Echtdampf-Hallentreffen Friedrichshafen

01. - 03. November 2024 | Exhibition of steam-driven models of railways, road vehicles, ships and stationary plants

The "Echtdampf-Hallentreffen" is an annual fair that offers visitors a fascinating insight into the world of steam technology and its applications across various modes of transportation as well as stationary installations. Initiated from January 4th to 6th, 1997, in Sinsheim, this event has become one of the most significant meeting points for steam power enthusiasts. Messe Sinsheim GmbH organizes this spectacular event, which typically takes place in November. After interim stops in Cologne and Karlsruhe-Rheinstetten, it is now held in Friedrichshafen..

The first known and documented precursor to the modern steam engine was designed by English military engineer Thomas Savery in the late 17th century. His invention from 1698, often referred to as the "Miner's Friend," aimed to pump water out of flooded mines. However, the most significant breakthrough was achieved by James Watt, who, in 1765, developed a much more efficient steam engine with a separate condenser. Watt's improvements often mark the beginning of the era of practical steam engines, which became a driving force of the Industrial Revolution.

The Live Steam Indoor Meeting is particularly known for its unique focus on steam-powered models. The exhibition showcases an impressive range of steam-powered vehicles and machinery, including trains, road vehicles, ships, and stationary equipment. The romance of the railways, brought to life by detailed and authentic replicas of historical scenes and the display of hundreds of steam models in various scales, is a key feature of the fair.

Event highlights include fascinating model-building landscapes equipped with a shunting yard, transfer table, switches, turntable, and a loading terminal. These intricately detailed models invite visitors of all ages to marvel, discover, and interact. A special feature of the fair is that visitors can not only admire exhibits but also see steam-powered models in action during interactive demonstrations.

Individual participants, as well as clubs and societies, contribute to the lively atmosphere of the fair by showcasing their steaming and hissing creations. Experienced steam model builders are on hand to explain the complex functions of their models and share their knowledge with those interested.

Additionally, the associated specialist sales exhibition offers a wide range of products and services. Visitors can find everything they need for their hobby, from specialized accessories to complete steam models. This combination of sales and presentation significantly contributes to the comprehensive experience that the "Echtdampf-Hallentreffen" provides.

A special experience is the opportunity to ride on a real steam train, which is particularly unforgettable for families and young steam enthusiasts. The track G models, known as "garden railway," vary in their scale (often between 1:22.5 and 1:29) and use a gauge of 45 mm. These models, designed for outdoor use, can display considerable detail. In the model railway community, various scales are popular, and each offers its advantages, ranging from the aforementioned "garden railway" to the smallest gauge of 6.5 mm, representing the scale 1:220 or the track Z.

Messe Friedrichshafen, as one of the venues, provides the ideal setting for such an event with its modern infrastructure and picturesque location on Lake Constance. The excellent conditions of the hall meet the diverse requirements of the exhibition and help make the "Echtdampf-Hallentreffen" a globally renowned event, attracting exhibitors and visitors from all over the world.

The Echtdampf-Hallentreffen will take place on 3 days from Friday, 01. November to Sunday, 03. November 2024 in Friedrichshafen.

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01.11.2024 - 03.11.2024*
Friday - Sunday, 3 days
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Fair location:

Messe Friedrichshafen,
Neue Messe 1, 88046 Friedrichshafen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany


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Fair organizer
Messe Sinsheim GmbH
Gustav-Werner-Str. 6
72636 Frickenhausen, Germany
Tel: +49 (0) 7025 9206100
Fax: +49 (0) 7025 920688100
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Past editions:
  • 03. - 05. November 2023
  • 04. - 06. November 2022
  • 05. - 07. November 2021
  • 01. - 03. November 2019
  • 15. - 18. November 2018
  • 03. - 05. November 2017
  • 08. - 10. January 2016
  • 09. - 11. January 2015
  • 10. - 12. January 2014

Fair location:

Messe Friedrichshafen,
Neue Messe 1, 88046 Friedrichshafen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany


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Product groups: gear trains, hot-air engines, model railways, railway models, road vehicle models, ship models, steam engine, steam models, …

Disclaimer: No responsibility is taken for the correctness of this information. Errors and alterations excepted! Fair dates and exhibition sites are subject to change by the respective trade fair organiser.


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Where does the Echtdampf-Hallentreffen taking place?
The Echtdampf-Hallentreffen fair takes place in Friedrichshafen, at the Messe Friedrichshafen.

When is the Echtdampf-Hallentreffen taking place?
Visit the Echtdampf-Hallentreffen from 01. - 03. November 2024.

How often does the Echtdampf-Hallentreffen take place?
The Echtdampf-Hallentreffen takes place annually.

What kind of fair is the Echtdampf-Hallentreffen?
The Echtdampf-Hallentreffen is an exhibition for Model Making, Hobby and .