Tag: Technical Analysis

Marklin Crocodiles: Genealogy of the Swiss CCS 800 Locomotive

The Swiss crocodile is perhaps one of the most beautiful and exotic-looking locomotives of the time.  Its articulated design makes it an engineering marvel.  Seeing it traverse the mountainous regions of Switzerland must have been an incredible sight!  Without question, the scale models produced by Marklin of this Swiss legend for almost a century paid close attention to detail and

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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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ENGINE PROPULSION SYSTEMS AND REVERSING UNITS FOR MÄRKLIN GAUGE 1 AND 0

INTRODUCTION When Wilhelm Märklin established the firm Märklin in 1859, the main products included doll kitchens and other general metal toys.  It was not until 1891 that the first trains appeared in the assortment of their products.  Engine power was still in its infancy with floor-runners.  Soon however, Märklin started to produce powered locomotives for their trains.  Clock-work, steam, and

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Marklin RS 800: Complete Review

Hello everyone, Another feature of this blog is being able to maintain and repair Marklin trains, and sometimes that includes taking them apart for service or just to see how everything functions under the body. This review is of an RS 800.  This gallery will show how to almost completely dissassemble an RS 800 locomotive. I do not take apart

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The mechanical light switching mechanism, der Schleppschalter

After the Second World War when Märklin again supplied the German market with model trains, you could in some gauge 00/H0 models find a mechanism, which controlled the lights depending on the direction of travel. The mechanism was called a Schleppschalter and was connected to the driving shaft either by sitting directly on the shaft or by a cog wheel.

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