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Offline daveoZ  
#1 Posted : 22 January 2023 02:45:42(UTC)
daveoZ

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I'm just starting with Marklin HO digital and I'm confused as to the differences between HO and Trix. Can I get some help? Thanks
Offline Rob11966  
#2 Posted : 22 January 2023 04:47:09(UTC)
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Hi Dave,
Both Marklin and Trix are HO scale. As far as I am aware, they are made in the same factory. Trix and Marklin locomotives (and rolling stock) are essentially the same, aside from the fact that Marklin is a 3 rail system (they have a central electrical contact on special tracks). Marklin locomotives (and rolling stock) are incompatible with standard 2 rail pick-up systems. In other words, if you have a standard 2 rail setup you can run Trix locomotives just like any other 2 rail brand (Hornby, Bachmann, Athearn, Atlas etc). You can use standard tracks to run Trix models (Peco, atlas, hornby etc). If you run Marklin locomotives, you need Marklin specific, 3 rail track. There are pros and cons for both systems - I won't go into it here in order to preserve the peace - suffice to say I own Trix....
Rob
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Offline ocram63_uk  
#3 Posted : 22 January 2023 09:30:29(UTC)
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but you can run your Trix locos on a Marklin layout simply by inserting a pickup shoe in the designated area. I did this multiple times in the past.
The opposite doesn't work!!!
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Offline Goofy  
#4 Posted : 22 January 2023 10:22:35(UTC)
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Trix is an sister company to Märklin and they produce same locomotives and wagons.
The only difference are wheels and pick up shoes to power feed the loco.
Two rail use isolate wheels while Märklin use non-isolate wheels.
You can buy Märklin wagons and change out to DC wheels for free.
You can buy Trix wagons and change out the wheels for the Märklin tracks.
H0
DCC = Digital Command Control
Offline Goofy  
#5 Posted : 22 January 2023 10:26:56(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: ocram63_uk Go to Quoted Post
but you can run your Trix locos on a Marklin layout simply by inserting a pickup shoe in the designated area. I did this multiple times in the past.
The opposite doesn't work!!!


You can change out the wheels by let pro do the work, if not less you can do it?


H0
DCC = Digital Command Control
Offline ocram63_uk  
#6 Posted : 22 January 2023 11:19:46(UTC)
ocram63_uk

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no need to change the wheels unless you use occupancy detection blocks, never had the need so can't say for sure. My trains are digitally controlled but I will never connect a computer to my layout to run it for me 😊
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Online H0  
#7 Posted : 22 January 2023 20:40:50(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: ocram63_uk Go to Quoted Post
but you can run your Trix locos on a Marklin layout simply by inserting a pickup shoe in the designated area.

This requires some soldering in the best case.
Some Trix models do not have Märklin sisters and conversion can be much more trouble.

Older Trix items (before Märklin bought Trix) are a different story.

And Trix Express is a completely different story: no easy conversion, new wheels required.

Regards
Tom
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Offline mbarreto  
#8 Posted : 23 January 2023 00:34:00(UTC)
mbarreto

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This is why I am on the Märklin 3 rails system and don't hink in buy some other stuff. I know I am limit myself this way, but what I have runs without problems. I just don't like the turnouts in the Märkllin system.

Originally Posted by: H0 Go to Quoted Post

This requires some soldering in the best case.
Some Trix models do not have Märklin sisters and conversion can be much more trouble.

Older Trix items (before Märklin bought Trix) are a different story.

And Trix Express is a completely different story: no easy conversion, new wheels required.



Mostly Märklin H0.


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