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Offline thomas buckley  
#1 Posted : 28 November 2016 02:01:43(UTC)
thomas buckley

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How you guys doing? i have a friend that has a bunch of vintage marklin track, specifically, 3900 and 3800 curves...+ a ton of straight track, no number. upon exam found the 3900 equivalent to 5200 curve, the 3800 fits inside of 5100 curve and seems to fit together....any feedback on this buff looking track? thinking of bidding .35 / piece....
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Offline Pmare4  
#2 Posted : 28 November 2016 04:09:33(UTC)

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That doesn't sound like 3900 track - The 3800 should be larger than the 5200, and the 3900 should be larger than the 3800.

You probably have 3600 and 3700 curves. They are the same as the 5100 and 5200 curves, but have a solid centre rail.

If you have a solid centre rail curve that is the same size as a 5120 curve, then it is very very rare. These were only available in a clockwork train set with the loco S 870, and so only had 2 rails when purchased. You were able to buy an electrification set separately, which gave you a centre rail and insulators.
Collecting vintage Märklin from 1935-1970, also Hornby O Gauge
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Offline Alberto Pedrini  
#3 Posted : 28 November 2016 18:52:14(UTC)
Alberto Pedrini

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The 3800-3900 serie are very rare, diameter 121 and 111cm, interax 5 cm, produced only from 1953 to 1956



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Offline thomas buckley  
#4 Posted : 04 December 2016 01:42:34(UTC)
thomas buckley

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sorry for delay....is this vintage rare track compatible with my 70's era M track? better yet is this old track good, reliable, durable and useable? problematic, why only made for those years? i buy stuff to use, is this stuff as good or better than M? would you buy it to use? should I pass it by?
Offline Mike863  
#5 Posted : 04 December 2016 03:27:51(UTC)

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These track are compatible. The center connector is wider but generally there should usually be no problem fitting them with standard M track with a little fiddling. Very high quality and expensive to manufacture so rare now. I understand there may have been a disute over the rights to the design. Smooth running and quiet due to the method of construction. Requires 16 of either 3800 or 3900 to make a full circle. If you get enough, you can create 5 perfectly parallel arcs with 5120, 5100, 5200, 3800 1/1 (5040) and 3900 1/1 (5050). Eckert Engineering lists a couple pieces of 3800 1/1 for about $12 each. Another seller has 4 pieces of 3900 1/1 for $36 and another has 8 mixed 3800 and 3900 and 2 straights for $149 and another offer of 8 - 3900 plus 2 straights for $99. Do better than that and you have yourself a bargain.
Offline hennabm  
#6 Posted : 04 December 2016 11:18:54(UTC)

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Hi Thomas

I can vouch that they are compatible as I run 3900 curves on my exhibition layout and connect on to 5100s etc. I have full curves and half curves, to allow for signal blocks/feeds.

The 3900 series are very well made with each sleeper an inset into the metal bed. Whereas on the M track the sleepers are imprinted into the metal.

AFAIK the 3900 were stopped due to copyright issues with a French firm on the design of the track. A shame really as the 3900 are by far the better design and better made track.
Being so few they are expensive now but I think worth it to give the wider radius on the outside of a 5200 curve.

I'll buy it if you want to pass on it!

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