Mit freundlicher Unterstützung von with special thanks to
Coert van Dijk, Netherlands 1939 + general info
Garry Lefevre, United Kingdom general info about the early history of TTR
Trix electric trains were first made in Germany in 1935 under the Trix Express label. In late 1935 Trix trains made their debut in the U.K. where they were sold and distributed by Trix Ltd, a company owned by Stephan Bing who was the principal shareholder of the Trix Express company in Germany. With Bing's agreement Bassett Lowke Ltd. also promoted the same trains as The Bassett-Lowke Twin-Train Table Railway. Bassett-Lowke was a well-established British model making company.
In 1936 new English-made body castings were manufactured in the style of British rather than German steam locos. These locos, along with British rolling stock, were on sale in LNER, LMS, and Southern liveries. The motors, wheels and some other items were made only in Germany up to 1939. In 1936 the name Trix Twin Railways replaced the Trix Express name in England.
The 1939-1945 war interrupted production, which resumed in 1948. Some unsold pre-war items were sold post-war. Post-war, Trix locos continued to operate on 14 volts alternating current, unlike rival manufacturers Hornby-Dublo and Triang that used 12 volts DC. Trix locos had a complex reversing mechanism, which made production expensive and less reliable. In Germany, Trix changed from AC motors to the more efficient and reliable permanent magnet DC type. Unfortunately, the British Trix company retained the old AC system for several years which contributed to their extremely chequered history. They were taken over several times, with the models renamed Trix Twin Railways, Trix Trains, British Trix and Liliput.
In 1956, Trix changed to 12 volt DC operation, but the models were still three-rail and more expensive than other popular 00 brands.
In April 1963 British Celanese (part of the Courtaulds Group) formed British Trix Ltd and purchased the goodwill and patents of Trix Products Ltd for £1. Ernest Rozsa was placed in charge of design and development but later took full responsibility for production.
Despite a number of successes, the financial problems continued and at the end of 1967 the plug was once again pulled. The German Trix company acquired the assets of British Trix and a company called Thernglade Ltd was acquired to take over production. Rozsa was a Director of the new company and the product was renamed ‘Trix Trains’. This period was famed for the excellent LNER Pacific locomotives they produced in 00 scale.
A number of German toy company ownership changes lead to a decision to phase out model railway production at Wrexham from 1971. The Minitrix tools were bought by the German Trix company and in 1973 Rovex Ltd became the importers of the range which was renamed Hornby Minitrix. The Trix production ceased in 1973.
Rozsa had salvaged the model railway side of the business and purchased stock and spares. He set up a mail order business under the name Berwyn Hobbies Supplies while Liliput of Austria purchased the British model tools owned by Trix of Germany. In 1974 Rozsa formed Liliput Model Railways (UK) Ltd and continued to assemble former British Trix models from parts supplied by Liliput. This continued until 1992 when the supply of parts finally dried up.
Some parts and tools were acquired by Dapol Ltd and others were retained by Liliput which was bought by Kader in 1993. Kader, a Chinese company who owned the American Bachmann company, had established Bachmann Industries Europe Ltd in Britain to market British outline models made from the former Mainline Railways tools which it owned. With the Liliput tools now in their possession, the former British Trix A4 model formed the basis of the Class A4 models currently sold by Bachmann.
You can read more about the history of Trix Twin on the website www.Trix-Twin.co.uk
1980 Liliput UK (Trix)
TTR Katalog, Faltblatt, 8 Seiten
1935 first TTR catalogue, foldout catalog, 8 pages
(€94,- ebay 2016)
Katalog Faltblatt, 8 Seiten
april 1936 catalogue, foldout catalog, 8 pages
|1937 23 Seitenpages||1937/38 24 Seitenpages||1938 dealer leaflet||1938/39|
Das sehr bekannte Warenhaus F.A.O. Schwarz lieferte spezial für den US Markt TTR und Trix Express US Modelle. Diese Modelle haben an der Vorderseite einen Kuhfanger. Die Puffer fehlen ebenfalls. Die hier abgebildeten Katalogen enthalten Trix Express und TTR.
