Modelling The German Railway In H0


Trix Club Wagons Through the Years

I have been a member of the Trix Club for ages. I enjoy the magazine and the club materials that I receive. Each year Trix also releases a special wagon just for club members. You get the wagon as part of your membership fee.

These wagons are not just some random wagon with a Trix logo. They all have some root in the Franconian/Bavarian history. I think it shows that Trix actually thinks quite a bit on what story their club wagons should tell.

I thought it would be fun to write a post about the club wagons, as they are something I look forward to each year. I also think they are beautiful models.

So here they are, every single wagon since the beginning of the Trix Club in 2000.

Trix Club Wagon 2000

The first wagon is a goods wagon from the brewery Joh. Humbser in the city of Fürth, Bavaria. The brewery was founded in 1782 and closed in 2008. Some of the buildings can still be seen today.

The wagon is a standard K.Bay.Sts.B (Royal Bavarian State Railways) goods wagon with a little cabin for the breakman.

Trix Club Wagon 2000 (Trix #23979)

Trix Club Wagon 2001

The 2001 club wagon is a special tank wagon from the city of Fürth, Bavaria. All Trix Club wagons represents some kind of era I wagon from the Nuremberg region. This is where the Trix company has its roots.

Trix Club Wagon 2001 (Trix #23983)

Trix Club Wagon 2002

Coal were needed for lots of things in the good old days. Especially on railways of course. The mobile crane was the club wagon of 2002.

I have not been able to find any information on a company called "P. Henlein". P. Henlein could also just be a tribute to Peter Henlein who was a clock maker from Nuremberg (1479 - 1542). He made small wearable watches. 

This is my absolute favourite club wagon. I like the detailing and the fact that you get two wagons. It was also the first club wagon fitted with the Märklin short couplers.

Trix Club Wagon 2002 (Trix #24001)

Trix Club Wagon 2003

Ludwig the 2nd was the king of Bavaria from 1864 until his death in 1886. He is known for commisioning the construction of the fairytale'ish Neuschwanstein castle near the village of Hohenschwangau, Bavaria. (The castle also happens to be the inspiration for the Disneyland castle). The Trix Club wagon for 2003 is a small flat goods wagon loaded with a statue of the famous king.

Trix Club Wagon 2003 (Trix #24037)

Trix Club Wagon 2004

The Fürstlich Castell’sche Domänenamt is one of the oldest wineries in Germany. All vineyards are located within close proximity to the village of Castell and are influenced by the continental climate, the Keuper Soil of Franconia (sediments of an European Ocean from 250 million years ago) and their position on the slopes of the Steigerwald forest. 

The club wagon of 2004 is a wine transport wagon with the logo of the winery.

Trix Club Wagon 2004 (Trix #24045)

Trix Club Wagon 2005

The origins of the maypole tradition is unknown, but it may have originated somewhere in the middle ages and survived Christianisation, but every knowledge of its original meaning is lost. The tradition of raising a maypole on May Day is often followed up with a maypole dance. The tradition is found within the nations of Germanic Europe.

The Trix club wagon of 2005 is a long flatbed goods wagon loaded with a maypole.

Trix Club Wagon 2005 (Trix #24072)

Trix Club Wagon 2006

One of the most famous tents on the Munich Octoberfest is the Ochsenbrateri (Ox roasting). "Come and see the roasting of an entire ox". On a poster from 1881 butcher Johann Rössler uses these words, and invites people to see his new mechanical ox rotisserie. The 2006 club wagon is a livestock wagon with the name "Johann Rössler Ochsenbraterei" on its sides. The wagon comes with six oxes to put inside.

I don't know if the wagon ever existed, but the Octoberfest tent sure did, and still does today. Visit for more information.

This is one of my favourite club wagons.

Trix Club Wagon 2006 (Trix #24078)

Trix Club Wagon 2007

The oldest reference to the Stein brewery dates back to 1489. From 1890 the Stein brewery was in the hands of Count Joseph zu Arco. The Trix Club Wagon of 2007 is a beer wagon from the Stein brewery from the days of count Arco.

