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Trainini, the electronic journal for railway and railroad enthusiasts of Z scale, is published monthly and is available to all friends of model trains. The Trainini Magazine was established in 2005 by Holger Späing in Dortmund, Germany. The first issues were published in German language only. But since 2018 an English version of this magazine is available. Enjoy reading reports, news and facts of miniature worlds in scale 1:220. Pilentum would like to support this great work of volunteers and has received permission to make all issues of this amazing magazine available for download. Below you will find a lot of .pdf documents, for free.

By the way, on Pilentum's website there is also another online magazine that you can download for free. It is the British Model Railway Express eMagazine. It's an online publication produced by a group of model railway enthusiasts in the United Kingdom. Inside the magazine, there are high-quality reports and even guidebooks for railway modelling. Don't forget to take a look at the free Brazilian Railway Magazines Central Ferreo and Revista Brasileira de Ferreomodelismo. They offer an insight into rail transport modeling in Brazil.


Trainini Magazine (August 2021)

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Fokker 100 of the HLX
Flying for the Price of a Taxi

The IC precursors of the DB
70 Years of Blue F-trains

From long-distance express train to intercity
Helvetia – Switzerland in the Name

VT 04 501 with Velmo upgrade
Cutting Edge Digital

Guide to Model Railway Photography (Part 2)
Photo editing and optimising

Mercedes-Benz W 123
Verkaufswunder aus Sindelfingen

Baureihe 103 - stärkste Lok der DB
Paradepferd der Bundesbahn

Staying in the conversation (part 4)
Trafofuchs - News from the Fox’s Den


Trainini Magazine (July 2021)

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The 141 series in green
Attention, Firecracker!

Vlmms 63 of ZetNa 220
Only a short Heyday

Self-built track ramps (Part 2)
Construction of the Ramps with Arcades

The first driving tests (Part 2)
Curved Tracks on a good Foundation


Trainini Magazine (June 2021)

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The V 188 from NoBa-Modelle
The alternative “Bull”

A Gl 11 becomes a Gl 22
Upgrading made easy

Self-built track ramps (Part 1)
Planning and finding Materials

The first driving tests (Part 1)
Track Geometry and Basics


Trainini Magazine (May 2021)

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Revised NOHAB from Märklin
A new Heavyweight

MAN 630 from Ratimo-Z
The perfect Complement

Guide to Model Railway Photography (Part 1)
Successfully photographing Model Railways

Staying in the conversation (part 3)
HOS Modellbahntechnik: To live for Model Making


Trainini Magazine (April 2021)

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Märklin SSy 45 heavy goods wagon
Because all good things come in threes

Livestock car V 23 from ZetNa 220
Last Cattle Ride

Douglas DC-3 in Pan Am Colours
Candy Bomber from Herpa

New wooden crates from Joswood
Overseas Shipping Crates

Staying in the conversation (Part 2)
NoBa-Modelle unlimited


Trainini Magazine (March 2021)

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Ommr 33 from FR Freudenreich Feinwerktechnik
A successful Wagon, both large and small

Douglas DC-9-30 as a new product from Herpa
One aircraft with many Names

Ideas from reader for readers
Ten Tips for Success

Staying in the conversation (Part 1)
JMC Scale Models: How it all began


Trainini Magazine (February 2021)

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Model railway scenery construction (Part 1)

Marine emergency deployment as a model
Rescue from the Greatest Distress

Large series new products 2021 for Z gauge
New, even without a Show in Nuremberg

Small Series Manufacturers New Products 2021
The Salt in the Soup again


Trainini Magazine (January 2021)

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Our Editor’s Choices for 2020
New Products of the Year

Reaching the goal by the simplest means
Do-it-yourself Half-luggage and Half-coach Wagon

Maintenance & Care (Part 9)
And Then Postponed for a Long Time

Our annual review of the year 2020
Losses and prospects



Trainini Magazine (December 2020)

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Mercedes fire trucks
The Starry Sky

Märklin’s V 80 series
Trailblazer of Z Gauge?

Pioneer of the cardan shaft drive
Unimportant and Yet Significant

Drachenstein of Harald Hieber
The Neverending Story

Commentary from Dirk Kuhlmann
A Time to Forget


Trainini Magazine (November 2020)

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Motorized Klv 20 from Märklin
Please do not swallow!

On track on rail and road in Z
The rolling Railway Siding

Culemeyer transports for more than fifty years
Transport Specialist Reichsbahn

On the way in Diemeltal (Part 4)
A green Finale with a Kick

Wiesenthal a century ago
The Man is himself!


