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Marklin/Trix/LGB Summer 2018 NEW ITEMS Announced

Thu, 2018/04/19 - 02:03

Marklin, Trix and LGB have officially announced their SUMMER 2018 New Items program to coincide with the opening of the huge Intermodellbau 2018 hobby show in Dortmund.

As always, the summer releases are one of the smaller groups of announcements each year but there are still a number of highlights including limited edition MHI Exclusive 2/2018 releases for Marklin and Minitrix. See all the new items at the links below.  Pricing will be added shortly once we have it from the factory.

Click here for all the Marklin 2018 Summer New Items

Click here for all the Trix 2018 Summer New Items

Click here for all the LGB Summer 2018 New Items

STAY TUNED FOR ROCO & FLEISCHMANN SUMMER NEW ITEM ANNOUNCEMENTS in the coming weeks.

 

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271 New Product Arrivals for Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wed, 2018/04/18 - 16:55

271 products from Noch were added to our Latest Arrivals page today.

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140 New Product Arrivals for Monday, April 16, 2018

Mon, 2018/04/16 - 16:55

140 products from Artitec and MBZ Thomas Oswald were added to our Latest Arrivals page today.

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228 New Product Arrivals for Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tue, 2018/04/10 - 16:55

228 products from Marklin, LGB and Trix were added to our Latest Arrivals page today.

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306 New Product Arrivals for Friday, April 6, 2018

Fri, 2018/04/06 - 16:55

306 products from Faller and Pola were added to our Latest Arrivals page today.

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336 New Product Arrivals for Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wed, 2018/04/04 - 16:55

336 products from Kibri, Vollmer and Viessmann were added to our Latest Arrivals page today.

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179 New Product Arrivals for Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Tue, 2018/04/03 - 16:55

179 products from Preiser were added to our Latest Arrivals page today.

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536 New Product Arrivals for Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thu, 2018/03/29 - 16:55

536 products from Marklin, Brawa, Brekina, Busch, Heki, Preiser and Trix were added to our Latest Arrivals page today.

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132 New Product Arrivals for Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Tue, 2018/03/27 - 16:55

132 products from Fleischmann and Roco were added to our Latest Arrivals page today.

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Roco/Fleischmann consolidating HO under Roco for 2019. Fleischmann to be N scale only.

Fri, 2018/03/09 - 04:30

Roco/Fleischmann have announced a restructuring of the companies that will see all HO scale product move to Roco and Fleischmann to be exclusively N scale from 2019 onwards. While this may be a positive sign in that the firms can still reduce costs to stay competitive to today's uncertain hobby market, it is sad to see the demise of Fleischmann HO products which have been a staple in the European model railway market for many decades.

What this means for our customers is unknown right now.  We expect that as 2018 continues Fleischmann HO products will slowly be discontinued. We are unsure how many/how soon Fleischmann HO products will be relaunched under the Roco brand. If you are have been putting off any Fleischmann HO purchases, we do recommend placing orders as soon as possible to guarantee availabilty.  We will do our best to keep our customers updated as the changes are put in place.

Modelleisenbahn Holding GmbH Press release translated by Google below - original German language release.

  • Injection molding production is relocated from Gloggnitz to Slovakia.
  • Relocation triggered by high costs
  • Production in Europe as a counterpart to Asia
  • Adjustment also in brand portfolio

The model railway group will relocate most of the injection molding from its production site in Gloggnitz (Lower Austria) to Slovakia. This measure will lead to a reduction of 52 of the 107 employees at the Lower Austrian site by the end of 2018. Negotiations on the social compensation measures after the reduction of staff will start soon. The product portfolio will also change for the restructuring of the model railway group: the German brand Fleischmann will no longer be offered in gauge H0 (scale: 1:87) from 2019, but only in gauge N (scale: 1: 160 ), where it is the market leader. "These are indispensable measures to improve the cost structure of production and market performance of Europe's second largest model railroad manufacturer," said Managing Director of Model Railways Holding and owner representative of RVS, MMag. Hannes Grießner, today, Friday, March 2, after a company meeting in Gloggnitz.

