Sunday, September 8, 2019

LGB Christmas Car 1995 -- Very Rare

From Klaus' Personal Collection
Very Rare 1995 Christmas Car
with custom gift box
$ 135.00
plus shipping and handling

This is the original #4021CT Christmas car with a customized gift box (empty already at Christmas 1995 - no, Klaus did not get a Christmas gift from LGB other than this car, no not even a card...--See, that's what makes it special: the "Naughty Boy List" Christmas Car....) The specialty here is not as much the Christmas car but the gift box: It was made specially for Christmas by LGB for their business friends. It features a painted scene of the Nuremberg castle in winter, snow-covered, and a fairy-tale, Disney-like Christmas train upfront with a cheerful Santa as engineer. Quite pretty and full of atmosphere:

The LGB # 4021CT was first announced in the 1993/94 catalog and also available for Christmas 1994. The store version came with a blue gift box in the gondola car. The original edition volume was 10,000. I kid you not. Maybe someone overestimated the Christmas rage at the dealer stores.
Courtesy Only Trains

Then in 1995 LGB painted the red gondola blue with the same Christmas themed printing on it and advertised it for the USA only as LGB # 42210. This one came with a red gift box which featured wreaths. And an alleged volume of 2,000 just for the US market....
Courtesy WorthPoint

Today you will find either boxes in either cars on the market.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Container Car Rarity

Déjà vu

Looks familiar? Well, here's the story: At the height of Massoth Electronics USA Jeff Schmaltz, who worked for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center was a wholehearted LGB fan. Jeff had also become a fan of Massoth Electronics products through Klaus and his company. Jeff, doing nothing just halfway set of to show his zeal. Together with his wife Sue they took an LGB # 41850 V 8 container car and created a cover/label that would show a Massoth Electronics image, hold well under outdoor operation and look good. They tinkered. They were successful.

Then they sent Klaus pictures of the finished product. Turned out, Jeff only made three containers with that label. Klaus took one of them. Here it is:

One of three existing

Massoth Electronics USA container car 
w/ metal wheels
US$ 125.00 SOLD
plus shipping and handling

Story update: Jeff retired from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Then he retired from the LGB hobby. He sold his house and bought an RV. Currently, Jeff and his wife Sue are enjoying traveling the USA - calling Arizona and South Dakota their home state- alternating that is. We wish them safe travels! As for the other two Massoth container cars, Jeff told Klaus who has those.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Another PRR Train...

In 1983 LGB offered the  # 20412PV train set including the 2060 Diesel loco and two container cars and more, see picture
Courtesy of
The edition volume of this train set was 1,000. At the same time LGB also published and offered the 20401 RZ also known as "The Red Train" with an edition volume of 15,000 (!) It was made from 1983-1985.
Courtesy of

Please keep this in mind when reading the following article by HJ Neumann from Summer 1986:
"Again we have spotted something special for you in America: Two Pennsylvania Rail Road specialty trains in green and brown. 
This is how they came to be: Out of the so-called "Phillips Trains from 1983 a huge part had obviously been delivered into the USA. Alas, they didn't sell not even with a price of about US$ 150.00. At one dealer these trains were gathering dust on the shelves for more than two years. So last winter he had the idea to repaint and relabel them to better match them to the taste of the American LGB fan.
The results are great. Two trains present themselves in green and reddish
-dark brown color. Thanks to the also very pretty labeling on the locos (even though you could have done numbering here as well) they don't need to hide next to the regular specialty trains.
The paint is without fault - even though we recommend to avoid scratching or rough handling. The container cars are even painted on the inside - somebody made them with great difficulty!
Two beautiful trains which will clearly be of interest for the local LGB fan who operates a layout American style."

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Monday, July 22, 2019

The ONLY One of Its Kind -- From Klaus Private Collection LGB 4075 hand model

1985 Original Piece of LGB History 

US$ 145.00
plus shipping and handling

Klaus received this truly and genuine One-Of-A-Kind piece from Gunter Ruhland (Head Mold Master LGB) by the end of 1985. 

LGB 4075 Hand Model is based on the LGB 3080 yellow "Denver AND Rio Grande Western" Passenger car, 4 axle truck with brakeman's platform. The # 3080 came out in 1981. By 1985 Wolfgang Richter knew the American business was going only one way: Up! So he tried to produce more rolling stock just for the US market. This one-of-a-kind hand model is the perfect example of this undertaking. After the success of the 3080 series (LGB 3080, 3080 E1, 30800, 30803, 30805, 30808GR, 3081-1, 3081-2 and many many more), Wolfgang was looking into something truly American, the caboose style. 

