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Offline Dreadnought  
#1 Posted : 07 August 2021 19:13:19(UTC)
Dreadnought

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A friend living in the northern suburbs of Chicago had some old Marklin. Much of it is from the sixties and seventies. The grandchildren are wanting to play with it. They have managed to get some locomotives to work. Others are described as dead. I suspect cleaning, and new brushes might do the trick, but cannot do much at long range and with the border closed.
Does anyone know if there is anywhere in the area that could looks at these items and hopefully get them working.

Thank you
D
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Offline 5HorizonsRR  
#2 Posted : 07 August 2021 19:18:28(UTC)
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The best folks for this would be a mail-in proposition. South Side trains in Milwaukee might do basic Marklin repair, but I forget. They are the best shop north of chicago for sure.
FS + SBB Era 2-5 and Vintage Marklin
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Online kiwiAlan  
#3 Posted : 07 August 2021 19:18:31(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Dreadnought Go to Quoted Post
A friend living in the northern suburbs of Chicago had some old Marklin. Much of it is from the sixties and seventies. The grandchildren are wanting to play with it. They have managed to get some locomotives to work. Others are described as dead. I suspect cleaning, and new brushes might do the trick, but cannot do much at long range and with the border closed.
Does anyone know if there is anywhere in the area that could looks at these items and hopefully get them working.

Thank you
D


Hi,
I suggest they try http://www.rjftrains.com/ in Katonah, NY as being the closest dealer i can think of.

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Offline mike c  
#4 Posted : 08 August 2021 06:06:24(UTC)
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For the Chicago area, the first place I would try is Reynaulds in Ellburn IL. After that, you can try Scott at Helmut's Hobby in VA if he is still taking on work.
You can also check Marklin.com to find a list of dealers and see if there are any who can make repairs.

You can also check with Mike at Westend in Toronto. If you send outside of USA, make sure that you label the parcels as goods sent for repair to avoid tax and fees on export/import

Regards

Mike C
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Offline orionstars  
#5 Posted : 10 August 2021 20:48:46(UTC)
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I just saw that South Side Trains (in the Milwaukee WI area) no longer have their regular repair person so it might not be an option.

Reynaulds I would think as well. I’ve never used them as a repair center though so no experience.

If you reach out the the Wisconsin chapter of the ete (ete.org) one of their members does/did repairs (but it’s been two years since I spoke to anyone in the group so who knows!).
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Offline owidgie  
#6 Posted : 10 August 2021 21:55:03(UTC)
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Take a look at:

marklinrepairs.com

It's mail-in but it might be worth sending them to someone who knows the products.

Rick
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Offline 5HorizonsRR  
#7 Posted : 10 August 2021 22:51:10(UTC)
5HorizonsRR

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If going the mail-in route, I second the option above ThumpUp
FS + SBB Era 2-5 and Vintage Marklin
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Offline Dreadnought  
#8 Posted : 11 August 2021 22:36:09(UTC)
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Thank you to everyone. I have forwarded the suggestions.
I should have thought of Mike Sorge at Westend Trains in Toronto. He has always been excellent both as a dealer and for repairs.
He has sent items to the States with no problems.
Thank you to all
D
Offline joyofmarklin  
#9 Posted : 07 September 2021 03:15:38(UTC)
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Hi
Would suggest asking for a discount and send them away.
https://www.marklin.com/...-service/service-centers
Have used AC Euro trains and Tim Eckert, all good.
Also have used a private guy Rick Sinclair marklinrepairs.com
Can recommend The 3rd Rail on YouTube, as a source to increase your knowledge and expertise. I know do most of my maintenance
https://youtube.com/c/The3rdRail
Good luck
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Offline mike c  
#10 Posted : 07 September 2021 17:12:22(UTC)
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Rick Sinclair is hardly a "private guy" if it is the same Rick Sinclair who works for Marklin USA as one of their digital expert/consultants.

Regards

Mike C
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Offline marklinist5999  
#11 Posted : 07 September 2021 22:23:59(UTC)
marklinist5999

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Indeed, I just got an e-mail reply for a repair estimate from Rick. Are code 951 is Riverside county, or San Bernardino Ca. I knew Curtis lives in Ca., but not Rick. Marklin is in Jefferson city Mo. Perhaps he works remotely.
Offline Roman  
#12 Posted : 14 October 2021 01:22:02(UTC)
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I read a reply suggesting Tim Eckert. I wouldn't refer him for repairs unfortunately and you can PM me if you want to know why. His Ebay store might still be available for parts.
Offline Chris6382chris  
#13 Posted : 14 October 2021 10:51:39(UTC)
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Just saw this post again. I am about 2 hours south of Chicago. If they want I can take a look at them. If it is a simple cleaning, broken connection or something basic that wouldn't be a big deal to fix. If they are still looking for help send me a message.

Chris
Offline marklinist5999  
#14 Posted : 14 October 2021 13:15:01(UTC)
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A man named Roman works at Reynaulds euroimports in Elburn Ill. too.
Offline Dreadnought  
#15 Posted : 14 October 2021 15:16:43(UTC)
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Thank you all for your replies. I have sent them on to my friend. I will let you know what she decides to do. I am always in awe of the knowledge and kindness of the members of this forum.
Again, thank you to all.
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Offline Roman  
#16 Posted : 22 November 2021 03:31:38(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: marklinist5999 Go to Quoted Post
A man named Roman works at Reynaulds euroimports in Elburn Ill. too.


Not me. I neither work or live there.



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