It is more subtle than Trabants, there is a Simson Schwalbe beside the parcels shed.
The little layout is just about complete, the larger layout has another six months of work before I can consider it to be 'almost' finished. The layout was intended to be used as a portable showcase but age and its sheer size meant that it became a permenant fixture and the 'tiddler' has taken its place.
The less than obvious attraction of East German railways is there retention of mainline steam until reunification and their continued use of loco hauled passenger trains rather than multiple units. It was just different, in the same way that modern Central Europe retains a certain charm and fascination that has been lost elsewhere. We don't bother about the political implications, certainly no watch towers or fences because these were only a feature of the borders.
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