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The project “Pilentum Television” was born many years ago in Germany, when founder and film maker Markus Lenz was trying to make photos and videos of miniature vehicles in macro photography mode. Because miniature cars unfortunately don't move, he focused on model trains. Over time, a preference had arisen to visit model railway exhibitions for making high-quality video documentaries.
The idea was to make model railroading and railway modelling more popular because rail transport modeling seems to be a hobby which is increasingly replaced by computers and video games today. Therefore, YouTube was chosen in order to attract as much attention as possible. The name “Pilentum” was chosen because the word comes from the Latin language and it means something like “easy chariot” or “carriage” which was once used by Romans.
Although the YouTube channel was launched on August 20, 2011, the first video was released on May 25, 2013. This video presents a diorama of the famous Sherman Hill railroad line. A few days later, on 18 June 2013, a 52-minute video was published showing the world’s largest model railway exhibition, called “Miniatur Wunderland”, in Hamburg, Germany. Because Markus is fluent in several languages the video's title and description are written in different languages on the YouTube channel. Furthermore, the new website on www.pilentum-television.com, which was published in January 2019, is offered in 26 language versions including Chinese, Russian and even Hindi.
People might believe, Pilentum is a large corporation. But it's not. Pilentum is still a one-man company operated by Markus Lenz. He doesn't do influencer marketing. There are no sponsors. The only revenue comes from YouTube's monetization. So Pilentum Television exists only because of Markus' passion for photography and videography of model trains. At any time, you can support this one-man business with a small donation via Paypal by using the PayPal address “firstname.lastname@example.org” or the PayPal-Me-Website on www.paypal.me/pilentum.