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Roof Vents & Trucks: Restoration of a Model Nr. 351 Passenger Coach from 1946

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A common sight to any Marklin 00 collector: broken trucks and missing roof vents on a beautiful 350-series coach.  Over the years, Zinc diecast parts suffer from “Zincpest” making them brittle and prone to breakage.  The thin supports of the roof vents and two posts that secure the side trucks to the stamped metal frame are extremely vulnerable to breaking.  In

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From Germany with Love, Train Sets Shipped Home during WWII

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As discussed in previous articles, the Marklin factory continued production during WWII. American soldiers operating in the area are said to have visited the factory specifically.  Not only were they there to collect intelligence, but also indulge in some toy shopping for those back home.  The Marklin factory had an in-house showroom with all the latest models running and many

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220 Volts to the Present: From life threatening danger to safety

  During the late 19th century and into the early 20th century, Märklin toy trains used one of three power sources – clockwork motors, live steam and electricity. In time, the first two methods with their inherent limitations were displaced, but not entirely replaced, by electric motors. So it was that in 1895 Märklin offered its first electric motor driven

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