To (short lived)  life came this hand model, the car housing of the LGB 3080 was painted dark red, got a new name : "Denver, South Park & Pacific RR"  and a cupola was added to the roof, as was a handrail and wooden(plastic) planks for the crew to walk on. Desperately needing photo footage for the new catalog they staged this caboose cabin on a 4-axle truck with platforms, photographed it, announced it in the 1985 catalog as "Lighting and workshop caboose", new item for the next year...... and that was it. It NEVER went into production.
Klaus received this truly and genuine One-Of-A-Kind piece from Gunter Ruhland by the end of 1985. Own this Original piece of LGB history for US$ 145.00

Instead in 1988 the LGB 4075 drovers caboose "Denver (and) Rio Grande Western" was manufactured
and sold in pretty good quantities (above 10,000 in varying color schemes). However the row of 9 identical windows was changed. And the dark red was changed into a bright red. The name "Denver, South Park (and) Pacific RR"  was revived a bit later that year with the LGB 3181 passenger car, also in bright red with the same window arrangement as the  LGB 4075 but not sporting a cupola.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Autographed Specialty Parts -- From Klaus' Private Collection

All through the 1980's and 1990' Klaus was a regular at LGB factory in Nuremberg. From redesigning the running characteristics of the Mogul to the designing the Duo-Coupler, from reworking loco chassis with Guenter Ruhland to developing and building the Sound Towers for LGB worldwide exhibitions, Klaus met with Gunter Ruhland, Klaus Baumann and Wolfgang Richter on a regular base.
And whenever he came into Guenter Ruhlands realm Guenter was always waiting to hand Klaus a little something special: a complicated part fresh out of injection molding,molding improvement they had worked on to better the characteristics in operation or assembly. Or just something special to hold on to as a memory for the hard work leading to those well known achievements.

From Klaus' LGB Treasure Trove  - autographed -

F 7 side frames in silver
In 1996 LGB presented the Santa Fe F 7 A unit for the first time in its USA New Items brochure. It turned into a hit with US customers. If operated as a single F 7 A unit, as the F 7 A-B unit or the impressive F 7 A-B-A version, the bullet snout of the loco and the silver side frames for the motor blocks are just familiar standouts on this splendid locomotive. They are exposed to breaking or rough handling to some extent. But it is even more fun to have an extra pair - autographed at that - just for showing off...!!

F 7  pair of side frames for the F 7 gearbox unit, autographed 
 2 pairs $ 50.00
also available unsigned
plus shipping and handling
Compressed air tanks
LGB 43580 heavy duty transformer car or any 4058 type transformer car: they all displayed compressed air tanks at both ends of the transformer cars. Kids love to take them from the transformer cars and over time they might get lost...
From Klaus personal collection of injection molding rare parts here are the

Compressed air tanks in silver, autographed 
  2 pairs $ 50.00
also available unsigned
plus shipping and handling

Stainz roof for all types LGB 2017, 2020 and 2021 - extremely rare, very hard to find.


 Bare roof autographed,  US$ 25.00
also available unsigned
plus shipping and handling

LGB Coca Cola Christmas Gondola # 45730 Gondola Structure Only - Test Print from 2004
380mm x 112mm x 73mm
Another example of Klaus' private collection samples, here a first print sample from the 2004/5 Coca Cola logo Christmas car which became the  # 45730 4-axle truck Coca Cola Bear with Gnomy Stainz car. By the way, this is the last Coca Cola Gondola made by the old LGB Nuremberg since they went into bankruptcy shortly after.

Klaus will sign on request.  US$ 75.00     --  SOLD

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Christmas In July --- Super Rare Christmas Car

From Klaus' Personal LGB Collection

Extremely Limited
1996 Christmas Car 
with LGB Tie and LGB Scarf

US $ 295.00   Sold within 20 minutes of publishing
 plus shipping & handling

 This extremely rare car  features a silver roof and a white/blue passenger car compartment displaying "THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN" in golden letters, a snowed in Bavarian house surrounded by snow covered fir trees on blue background. Two candy cane sticks covered in Christmas greenery embellish the white window side bars. The platforms and chassis are in black. This Christmas Car is not cataloged.This rare limited edition 1996 Christmas Car  had an edition volume of 50! This makes it hard to imagine any other complete set to be available out there. Klaus, being the consummate collector kept it pristine and complete. Therefore the tie and scarf have never been unpacked/touched! The original LGB box is slightly used.

