Model railroading in France: HO scale model train layout by Alexandre Forquet

Published on September 22, 2021

Model railroading in France: HO scale model train layout by Alexandre Forquet

This French model railway layout has been built by Alexandre Forquet. Alexandre is 28 years old and he loves model railroading since he was a child. His grandfather passed on his passion for model trains to him. Two years ago, he started building this model railroad layout in HO scale in a separate room of his flat.

Anyone familiar with rail traffic in France knows that trains usually run on the left side. But Alexandre was inspired by railways of eastern France, namely in the province of Alsace, where trains run on the right side. Thus Alexandre’s French trains run on the right track. The model train layout consists of an area of 4 x 3 meters and includes a terminus (currently under construction), a depot for steam locos and diesel locomotives and a station set in a small village.

Lack of time, money and space mean that Alexandre is still busy in constructing his layout. But fortunately he has already finished large parts of the rail network, so we can see a lot of French trains. Alexandre regularly reports on his construction progress on his Instagram page and he also operates the YouTube channel, called “Le Train d’Alex”.

YouTube Video

model railroading   model trains   SNCF   model railway   TGV   model railroad   France   model train layout   HO scale   model railway layout   model railroad layout   building   constructing   rail traffic   railway modelling   Alsace   trains   steam locos   diesel locomotives   modélisme ferroviaire   échelle HO   échelle H0   réseau ferroviaire   français   maquette de trains miniatures   trains miniatures   Pilentum   gare terminus   dépôt vapeur   dépôt diesel   réseau   trains français  

PayPal Pilentum Television


Pilentum Television, simply abbreviated to “Pilentum”, is probably the largest international video network for model trains and model railroad layouts. Pilentum's video documentaries present the beauty and the uniqueness of miniature worlds around the world.