Catalogs and Presentation Books

Most ordinary citizens could not afford Marklin products during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The product line was primarily aimed at the wealthy American market or the nobility of Europe.

The first "Consumer" catalog was not introduced until the mid 1920's and as a result sales expanded into a much larger market. The aim of the catalogs around this time (and to present day) was to show the quality and prestige of the products, hence much time and effort was put into the shape and layout of them.

Early catalogs, around 1928, mostly showed children or complete families playing with Marklin products. This gave a sense that the product united the family.

Specialised train motif artists gave shape to the cover pages during the 1930's and in 1935 the first full colour catalog was released. 1935 also was the year that Marklin introduced OO scale.

The outbreak of World War II had a devastating effect on Marklin production, as most manufacturing plants in Germany were placed into War production mode.

The first post-war catalog was not issued until 1947. It was a modest start, compared to those of the pre-war years. Because of paper supply problems it was not generally released to consumers but only distributed to dealers. There was also a supply problem of materials that made Marklin models.

During the 1950's, the cover pages were dominated by prototype pictures and in 1959, Marklin's 100th anniversary was celebrated. An expensive looking catalog (judged by the standards of the time) was release.

In the 1960's the emphasis was on the years new items. During the mid to late 70's and early 80's all three scales in the Marklin range (HO, Z, 1) where shown on the cover but around 1984 three individual catalogs where release, 1 for each scale). 1984 also was the 125th Anniversary of Marklin.

1985/86 celebrated 50 years of HO gauge.

Since 1991 a general "Complete Program" catalog has been produced"

1983 Jubilee Issue - Marklin Magazine


Milestones in Marklin Model Railways

1891 Marklin presents the world's first system railway at the Leipzig Toy Fair. From then on gauge 1 exists. This is the first standardisation for model railways which before had no commonly defined gauge.
1897 First electric toy railway, powered from 110 volt household lighting circuit
1926 Model railways driven by 20-volt alternating current supplied via a transformer controller
1935 Leipzig Autumn Fair: Marklin presents a new electric tabletop railway, 00 gauge. It is half as big a 0 gauge and a track width of 16.5mm. After the second World War, it is renamed HO (Half Zero)
1972 Marklin puts on the market the worlds smallest electric railway. Z gauge (6.5mm) known as mini-club
1978 A mini-club locomotive 8885 runs for 1219 hours pulling six express cars for 720 kilometres, setting up an endurance world record for model railways.
1979 Marklin becomes the first company to present the prototype of a fully digital rail layout in HO gauge.
1981 The mini-club layout "Geislinger Steige" is exhibited at the Nuremberg Toy Fair. It is regarded as the first example of a fully operations; model railway in which all proportions are depicted true to scale.
1983 The first electronic controller with auxiliary functions within easy reach of the general public becomes available. The 6600 electronic controller allows braking and acceleration inertia without having to equip locomotives with special modules
1984 Marklin releases the Marklin digital System. This system can control 80 locomotives and 256 turnouts
2004 Marklin releases the Marklin System. This increases the number of addresses available, programmable decodes and feedback capability using their mfx decoders.


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1999-10 Year and Month of Printing

Update: Sunday, July 20, 2014