Today the Stein brewery still produces beers and has done so for over 500 years. I am sure you have seen the Steiner logo, if you have ever visited Europe.

Visit the brewery homepage:

Trix Club Wagon 2007 (Trix #24082)

Trix Club Wagon 2008

"Gesellschaft für Linde's Eismaschinen AG" (Linde's Ice Machine Corporation) is the predecessor of the Linde Group (as it is called today). The 2008 club wagon is loaded with high pressure gas tanks.

Trix Club Wagon 2008 (Trix #24084)

Trix Club Wagon 2009

Aah milk! Don't you love it? I know I do! Milk was transported in special milk wagons and in the days of the Royal Bavarian State Railways this was no different. This very small wagon is lettered for the Bayerische Milchversorgung (Bavarian Milk Distribution). The company was founded in 1930 and had its headquarters in Nuremberg. Today only little is left of the company buildings.

The club wagon of 2009 is very, very small only 81 mm (3.1 inches) long. I like the wagon very much, because of the cute size and the detailing.

Trix Club Wagon 2009 (Trix #24086)

Trix Club Wagon 2010

Johann Michael Bast was a businessman from Nuremberg. His factory "Presshefen- & Spiritus-Fabrik AG" (Yeast and Spirits Factory) produced, as the name implies, yeast and spirits. The story goes that the breweries went from top-fermenting production to bottom-fermenting production methods. This created a shortage of yeast in the entire region. Mr. Bast saw this as an opportunity and started to produce yeast. The club car looks as it would have around 1910.

Trix Club Wagon 2010 (Trix #24088)

Trix Club Wagon 2011

Founded in 1865 the Company "Tonwarenfabrik Schwandorf" in Schwandorf, Bavaria produced ceramics (tonwaren). The main products were bricks and tiles (roof- and floor tiles). But occasionally finer pottery and the like were also produced. The company closed in 1994.

The Trix Club wagon from 2011 is a privately owned hopper of the Tonwarenfabrik.

Trix Club Wagon 2011 (Trix #24092)

Trix Club Wagon 2012

A lot of wine is produced in the Franconian region and the club car from 2012 is yet another wine transport. This time it is a privately owned wagon from the Meuschel wine company. The history of the company starts in 1826 when winegrower Johann Wilhelm Meuschel made a business of bringing wine from the Franconian region to the northern regions. This turned out to be a very good idea as the demand for wine was high.

In 1845 his son (Johann Wilhelm Meuschel Jr.) founded the company "Wilh. Meuschel jr." which is the name on the club wagon.

The name Meuschel is famous for its various wine products. You can visit the company website:

Trix Club Wagon 2012 (Trix #24113)

Future Club Wagons

Trix announced this year, that they will change the theme for the club wagons slightly. From now on it will be a mix of wagons from different eras. Up until now, it has only been wagons from era I, but in the future we will see era III club wagons as well. I think this is a shame, but the customers have spoken.

I am planning on getting a great K.Bay.Sts.B freight locomotive to haul my club wagons, but I am still not sure which one to get.

Perhaps Trix should make a club model to haul their club cars. That's an idea! So Märklin, and I know you are reading this, now you know what to do next! :-)

Happy modelling!

Where is the club car for 2013? Yes, where is it? Truth be told, I have no clue. Märklin has yet to release the 2013 club car to the members of the Trix club - at least in H0. According to the factory spokesperson, the wagon should be available around April/May 2014.

Update: The club wagon for 2013 arrived. Check out my review!

Review: Märklin 47035, Rils Goods Wagon Set

The prototype

The prototype is a goods wagon of class R, which means "ordinary flat wagon with bogies". The classification of the wagons in this set is Rils. Which roughly translates into "Ordinary flat wagon with bogies, fixed front wall, moveable cover, no stakes and permitted in trains up to 100 km/h".

