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Offline Mr. Ron  
#1 Posted : 30 January 2023 00:27:20(UTC)
Mr. Ron

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Does anyone use the "My World" line of Marklin trains for their model railroad. I find that information regarding the systems is far and few between. I have been able to come up with the following information: 1. My world is HO scale; 2. My world track is compatable with "C" track and can be connected together; 3. My world uses battery power. Now for my questions; Can My World trains run on C-track? My World track is all plastic, so AC and DCC trains cannot run on My World track; is this true? Are My World trains "toy like" in appearance therefore would not fit in with scale Marklin trains? Will My World couplings work with scale Marklin couplings? The reaso why I am asking these questions is; the cost of My World tracks are very cheap compared to 3-rail track. The same for cars. Can they be converted to run on 3-rail track? Conceivably, An inexpensive train layout could be built using a combination of My World and conventional 3-rail track.
There is a model railroad club close by that I believe is using "My World" trains. I will have to check them out.
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Offline marklinist5999  
#2 Posted : 30 January 2023 00:30:49(UTC)
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Ron, "My World" is a line of sets and such for kids. Most are of plastic, and battery operated. A few starter items in the adult ho line may be labeled My World, like C track in blister packaging.
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Offline kiwiAlan  
#3 Posted : 30 January 2023 00:48:17(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Mr. Ron Go to Quoted Post
Does anyone use the "My World" line of Marklin trains for their model railroad. I find that information regarding the systems is far and few between. I have been able to come up with the following information: 1. My world is HO scale; 2. My world track is compatable with "C" track and can be connected together;


Correct on second point, first point is arguable. The My World items use magnetic couplings, and are probably relatively oversize, and are generally representative of items rather than being true scale items.

Originally Posted by: Mr. Ron Go to Quoted Post

3. My world uses battery power. Now for my questions; Can My World trains run on C-track?


Yes.

Originally Posted by: Mr. Ron Go to Quoted Post

My World track is all plastic, so AC and DCC trains cannot run on My World track; is this true?


Correct. The My World track is one piece molded including plastic centre studs. The points use a very different mechanism to standard C track (and I'm not sure it isn't a more robust mechanism).

Originally Posted by: Mr. Ron Go to Quoted Post

Are My World trains "toy like" in appearance therefore would not fit in with scale Marklin trains?


yes they are toy like (see my point further up). They are made for rough handling by pre-school children, while giving them maximum play value.

Originally Posted by: Mr. Ron Go to Quoted Post

Will My World couplings work with scale Marklin couplings?


No they have magnetic couplings. However marklin do make a wagon with the My World magnetic coupling on one end and a standard Marklin coupling on the other end.

Originally Posted by: Mr. Ron Go to Quoted Post

The reaso why I am asking these questions is; the cost of My World tracks are very cheap compared to 3-rail track. The same for cars. Can they be converted to run on 3-rail track? Conceivably, An inexpensive train layout could be built using a combination of My World and conventional 3-rail track.
There is a model railroad club close by that I believe is using "My World" trains. I will have to check them out.


The track is cheap because it is one piece plastic including the rails, so there is no assembly process once it comes out of the plastic injection machine, whereas a piece of C track will have about six or seven assembly operations once the trackbed comes out of the machine (along with a whole heap of manufacturing operations to make the other parts that go into those assembly operations).

I would be very surprised if an MRR Club is using My World track unless they have a little layout for small children to play with. The track cannot be used for conventional MRR use unless the wagons are being pulled by the My World non-prototypical locos and using the coupling adapter car I mentioned above.

The MRR Club may be running My World locos and stock on conventional track on a club layout as a means of having a small childrens operating day, or something similar, or for some other disability related reason, but I seriously doubt they will use any My World items for serious MRR activity.


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Offline Mr. Ron  
#4 Posted : 30 January 2023 02:25:38(UTC)
Mr. Ron

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Originally Posted by: kiwiAlan Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: Mr. Ron Go to Quoted Post
Does anyone use the "My World" line of Marklin trains for their model railroad. I find that information regarding the systems is far and few between. I have been able to come up with the following information: 1. My world is HO scale; 2. My world track is compatable with "C" track and can be connected together;


Correct on second point, first point is arguable. The My World items use magnetic couplings, and are probably relatively oversize, and are generally representative of items rather than being true scale items.

