Info on "Der Adler" minitrix trainset

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by trapster, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. trapster

    trapster New Member

    I have this anniversary set "Der Adler", The eagle, I was curious about what scale it is and what it is worth. It came out in the mid 80s and is written all in German. It is complete and I don't think it has ever been out of the wooden box it came in. It also includes extra track and the power supply.

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  2. Dragon

    Dragon Member

    Not too sure by the picture, but I have an HO/OO version of the loco and cars at home. No box or people.
  3. hswn

    hswn Member

    If you post the hight of one of the people and/or the gauge of the track (distance between rails). One of us might be able to tell you the scale. This would give you a start.
  4. G Pfeifer

    G Pfeifer New Member

    Der Adler

    It is more than likely a 3/16" scale model made for use on HO track by Rivarossi in Italy and imported into the US in Oct 1964 by AHM (Associated Hobby Manufacturers) of Philadelphia. Over all length of the model train was 13", it had a DC Permag motor and drive located in the first coach. List price in 1964 was $24.95.

  5. trapster

    trapster New Member

    More info :

    Track is 0.408" OD 0.367" ID
    The engine is around 1.4" long
    The man is about 0.65" long

    The supply is 0 to 18v dc although the documentation seems to say 12 to 15 max.
    It is in all German and hard to read.
    it was sold through Model power in Farmingdale.

    It is an 150 year anniversary train set 1935-1985 I doubt it was made in 1964
    It is made by minitrix
    Maybe N gauge

    Thanks for all your help
  6. tillsbury

    tillsbury Member

    It's certainly N gauge (at least very nearly) at .367 ID rails... although if one was very picky the centre rail-to-rail gauge is more accurately British N-gauge (1:148). I wonder if it was intended there?
  7. trapster

    trapster New Member

    I took a better measurement and came up with .355" ID
  8. engineshop

    engineshop Member

    Minitrix produced a set in HO and in N. I got the one in N. It has the motor in the first car behind the engine.
  9. hswn

    hswn Member

    Man height

    You posted that a man is .65" hmm. If he is N scale he is tall about 104" that is just short of 9' A BASKET BALL PLAYER. If he is HO scle he is short 57" that's 4'9".
  10. trapster

    trapster New Member

    He is .57" tall === about 7' at 1:148 scale if you take off his hat.

    He does look tall next to the train so I am guessing that the scale for him is a little off.

    Anyone have an Idea of what this is worth ?? :confused:
  11. sams

    sams Member

    nice looking set.
    it probably is british n-scale of 1:148 looking at the measurements.
    the guy is tall, but i've noticed that sometimes, companys do that.
    just a little sloppy, or maybe just for ease, and to show more detail.
  12. pray59

    pray59 Member

    I can see it say's Minitrix on the label. Trix was HO and Minitrix was N Scale. There were 4 sets that Minitrix offered back in the day that I coveted, all in wooden boxes like that. One was a Sir Nigel Greesley or something like that, and i thing another was an Orient Express maybe. Geez, it's been about 20 years or so, but they were so neat then.

    I flipped to Z recently, or I would make an offer. I remember they sold for $120 at the discount shops like Trainworld, which was about Hallmark brass prices then.
  13. trapster

    trapster New Member

    Minitrix "Der Adler"

    OK, I haven't been able to find this set in the states BUT
    in Europe there are several sets for sale on Ebay (german version) for
    $175 to $200 dollars.

    Does this sound reasonable. :confused:
  14. pray59

    pray59 Member

    I would say so, since they are not in production any longer, and are in such nice collector cases.
  15. trapster

    trapster New Member

    THanks :thumb:
    I will probably put it on Ebay

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