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31 Jan – 4 Feb 2018
The industry is on its way to Model Railway 4.0 without losing sight of the younger generation. Starter ranges from Märklin (my world), Piko (MyTrain) and Roco/Fleischmann (Next Generation) are aimed at children from as young as 3 years old.
Märklin is going one step further this year. The company is adding theme worlds to its myworld range. For example, the children's "Farmhouse" construction kit including model animals, stables, bales of straw and a feed silo has been added to the "Farming" starter kit. The aim: to give kids as much fun as possible (Hall 4A / F-220, C-229).
LR Presse also has an all-in-one-beginner-box called TRAIN'IN BOX for anyone who wants to enter the model railway world as a complete beginner. The set has everything you need to build a small layout (Hall 4A / F-208).
The Piko H0 measuring wagon is a good example of the advances being made in technical equipment and at the same time is the start of a new segment: Expert Plus. The measuring wagon makes it possible to measure an entire layout even down to the very last centimetre, including inclines which can be measured in values per thousand. In conjunction with an app or PC, the measurements and other information can be transmitted and displayed via WiFi (Halle 4A / C-228).
Digitisation is also the main focus of Viessmann's new products. The digital centre Commander 2 enables automatic position recognition using the camera on smartphones and tablets. The camera records the desired section of track and shows it on the display with the locomotive. The digital centre can be operated on a monitor or beamer of any size and projects the layout or train driver's position onto the wall. A SmartMouse is also being released that can be used as a locomotive handset control when attached to your smartphone or tablet (Hall 4A / C-232).
Roco is starting the new year with a colourful range of novelties including new models, shapes, colours and lettering. The BR 85 steam locomotive is just one of them. Slim plug-in elements, delicate rows of rivets on the metal water crates, dynamic steam and a wide variety of digital functions make this model a real highlight in Roco's programme (Hall 4A / C-250). Fleischmann has redesigned its class E52 electric engines, continuing along the road of classic German electric engines. Both Roco's and Fleischmann's programme include products made in cooperation with Viessmann, Zimo, Austria Car and NOCH.
Fulgurex is presenting a gauge 1 novelty (1:32), the Swiss class E 3/3 steam engine that was used up to the 1970s as an all-rounder. The small-series model is entirely hand-built from brass and steel and has some impressive details (Hall 4A / E-242).
Fascinating state-of-the-art models and perfect details are also the highlights of the HO, Z and 1 gauge railways from Märklin, Trix and Lehmann Big Railway (LGB = Lehmann Groß-Bahn). LGB has brought out a limited edition of the "Rhätia" steam engine to mark the 100th anniversary of the Schöllenenbahn. Two "orchestra wagons" from LGB highlight the possibilities offered by digitisation. The wagons are fitted with a loudspeaker of sound quality and an SD card, turning garden railways into musical trains ringing to the sounds of Dixieland (Hall 4A / F-220, C-229).
The powerful BR 42 steam engines of the post-war years are making a comeback at Märklin and Trix in H0 gauge. The Göppingen-based company is celebrating another anniversary, too. To mark the start of the Trans-Europ-Express (TEE) 60 years ago, Märklin is celebrating with the launch of the TEE diesel engine VT 08.5 "Paris-Ruhr". As you can see, the 2017 novelties have a lot to offer, whether your passion is building, collecting or playing (Hall 4A / F-220, C-229).
Busch GmbH & Co. KG is one of the most creative manufacturers in the accessories business. The company from Viernheim has surprised the sector year after year with its model worlds. In 2017 Busch has added a graveyard to its range with everything to go with it: gravestones, plot fencing, mausoleums, chapels, crematoriums, hearses, etc. And since 2017 is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther and the Reformation, Busch is also offering a statue of Luther (Halle 4A / C-210).
NOCH GmbH & Co. KG is following a similar strategy with its focal themes. The Bavarian company chose "Hobby and Leisure" as its main focus for this year - reflecting the DIY trend. Sebastian Topp, marketing manager at NOCH, said: "We believe that people are thinking more and more about values such as family and home, and hobbies are becoming more popular." NOCH predicts that 3D-printing will have a great future. "This process will make it possible to produce smaller quantities. It will also put an end to costly storage expenses. The 3D-printer will revolutionise the market." NOCH is exhibiting five new models from the printer this year. But their range still contains some of the classics such as the laser-cut construction kit "Romantic Hotel Schönblick". The 2017 highlight is the Ravenna Viaduct (Hall 4A / C-211).
The trend for customised products can also be seen at Gebr. FALLER GmbH. In order to satisfy the wishes of today's customers, the company is integrating modern digital printing technology in order to achieve excellent results in surface finishing, customisation and improved quality. The Car System chassis kit allows modelmakers to retrofit the stationery vehicle of their choice and make it compatible with Car System. The set contains all the vehicle components (base board, worm drive etc.) needed to turn a stationary vehicle into a fully functioning, electrically driven model. A chemical plant and Blaubeuren Monastery will ensure that hobby builders get their money's worth (Hall 4A / F-230).
The accessories market appears to be very stable. Michael Hoffmann, managing director at Auhagen, has noticed that "even the younger generation are interested in the hobby again." The company specialises in plastic modelling. With its rural station dating from 1898, Auhagen has a building that will appeal to the romantics. The goods shed is made of brick with a half-timbered frame while the main building is a wooden construction with wooden boarding (Hall 4A / A-219).
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