Background information:
LGB started bestowing Christmas gifts to a very close circle of business friends early on as was tradition especially in Western Germany. This extremely private circle included only those who had  everyday direct access to Wolfgang Richter, Klaus Baumann and Günter Ruhland. Even friends of Rolf Richter or Johannes Richter might have been given different gifts.
Klaus had become a very close ally to LGB. 1996 was the year that Klaus and Wolfgang Richter traveled the Cumbres and Toltec line together.(YT: The LGB Yarner blog will feature an article about that historic trip in the near future. For details about the C andT itself go to and
Klaus and Wolfgang Richter met in Chama/NM for this trip and experienced the railroad for two days, traveling the tour the railroad offered back then. Or as Klaus recalls: " Then we stayed on the train and traveled along."

1996 was also the year LGB presented among others these new items: The Ruegen 99 4631 a 0-8-0 steam locomotive #28001. In co-operation with Aster the Shay Limited Edition in wooden box was presented but it took almost another year until dealers had her in store. Also offered: 21252 Forney which the brochure showed in a typical black grey hand model version. The actual version sold in 1997 presented herself in a colorful blue metallic boiler featuring a red cow catcher. Other new items presented: 23430 RhB electric loco Ge 4/4 II, 21620 Diesel loco, 25201 Stainz (Augsburger Puppenkiste edition) 21355 green-beige streetcar "Weimar" and the 21881 Uintah which was sold in in the USA since the end of 1995 but only offered to the German/European customers starting 1996/97 .

Monday, May 20, 2019

Magnus Trains by Christian Hoehne

TrainCraft Trove answers the plea of one of our donors - please see for more details - to report about Magnus, the German manufacturer of  G-Scale metal trains and corresponding parts.

The following is a compilation of translations of the "Spur G News" web blog by LGB club Rhein-Sieg and "Spur II Nachrichten" by HJ Neumann.

Magnus was founded in 1976 by Christian Hoehne in Putzbrunn near Munich/Germany. Ever since then they grew steadily and well. Son Dominik accompanied his parents Rosi and Christian Hoehne from the time he was a toddler. The company truck was grey. Also grey were the precious metal crates and their contents. As soon as the truck doors and the crates opened the eyes of all LGB fans present started sparkling. Every year the perfect adventure (it was). Since these trains were made of metal! ( In German the word for train literally means Iron RailRoad - hence Magnus slogan was " Model Trains - made out- of iron).
The plain grey metal crates were piled up in the trailer truck, rigged and ready to go. Then the newest models were displayed and offered right on  shelves on the truck! Magnus 'manufactured' models purely made by hand for LGB, like the Garratt 1 of the Schinzacher Nursery Railway made of all-metal. Even the steam loco RhB G 4/5 No 107 was completely handcrafted in pure perfection in Putzbrunn, Made in Germany. Mrs Rosi Hoehne managed the sales department and the men focused on manufacturing the train models.
Also made by Magnus - a real"Mom&Pop Shop" - were specialties and 'aging' of locos. Standard gauge operators are still gushing about the fantastic Big-Locos of the model series 50 or the model series 01 with 64 mm gauge width. Perfection to the last detail.
Water standpipes, railroad coach carrier trucks, complete workshops or wheel sets were manufactured for the enthusiastic  G-scale model railroader.

Magnus closed shop for good in 2014.

The following is courtesy of FGB Berlin, a German LGB and G-Scale retailer with a very informative website (see

Exclusive,select models by Magnus for LGB
In 1976 Christian Hoehne established Magnus Co., 'manufacturing' handcrafted locos.
One of their first orders included exclusive handcrafted locomotives for LGB E.P.Lehmann Nuremberg.
Over the years 7 loco series were built listed consecutively.
Each loco series was limited to 100 locos
All locos were G-Scale models with very interesting wheel arrangement

LGB Annual-Loco-Series 1977 to 1983

Modell 1977 - 
Class 24 der South African Railways
Modell 1978 - 
Garratt Lokomotive der CFM (Caminhos De Ferro De Mocambique)
Modell 1979 - 
Mallett der Bridal Will Lumbering Co.
Modell 1980 - 
Kitson Meyer der Girardot Railway of Columbia
Modell 1981 - 
2'D1' Kondens-Lokomotive der Argentinischen Staatsbahn
Modell 1982 - 
Standard Lokomotive der Indischen Staatsbahn
Modell 1983 -
1'E Typ Decapod Lok der Tungpubahn in China