Modelspoor/Utrecht Railway Museum

I'm considering a visit to Utrecht for Modelspoor in late October. Has
anyone else been? Is it as good as it looks? It looks bigger than Warley
and seems to include a very large trading area. Correct? The idea would
be go Thursday from the UK attend Friday and probably Saturday and return
home Saturday late.
I'd like to fit in a visit to the Utrecht Railway Museum as well and would
probably do that Friday PM.
The timing is flexible at the moment, if it's worthwhile I'd happily stay an
extra day (could tack on either end). What would make it worthwhile
staying the extra day? Another museum (trains/trams/planes); maybe a local
model show somewhere else in the Amsterdam/Utrecht/Rotterdam triangle.
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Graham Harrison
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Well worth a visit. Do try the Ghost Train.
Tag on a Sunday and do the Amsterdam Tram Museum perhaps.
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Graeme Wall
The Utrecht museum is well worth a visit. Some fine old locos, including a few old British ones, mainly WD iirc. If they are doing the ghost train talk, see that - even though it is all in Dutch, you get the idea, and the kids love it - it is quite funny. I've been there 3 times, and would gladly go again. Alan.
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It's a good few years since I went there so not a bad idea. Thanks.
I've found
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so there seems to be a good selection (although opening at the end of October is another matter) and for aviation
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I think I can feel a plan coming on!
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Graham Harrison
All the years I've been going to Amsterdam I've never made it. I'm always working on the Sunday.
I love it when a plan comes together...
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Graeme Wall
It's been a couple of years since I last went but I don't suppose things have changed much. I don't think the layout quality quite matches that of the best UK exhibitions. I've seen some stunning layouts but I've seen some rubbish. The "flea market" trading area tends to concentrate on second hand ready to run, not too many of the specialist traders that you get at Warley. It's different to Warley but well worth a visit if you've not been before. Take plenty of cash if you intend to buy as a lot of the second hand traders don't take cards.
Also worth checking out what's on in the other halls. Last time I went, there was a cycling exhibition on next door. I enjoyed that nearly as much as the trains!
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Nigel Emery
I find that it's not as good as it was 5/6 years ago. A lot of the layouts I've seen there are the same as 5 years ago. Having said that it's one of the better ones over here although I found that the exhibition in Den Bosch was much more interesting when I went to it a couple of years ago, probably aided by the fact that there were more British outline layouts there, EM/P4 even, and there was more of a variation in the layouts. Don't think it's been held recently tho'.
It's certainly big enough to spend all day there if you arrive at opening time and stay until closing and probably at least half the next day as well. I keep forgetting to take butties with me when I go (although seeing as how I lived 20 minutes walk away for many years it wasn't really a problem - nowadays I've got a 2 hour train ride).
As someone else said, take plenty of cash. The traders there are made up of Dutch and German shops. Whilst the Dutch traders will usually take a card on a Dutch bank account (the act of which is called Pinnen), the German ones usually won't and I don't recall most of them taking credit cards.
You can get cash at the hole-in-the-wall machines but there's always a long line at the ones in the Jaarbeurs itself. If you can, use some others (depending on where you stay). If you use any in the shopping centre, be very careful. I lived there, I know.
Also, the traders tend to be generic box shops. Lots of HO, N, Z, second-hand, not many specialists (GMS tends to be the only one for train stuff; I invariably spend lots of time looking at his stuff but you can probably get it cheaper in the UK; the rest tend to be electronics experts). You might find it expensive - I'm used to the prices now and invariably have a list of what I want.
I used to frequent the railway museum a lot. I'm undecided if it's better now that it's been renovated. It's certainly different than before and I liked the trip round the trains in the cart :-)
The tram museum has had a lot of work done in recent years and was shut. The website implies that it's open again. However buried away in their flyer is a disclaimer that says that there will be a lot of work on the line this year and that the trams may not be running on certain days and that you should check the local press (!) and the website to be certain.
Finally a disclaimer: I now live in the south of NL and I'm not as attached to Utrecht and what's going on there as I used to be so I may be out of date. I still miss the model shop there though :-(
-- Rod
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Don't know about the museum but I went to Modelspoor and was mightily impressed and spent quite a bit on items as well as ex Nederland Railways items.
Excellent event.
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I went to the museum last year, it's well worth a visit and it really good for kids....wish I had a wide angle lens with me when I was there, some of the exhibits are quite close together..... There's a WD 2-10-0 - "Longmoor" there.
The Massive 1:24(ish) model village Madurodam is also well worth a can spend best part of a day there too.
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(google it for images) The Hague's about an hour from amsterdam from memory.....
I've yet to see a decent model shop in amsterdam, but the Marklin shop in Utrecht (and the one just opposite it) are pretty good.
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Craig Douglas
The Marklin shop there is pretty new. Kuijpers' hobby shop (opposite) has been there for years and is pretty good as model shops here go (I still miss it).
There are a few decent model shops in Amsterdam but you have to know where to find them. One of the best is near to where I used to live but I can't remember the name now... hang on, let me look it up... right, I believe it's SchaalTreinenHuis, Bilderdijkstraat 94, Amsterdam. Not bad as shops over here go but it's closed on Sundays.
-- Rod
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