The well known company F.A.O. Schwarz did sell special US models from both TTR as Trix Express. Typical for these models is the cowcatcher on the front of the locomotive. The catalogs on the left do contain both Trix Express as TTR.
gedruckt in Deutschlandprinted in Germany
gedruckt in Englandprinted in England
(€152,- ebay 2007)
(€80,- ebay 2016)
|1938/39 35 Seitenpages|
Faltblatt, ausgefaltet 44,5x43cm, beidseitig bedruckt, 12 x DIN A5, sehr
1939 tradecatalog, foldout brochure, 44,5x43cm, both sides printed, 12 x DIN A5, very rare
|1939 25 Seitenpages||1939 25 Seitenpages||1939/40 25 Seitenpages letzter Vorkriegs Katalog last prewar catalogue|
1948 erster Export Nachkriegs Katalog für die USA, 28x18cm, 10 Seiten, Druckverzeichnis S/3487/848. Auch in der franzözische Sprache erschienen.
1948 first export postwar catalog edition for the USA, 28x18cm, 10 pages, printcode S/3487/848. Also published in the french language.
(€67,- ebay 2012)
(€43,- ebay 2016)
1950 Export Katalog für Canada, 28x18cm, 10 Seiten, sehr selten, Druckverzeichnis C/3931/750
1950 Export catalog for Canada, edition, 28x18cm, 10 pages, very rare, printcode C/3931/750
1949 erster Nachkriegskatalog für Deutschland, 28x18cm, 10 Seiten
1949 first postwar catalog for Germany, 28x18cm, 10 pages
nächste 2 Kataloge sind ausgegeben wurden durch den Amerikanischen Agentur
Model Trains inc. Es handelt sich um eine Zusammenfassung der Trix Express
und TTR Modelle. Der 1949 Katalog war nur in dem F.A.O. Schwarz Geschäfte
erhaltlich und enthaltet nebst TTR auch Trix Express.
HILFE GESUCHT !
INFO NEEDED !
|1948-49||1949? Faltblattleaflet, 43x28cm zweiseitig bedruckt||
|1951 6 Seitenpages||1952 8 Seitenpages||1953 8 Seitenpages||1954 8 Seitenpages|
|1954 Jahresbuch und Katalog,
|1955 Jahresbuch und Katalog,
|1956 Jahresbuch und Katalog, 11,5x15cm,
|1955-56 16 Seitenpages|
beidseitig bedruckt, 12 x DIN A5
1956 foldout brochure, both sides printed, 12 x DIN A5
1957 14 Seiten, nur kurzzeitig ausgegeben
august 157 14 pages temporary version
|1957 22 Seiten, Farbkatalog
1957 22 pages colour catalog
|1959 23 Seitenpages||1959 23 Seitenpages only edition to list the Engineer's coach||1960 23 Seitenpages, erster Editionfirst version: hardcover||1960
second version: softcover
(€25,- ebay 2011)
catalogue from the Courtaulds Group
|1964 44 Seitenpages (january 1964)||1965
leaflet from the Courtaulds Group
|1966 16 Seitenpages (april 1966)||1967/68 22 Seitenpages||1970/71 DIN A4 hoch,
14 Seiten, letzter Trix England Katalog
1970/71 DIN A4, 14 pages, last Trix England catalog
|um 1980 DIN A4 quer, 10 Seiten (einseitig).
Dieser Katalog wurde um 1983 in der Katalog Sammlung aufgenommen
approx. 1980 DIN A4 oblong, 10 pages (singlesided). This catalog was acquired in 1983 for my catalog collection
|1937 advert||1939 new items, 4 pages||1937,
||1937 US, 48 pages|
|Coronation Scot brochure|
issued with the spring 1939 TTR Gazette
|instruction book D-C|
Cadet brochure, 16 pages
||catalog? DIN A4 oblong||blueprint folder||folder|
|single sheet frontcover||single sheet backcover||automatic uncoupling brochure||1960 8 Seitenpages|
|single sheet frontcover||single sheet backcover||single sheet frontcover 1938||approx. 1950 4 Seitenpages junior train leaflet included with the sets|
|instruction leaflet||instruction leaflet||instruction leaflet|