Toy Fair 2018 – Marklin News

Marklin 37351 Class Re 4/4

Marklin 39058 and Marklin 43224 Toy Fair Locomotive and cars

Marklin 37118 Class C Locomotive

Marklin 26609 Glaskasten Passenger Train

Marklin 26983 TEE Rheingold Offshoot Train Set, 88544 and 87269 in Z-scale below

Another view of the Rheingold Offshoot Train

Insider Crocodile for 2018 Marklin 39567 with car set 46567

Note the single pantograph

Marklin IC2 Bi-Level cars 43481, 43482, 43483, 43484, 43485

Marklin 36637 Traxx with MFX full sound

Marklin 26613 Motorpost for the Dutch

Marklin 49570 Ardelt Metric Ton Steam Crane

Marklin 37216 Class G 2000 BB Vossloh Diesel Rail4Chem

Marklin 39364 Class Ae 6/6 Electric Locomotive

Marklin 36198, Great model, MFX and full sound for great price.

Marklin 36635 Swiss rail traffic

Marklin 37215 Serfer Italian Vossloh Diesel

Marklin 37209 French Vossloh Diesel

Marklin TGV

Marklin 37454 BR45 with handpainted boiler bands

Marklin 37511 Swiss Seetal Crocodile

Marklin 39251 C 5/6 Elephant Swiss Steam Locomotive

 

 

Toy Fair 2018 – Marklin Displays

As usual Marklin has the largest stand at the Fair. This year did not disappoint. The stand feature large displays on the outside. The inside has a large meeting area with tables for the representatives from all the different countries. It also has meeting offices where we meet with the Marklin leadership. Finally there is a restaurant area, where they serve us food (and delicious dessert). In this blog we show some of the displays this year.

Entering the exhibit hall you see the large Jim Knopf display

Entering the exhibit hall you see the large Jim Knopf display

Marklin entrance to offices and meeting areas

Marklin entrance to offices and meeting areas

The Digital Era Display

The Digital Era Display

Here you see the TGV Marklin 37797 on the right, and the new Ardelt crane on the lower left. The new Double container cars are the Marklin 47800, 47801, 47802, 47803 and 47097

Marklin MHI (Exclusiv) trains. These are only available from Marklin Exclusiv dealers, like we are.

Marklin MHI (Exclusiv) trains. These are only available from Marklin Exclusiv dealers, like us. Top is the Marklin 26983 Rheingold Train. Right under it is the Z-scale version Marklin 88544 with the 87269 car set. The green croc is the 37872 with 48695 rusty pipes set. The railcar Marklin 30760 (R) and Glaskasten train Marklin 26609 (L) are on the bottom.

The Rheingold turns 90. On display the H0-version (available in Marklin 26928 and DC Trix 21928). Below it the Z-scale version Marklin 81332.

The Rheingold turns 90. On display the H0-version (available in Marklin 26928 and DC Trix 21928). Below it the Z-scale version Marklin 81332.

Insider Club cars. The new Crocodile is on display here.

Marklin Classic Display

 

Trip to Toy Fair 2018

Our arrival in Germany in the dark morning hours quickly changed to a beautiful sunny but cold day, great for some driving.

Beautiful sunny day on the Autobahn

What is always amazing is how many trucks are on the road. A clear sign that Western Europe still produces and transports many items.

Bumper to bumper trucks on the Autobahn

Most stretches of the Autobahn now have three lanes in each direction. This is done because trucks are limited to about 50mph.

Trucks are banned from the fast lane, so that the Porsche 911’s and Mercedes AMG S63’s do not have to slow from 150 back down to 50 every minute a truck passes. The center lane seems to become the slow lane for passenger cars.

In reality you do not see many Porsche’s or Mercedes S-classes. You see more of them in two minutes in Southlake Texas, than 2 hours on the Autobahn. in the fast lane you actually see many Audi,  BMW and VW diesels!

Two lanes of bumper to bumper trucks as far as you can see

The high load of trucks became clear when the highway switched from 4 traffic lanes to two. Because trucks are banned from the fast lanes, they backed up for many miles, two lanes thick!

Our “Landgasthof” entrance

Our hotel is 30 minutes from the Toy Fair, and every year during the fair it is completely sold out. Guests from literally all over the world are staying here to visit the largest Toy fair in the world.

The hotel sign advises you that the fish is fresh daily!

 

First some coffee and post the blog!

Kapuziner Weissbier

Just in case there are some beer lovers amongst our readers…

 

 

 

 

 

And finally a picture of food. Note the salad in the background please, not everything was fried!

 

Puten (Chicken) Schnitzel with fries and a side salad

 

S-88 Feedback modules/decoders

What are feedback modules?

