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Marklin New Items 2019

John Chandler

JOHN CHANDLER takes us through the new releases from Marklin this year.

2019 marks the 160th anniversary of the Marklin brand. Marklin also celebrates being selected as "German Standards – Brand of the Century" in the area of model railroading, being awarded the sought-after seal. Awarded on November 14, 2018, this places Marklin in the exclusive circle of icons of German industry.

2019 is also the 100th anniversary of the iconic "Crocodile" locomotive which will feature in this article several times later.

Browsing the new items brochure is always an exciting time but picking out some favourites can be difficult. However, I will try!

Marklin covers three scales, HO, 1 and Z along with the HO myWorld brand; these will be considered in turn. Also, where there is an overlap, the equivalent Trix HO stock will be referenced.

HO Scale

Let's start with HO.

Marklin New Items 2019

The first model that took my eye was the Bavarian "Glaskasten", MN36867, a Royal Bavarian State Railroad (K.Bay.Sts.B) class Ptl2/2. Both axles are powered by a miniature motor. It is mainly constructed of metal to improve traction. The Trix equivalent is M22721.

Marklin New Items 2019

As you may recall from one of my previous articles, "My Favourite Class", I have an addiction towards the Class 103. MN39150 keeps this ‘alive' as Marklin introduce a re-tooled model with full mfx sound and controllable pantographs. The Trix equivalent is M22933.

Marklin New Items 2019

Now, here's a novelty. Marklin propose a Class RCe2/4 with trailer, MN37869. This express powered railcar had the nick-name of ‘Roter Pfeil' (Red Arrow) but only had 3rd class accommodation. The single axle trailer was intended for transporting skis! The Trix equivalent is M22867.

Marklin New Items 2019

One of my favourite locomotives is the Köf (Kleinlok Öl Flüssigkeitsgetriebe – small diesel hydraulic) shunter and this year, Marklin propose a new version complete with Telex couplers in the shape of MN36344.

Marklin New Items 2019

Finally, for HO, a rarely modelled example from the Swiss Southeast Railway (SOB) class 446 RE4/4"" . Prototypically, the decoration differs on each side. Often used on the Voralpen Express, examples of this class can be seen in the Luzern area. Marklin offer MN37301.

Z Scale

Dropping to the lower end of their scales, several new products are introduced in Z Scale.

Marklin New Items 2019

The VWT1 ‘Camper Van' has been adapted for many uses. Marklin propose a Z Scale, rail based motorised version of this iconic van with a metal-filled plastic body for added traction. MN88025 refers.

Marklin New Items 2019

The iconic "Crocodile" rears its far-from-ugly head as we consider the next offering. MN88564 fulfils this place in history and is delivered in a wooden case with a booklet about the locomotive and a metal replica of the builder's plaque.

Marklin New Items 2019

For fans of the Trans Europ Express, 2019 brings the TEE 75 "Roland" set to the collection. The Re4/4" has the option for rail or catenary pickup and lighting is correct for Swiss operation. MN81593 is already on my shopping list and an opportunity not to be missed!

Gauge 1

Marklin New Items 2019

Moving up a few scales, in line with their 100th Anniversary, Marklin propose MN55681, a "Crocodile" in Gauge 1 coming in at just over 24" long over buffers! The loco features Telex couplings, raising pantographs and various surround sounds. It is suitable for AC, DC, Marklin Digital (mfx) and DCC operation.


Marklin New Items 2019

Diverting to myWorld, one of the exciting new items here is the MN72218 Girder Bridge building set featuring plug-together blocks for adjusting the height and other aspects of the approaches.

And to finish...

Marklin New Items 2019

Finally, reverting to HO, la pièce de résistance has to be the Anniversary "Crocodile", MN32560. Clad in 24 carat gold plate, this is a fully functional model and even comes complete with a set of white cotton gloves for handling. Limited in production to just 3500 worldwide, snap it up whilst you can!

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