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Trix is one of the oldest manufacturers of Ho model railways although with multiple changes of ownership. Co-founded by Stephan Bing (son of the founder of the venerable Bing tinplate products) Trix initially produced metal construction kits mimicking Mecanno. In 1935 Trix Express electrically powered Ho model railways appeared. These early 3-rail ac models were quite crude representations and oversized but nevertheless worked. Trix was one of the first to realise that three rail track (if insulated left to right) allowed two locomotives to operate independently, as long as there was no desire for reversing loops, turntables or similar. The Trix Twin name derives from this. Trix gained a following in England being distributed in by Bassett-Lowke, with representations of british locomotives appearing in 1937. Their oversize Ho locomotives not appearing so out of proportion in comparison to the OO gauge fudge with regard to scale and gauge. Production recommenced in 1948 but the models and control system were showing their age compared to the injection moulded competition. Trix first changed over to dc in 1956 and finally to 2-rail in 1967. Trix went through at least three changes of ownership in the 70's and 80's before merging with Liliput. In 1997 with the bankruptcy of the then current brand owners the company was taken over by Märklin. This had a certain logic, Märklin was not suffering in the samc way as many other model railway firms and wanted both the extra production capacity for Ho models (Trix had in fact been producing components for Märklin for some time) and also the MiniTrix N gauge products. Under the current scheme of things Trix Ho may be regarded as the 2-rail equivalent of Märklin Ho, removing the need for the previous Märklin Hamo 2-rail sub-range. Minitrix continues for N gauge and Märklin still produces the smaller Z gauge as well as some gauge 1 models. In the 1990's Trix produced limited quantities of brass models under their Fine Art range, these are often of interesting prototypes and well worth examining.

The MiniTrix N gauge system arrived in the late 60's with models of german and british prototypes. Models of american prototypes followed shortly after and were sold under the Model Power and Con-cor brands. For a very short while starting in 1973 Hornby sold the Minitrix british outline models but has since aquired the Arnold brand.

The Trix club rewards loyalty, along with the general annual releases some models are only available to those who have been members for 5, 10 or 15 years. The club models are listed for general interest.

I sell most Märklin group products, this section of the website being their MiniTrix n gauge 2-rail model railway items. As I have only been accredited as a dealer in 2020 I would not expect to hold large stocks in comparison to other shops but would hope to provide a simple order and delivery service at an attractive price.

I order on a roughly monthly basis. If the items are in stock at the warehouse it will probably take a week to reach me and another week in the post before it is due to be delivered to you. It must therefore be understood that there could be a four week delay before delivery. In some instance it might be quicker but you should not rely on that. If this delay is not acceptable then please do not place an order.

I am trading under the Micro Entrepreneur regime, I pay the equivalent of TVA/VAT sales tax up-front when I buy goods and I can not exempt this for any purchasers who might be TVA/VAT registered.

Due to my location in the countryside of France's Massif Centrale I am not expecting passing trade but that is not to say that I do not like meeting other model railway enthusiasts or possible potential customers. If you would like to meet up then please do not set off in blind hope, contact me to arrange a rendez-vous first. I do sometimes post on the AFRM website (a group of english speaking railway modellers in France).

French is not my natural language, and for the limited range of words that I do understand my speed of translation is slow. If you are able to speak english I will be able to answer your queries more quickly. If you want to contact me please use email. If you speak french (or another language) then please either use a translation facility (such as deepl.com) or at least understand that I will be trying to use such a system on your text so please avoid abbreviations, slang or idioms that are likely to provide problems for a silicon based translation.

I am happy to post within metropolitan France and also the "western" EC countries (United Kingdom, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Republic of Ireland) plus the Channel Isles. When using the site please select between the "France" or "other country" shipping option (if you should make a mistake on this then you can zero out the shopping basket and start again).This is not to say that I may not consider posting to other countries such as Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore or Japan who generally have a reliable delivery system and if you happen to live in one of those and would like to buy anything then please contact me and I will see what can be arranged for shipping.

A further comment on postage costs: I am initially having to guess at the likely cost of posting single items. I would agree that adding in a duplicate item ought not to double the cost however I am having to make a choice within the options of the Paypal shopping cart and have defaulted to the method where there is no postage discount for multiple items (which worked for my previous web shops where multiple item purchases were not that common). If you are buying lots of compact and lightweight items then I can either offer to refund the excess postage or, if you prefer to pay the correct amount in the first instance, send me an email with your items and I can then make a specific invoice for that bundle.

You should also understand that some of the older items in the catalogues will be out of production whilst newer ones may not yet have been produced.

My individual product line pages are intended to show the items that are available in the warehouse now or slated for production and open for pre-order. Please understand that I use the predicted production dates as provided by the factory or importer and these may be subject to delay.

Unlike most other model firms the Maerklin group does not maintain an easy to access image bank for their dealers. I have managed to obtain their images for perhaps 95% of their current stock. If I have not provided an image of an item that interests you then I would in the first instance suggest using the usual search engines and if that fails then by all means email me and I will make a direct request.

If you happen to like Gauge 1 or O gauge items in live steam or electrically powered models in Gauge 1, O, S or Ho (or Standard or O gauge in tinplate) then I also sell MTH and Accucraft products.
The Hornby Hobbies group covers OO gauge for Hornby, Ho for Rivarossi, Jouef, Lima and Electroten together with Electroten TT and Arnold N.

When you have read and understood the text above please select for delivery to either

metropolitan France or for the other western european (EEC 12) countries.

Doing so should take you to the product pages.