The basic idea is this: You have several contact tracks (momentary) switches, and want to connect them to the Central Station. You can then program the Central Station to do something when the contact track is activated (when a train goes over it). These contact tracks get connected to an S-88, and the S-88 gives each contact track a digital number, before sending the signal to the CS. With that number, the CS knows which contact track send the signal.

Feedback modules are among the oldest components in the Marklin digital system. With the the memory 6043 the Feedback module s88 introduced. And the Locomotives were capable of  automatically triggering long switch/turnout sequences during operation.

Today the feedback modules can even do more tasks such as the track busy indicator in the Layout of a Central Station 2 or 3.

Which different feedback modules are there of Marklin?

The following versions of feedback modules are there:

  1. 6088 decoder s88: This is the original (old) version the feedback modules. As a connection the 6-core flat ribbon connection used. The feedback module 6088 still has connection sockets for the former 2.6 mm plug system, which in this form today is no longer allowed to be offered.
  2. 60880 decoder s88: This second variant is different only in the other connection system for Miniature connector with a diameter of 1.8 mm from the first variant. Of the Connection to the digital system takes place over the same flat cable system as the decoder 6088 as its Previous version. So it is the same as the 6088, but uses the newer style plugs.
  3. 60881 Decoder s88 AC: Functionally, this decoder corresponds to the both previous versions 6088 and 60880. He is also for all contactors suitable against the rail mass of the Märklin operating system Connection for a short time or as a permanent contact produce. This decoder can to a CS3plus or to a decoder L88 (# 60883). This compound is also called RJ 45- Called connection.
  4. 60882 Decoder s88 DC: This decoder checks if in one track section an electrical consumer is present (locomotive or lit car) and reports this then to the central unit. Again Decoder s88 AC can be this decoder via the RJ 45 connection to one CS3plus or to a decoder L88 (No. 60883). This decoder is of course available for two-rail systems that can’t use the Marklin contact tracks of the Marklin central conductor system. But this decoder also works the Marklin central conductor system.
  5. 60883 decoder link 88: This decoder provides the basis of today’s feedback system at the CS2 and CS3. He represents the the Connection to the CAN-BUS of the CS2, CS3 or CS3plus. It has three built-in BUS systems where either the feedback module 60881 or 60882 can be connected to (BUS 1 and 2) or the earlier decoders 6088 and 60881 (BUS 3). The decoder L88 also has a power supply input for Switching power supplies such as 66360, 66361 or 66201. This allows the items to be powered without using (sacrificing) track power. The decoder L88 still has 16 own feedback contacts, which, like the contacts on the decoder 60881, report contacts against the switch track mass.

Using new track with old Metal track?

I have a Marklin HO scale starter set from 1967 when I was a kid. I would like to expand for my grandchildren.

I understand the track has changed. Can I buy new track and transitional pieces to use the old track also?

Your starter set will have the track with a metal roadbed. We now refer to it as M-track.

The Marklin track types which are being used now are the K-track, and the C-track. Both track styles have transition track pieces, so that they can be used with each other, and also with the older style M-track.

Most people tend to use the C-track. It has a roadbed, similar to the M-track. It is very sturdy, and has double electrical connectors. This helps in getting reliable (digital) electric signals through the track.

Marklin 24951 transition track to combine “old” Metal track to C-track.

 

Toy Fair 2017 Pictures – Part 6 (Fleischmann and Roco)

Fleischmann and Roco stand at the Toy Fair 2017.

Fleischmann and Roco stand at the Toy Fair 2017.

The best layout award goes to Fleischmann and Roco this year. Their stand had a very long and shallow layout. Beautifully constructed, with two different scenes on each side and with a large double helix at one end to store trains.

Fleischmann and Roco demonstration layout at the Fair.

Fleischmann and Roco demonstration layout at the Fair.

Fleischmann and Roco demonstration layout at the Fair.

Fleischmann and Roco demonstration layout at the Fair.

Fleischmann and Roco demonstration layout at the Fair.

Fleischmann and Roco demonstration layout at the Fair.

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Amazing tall and long arched bridge with a slight climbing incline

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View in the other direction

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Roco’s Swiss Re460 “Lavaux” pulls a set of IC cars. Available in DCC Sound as Roco 73647, and in 3-Rail as Roco 78396

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The helix was not visible from the layout side. It allows trains to enter, and the get stored on the double tracks while climbing or descending to the different level for the other side of the layout.

The helix was not visible from the layout side. It allows trains to enter, and the get stored on the double tracks while climbing or descending to the different level for the other side of the layout.

The other side of the layout showed a different scene.

