0 gauge train sets,remote control model trains,ho passenger cars reviews - 2016 Feature

The purpose of this article is to review recent developments in the world of modern 0 gauge, 3-rail, ready-to-run, European toy trains. This article addresses the European outline 3-rail train efforts of ACE Trains, 3rd Rail, Lionel, MTH, and Darstaed. In a business arrangement ACE Electric Train Company Ltd of London bought and distributed under the ACE name 100% of the trains produced by Adries Grabowsky and his ACE Far East Company in Thailand. As for freight wagons, ACE has produced multiple colorful, petrol and milk tank wagons, a brake van, and will soon release goods wagons as well. The creation and growth of this company and how they ended up manufacturing toy trains in Thailand is fascinatingly described in Allen Levy's book Brilliantly Old Fashioned, The Story of ACE 0 Gauge Trains. A small earthquake rumbled through the ACE community last July 31st when Allen Levy announced that he and Andries Grabowsky were parting ways. But ACE bounced right back, seems to be on track, and has announced their next locomotives. Next ACE will produce the Bulleid light Pacific (called the Spamcan for its boxy appearance) in the liveries of the Southern Railway and British Rail.
Finally, ACE Trains is working on a 0 gauge, live steam locomotive using their A4 Pacific as the model. I tend to focus on the steam outline locomotives being produced today and do not give the beautiful passenger coaches produced by ACE their due. In 2004 3rd Rail announced their brass model of the famous British locomotive, the LNER A3 Flying Scotsman 4-6-2 which was produced in both 3-rail (with licensed Lionel TMCC and Railsounds) and 2-rail as well. 3rd Rail is now taking reservations for their model of the British express streamlined A-4 Mallard (a 4-6-2) which will be available in both 2 and 3 rail with the names Mallard, Silver Fox, and Dwight D.
The SNCF 141R Liberator Mikado displayed at York was an exceptionally attractive locomotive. In two of the Harry Potter movies Warner Brothers employed a Great Western Railways locomotive, the Olton Hall, painted red, in the train action sequences. In the UK, the locomotive was so popular that ACE Trains rapidly produced a new scale metal tender to substitute for the Lionel version that was somewhat oversized due to the need to stuff electronics into its shell. Since they had the die cast molds and all the tooling, Lionel is about to re-issue this locomotive as the Great Western Railway 4-6-0 Hall class No. My short conversations with Lionel staff at York indicate that Lionel has no immediate plans to produce another European locomotive but is very open to ideas.
Each spring and fall I make the trek to York, Pennsylvania to attend the TCA Eastern Division's Train Show. Shortly thereafter, MTH announced that they would also produce the British A-3 Pacific locomotive Flying Scotsman. MTH instead introduced another 4-6-2 type locomotive, the Princess Coronation class Pacific employed on the LMS (London, Midland and Scottish) Railway for speedy passenger travel between Scotland and London.
All the models are to be available with either Hi-rail or scale wheels and will have digital sound systems. The MTH French Chapelon Pacific is available in three liveries, the chocolate brown of the NORD Railway, SNCF black, and SNCF green with the Fleche D'Or emblem on the smoke box. Three steam locomotives, a diesel, an electric, and a set of Orient Express passenger coaches presents quite an impressive first foray into the world of European trains for MTH. The newest name in the modern 0 gauge, 3-rail train world is DARSTAED; actually it is a name with an acclaimed heritage.
With the breakup of the arrangement with Allen Levy and ACE Trains, Andries returned to his original company name, Vintage Trains, and still in Bangkok is already manufacturing trains. Using the tooling of the Darstaed 40 cm coaches as the basis of his works, Andries Grabowsky intends to both reproduce the original Darstaed line and to expand the line to model famous trains of the past such as the Fleche d'Or and the Rheinpfeil. Beginning in 2009 Vintage Trains will produce a series of 35 cm British Pullmans including the Southern Railway's electric powered luxury train the Brighton Belle which ran from Victoria Station, London to Brighton on the Sussex coast.
Of importance to a steam locomotive fan like myself is the fact that Grabowski intends to also produce an array of tinplate locomotives in the coming years.
