-go.  Once more, the BW team agreed et, voilá!

    [And, again, that's about as good a reason as any I could cook up!]

Oh, this is gonna be fun!  I think we'll just continue this vagary on a new Berlinerwerke-Z Saga Continuation Page 8.

    [By the way, I seem to have scrambled my diagrams; so stay tuned.]

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