Published on August 9, 2022

The project “Pilentum Television” was born many years ago in Frankfurt/Main, 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 railroad 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 train show, called “Miniatur Wunderland”, in Hamburg, Germany. However, People might believe, Pilentum is a large corporation. But it's not. Pilentum is still a one-man business 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. Markus does not seem to be untalented, because in the meantime Pilentum Television has received the YouTube Creator Award for passing 100,000 subscribers. In addition, all videos have reached over 50 million viewers all over the world.

YouTube Creator Award for Pilentum Television

Model Railroads and Trains

Model trains und model railroading are a wonderful hobby. Unfortunately, the prices for locomotives, freight cars and passenger cars are becoming more and more expensive. Therefore, many people look for auctions on the Internet to buy rolling stock, parts and accessories cheaply. That's exactly what I do, but I use special filters to find the best deals. On auctions on eBay, I always check the number of bids. Only auctions with the highest number of bids give the feeling that it is a good deal. Why don't you give it a try?

1. Railroads & Trains Auctions
2. Freight Cars Auctions
3. Locomotives Auctions
4. Passenger Cars Auctions
5. Track Auctions
6. Starter Sets and Packs Auctions
7. Parts and Accessories Auctions
8. Other Railroads and Trains Auctions

Of course, there are also great deals on Amazon. Shops at Amazon sell accessories, replacement parts, passenger and freight cars, as well as locomotives.

01. Model Trains and Accessories
02. Hobby Train Cars
03. Passenger Cars
04. Locomotives
05. Freight Cars
06. Model Train Sets
07. Model Train Accessories
08. Landscape and Scenery
09. Bridges and Tunnels
10. Signals, Signs and Lights
11. Buildings and Structures
12. Rails and Tracks
13. Miniature Figures


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.