For his first tinplate locomotives under the Darstaed name there will be a range of tinplate 2-6-2 tank locomotives in a wide variety of British, French, Australian, New Zealander, Dutch and German liveries.
Andries does not expect to manufacture a locomotive that has already been produced, such as the MTH French Chapelon Pacific.
I want to thank Scott Mann of 3rd Rail, Mike Wolf of MTH, Allen Levy of ACE Trains and Andries Grabowsky of Darstaed for the use of images of their products from their web sites and the additional photos they provided.
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Duchess Class steam locomotives, Brighton Bell electrics, Stanier Tanks, steam hauled Pullmans, and French Pacifics dominated the 0 gauge 3-rail scene in 2009 as ACE, MTH, and the new Darstaed all delivered a cornucopia of locomotives, passenger coaches, and freight wagons to the European 3-rail enthusiasts. However, if you are one who still holds to the definition of tinplate trains as trains of all metal, stamped sheet construction, with additional metal castings for detail, and even lithography for added small details, then you would probably be very interested in the Electric Train Systems (ETS) of Prague, the Czech Republic.
Considered a two-rail system by most European train hobbyists who operate the trains, ETS equipment readily operates on 3-rail track systems and nearly 40% of the trains produced are made for 3-rail operation. For the US customer, ETS produced a line of logging locomotives and rolling stock (lumber wagons, gondolas, small passenger cars, and cabooses) that have US knuckle couplers and are derived from ETS models of European prototypes. ETS's first locomotives were characterized by small steam, electric, and diesel locomotives representing engines of the Czechoslovak State Railways (CSD). For example, ETS introduced its first Mallet locomotive, a type of articulated locomotive, in 1994 and this model represented the type of mountain locomotives used at the turn of the 20th century in Bavaria and Switzerland.
2004: ETS is the first company to produce an 0 gauge tinplate version of the Garrett 2-6-0+0-6-2 steam locomotive. ETS produces their model in three liveries; the London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS), South African Railways, and the "Ferrocarril Entre Rios" (FCER), one of the many railroads to exist in Argentina prior to nationalization in 1947.
2004: ETS introduced their first diesel locomotive, a model of the British Rail Class 20 locomotive previously termed the English Electric Type 1.
Two hundred twenty eight of the 73 ton freight locomotive were built between 1957 and 1968.
By 2008 ETS offered the Austerity model in four liveries including two British Railways versions, the War Department, and the Longmoor Military Railway (LMR) where the Royal Engineers trained soldiers on railway construction and operations and actually employed two Austerity 2-8-0s after the war. ETS has expanded its range of freight cars from the original four in 1991 to nearly 100 in the 2009 catalog including covered goods wagons, gondolas, wine wagons, tank wagons, refrigerated wagons etc.
ETS passenger wagons were also originally modeled on two axle CSD coaches used in local passenger service.
ETS and Gustav Taus journey from Prague to attend the large TCA Eastern Division train meet at York, Pennsylvania every six months and you can find him, his son, and his trains along the outer back wall in the noisy, crowded Orange Hall.
For the past several years I have been interested in the M? ¤rklin 0 gauge trains and my collecting concentrates on the more prototypical passenger and freight wagons of the 1930s.
Hoping to actually operate my M? ¤rklin trains some day I have, for some time, been looking also for firms that produce what I call "M? ¤rklin-compatible" trains; rolling stock that has the look and feel of 0 gauge trains M? ¤rklin might have produced had it continued or revived the production of their 0 gauge tinplate line. Originally I looked to ETS as a source of additional freight equipment, especially covered goods wagons, with their ever expanding line of colorful private owner wagons. I have discovered two firms that produce both replica and Marlin-compatible freight wagons.
DE? ?K MODELLSPORT, of Budapest, Hungary, has been producing both replicas of M? ¤rklin freight equipment and new M? ¤rklin-compatible equipment at least since the mid 1990s. De? ?k also offers M? ¤rklin sized tank wagons without the brakeman's hut and tank wagons without any markings providing an additional variety of wagons for an operator. A couple years ago De? ?k offered twenty six different 0 gauge freight wagons plus a range of track and switches.