Trainini Magazine (October 2020)

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Four-axle freight wagon GGths 43
A popular Exotic in the West

Along the Ruhr, Hoppecke and Diemel
History of the Upper Ruhr Valley Railway

On the way in Diemeltal (Part 3)
Up and down – shaping the Landscape

Germany's wine valleys
Along the River Rhosel

Long distance travel in times of crisis
Who is leading the Game?


Trainini Magazine (September 2020)

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The special trains “German Wine Route”
Rolling Wine Cellars in Service

The concept of NoBa-Modelle
Standard Work for Mobility

The Scottish Princess
An aircraft gone astray?

Station Diorama “Himmelreich” (Part 4)
Working behind the Scenes

Special exhibition in the DB Museum
100 Years of the Deutsche Reichsbahn


Trainini Magazine (August 2020)

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Series 120 of DR from Zmodell
A Taigatrommel for Z Gauge

Inspired by Bernhard Stein
Alpine Idyll in the Baden Area

Station Diorama “Himmelreich” (Part 3)
Creating the Landscape

Line telephones in prototype
Relics of Telecommunications


Trainini Magazine (July 2020)

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Schi-Stra-Bus by 1zu220-Shop
The Impetus for new Mobility

The forefather of two-way vehicles
An unusual Pioneer

Cherry blossoms in Shizuoka
A bonsai-sized diorama

Station Diorama “Himmelreich” (Part 2)
Creating a two-levelled terrain understructure


Trainini Magazine (June 2020)

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The Prototype for Entertainment Cars

The Douglas DC-4 of the KLM
Zero Hour for a War Baby

Station Diorama “Himmelreich” (Part 1)
Brick by Brick – Building a Train Station

Laser cut kits from Noch
New and yet familiar


Trainini Magazine (May 2020)

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A railway curiosity
The Gallopping Goose

Southwest of the Holstentor
Lübeck district Buntekuh

On the way in Diemeltal (Part 2)
Railway before scenery?


Trainini Magazine (April 2020)

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The Linz type model from Freudenreich
A Quick-change Artist

New cargo ideas for more variety
For industry and agriculture

Karl-Heinz Wobschall’s Bergheim layout
Busy Times at the Alpine Foothills

On the way in Diemeltal (Part 1)
From an idea to a plan


Trainini Magazine (March 2020)

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Handicraft work for a gap closure
An Amtrak ALCO PA1

Greetings from Old Lübeck
Back then at the Holstentor

The perspectives of 3D printing
Opening new horizons

10 years Rainer-Tielke-Modellbau
Tenth Anniversary in the North of Germany

With fear breathing down my neck
Lahnstein in the year 2020


Trainini Magazine (February 2020)

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New releases for the year 2019
Double win for Märklin

A review of the 2019 modelling year
Ups, downs and some surprises

The 71st International Toy Fair 2020
The newest items from Nuremberg

News and announcements in advance about Altenbeken
Small series new products at the beginning of the year


Trainini Magazine (January 2020)

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The Class 0310 from Märklin
Surprise succeeded?

The 0310 class at the Bundesbahn
Swan song on the Ruhrtalbahn

Z gauge Advent meeting in Zell (Mosel)
Every (two) years again



Trainini Magazine (December 2019)

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Tank cars, filling stations and mineral oil logistics
A small step with a big effect

Fuel supply in retrospect
In the beginning there was coal

Like a small theatre
Setting the stage for small layouts

Shinkansen E6 Komachi
Outside wow, inside too!


Trainini Magazine (November 2019)

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From house to house on new paths
Many compromises and gaps

Significant development spurt from 1946
Large container traffic at the DB

Winter scenery for a Christmas story
Exciting adventures on a scale of 1:220

25 Years of Faszination Modellbau
Anniversary in Friedrichshafen


Trainini Magazine (October 2019)

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UIC standard wagon
Hard to take

Convair CV-340 of KLM
Historic boarder crosser

Queen of the rails in the spotlight
A catwalk for beauties

That was Märklintage 2019
Exhibition in Göppingen


Trainini Magazine (September 2019)

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Small steep ramp in the Alps

Museum steam in Z-gauge
Ghost wagon with Rokuhan

A journey over the Gotthard Pass


Trainini Magazine (August 2019)

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Upgrading work on Märklin‘s V 36
Optimization potential detected

The legendary “VW Bulli”
Retired transporter

Journeyman's piece for a masterpiece
On the North Sea coast

The Herpa Summer Festival 2019
The sun smiles for the anniversary


Trainini Magazine (July 2019)

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New Fish Belly Bridge from Märklin
With a curve over the Lennesand

Märklin's new advertising locomotive 101 064-4
Well dressed

The four seasons of Z gauge (part 2)
A sequel with pitfalls

Excursion to the DB Museum Nuremberg


Trainini Magazine (June 2019)