Originally Posted by: Mr. Ron Go to Quoted Post

3. My world uses battery power. Now for my questions; Can My World trains run on C-track?


Yes.

Originally Posted by: Mr. Ron Go to Quoted Post

My World track is all plastic, so AC and DCC trains cannot run on My World track; is this true?


Correct. The My World track is one piece molded including plastic centre studs. The points use a very different mechanism to standard C track (and I'm not sure it isn't a more robust mechanism).

Originally Posted by: Mr. Ron Go to Quoted Post

Are My World trains "toy like" in appearance therefore would not fit in with scale Marklin trains?


yes they are toy like (see my point further up). They are made for rough handling by pre-school children, while giving them maximum play value.

Originally Posted by: Mr. Ron Go to Quoted Post

Will My World couplings work with scale Marklin couplings?


No they have magnetic couplings. However marklin do make a wagon with the My World magnetic coupling on one end and a standard Marklin coupling on the other end.

Originally Posted by: Mr. Ron Go to Quoted Post

The reaso why I am asking these questions is; the cost of My World tracks are very cheap compared to 3-rail track. The same for cars. Can they be converted to run on 3-rail track? Conceivably, An inexpensive train layout could be built using a combination of My World and conventional 3-rail track.
There is a model railroad club close by that I believe is using "My World" trains. I will have to check them out.


The track is cheap because it is one piece plastic including the rails, so there is no assembly process once it comes out of the plastic injection machine, whereas a piece of C track will have about six or seven assembly operations once the trackbed comes out of the machine (along with a whole heap of manufacturing operations to make the other parts that go into those assembly operations).

I would be very surprised if an MRR Club is using My World track unless they have a little layout for small children to play with. The track cannot be used for conventional MRR use unless the wagons are being pulled by the My World non-prototypical locos and using the coupling adapter car I mentioned above.

The MRR Club may be running My World locos and stock on conventional track on a club layout as a means of having a small childrens operating day, or something similar, or for some other disability related reason, but I seriously doubt they will use any My World items for serious MRR activity.



Thank you for the answers to all my questions. The local club I mentioned does have a layout tailored towards children, I didn't know if it was "MW" or Lego. Due to its low cost, the track could be used in areas where powered locomotives are not used.

Offline clapcott  
#5 Posted : 01 February 2023 10:03:58(UTC)
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FWIW and as it may relate to the 2nd hand market ...

Over 10 years ago "MyWorld" started the branding confusion .. and there was unfortunate overlap/crossover with "StartUp"
The MyWorld 2011 announce had its own catalogue , but was also covered on pages 4-48 of the 2011/2012 catalogue

UNDER THE SAME BRAND
e.g.#29163 pg 10-11 : had 24xxx C-Track and power to the track sets able to control digital locomotives.
The IR remote pointed at a mini trackbox which issued the commands to the locomotive decoder via the track

AND
e.g. #29200 pg 8-9
The sets with 24xxx C-Track and Battery Powered locomotives with the IR remote pointing to an IR receiver on the top of the locomotive/wagon unit


The - much later in 2016 - the 23xxx track arrived
so today we have the sets with the 23xxx C-Track ( plastic rails) and only IR to the loco/wagon
Peter
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Offline H0  
#6 Posted : 01 February 2023 11:30:54(UTC)
H0


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Originally Posted by: clapcott Go to Quoted Post
The - much later in 2016 - the 23xxx track arrived
so today we have the sets with the 23xxx C-Track ( plastic rails) and only IR to the loco/wagon
To make things more confusing, there are already two generations of the plastic rail tracks:
The first generation had 24° R2 turnouts and straight tracks were 188 or 172 mm like regular C track.
The current generation has 30° R1 turnouts and straight tracks are 180 mm like the older Alpha track.

Regards
Tom
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