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Märklin Model Railroads & Trains
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Märklin is a German model train company that produces model railroad products in HO and Z scales as well
as 1 gauge. Their products are modeled after European railroads, but are sold all over the world. The company,
founded in 1859, was the first toy company to produce sectional model railroad track, as well as the first model
While Märklin was already a successful toy company by 1900, their production of model trains greatly
increased during this time period. Märklin is credited as being the first European model railroad company to produce
an electric train set. Märklin's model railroad business grew rapidly during the '20s, when the 20 volt system for
model trains was introduced. Märklin began to build a reputation for making realistic models that truly represented
real life railroads.
After 1935, Märklin changed its production focus to OO gauge railroads and gradually discontinued production
of gauge 1 and O gauge trains. During the '50s, the company focused on producing HO scale models that served the
dual purpose of being high quality models and at the same time trains to play with. Today, Märklin uses photos and
manufacturer plans to make their model trains as realistic as possible.
The Märklin company originally produced doll house accessories made of lacquered tin. The company
grew as a tinplate toy company during the 1800s. Their offerings included clockwork model trains
Märklin's model 3102 is based on a heavy duty locomotive that was planned during World War II. The huge
train had been designed for military transportation to the Ural mountains, but it was never constructed. It is
Märklin's only model of a locomotive that was never built
In 2001, a Märklin gauge V train set from 1906 sold for $167,000. The set was 11 feet long and ran on live