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Liliput Trains

History

Liliput was an Austrian manufacturer of model railroad equipment founded shortly after World War II. Jouef of France resold Liliput electric train products in the 1950's.

Liliput HOe narrow gauge Tank locomotive, Type U, Class 298, ÖBB Austrian Railway Livery Liliput was always considered the exotic producer of European Model Trains, that specialized in manufacturing unique and unusual models of European prototypes. For over five decades they got collectors' attention with their unique and extraordinary models. Liliput offers a larger selection of HO and narrow gauge HOe items (both 2 rail DC & and 3 rail AC powered), but also makes N and G gauge trains.

Lilliput specializes in era II German DRG and DR locomotives and rolling stock including unique military models.

Liliput HO gauge 112700 Akku-Triebwag Bauart Wittfeld KPEV Ep.I The firm failed in 1988 and was purchased by Herpa. In 1992 Bachmann Industries purchased Liliput and opened a German sales office. Kader Industrial Company Limited is the parent company of Bachmann. Kader acquired Bachmann industries In 1984. Kader is based in China. After the Liliput acquisition, Kader transferred the tooling and dies to China. Initally, production efforts centered on adapting chassis to fit new motors, and on finding new sources of parts like axles and gears, which Liliput had previously purchased in Austria from non-model-railroad manufacturers. As a result, most new models were based on original superstructure dies with all new paint schemes.

Liliput Panzerspahzug Armored train in HO In November 2008, Kader also took over Sanda Kan, its nearest competitor for precision model railway items in the Hong-Kong based ODM contract manufacturing business. Sanda Kan's biggest client had been Bachmann's dominant rival in the UK market Hornby Railways, which had concentrated production there from 1997-2001. The company also manufactured for Lionel, Atlas, Lifelike, Brawa, Märklin, and approximately 50 other model train companies.

Link to Liliput German web site.

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