In the second part of the concluding feature in this popular series, Tony Stratford focuses on the complex postwar story of the world’s oldest surviving railway modelling brand.
Marklin’s production of O-gauge models ended in the 1950s, when the 1954 catalogue was the last to feature this scale. This enabled the company to concentrate on HO by introducing better production techniques and innovative features.
The 1950s also saw the end of the steam-powered stationary engines that had been part of the range since the takeover of Lutz.
In 1963, Marklin purchased HAMO (Alfred Hannemann Modellbau), a Nuremburg model manufacturer that had been formed in 1952. This company produced mainly HO-scale trams, model cars and, by 1959, its first locomotive, a V80 class diesel, followed a year later by a V160.
After the acquisition, Marklin incorporated the locomotives into its own range, and used the HAMO brand for two-rail DC models that were identical to their AC stud-contact models but were now available to those who did not use that system. Marklin used the HAMO name until 1997, when the Trix company was bought.
In 1967 Marklin, like so many other model railway manufacturers, diversified into slot car racing with Marklin Sprint, which remained in production until 1982.
Marklin introduced another British outline model in 1967 in the form of a British Railways Western Region (later designated Class 42) locomotive. This appeared in both AC (stud-contact/three- rail) and in DC two-rail form as a HAMO brand model. Ironically both carried No. D830 and the Majestic name.
Like others before them and since, and despite extensive full-page advertising at the time, the model failed to enthuse British modellers to buy it as the model was not only in HO scale but was also a poor representation of the prototype, and not as good as the 3.8mm Trix alternative.
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