The employees in Gloggnitz have already been informed by the management about the necessary measures. According to Grießner, Gloggnitz can not be continued with its existing cost structures to the same extent without jeopardizing the entire company. At the site not only the models are designed, but also tools and molds are produced. In addition, several million plastic parts are produced by injection molding, from which the housings of locomotives and wagons are assembled.

Cost structure needs to be improved The relocation concept now foresees that the majority of this injection molding production will be relocated to Slovakia this year, meaning that half of the employees in Gloggnitz will be dismantled. A production in the current extent is no longer possible due to the high personnel costs, said Grießner. Construction, toolmaking and the complex part of the injection molding remain in Gloggnitz. The Model Railway Group offers the affected employees compensatory measures to reduce hardship.

Restructuring must bring simplification The company has been under construction since the summer of 2015 and has seven-digit departures in the operating area. It was possible to increase sales again and set up a new production site in Vietnam, emphasized Grießner. Further measures for the adjustment of the production structures in Europe are however indispensable, in order to become again lasting profitable. Currently in Austria (Gloggnitz, construction, tooling, injection molding), Slovakia (Banska Bistrica, surface treatment, engine production) and Romania (Arad, assembly, surface processing) produced.

Production center Asia in focus In parallel with the restructuring in Europe, the new location in Vietnam will be expanded, currently employing 135 people. It is to become the production center in Asia, where basically all components can be manufactured and assembled. A production for high-end products in Europe remains, emphasized Grießner. The model railway group does not rely on the one-sided shift to Asia. The Raiffeisenverband Salzburg, the company's long-standing principal bank, took over the model railway group in October 2017. Subsequently, the already initiated restructuring plan was reviewed and confirmed in its cornerstones. However, the schedule must be extended for two more years, announced Grießner.

Concentration in the product portfolio Grießner also announced a change in the product portfolio. As of 2019, there will be no more Fleischmann models in the H0 gauge. In return, the successful track width N of the traditional German brand will be expanded. "We are the market leader here and see much better market opportunities in the medium term than in H0," explained Grießner. Fleischmann's Lane N could develop much more strongly in the medium term as soon as it is equipped with a higher investment volume in 2019 and more newly constructed models are launched on the market. In the H0 gauge, the product portfolio of the two Fleischmann and Roco brands was heavily overlapped for historical reasons, explained Grießner. Roco usually have the more modern designs and therefore perform much better in H0. The focus on the strengths of the product portfolio does not allow Fleischmann H0 to be continued. This change has hardly any effect on the location of Heilsbronn, emphasized Grießner. The brand management of Fleischmann is already settled in Austria, the know-how of the Fleischmann team will continue to be needed for N scale.

The enterprise The Model Railway Group, based in Bergheim near Salzburg (Austria), is the European market leader in the DC segment with the two brands Fleischmann and Roco and the number two for model railways in Europe. It currently employs 900 people in five countries and generates a turnover of 49 million euros (2017). Among other things, the company is characterized by digital innovations and a strong international product range.

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101 New Product Arrivals for Saturday, March 3, 2018

Sat, 2018/03/03 - 15:55

101 products from Fleischmann and Roco were added to our Latest Arrivals page today.

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MARKLIN Factory Delays - March 2018

Tue, 2018/02/27 - 04:12

We have been informed by Marklin that a new warehouse system at the factory in Germany in causing delays with factory shipments to dealers. 

What does this mean for our customers?  Our current Marklin/Trix/LGB shipment is on its way however it has been delayed at least a week.  Our following shipment may be delayed slightly as well.  If you are waiting for a Marklin, Trix, or LGB backorder, we ask that you please be patient as the delays are out of our control.

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BRAWA pre-order discount pricing now posted!

Wed, 2018/02/21 - 06:34
DISCOUNT PRICING ENDS MARCH 15th 2018!