The wagon is used to transport large pieces of weather-sensitive goods. The sliding cover makes it easy to quickly load and unload the wagon.

The model

The set contains three wagons with different liveries from the French State Railways, SNCF. FRET is the company's freight division. The wagons have a robust feeling to them, and they weigh in at 150 grams each (5.3 ounces). The design is similar to other Märklin wagons of the same type. The printing is fantastic, the letters are crisp and clear and the detailing is exquisite.

The couplers are the standard Märklin short couplers, and the wagon has short coupler kinematics. I will, of course, change the couplers to my favorite coupler, the Roco universal coupler, as soon as possible. My Märklin dealer changed the wheel sets to DC for free. This is a service from the Märklin factory, and your dealer will do it for free as well.

Here are the pictures with the wagon numbers:

31 87 354 5 504-6

31 87 354 6 150-7

31 87 354 6 513-6

I am very happy with the set, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone running a modern layout.

Happy modelling!

Build Your Own Wide Angle Crossing For The Trix C Track

The available products in the Trix C-track range is a bit behind the Märklin C-track product range. Besides the wide angle double slip switch missing in both product ranges, the Trix C-track range also misses a wide angle crossing track. Luckily, you can easily build this yourself from a Märklin C-track wide angle crossing.

First of all go and buy a Märklin wide angle crossing (Märklin #24740)

Strip the center conducter from the track. Be careful! You will have to remove the studs (pukos) from the track, by cutting the visible part away, and then carefully pull the contact strip off the track from below. It is crucial that you take your time with it, otherwise you can destroy the track bed, and you will have to start over with a new track.

The track is now free of the pukos, and already looks more like a Trix C-track.

You now have to connect the rails so power will run through the track. Connect the rails as shown on the picture.

That's it! The track is now working as intended. I have filled the holes left by the pukos with plastic putty (Acrylicos Vallejo #70.400) and painted them in a matching colour. 

Enjoy your new possibilities with the Trix C track! 

Happy modelling!

Double Header With The Märklin Mobile Station 2 and DCC

The Märklin Mobile Station 2 (MS2) does not have a double header feature built into its user interface, but that is not the same as saying that it is not possible.

Double header on NMRA DCC compatible decoders is actually just an extra locomotive address as defined by CV 19. Any locomotive with a value set into CV 19 will participate in a consist with the value being the address of the consist.

Note: The following example uses PoM (Programming on Main) it is crucial that you use the PoM feature, so you wont overwrite any settings of the other locomotives on the track.

An example:

Locomotive A and B are to be in a double header.

  1. Make sure the locomotives run in the same direction.
  2. Find locomotive A on your MS2
  3. Enter programming mode using PoM (CV19 is a PoM value)
  4. Enter CV 19 and enter the value of the address (e.g. 10)
  5. Now find locomotive B on your MS2
  6. Enter programming mode using PoM
  7. Enter CV 19 and enter the same value as you did with the first locomotive

That's it. You're done. The locomotives are now in a double header.

If you want to break up the double header, you simply enter the value of 0 into CV 19.

The trains cannot be operated individually while in a double header.

PoM or Programming on Main is a feature where you can easily program a decoder directly on the layout, without having to fear that other decoders might pick up the settings. Not all CVs on the decoder are PoM compatible, so you will have to check with your decoder user's manual to see which CVs are compatible and which are not.

Happy modelling!

NOCHs New Homepage

One of my favorite makers of scenic material, NOCH, released a new version of their homepage earlier this year. The new homepage features a mobile web design, which is great if you are on a tablet or smartphone. But it also features (or I just noticed it now) a load of videos on how to use their products. Now, I am a great fan of instructional videos, so this is a great move.

You can check it out:

Here's a couple of example videos:

The Terra-Form System

Natur+ Wiesen (fields)

You can find more videos on the NOCH homepage or the NOCH Youtube Channel.

Happy modelling