Recent additions to the line include two passenger coaches, 35 cm in length and in Swiss markings, and seven scale oriented covered goods wagons including yellow and orange Banana wagons. MERKUR: I should note that Merkur, also located in the Czech Republic, is again producing 0 gauge tinplate trains. The author's ETS BR 64 is temporarily reassigned from local passenger service to move Merkur and M? ¤rklin mineral wagons to the port.


With ETS, ZANKA, and MERKUR all located in the Czech Republic, those Czechs must love their trains!! Yet Elettren, of Milan, Italy, has been relatively unknown here in the US and its history and impact on toy train developments apparently is largely undocumented. Many of us have only discovered these beautiful trains through the internet, on-line forums, and on-line auctions where the coaches command a premium price. In 1946 Armando Ravasini produced his first 0 gauge locomotives, models of the Ansaldo 2-B-B-2 heavy electric FS E.428 and the Pacific steam locomotive FS 691 in Milan.
The start of Elettren also launched another famous name in model trains, Fulgurex of Laussane, Switzerland. Over the last six decades, three generations of Ravasinis have pushed the state-of-art in model train construction and produced increasingly sophisticated models.
A second article, reviewing what is happening at a couple additional producers of 3-rail trains such as Elettren and ETS (Electric Train Systems), is being considered. Their die-cast, steam outline locomotives are beautiful and ACE Trains has produced several thousand British outline tinplate passenger coaches in multiple series. One of this locomotive class, named "Mallard", still holds the record as the fastest steam locomotive in the world. ACE has the ability to produce their locomotives in a wide variety of liveries and engine names.
Members operate ACE trains at venues in the UK along with their Hornby Railway Collectors Association (HRCA) counterparts. Although they target the same British 0 gauge train market, ACE Trains (Levy) and Vintage Trains (Grabowsky) have recently agreed that the tooling for new 35 cm coaches will remain in Bangkok, Thailand to be freely used by both companies.
ACE is currently taking orders for a tinplate Stanier Tank Locomotive in LMS and British Rail liveries.
Imagine an 0 gauge garden railway with a live steam A4 Pacific in the LNER garter blue paint charging down the rails. Three versions of the locomotive were available, representing three stages in the locomotives operational history, including as preserved today.
To leverage the huge popularity of the Harry Potter series of books and movies into an interest in toy trains, as it had with the very popular Polar Express set, Lionel produced and delivered the Hogwarts Express Train set just before Christmas, 2007.
Directing me to the new MTH 2008 Volume 1 catalog, he pointed to the page displaying a French steam locomotive, the famous Chapelon Pacific (I.e. But shortly after, MTH decided to delay production given feedback they received from British dealers and customers.
These actual locomotives were specifically designed for operational service, both passenger and freight, across Europe. In the mid-1930's M? ¤rklin pushed tinplate train construction to its zenith with their 0 gauge, #1941 series of passenger cars commonly referred to as the 40 cm coaches. His firm Darstaed also produced replica, M? ¤rklin 40 cm tinplate coaches and he expanded the range of coaches available.
In 1993 Andries bought the Darstaed Tinplate line of products including the tooling and brand name from Marcel Darphin . Darstaed already is taking orders for a limited number of 35 cm 1st Class Parlour Pullmans to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Hornby Railway Collectors Association, HRCA. Currently he is selling an 0-6-0 Tender engine, the LNER (London North Eastern Railway) J-Class 0-6-0 in five different LNER and British Rail liveries.
And although the Darstaed locomotives will be prepared to accept a DCC system, don't look for a Darstaed locomotive to have steam coming from the cylinders and chuffing sounds as the engine lumbers out of the station. Certainly those interested in British trains should be pleased with the range of British oriented 3-rail trains to be produced.
And a second set of thank yous to Misters Levy and Grabowsky for their willingness, over the last several years, to readily respond to my many questions on their products and the state of the 3-rail, ready-to-run, community.
The layout is approximately 29 feet x 34 feet with ~697 feet of track, 50 switches and 11 diamond crossings. But with the exception of the MTH 231E Chapelon Pacific, most of the trains were oriented towards the fans of British railways. There are European firms that, although not well known here in the US, continue to produce trains for the continental 3-rail, 0 gauge enthusiast.