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A BR 114 Electric Locomotive pulls a set of double decker cars. The BR 114 is available as Roco 73324, with DCC sound as Roco 73325 and in AC 3-rail under Roco 79325

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Great application of different style trees. Pine trees are grouped together, and different hues of green make the hill a perfect backdrop.

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The slight curved track in the station area is a bit more tricky to plan and lay, but it adds an amazing dynamic to the area. Also notice the small passenger bridge in the foreground. It breaks the sight lines and makes the layout more interesting.

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Perfect use of a small tunnel to again break the sight lines and make the layout more interesting

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Toy Fair 2017 Pictures – Part 5 (food)

We get a lot of requests to show all the food we eat or see! So that you know we don’t just talk trains:

Faller always has the best foods and snacks for their customers at the Toy Fair.

Faller always has the best foods and snacks for their customers at the Toy Fair!

Wiener Schnitzel has to be on the menu when you go to Germany.

Wiener Schnitzel has to be on the menu when you go to Germany.

Schnitzel with ham and cheese

Schnitzel with ham and cheese

It is not all fried foods, we also have green stuff. Just as a side dish.

It is not all fried foods, we also have green stuff. Just as a side dish.

Another side salad

Another side salad, they gave us two baby forks to eat it. Slow is the way to go.

Bratwurst with Sauerkraut

Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and bread

I love breakfast in Europe. Typically a rich variety of breads and rolls, all of them fresh from the bakery that morning. If we can get European trains and cars, and Starbux can imitate their coffees, why can’t we bake the same bread? Granted, this Euro bread does not stay fresh for 7 weeks like my Mrs. Bairds bread, but still…

Breakfast meats

Breakfast meats

They also bring you a small pot of coffee right to your table, so you can pour your own cup.

Breakfast with fresh rolls, coffee and fresh juice

Breakfast with fresh rolls, coffee and fresh juice

The breakfast area in our hotel

The breakfast area in our hotel. In the foreground you see the soft boiled eggs , they keep them warm in sand!

But it wasn’t all standard German Fare:

Grilled Salmon, mashed potatoes with spring onion, curry sauce and prawns

Grilled Salmon, mashed potatoes with spring onion, curry sauce and prawns

Fried slip soles with white wine sauce, peeled grapes and prawns

Fried slip soles with white wine sauce, peeled grapes and prawns

Loempia, essentially an eggroll on steroids, filled with bean sprouts, ham, egg, leeks and whatever else they think off.

Loempia, essentially an eggroll on steroids, filled with bean sprouts, ham, egg, leeks and whatever else they think off.

Toy Fair 2017 Pictures – part 3 (Marklin)

The Marklin large displays were loaded with new items. The Marklin/Trix/LGB stand was as usual the largest at the show. I missed the large Marklin layout. This year they used the display area again to show of the new CS3’s, in combination with locomotives on test stands.

Marklin demonstration area

Marklin/Trix demonstration area at the entrance of the Train exhibit hall

Marklin Start-Up display

Marklin Start-Up display

Marklin My world display inside the large Marklin booth

Marklin My world display inside the large Marklin booth

Marklin My world display inside the large Marklin booth

Marklin My world display even shows us how to merchandise the assortment

My World Santa Fe

My World Santa Fe

Marklin Myworld Santa Fe

Marklin Myworld Santa Fe

Myworld IceMyWorld SteamFarm Building

Toy Fair 2017 Pictures – part 2 (Marklin)

Marklin 37871 Black Toy Fair Locomotive

Marklin 37871 Black Toy Fair Locomotive

Robel Marklin 39547 and BLS 39548

Robel Marklin 39547 and BLS 39548

Robel Marklin 39549 and below it the new railcar Marklin 37507

Robel Marklin 39549 and below it the new railcar Marklin 37507

Marklin 36290 Class 247 Siemens Vectron Diesel Locomotive

Marklin 36290 Class 247 Siemens Vectron Diesel Locomotive

Marklin 36291 Class 247 Vectron DE Diesel Locomotive

Marklin 36291 Class 247 Vectron DE Diesel Locomotive

Marklin 30390 Class E 10.12 Electric Locomotive (Retro)

Marklin 30390 Class E 10.12 Electric Locomotive (Retro) with matching tin-plate car set, Marklin 39225 Class 194 Heavy Freight Train Electric Locomotive in the foreground

Marklin Exclusiv MHI display at the Toy Fair 2017

Marklin Exclusiv MHI display at the Toy Fair 2017

Hamburg Sud car from Marklin 47689 set

Hamburg Sud car from Marklin 47689 set. In the background one of my favorite sets, the Marklin 45083 with two Marklin VW transporters.