Our annual pre-order discount program allows you to take advantage of some great discounts on newly announced products by placing your order now (vs. waiting until the item ships from the factory later in 2018).  It also ensures your place in 'line' for some of the hot new items or limited editions that often sell out long before the item is ever delivered. Limited edition sets such as the Marklin Rheingold trains are already sold out at the factory and we only have limited allotments available to sell.

Click here for all the BRAWA 2018 New Items

Don't forget about the limited time offer on the Brawa Era II Rheingold train set with a free bonus coach

 

See our Product Announcements page for all the New Item announcements!

The Fine Print!

  • Our pre-order program pricing ENDS on MARCH 15th, 2018.  No exceptions.
  • All our regular sales policies apply. Please see our Ordering From Us page for full details.
  • Note: Pricing is assured under the current exchange rates. Due to the recent extreme volatility with the US $ against all other world currencies, we reserve the right to adjust pricing if necessary. Should the Canadian dollar fluctuate more then 5% to the Euro at the time of item release, an exchange rate adjustment may be made to reflect the change. The consumer will always be notified in advance should this unforeseen event occur. We do our best to give the fairest pricing available at the time of our annual preorder program, regrettably, currency fluctuations are a daily factor these days.

 

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10 New Product Arrivals for Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tue, 2018/02/20 - 15:55

10 products from Noch were added to our Latest Arrivals page today.

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244 New Product Arrivals for Monday, February 19, 2018

Mon, 2018/02/19 - 15:55

244 products from Fleischmann, Noch and Roco were added to our Latest Arrivals page today.

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15 New Product Arrivals for Friday, February 16, 2018

Fri, 2018/02/16 - 15:55

15 products from Noch were added to our Latest Arrivals page today.

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105 New Product Arrivals for Thursday, February 15, 2018

Thu, 2018/02/15 - 15:55

105 products from Artitec and Trix were added to our Latest Arrivals page today.

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Marklin TV Nuremberg Toyfair Video Overview (in English!)

Tue, 2018/02/06 - 06:48

Marklin has posted a great video featuring new product announcements from last week's German Toyfair. The video covers a few of the top new items of the Marklin, Trix and LGB new item lineups as well as highlights from other firms such as Faller - all with English narration.  We will be posting our own overview of the Toyfair highlights when we return from Germany so stay tuned!

 

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LIMITED EDITION Marklin/Trix/LGB Toyfair Locomotives

Mon, 2018/02/05 - 02:39

Along with the annual German Toyfair the Marklin group releases a number of very limited edition locomotives which are available only through dealers who attended the fair in person.

The 2018 Toyfair releases include a stunning BR05 streamlined steam locomotive in a dark blue livery for Marklin and Trix HO modellers.  A matching Marklin car set is available as well (DC wheel exchange available for TRIX fans).  Z scalers get a BR110.3 electric locomotive in a unique livery and Minitrix fans get a BR218 in a special red livery. 

See the links below for more information. Any missing pricing will be added ASAP.

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BRAWA Toyfair Special BONUS OFFER on HO Rheingold Set

Fri, 2018/02/02 - 07:00

Brawa has announced a special offer for those interested in their magnificent HO scale Rheingold train set.  Place an order for the BR01 Locomotive and Rheingold car set using the special stock numbers below and you will receive a FREE additional baggage car in special tin box packaging and a limited edition Rheingold key chain in additional to receiving an discount on the total cost of the locomotive and car set.   
The Era II Rheingold train ran with two baggage cars during certain stretches of its route.

The special 4 stock numbers correspond to the 4 version of the locomotive and cars, DV Analog Basic Plus, AC Digital Basic Plus, DC digital Extra w/sound and AC Digital Extra w/sound.  The digital extra versions include extensive digital controllable interior lighting in the cars.


This is a great deal what is bound to be the definitive version of the Era II Rheingold!  See below for more information.  These sets are limited and orders will olny be accepted until March 15th, 2018

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