Today the term has come to mean a class of model trains that are produced in quantity and ready-to-run, coarse scale in definition, and operate on non-scale sized rails. The trains are actually made, not in Asia, but in Prague where ETS also has, in the past, produced train equipment for other brands. For example in addition to their own coupler, ETS trains can be purchased with US knuckle couplers, M? ¤rklin styled fix-couplers, or Hornby and ACE styled couplers of the UK. Typically the steam engines were tank engines, sometimes not based on a particular prototype but rather were a representation of a general type of locomotive, frequently for mountain railways.
Over the last 18 years ETS has continued to expand its offerings, producing bigger locomotives and locomotives with a broader appeal.
Eighteen of these second generation "Croc" locomotives were originally constructed to pull heavy freight trains over the Gotthard pass in Switzerland.
Although a Swiss company "Keiser" produced an 0 gauge coarse scale model of the Crocodile for a short time, the Keiser locomotives are rather hard to find. Locomotives of the Garrett design have the boiler mounted on the center frame and the two steam engines are mounted on each end of the boiler on separate frames as well. ETS produces their model of the diesel in two British Rail liveries and also correctly in the orange and white livery of French railway CFD (Compagnie de Chemins de Fer Departementaux').
The prototype locomotives were built in Britain during World War II by the War Department to support the liberation of Europe.
Given that 181 of the 2-8-0's locomotives remained in and around the Netherlands employed by the Nederlands Spoorwegen (as the class 4300II), it will be interesting to see if ETS produces the Austerity model in the livery of the Dutch railway. The prototypes were built in 1946 and distributed into Eastern Europe by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA). The locomotive was nicknamed Glaskasten or "glass box" because the driver's cab with three windows per side that surrounded the entire boiler. ETS freight cars are predominately based on CSD freight cars although the 2009 catalog displays covered goods wagons based on German designs. Then in 2005 ETS introduced rugged, four axle wagons, 41 cm in length, based on passenger coaches found on the German, Swiss, Austrian, and French railways including MITROPA sleeping and dining coaches.
First, you can purchase the drive trains, including motor, worm gear drive, and wheels, for two, three, and four axle locomotives for your own modeling efforts. He is always ready to talk about European trains and demonstrate his rugged 0 gauge system. Today the better known firms involved in M? ¤rklin trains, such as Ritter Restoration and Hehr, tend to produce replicas of M? ¤rklin freight wagons on a limited production basis and don't venture into equipment that M? ¤rklin did not originally produce. If you look closely at the ETS web site and the ZANKA web site you'll note that Gustav Taus and Jiri Zanka have collaborated on a couple of their wagons including the silo and acid wagons. They are not inexpensive but they are well constructed, solid, hefty, and very smooth runners.
Merkur started out in the early 1920's producing metal construction kits, like our Erector sets, and in 1930 began the development of metal electric trains. Whereas the other model train firms, right after the war, furthered the development of their H0 models with improved fidelity at the expense of the 0 gauge trains, Armando Ravasini focused on what we today would call a niche market. Fulgurex was started by Antonio Giansanti Coluzzi - Count Coluzzi - in 1947 to handle the distribution of Elettren trains.
Taking advantage of the latest in manufacturing technologies, first in stamping tinplate and subsequently in photoengraving and pad printing and today with chemical milling and laser cutting, Elettren trains are renowned for their precision and fidelity to their prototypes. I do not collect, for example, the modern, good looking, Bassett-Lowke locomotives and wagons being produced by Corgi today and do not address these trains, nor others, in this article. He was a co-founder of the London Toy and Model Museum, the author of the classic A Century of Model Trains, he created the publishing firm New Cavendish Books, which published information rich books on toy trains such as the distinctive coffee table book The Trains on Avenue De Rumine, and the comprehensive The Hornby Gauge O System. Their intent was to develop trains that would have been a logical extension of the Hornby line had Hornby continued to produce 0 gauge tinplate trains into the 21st Century.
For example, the Class A4 streamlined Pacific was available in at least seven colors and with at least thirty different engine names!! As announced, Allen Levy would continue with the ACE trains and Andries Grabowsky would launch his reproduction of the famous Darstaed tinplate passenger coaches (see Darstaed below).
