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Fleischmann to stopping HO scale from 2019.

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This has been on the cards for a while and makes sense. By concentrating on N, Fleischmann avoid overlap with Roco, which is also owned by Modelleisenbahn Holding GmbH. I assume all relevant HO tooling will be transferred to Roco, with any N gauge tooling held by Roco going the other way.

Unsurprisingly, all remaining production in Austria is also being shifted to Slovakia.

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Just on the Fleischmann gig one of the lads was running a 3 rail 2-8-0 by Fleischmann this evening

Stunning model with extraordinary detail. I never knew they did 3 rail, thought Marklin had that market wrapped up?

It's a sad day when you don't learn something new  9_9

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While not surprised at this news I was sad to read about Fleischmann's decision to quit production of HO models. Was thinking of this while going through my Fleischmann collection and it reminded me of why I chose to operate these models. They are smooth running and the quality and finish is second to none. I am really impressed with their close coupling mechanism which was another selling point for me, however, I don't think that Fleischmann were moving with the times. They were producing electric and diesel locomotives with moulded handrails and wipers while their competitors were applying these separately. Being produced in Germany they were disadvantaged too as other companies moved production to counties where labour costs are cheaper.

I have several HAG model locomotives [Re 460] which I purchased in the early/mid noughties but I started to concentrate on my Fleischmann collection and those locomotives became redundant quite quickly. It was my intention to get rolling stock to operate with them but I decided to focus on my DB AG collection. I still take them  out of their' boxes to look at them but, I know, one of these days I'll have to off load them.

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