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Mark's French Village

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One of our long time customers and valued friends Mark M shared some pictures of his progress on his French section on the layout. You can click on the images to get a larger view. Mark's work has a high level of detail, which makes it so much fun to study the scenes. We all can draw some inspiration of his craftsmanship. Thank you Mark for sharing!   Here are a couple more photos of the French side of my layout.  In the first photo, a SBB Vetron waits with a container train while a TGV Duplex loads passengers.  The Vectron is...

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Marklin 20130 and 24130---what is the difference?

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Marklin 20130 and 24130---what is the difference?

Hello Charlie, what is the difference between the curve 20130 and 24130?   Marklin's C-track item numbers start with 24and have five digits. For example 24130 or 24612. They decided to bring out some special combination packs of C-track for our Marklin Startup line. This makes it easier or more attractive for beginning (younger) Marklinists to add track to their inventory. Instead of boxes, a visually more attractive blister packaging is used. These track pieces are identical C-track, but the packaging is re-numbered starting with 20 instead of 24. This, a package of 20130 contains three actual 24130 pieces. A...

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Digital Marklin Layout with Analog/Manual Control of Turnouts

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Digital Marklin Layout with Analog/Manual Control of Turnouts

I am putting my track plan together.  It is a digital layout andI will be running my locos digitally.  I would like to know if I can manually control thru control boxes and a separate transformer my turnouts?  I know that I will not have to connect the decoder to the turnout motor.So can I do it manually?  If so is there a way you could explain how I can accomplish this without frying my electronics?I would like control signals this way in the future also.I just like the idea of looking at a control panel and pressing buttons. Yes you can run...

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Toy Fair Nürnberg 2020 (part 1) - Antique Marklin

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Toy Fair Nürnberg 2020 (part 1) - Antique Marklin

 The first thing you see when you enter the exhibit hall for model railroads is the showcase area of the large Marklin booth. The outside of the large booth was lined with showcases. One of them was filled with some beautiful antiques. Above a SK800 in front of a Marklin H0 tinplate station 418/1 "Friedrichshafen" from the 1950's. The SLR700 Steam Locomotive in 00/H0 Gauge from 1938. Early 1900's Spinning Top game  Early 1900's German Antique Marklin Horse Derby Racing Tabletop Game. You could place your bets in the center cup. The horses would spin and stop at different locoations. Of course an amazing...

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K-track 2262/2263/2265/2266 turnout geometry

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K-track 2262/2263/2265/2266 turnout geometry

This diagram may help you with designing your Marklin K-Track layout. Track spacing with the standard Marklin 2261/2262/2263/2265/2266 turnouts is 64.6mm. This image shows the 2261, but this also applies to the other standard Marklin K-track turnouts: the motorized Marklin 2262 (lefthand) the motorized Marklin 2263 (righthand) the manual Marklin 2265 (lefthand) the manual Marklin 2266 (righthand) To get to the same length as two straight pieces of 2200, you add the 2208. The Marklin 2232 curve piece is the curve identical to the turnout curve.

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