A complete range of French "PLM"(PARIS LYON Mediterranee) tinplate coaches will be produced and sold by both ACE Trains and Vintage Trains.
The prototype locomotive was designed by Sir William Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer for the LMS Railway. Back in 1969 the Flying Scotsman was ferried across the Atlantic for a promotional tour of the United States.
Many of us bought the 4-6-0 locomotive with the intention of having the engine repainted and re-lettered in a GWR green livery.


In 2007 the Kinlet Hall powered the Shakespeare Express dinner train from Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon and the Lionel set will be named the Shakespeare Express. Given the opportunity, I would normally ask Mike Wolf, the CEO of MTH, if he had any plans to develop a 3-rail locomotive of an European prototype. This feedback probably noted that there were already at least three versions of an 0 gauge, 3-rail, Flying Scotsman coming on the market: the ACE die cast locomotive, the Bassett-Lowke brass, course scale engine, and the near fine scale model produced by 3rd Rail. Basically a die cast locomotive, MTH added many separate add-on parts to the boiler and tender and this pre-production prototype was also displayed at York. At last October's York meet I again asked Mike Wolf what his plans were for future European trains? M? ¤rklin produced nine different passenger, baggage, and postal wagons in their #1941 series in Deutsche Reichsbahn (DR) green, Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits (CIWL) blue, and MITROPA burgundy-red liveries. These locomotives are probably a derivative of the ACE 0-6-0 tender locomotive manufactured for ACE by Grabowsky in Thailand.
Andries intends to focus his talents on recreating the magic of the original tinplate trains. The 3-rail Francophile now has MTH and Darstaed models of French trains to add to those produced by ACE Trains. Thanks also to my friend Robert Schreyer, for letting me tap into his extensive knowledge base of European trains and railroads of today and yesterday and the model trains that represent them. The mainlines are ~283 feet each, the yard with receiving tracks & etc is 79 feet, and other sidings are 151 feet. Those interested in 3-rail 0 gauge trains of the European continent may have thought that they had to wait for 2010 to see new 0 gauge trains. The purpose of this article is to look at what is happening on the European Continent today in 3-rail 0 gauge trains. The rugged "MAXI" gauge 1 system was initially produced for M? ¤rklin by ETS for a short time. Today's ETS 2009 catalog lists no less than 33 steam locomotives from 0-4-0s to 2-8-0s to 2-6-0+0-6-2s, twenty electric locomotives including the famous Swiss Crocodiles, and three diesels. A total of 3 built in 1926 and all three were retired around 1983.The locomotives also had electrical heating equipment so that they could be used for passenger service in the winter if needed.
The Crocodile has been part of the M? ¤rklin model railroading program, in gauges 1, O, HO, and Z, since 1933 and the many M? ¤rklin models alone have immortalized this famous locomotive. The ETS models are available today and prove to be a good representation of these famous Swiss engines.
Articulation of the three frames permits large locomotives to negotiate tight curves and light rails, and these locomotives were employed in Europe, Africa, and South America on various track gauges.
ETS produces the locomotives in the liveries of the UNRRA livery and the US Army Transportation Corp.
ETS produces the engine in three liveries; the green and black livery of the K? ¶niglich Bayerische Staatseisenbahn is very attractive. ETS uses multi-colored lithography extensively and has a large roster of vividly colorful private owner wagons including beer reefers. Second, and probably more unique, is that as you scan through the past years catalogs you realize that they normally include previous years trains that continue to be available. But looking back, M? ¤rklin's range of prototypical 0 gauge train products, particularly the covered goods wagons, was somewhat limited. M? ¤rklin's #1774 series tank wagons all had a screw type filler cap on the top of the wagon and a spigot on the side so that young engineers could actually transport liquids around their home railroad empire (and which may account for the rusted condition these neat tank wagons are frequently found in today.) De? ?k offers a replica line of the #1774 but also has a line with a more prototypical hatch release and no spigots.
The acid wagon, with its ten acid flasks, is quite detailed for a coarse scale freight wagon. The only English language book that I have found to address Elettren's history of production and illustrate many of its products is the beautiful coffee table book "The Trains on Avenue De Rumine" by Count Antonio Coluzzi. But Elettren started in the mid-forties by producing tinplate 3 rail trains and even today nearly 20% of the firm's production is tinplate trains. He set out to make 0 gauge trains that were intended to improve upon the pre-war trains of Marklin.
