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    Hello all,
    I am trying to understand the business set up and products behind Hobbytrain together in connection with Kato and Lemke.
    Should I see Hobbytrain as simply an extension of the other two, or are Hobbytrain specialists in one particular aspect of N and H0?
    Are their offerings produced by a single company, just using other names for marketing?
    Maybe I am too old fashioned trying to pin this down
    Thanks in advance,
    Theo

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    Hello Theo

    Interesting question; I'm not an expert but it appears that Lemke (a German manufacturer and distributor) took over Hobbytrain (formerly an Austrian manufacturer) in 2002. Hobbytrain/Lemke now produces models of European prototypes in conjunction with Kato whose products they also distribute in Germany. So Hobbytrain/Lemke might pool resources with Kato or perhaps and I suspect this is more likely, commission Kato to produce models for them.

    In any case I've always found their models to be very good.

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    Default Thanks Simon

    That helps
    As long as such a complicated structure leads to interesting new models, then pooling resources makes sense.
    Regards
    Theo

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    I have a number of Kato Hobbytrain Lemke items that cannot be found anywhere else. Fleischmann came out with the Rh 1112 in Rail Jet (ÖBB) livery, with sound. I had to have it, and that led down the slippery slope to DCC. KHL was the only company making the coaches in N scale, but it took a few years to aquire a complete set. KHL also made a BR 189 in City Night Line livery. I can't remember what else I have at the moment, but quality and running characteristics are good.
    Cheers!
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