Bob Thon and the Mc KEEN sets in Syracuse (Nov. 2010)
Text and photos by Jim Kelly
This is a beautiful Märklin H64/3041 No. 1 gauge loco & tender (high voltage ca 1919) that came to me from the UK with major wiring problems. When I got it I found that what was left of the original wiring was disconnected and hanging free inside the boiler. The Märklin 64 series reverser, which is very similar to a Lionel pendulum reverse unit, was also disconnected.
Members of the Standard Gauge Module Association had a busy day at the World's Greatest Hobby Show on Saturday, February 26, 2011. After the show ended, 11 members drove to Clinton, NJ for dinner at the Clinton Station Diner, the home of one of the only two known surviving New Jersey Central Blue Comet cars.
The Standard Gauge Module Association (SGMA) presented an operating standard gauge layout at the World's Greatest Hobby Show On Tour (WGHS) in Edison, NJ on February 26th and 27th, 2011. The layout featured three main lines of standard gauge tinplate track with 84", 72", and 42" diameter curves. Also featured were the Association's Horseshoe Curve modules as well as two scenic ravine modules. As is customary, the WGHS organization promoted the show heavily.
The principal five companies discussed in this article, Hehr, Hobby Haas, Ritter, Selzer, and HGM, have produced since 1976 a wide variety of replica Märklin 0 gauge trains and trains “in the style of Märklin”. They are, however, made in very limited numbers and can be difficult to find and expensive to acquire. Nevertheless the trains have the look and feel of the original models and fit well into any Märklin layout or collection.
A picture is worth a thousand words goes the adage and without pictures an article such as this would not be very interesting or informative. I want to thank Bernhard Hehr for mailing me from Germany thirty copies of advertising leaflets of products Hehr has produced since 1976. I also want to thank Hans-Gerhard Mundhenke for providing digital images of the HGM products and Ritter-Restaurationen for use of images from their website. Bernd Hess provided images of his Henschel-Wegmann train sets and his V 20 shunting locomotive which are appreciated. A special thanks to Allen Levy for providing the photograph of his very rare Selzer BR 310 locomotive. And again thanks to Robert Schreyer for helping me keep my facts straight on the details of the prototype German, Swiss, Austrian and Swedish locomotives referenced in the article.
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