Marklin O Gauge Collection HR 70 12920 and TW 66 12940

Marklin collection directly after opening 3 original wooden shipping crates. The third crate in the rear is filled entirely with metal track.


Overview of the collection. One wooden crate had a newspaper at the bottom date from the 1950s. The Pre-War set was shipped to the USA following WWII.

German shipping label on one of the wooden crates. Although difficult to read the hand-writing, I believe the German city possibly reads “Dresden.”  The beginning of the street name read “Lü” then becomes illegible and ends with “str” which is the abbreviation for “Strasse” or street in German.

The fencing and crossing gate of the “Bahnwaerterhaus” came off the base, but luckily nearly all parts were present. The parts were found at the bottom of the shipping crate!

A cardboard template is made for the smoke deflector.


Tinplate smoke deflectors are made. The wiring (repurposed paperclips) will be soldered to the smoke deflector to create the ridge around the outline.

The new smoke deflectors are fitted before soldering.


Parts are reattached to the base and signs are added to the top of the original sign posts.

A house is constructed out of tinplate for the train crossing guard.


The final work, still missing the faux tree where the base is. This tree will later be reconstructed or an original tree will be added.

The smoke deflector after initial painting. The linkage and buffers still need to be reattached. The smoke deflectors need final sanding and another coat of paint.

The crossing guard house has initial coats of paint. The original door was pressed with indentations, but this process is very difficult to replicate without heavy machinery. Instead painted shadows are used to simulate the same effect. The paint still needs sanding, a final coat, and lacquer.

Marklin Bahnwarterhaus with TW (Flying Hamburger), switching tower, and signal.


  • Wonderful find Paul, great items and photos.

  • Very nice stuff. The 40cm cars, and the package car with whistle mechanics.
    I dont have the TW Railcar yet.
    For more, check

  • Hi Paul, I’ve known about your site for a while now but just subscribed. I’ve enjoyed reading about your research on Marklin. It would be fun to know a bit of the back story on this collection if you are willing or able to give it out. Was it found in the United States?


    • Hi Andrew,

      Thanks for your comment…the collection was located in the New York city area. Thanks to a member of the forum we also discovered the following about the shipping label on the crate:


      Fam. means Familie stands for Family. The first name is Josef. Can’t make out the last name.

      2. row is the City

      Weiden in Pfalz what is today Weiden in der Oberpfaltz

      3. row is the street

      Luitpoldstr. 6 / 1.Stock . 1. Stock means 2.floor



  • Congratulations! A few years ago I was lucky to get an o, gauge set in a similar way. First I thought that it was an HR800, then it turned out to be a HR66! Edith the 40cm coaches, track and transformer.
    The loco needed some attention and parts from Ritter. But now it is a beauty! I have photos.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *