Marklin locomotives

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by stanC, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. stanC

    stanC Member

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    I was checking these on the Internet. They seem really expensive. Is there something special about them. I read that the Marklin track has a middle rail. Does that mean the Marklin locomotives will only run on a Marklin track

    Regards
    Stanley
  2. Justin

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    Marklin does make some 3-rail tarins like you mentioned. They are AC powered too if that helps. No body else I know off make 3 rail HO track. I have some vintage Marklin track and power supply.
  3. Triplex

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    European models in general cost more than North American models.

    Marklin HO track doesn't exactly have a third rail like Lionel O, but a series of metal studs on the ties. Electrically, it's the same - AC 3-rail. And in HO unlike in O, there are no compatible brands.
  4. Fluesheet

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    The expense is partly the exchange rate with the Euro and partly the labor cost in Europe. The upside is that Marklin (and Trix - Marklin's two-rail division) make very high quality items - at least the ones I've been exposed to. Germans love their toys.

    I have a buddy that has a toy-steam internet shop (Wilesco steam engines, Wilesco, Mamod, Jensen steam engines). As a lot of his items are German, he attends the Nuremburg toy show yearly. He says it is something else - a huge affair both in size, quality and marketing of the displayed toys.