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65538Re: [Z_Scale] Re: How real is Marklin?

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  • kwe buxton
    Oct 8, 2010
      Hi Everyone,
      Re Marklin. I do hope that Marklin re-instate their
      production in Germany. I have recently been dissapointed with the Chinese
      manufactured items. I cannot put my finger on it, but the loco's do not seem
      to perform as well as my German made one's, although they look the same !
      Also Chinese made switches are much different in quality to my original
      Keith Buxton - U.K
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "reynard wellman" <micron@...>
      To: <z_scale@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, October 07, 2010 5:41 PM
      Subject: Re: [Z_Scale] Re: How real is Marklin?

      > Hi Rob,
      > I agree, Marklin Z scale is excellent, always performed right
      > out of the box and looks good too. After all, the scale is
      > their invention in the first place.
      > Trying to compete by moving production around to cheaper
      > labor markets has often proven to be a big failure for once well
      > esteemed companies. It is what happens when your
      > outfit is taken over by accountants and lawyers or folks who
      > think they are smarter than everybody else.
      > Walthers is a distributor, and though they do commission
      > and manufacturer many HO and N scale accessories and
      > structures, they also do an excellent job of offering a wide
      > variety of manufactured items from all sorts of makers.
      > Their huge catalogs or "reference books" are something I
      > often use just to see what the heck is going on in model
      > railroading. Walthers is probably keeping Marklin alive
      > during this severe recession.
      > I do hope that Marklin regains its creative leadership role in model
      > railroading and by bringing the work back home to Germany, it
      > should inspire even better Z scale products.
      > The Marklin Z scale GG1 is incredible! Sure it can be improved,
      > but so should everything else made by our various manufacturers.
      > Just ramblin' on
      > Reynard
      > On Oct 7, 2010, at 7:40 AM, ztrack@... wrote:
      >> Mark,
      >> A lot of people, myself included, feel that the biggest mistake made here
      >> in the US was the downsizing of Marklin Inc (the US subsidiary) and the
      >> move
      >> towards Walthers. Walthers is just not focussed on Marklin. It is simply
      >> 'one of the brands'. Marklin Inc did a tremendous job waiving the Marklin
      >> flag, promoting to stores, organizing events, and assisting consumers.
      >> Marklin
      >> needs that back.
      >> On the German political side, there is a strong push to keep the company
      >> going. Also, the employees are motivated and the brand is still strong. I
      >> look
      >> forward to the day Marklin regains in market share here in the US. I know
      >> I
      >> will continue to promote them and share their Z scale new releases.
      >> Rob
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