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Trix Trains

Updated on December 11, 2017

Trix Model Trains in HO scale and N scale

Trix Trains are a subsidiary of the great German model train manufacturer, Marklin Trains. Trix began producing electric trains in 1935, and was acquired by the Marklin trains company in 1997.

Trix electric trains are made in the popular HO scale (1/87th of the actual size) and conveniently small N scale (approximately 1/148th of the actual size), which is also a very popular scale of model trains in the United States. Trix produces models of trains from the U.S. and many European countries.

Trix HO Scale Model Trains

Trix HO New York Central Mikado Locomotive
Trix HO New York Central Mikado Locomotive

Trix Pennsylvania GG-1 Engine

Trix HO Scale Trains

With Trix HO scale model trains, you get the same legendary German detail found in Trix's parent company, Marklin Trains (please see my hub on Marklin), but in a 2-rail Direct Current (DC) version that is the standard for HO model trains in the United States. These Trix electric trains offer great attention to detail, and many generate many types of sounds (steam, brakes, coal shoveling, station announcements, etc.) that you would hear from the real-world prototypes.

Like Marklin Trains, Trix train HO starter sets come with Marklin/Trix "C-track", which is track on a polymer roadbed that can be placed directly onto carpet or other surfaces. C-track is especially easy to put together -- no squinting to line up the little track flanges and their "female" counterparts, and bending them in the process. C-track snaps together quicker than any other type of model train track that I have used.

Trix HO Scale Locomotive

Trix HO Baden Locomotive
Trix HO Baden Locomotive

Minitrix - Trix N Scale Trains

Trix N Scale Inter-City Express Train (ICE)
Trix N Scale Inter-City Express Train (ICE)

Minitrix ICE Train Video

Minitrix -- Trix N Scale Trains

Trix trains are also made in N scale, the 2nd most popular scale for model trains. You can really put a nice layout in a small amount of space with N scale, which is about half the size of HO scale. At the same time, N scale is large enough where you can get a nice level of detail -- which you definitely get with Trix model trains.

Trix N scale is often refered to as MiniTrix (or Mini Trix or mini-Trix). Regardless of this trade name, Trix N scale trains are fully compatible with other N scale tracks. Trix locomotives can pull other brands of train cars, just be sure that you have the right couplers (which can be easily changed by a novice).

Trix N Scale Locomotive

Minitrix -- Trix N Scale S 3/6 Locomotive
Minitrix -- Trix N Scale S 3/6 Locomotive

Trix Starter Set

Trix N Scale Swiss Freight Train Starter Set
Trix N Scale Swiss Freight Train Starter Set

Trix Starter Sets

If you are new to model railroading, a starter set can be a convenient way to get started in the hobby. Starter sets generally come with at least one engine and one or more train cars, a power supply, controller and at least an oval of track.

Trix has starter sets representing railroads from several countries, including the United States, Germany, France and Switzerland. Ebay can be a great place to buy Trix Starter Sets, just be sure you know the shipping charges before bidding.  Also, be sure the power supply comes in the correct voltage for your country:  120 volts for U.S.-type housing voltage, 230 volts for European-type housing voltage.

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      Paul Strain 

      7 years ago

      I have a 1961 Trix train set purchased in England.

      Would there be anyone interested in purchasing it?


      Toronto, Canada

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      train track 

      8 years ago

      I use to love my electric train set that I used to have. Watching your video of the Trix Pennsylvania GG-1 Engine bought back fond memories. The trains themselves look fantastically detailed and I love the sound effects as well.

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      8 years ago from Kansas

      Wow very cool hub.. I love: Minitrix - Trix N Scale Trains


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      9 years ago from USA

      Thanks mulberry1, glad you like it!

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      Christine Mulberry 

      9 years ago

      The pictures and the video really add alot to your hub. Great information.

    • funwithtrains profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from USA

      Thanks cristina327!

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      10 years ago from Manila

      Nice hub. Very informative. Thanks for sharing this.

    • funwithtrains profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from USA

      Thanks pjdscott!

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      10 years ago from Durham, UK

      A most informative and useful hub, particularly since I don't know much about 'Continental' outline model railways. Great stuff- keep them coming!


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