Ritter Restorations, www.ritter-restaurationen.de, restores antique model trains, ships, planes, and toy cars. The company makes and sells spare parts for 0 and H0 gauge Märklin trains and also produces a variety of replicas of Märklin 0 and H0 gauge trains. Gernot Ritter, the founder of the company, has been involved in the restoration of toy trains since the 1970s and in the 80s started restoring Märklin trains for Märklin.
Next to their restoration services, here in the US, Ritter Restorations is probably best known for their replicas of Märklin’s very rare, six axle, 53 cm models of the New York Central Pullman passenger coaches produced by Märklin in 1937. Not only did Ritter make the #2924 Pullman and the #2925 Observation, they created a Baggage car (#2926) as well.
These three Pullmans ran well behind Ritter’s replicas of Märklin’s New York Central Hudson and Commodore Vanderbilt locomotives.
Ritter Restorations continues to produce these two locomotives and, in the last couple of years, has employed unique, bright liveries for some of their models. Look at the website, for example, and you’ll find this Hudson in red and gold with Rio Grande markings!
Not currently available, but a sought after model locomotive, is their replica H 70/13020 Pacific of the French PLM Railways. The model presents a sleek style with its “wind cutter” cab and low profile tender.
The table below presents replica locomotives produced by Ritter Restorations that I am aware of.
|Steam Locomotives||Electric Locomotives|
|H 70/13020 PLM Pacific||HS 70/13020 2’C1’|
|HR 70/13020 Pacific older BR 01 in bright green||RR 70/12920 1’B1’ similar to Märklin RS 66/12920 but a new “in the style of Märklin” locomotive|
|AHR 70/13020 Pacific American version from 1930 in blue and with a “cow catcher”|
|CER 70/13020 4-4-2 in gray|
|AK 70/12920 Commodore Vanderbilt|
|AHR 70/12920 4-6-4 Hudson also in red with Rio Grande lettering|
|ME 70/12920 French Mountain in gray and in black|
As noted above, Ritter has also produced a locomotive in the style of Märklin, the 1’B1’ RR 70/12920.
Ritter’s replica freight wagons have been limited to the series of Güterwagens produced in the late 20s/early 30s which had smooth sides and an elevated brakeman’s hut.
19870 Kühlwagen marked “KÜHLWAGEN”
19880 Bierwagen marked “SCHULTHEISS PATZENHOFER”
19900 Säurewagen – Acid wagon
19910 Kühlwagen marked “SEEFISCHE”
19920 Kühlwagen marked “JAMAICA BANANEN – Bremen”
19960 Flugzeugwagen with airplane
19970 Kühlwagen marked “Staatl. MineralbrunnenFachingen”
Ritter-Restaurationen can be contacted at the following addresses:
Am Raigerwald 3
D-72622 Nuertingen (Raidwangen)
Phone + 49 7022 94 99 55
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