The Large Scales, MAXI and 1-Gauge



You can approach Maxi in two ways, with feeling or with understanding. For feeling it’s best to go to your Marklin’s dealer and hold a Maxi locomotive once in your hands. Anything else that could be said about it would be too much. If you want to approach Maxi with understanding, we have assembled the most important reasons in its favor:

Metal construction: The locomotives and cars are made mostly of metal – the bodies are with a few exceptions made of solid, precisely shaped sheet metal, the wheel sets are made of nickel-plated diecast zinc. The weight: The heavy metal construction promotes pulling power and realistic running characteristics. The high level of weight also improves electrical pickup. And when you hear the clatter of the wheels over the rail joints, you have an idea of where the railroad got it’s nickname the “high iron”.

The manufacturing process: The high-quality sheet steel is processed in several steps like modern automobile car body building. The final step is the color-fast powder paint finish: scratches on this finish can be quickly repaired with a paint kit from an auto parts store. Tamed printing is used to produce sharp striping and lettering.

The technology: The sturdy mechanism is located in a protected position in the locomotive and is designed for many years of service. The electronic circuit board allows operation with AC power, Marklin DELTA or Digital and simply plugs into the locomotive wiring circuit; a second circuit board is included for operation with DC power.

The DELTA multi-train system: All Maxi locomotives have a built-In DELTA module. Using a hand controller you can address up to four Maxi locomotives, or with four hand controllers you can control them independently of each other at the same time. On a single power circuit and without extensive wiring.

The quality: Metal construction, multi-step processing and technology make Maxi almost indestructible. Long life is guaranteed with even the most rigorous play conditions; the occasional scratch and dent actually increases the charm of sheet metal toys.

The Headlights: Every Maxi locomotive is equipped with headlight at one or both ends. These headlights switch over with the direction of travel on several of these locomotives.

Railroading outdoors: With this kind of quality Maxi is the ideal railroad system for the yard or terrace. The track is durable and is weather resistant. The size of 1 Gauge also makes Maxi the ideal railroad for playing outdoors.


Smoke generator: The smoke generator in Max steam locomotives can be turned off with a switch in the cab to reduce power consumption when operating several locomotives at the same time

Play value: The car bodies are screwed on the frames and are suitable for experimental discoveries. Doors ‘an be opened, roofs can be removed, and different working models along with the handy site of the models increase the play value.

Using Maxi with standard 1 Gauge: Maxi is fully compatible with the standard 1 Gauge and its track, turnouts, signals, Marklin Digital and other model railroad technology. With a scale of 1:32 Maxi has an almost inexhaustible choice of prototypes among the standard gauge railroads of the world.

Couplers: Maxi and the standard 1 Gauge program have the same sturdy 1 Gauge couplers. Locomotives and cars can be coupled together in any order that you want. Pre uncoupling using the uncoupler track is possible when switching cars.

The high-efficiency decoder: For single-motor Maxi locomotives there is a digital, high-efficiency decoder that can be retrofitted into these units. Maximum speed, acceleration and deceleration rates can be custom adjusted for each locomotive on this decoder. A load compensation feature provides near constant speed during slow running and on ascending and descending grades. In addition, up to three auxiliary functions on the locomotive can be controlled with this decoder.

The locomotive name plates: On many Maxi locomotives the name plates put on at the factory can be changed. Locomotive name plates with custom names can be ordered for a small charge – ideal as a gift, a souvenir, a gag or just for the fun of it.




The scale of 1:32 has a special meaning for Marklin because Marklin’s discovery of the system railroad in 1891 can be traced back to this scale. Marklin 1 has given new life to this large gauge, with all the possibilities of modern technology. With its claim to a high level of detailing and function, Marklin 1 is a model railroad for connoisseurs. And where there isn’t enough room for long main lines, the individual model can be the focal point with movement and functions.

No compromises

The large gauge demands fewer compromises in its design. All of the details can be designed to scale in prototypical proportions. The lettering is readable with the naked eye, the windows are made with care to fit precisely into their openings, numerous details such as doors, hatches, and cranks work. The size of a locomotive’s body offers enough space for the mechanism and for electronic circuits; interior detailing can also be reproduced here.


All of the senses are stimulated

The raw materials for the high quality interlocking construction, the fine structure of the surfaces, the extensive imprinting, the metal clacking of the wheels at the rail joints, the sound effects true to the original, the smell of the smoke fluid – Marklin 1 models have a decidedly sensory quality about them that will keep you hands, eyes, ears and nose busy.

High Quality Propulsion Technology

The standard 1 Gauge locomotives are equipped at the factory with high-efficiency propulsion and digital decoders. They can be run with DC or AC power, or with Marklin Digital. In digital operation the decoder can be set for one of 80 locomotive addresses and for particular running characteristics. Depending on the features of the model, additional functions such as headlights, smoke generator, horn, and steam or diesel motor sound effects can be turned on and off.

Sprung Buffers & Hook Couplers

The locomotives and cars come with sprung buffers. The automatic claw coupler can be replaced by the 56101 reproduction prototype coupler. This will result in a prototypical close spacing between the cars. The red V 36 has a digital TELEX coupler front and rear that allows you to uncouple the locomotive from the cars at any spot on the layout.

Note the minimum radius for curves The uncompromising design of the running gear requires larger radius curves for operation without derailment. Except for some 2axle cars, the standard 1 Gauge models are not suitable for the 600 mm / 23-5/8″ radius curves and turnouts; they require a minimum radius of 1,020 mm / 40-5/32″.

Multifaceted Sound Effects Circuits

Many 1 Gauge models have space for a sound effects circuit with its associated speaker. The often very complex sound images of the original locomotives are recorded for this, converted to a digital format, stored in memory, and adapted to the acoustics of the models. The sound effects are reproduced in a manner that is synchronized with the operating state of the locomotive at that moment.