Perfectly functional, fantastic tin-plate, normal track, lithographed sheet metal, Distler Electric toy model railroad train set in original packaging with transformer and extra tracks.
Distler Electric trainsets have been manufactured between 1953 and 1957, just after the WW2 allied-occupied - Made in US Zone Germany - period.
The original aftersales note delivered with this model railroad set reads 1953, week 45, production number 274, hence this particular O scale train set was produced on Wednesday 04 or Thursday 05 November 1953.
At the time the most expensive trainset on offer by Distler. The set includes a German E94 Type Crocodile Locomotive, two passenger coaches, a mail wagon and tracks to make an 130 x 80 cm oval.
The originale Green Crocodile locomotives in Germany known as DR-Baureihe E94, 149 or 254 as well as Reihe 1020 in Austria have OOO OOO wheel arrangements whereas this model has a simplified oo OO oo configuration.
The train is in outstanding condition, with just minor signs of use. The tracks show some very light oxidation marks. The packaging is original but the cover needs restoration. The original set includes:
|1x German Crocodile Locomotive||280 x 50 x 110 mm|
|1x Coach - Nürnberg 2468 - Red||187 x 50 x 75 mm|
|1x Coach - Green||187 x 50 x 75 mm|
|1x Mail Wagon - Nürnberg 3579 - Blue||187 x 50 x 75 mm|
|1x Distler German Aftersales Note||73 x 54 mm|
|4x Tracks straight||275 mm|
|8x Tracks curved (8x makes full circle)||260 mm|
|1x Package with German description||475 x 465 x 70 mm|
Distler Electric sets are powered by a three-phase AC motor which requires a special transformer. The original Siemens-Schuckert trafo which was sold separately, will also be included in this sale.
And to directly start enjoying this 60 year old train-set, we will also include extra straight and curved rails, a crossing as well as a left and a right manual switch. Hence, this fantastic normal scale train set also comes with:
|1x Dister Siemens/Schuckert Transformer||130 x 90 x 80 mm|
|1x Crossing||290 x 290 mm|
|2x Manual Switches (left & right)||275 x 260 mm|
|6x Tracks straight||275 mm|
|17x Tracks curved||260 mm|
|1x Original order note||148 x 107 mm|
The Johann Distler KG company was established in Nürnberg, Germany in 1895.
Distler started as a penny-toy manufacturer, specialized in lithographed tin toys and its range of products comprised 500 items. The most famous one was a street organ player.
After Johann Distler's death in 1923 his partners took over. In 1936 they sold the company to Ernst Völk, the chairman of the Nürnberger Chamber of Commerce. From 1938 Distler co-operated with Trix, a manufacturer of toy trains and construction sets.
The Trix company, which had Jewish owners, was transferred to the same Ernst Völk as a result of the then anti-Semitic German legislation to ban Jewish ownership of companies.
Just after the Second World War Distler started to manufacture electric toy trains and, later, electric cars as well. Distler's electric Porsche 356 model, produced since 1955, was a beauty.
Distler's rather simple printed tin models were usually not sold in specialized toyshops, but in department stores.
In the beginning of the sixties, Distler could no longer maintain it's position against the larger and better brands like Schuco, Trix and Märklin in Germany, and for example Dinky Toys in the UK.
The production in Germany was discontinued in 1962. The company including machines and the production rights were sold to Belgium, where Distler Toys S.A. in Nivelles continued the production of the Distler brand until 1968.
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