HO scale models of Orient Express (1)
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The Orient Express which relates to quite a few Märklin HO scale models, ran from Paris, via southern Germany, Austria, and Hungary to Bucharest in Romania (vv). From there, other trains traveled to Istanbul and beyond. There was at some periods, a connecting sleeper train from Berlin to Budapest.
I am particularly interested in this train, the Orient Express, due to its German connections. This train is not to be confused with various other trains, which included the title “Orient Express” in the name. For example, the VSOE (Venice Simplon Orient Express) also travelled from Paris, but was scheduled all the way to Istanbul via Switzerland, Italy, and the Balkans (vv). This train finished in 1977.
The other train with the same ownership, and with German connections, was the Nord Express (or North South Express), which ran from Madrid and Lisbon, via Paris, to Copenhagen and Stockholm. A section went to Berlin, which then morphed into the Trans-Siberian at St Petersburg.
The route of the first Orient Express was in 1883 arranged by agreement with the following railroad authorities.
1. Est Railway Co of France (Paris to Avricourt (Kehl))
2. Alsace Lorraine Railways, Berlin (Kehl to Ulm)
3. State Railways of the Grand Duchy of Baden (Ulm to Munich)
4. Kingdom of Württemburg State Railways (Ulm to Munich)
5. Lines of Communication of the Kingdom of Bavaria (Munich to Simbach)
6. State Railways, Vienna (Simbach to Vienna)
7. Imperial and Royal Austrian State Railways Co
8. Roumanian Railways (Vienna to Budapest)
Before we examine some of the models, it is well to
understand that the CIWL numbered their coaching stock in order of manufacture.
So the first car was No.1 built in 1872, through to the final number of 6463
in 1975. Beyond that date, there was no demand for new cars for the Company.
The Märklin set #42754 was introduced in early 2000’s to represent the Orient Express in 1910. The set includes:
1. 1x Gepäckwagen, 4 Achsen, rotbraun, vier zu öffnende Schiebetüren,
Wagen-Nr. 1207, Länge 22,6cm
2. 1x Schlafwagen, 4 Achsen, rotbraun. Wagen-Nr. 1782 A, Länge 24,3 cm
3. 1x Schlafwagen, 4 Achsen, rotbraun. Wagen-Nr. 1773 A, Länge 24,3 cm
4. 1x Speisewagen, 6 Achsen, beige/rotbraun, Wagen-Nr. 1691 D, Länge 23,3 cm
5. 1x Gepäckwagen, 4 Achsen, rotbraun, vier zu öffnende Schiebetüren, Wagen-Nr. 1203, Länge 22,6cm
Motive power was chosen by the railroads concerned to adequately
represent the train’s prestige. I can only surmise that in Germany, the
train in the Era 1 (prior to 1925), could have included the Württemburg
C. Märklin makes this model (from 1987, models #3311, 3511, 3611, 3514,
3614, 3513, 3613, 3411.3711, 34112, 37112, 37115). Märklin also explains
about other engines used in hauling this train, for which they manufactured
In the German Empire this was primarily a Bavarian S 3/6 and the Baden IV h, both of them extremely elegant units and motive power worthy of the "Orient ExpressTM". The First World War interrupted the connection between Paris and Istanbul for several years and after the end of the war the "Orient ExpressTM" was used as a purely military train. It was again made accessible to the public in 1932. The train's run now ended in Bucharest, but at least, hardly anything had changed in the comfort of the prewar years. The CIWL was able to offer the "Orient ExpressTM" as a pure luxury train until 1940, when the events of World War II brought the train to an abrupt halt.
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