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Let me start by saying that I do not count rivets. I am also not fussed about scratches, dents or even the odd missing part. What is important to me, is that my vintage trains work, that they make as much noise as possible and that they retain their unique charm. A collection of  beautiful toys hidden away in their boxes with the original factory air still inside is hardly my cup of tea.



Plenty of activity on my vintage Märklin layout.


Having said that, you should also understand my approach to restoration. I only do as much as is absolutely necessary to restore an item, retrieved from the scrap heap, to being a useful toy once more.  Re-painting, for instance, is a definite no-no, provided there is some original substance left to save. Even items that have been over-painted can sometimes be restored by careful removal of the offending layers. Of course there are times, when an item has been defaced to such an extent, that stripping and starting again is the only option. In such cases, I feel it would be wrong to imitate the original and pass it off as such. It is better to create something new, but something that looks as though it had always been.



Almost fifty years old: Märklin DA800 23 014 on the turntable.


When it comes to  missing or broken parts, there is no such thing as "too far gone". It is my aim to repair whatever is still there or replace with original spares. In some cases, it is necessary to manufacture suitable substitutes, in which case, the part must first of all be functional, as well as look as though it belongs where it is.