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Landscape & Track (Part 1)
Somewhere in nowhere

Competition work by Ralf Junius
Forgotten places in decay

Useful tools from Microrama
Specialists for precision works

Maintenance & Care (Part 8)
Lying patients

Joint meeting in Sindelfingen
South German large fan meeting


Trainini Magazine (May 2019)

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New FR models under test
Round noses from Sanitz

Märklin on new paths
Increasing instead of losing weight

Intermodellbau Dortmund
Visiting the construction site


Trainini Magazine (April 2019)

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Shape variant of the series 236 From the roof cockpit down

Axel Pieke’s small layout
Test track on a square metre (Mark II)

Successful premiere in Mannheim
When model railways fascinate

Through the vastness of America
A meeting of US Model Railroaders


Trainini Magazine (March 2019)

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Archistories’ neo-Gothic church
For whom the hour strikes

Series E 41 from Märklin
In complete new ways

First standard locomotive series E 41
A firecrakcer at the DB

Mechanical signal box
Home made pulley holders


Trainini Magazine (February 2019)

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The Hello Kitty Shinkansen
Kitty on board!

Boeing 737-200 from Herpa
From baby to successful aircraft

New model railway appearance in Hall 7A
Anniversary in Nuremberg

New and news of the small series
Far away from the International Toy Fair


Trainini Magazine (January 2019)

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Märklin’s new Rmms 3
Of times and miracles

Fine detailing of the series 945-17
Noble Prussians from Blomberg

The year in review 2018
Colourful and varied

Editorial award for special models New products of the year 2018



Trainini Magazine (December 2018)

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The ex-Minden 18 505 of the DB
Queen of the steam locomotives

90 years of the German Luxury Train
The legend of the Rheingold

Digital model railway control (part 6)
Practical beginner experiences

International Model Railway Exhibition
A biennial highlight


Trainini Magazine (November 2018)

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UIC standard car of the FS
Large capacity Italian

Warehouse by Märklin
Rural trading centre

Magitree by Microrama
Magically grown trees

Once upon a time in 1974
Late summer on the mousepath

Faszination Modellbau 2018
Excursion to Lake Constance


Trainini Magazine (October 2018)

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The class V 200 of Märklin
The same but different

Making spruce trees from wire
Realistic looking conifers

Digital model railway control (part 5)
Commissioning of a digital locomotive

Maintenance and care of small trains (part 7)
A puzzle game with many pieces


Trainini Magazine (September 2018)

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Modelling vegetation with Microrama
A new lease on life for a railway embankment

Digital model railway control (part 4)
Introduction to digital practice

Open house at Märklin
A train through the whole city


Trainini Magazine (August 2018)

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Märklin development 1973 to 2018
Evolution of the rail bus

Combine harvester model on a scale of 1:220
A revolution in agriculture

Rock design with Styrofoam
An alternative to plaster


Trainini Magazine (July 2018)

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Doornkaat Wagon of the MKO e.V.
At home on the coast

Inspired by a small layout
An excursion to Tiny Village

Comparison of electric motor versions
Sequencew of generations in motor technology

Digital model railway control (part 3)
The puzzle fits together


Trainini Magazine (June 2018)

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The VW Beetle turns eighty years old Everyday car of bygone times

Boeing 707-400 from Herpa
Time for jet aircrafts

Dörpeder Hof from 1zu220-Shop
North German half-timbered art

Digital model railway control (Part 2)
Assembling a digital puzzle


Trainini Magazine (May 2018)

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Märklin’s model of the DB’s CidT 8
Special local train relic

7th Meeting in Altenbeken
The benchmark of all things

Not just a continuation
Fair in Dortmund


Trainini Magazine (April 2018)

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Same goal - different way
The transformation to a bar car

Alternative plant models
Shrubs from the Grasmaster

Digital model railway control (Part 1)
High Voltage or higly exciting?


Trainini Magazine (March 2018)

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Machine with weaknesses and strengths
Mother of the standard steam locomotive

Nursery with a difference
Sapling, change!

An extraordinary exhibition
Great hustle and bustle in Lahnstein


Trainini Magazine (February 2018)

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Impressionen from the North Sea
Welcome at Kniephaven

The trade fair news for our gauge Z
Shrinkage at the Toy Fair

Waiting for Altenbeken
Small series news 2018


Trainini Magazine (January 2018)

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A top model of SMZ
Der Rote Pfeil (Red Arrow) RAe 2/4

Bavarian van from Zcustomizer
Local Train Capacities

Advent meeting in small group
Under adverse circumstances

2017 new releases
Excellent top products


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Published: September 30, 2021