Fulgurex, of course, has been known for many years as a leader in developing model trains for the connoisseur.
With interior lighting, doors that are spring loaded to open and close, upholstered furniture, cloth bedding and pillows on beds in sleeping coaches and cooking gear in kitchens of dining cars, Elettren passenger coaches are elaborate in the included detail. Instead I have focused on those trains I actively pursue to provide up-to-date information on what has been happening in this community and to hopefully interest others in further exploring these colorful trains of Europe. In the late 1930's, the British company Bassett-Lowke sold a small number of Stanier type tank locomotives with bodies that were made by M? ¤rklin. An optional US touring pilot and bell were available for those interested in modeling this stage of the Flying Scotsman's career.
At York, last October 2008, I was told that they are considering making a French SNCF 140, i.e. And the price of the locomotive, sold by itself, was a bargain for a detailed die cast locomotive. Lionel displayed and operated the model at the October 2008 TCA Eastern Division train meet in York, Pa. He always had a simple, to-the-point, answer - "No" - and then he would move on to the next MTH fan vying for his attention. This locomotive, in its various road names and liveries, was known for pulling express passenger trains such as the Orient Express to Eastern Europe and the Fleche D' Or from Paris's Gare du Nord station to the Calais Maritime Station to meet a ferry bound for the English coast.
The two painted 231Es at York were both intricate in detail and quite beautiful overall and drew considerable attention from the visitors to the MTH display. Going to the web site (click on "products", then "tinplate") you will note that the expanded range includes Rheingold, Swiss SBB, French SNCF, KPEV (Prussian State Railways) and early CIWL teak-sided cars.
But until August of 2008, Andries was the creator of all those beautiful ACE trains being produced in Thailand and that success evidently delayed the start of his reproduction of Darstaed coaches.
For example, click on the Gallery and you will discover fifteen 1930's era, "pop-up", art deco poster advertisements of the world's famous and exotic trains such as the Orient Express, the Daylight Limited, the Blue Train, and the Fleche D'Or; names that take us back to the age of steam locomotives, luxury travel, and even international intrigue. And hopefully the German railways fans and M? ¤rklin enthusiasts will soon find Darstaed constructed tinplate locomotives and continental passenger coaches to expand their collections or layouts.
Five companies: ETS, De?  k, Zanka, Merkur, and Elettren all have been producing hand made, 0 gauge, tinplate trains in their native countries of the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Italy for many years. They can be constructed from various materials including plastic, stamped sheet metal, and die cast molds.
ETS is the only company to produce this locomotive in the coarse scale, 0 gauge tinplate style. The M? ¤rklin 0 gauge model of this locomotive can command prices of $20,000 or more at auctions.
Additionally, after an initial production run has been sold, ETS may even be willing to reproduce the train item based on popularity and production priorities. The last time we visited I asked Gustav why he has made the trip so regularly over these many years.
There was not a great variety in the freight wagons with the exception of the colorful #1774 tank wagon series where M? ¤rklin produced the bulky looking tank wagons in seven different oil company liveries such as Shell Oil, British Petroleum, and ESSO. First, the profiles of the Czech freight wagons are different than those of the German covered goods wagon M? ¤rklin modeled - the "type GR Kassel".
This work has four and a half pages of pictures and text illustrating several Elettren locomotives, passenger, and freight wagons through 1980. If you read the Darstaed section below you'll note that Vintage Trains is also planning to produce the Brighton Belle. The green livery, on the displayed model seemed, in my view, to be too light in color but then again I've only seen Jpegs of the real Kinlet Hall. Features on these cars included doors that opened and optional detailed interior fittings and lights were available. Even though I do have a couple Merkur wagons in my collection, I really don't know much about the trains or the company. ACE's Stanier tank locomotive looks very similar to the original Bassett-Lowke model but the ACE locomotive will be able to operate on both 2 rail and 3 rail layouts.
But only 6000 of these cars were produced and now Darstaed wagons are highly sought after and also bring high price tags to the prospective buyer.
The resultant size difference is noticeable when the two products are together making up a freight train.



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