Anyone serious about the hobby will find on this page an overview of the time periods and emblems for historic and current European railroads. The eras have been divided up according to NEM standards, but the dividing line for later eras is not exactly sharp. Also, the features of different eras can overlap in the prototype.
The pictograms defined for the eras can also be found by the models so that you can assemble prototypical trains from a respective era. A search in our product database will also support you here when you enter the era as a search criterion.
1945 to 1970
The Fifties and Sixties were marked by reconstruction and economic growth. The new German Federal Railroad (DB) grew quickly, and steam locomotives had to make way for more powerful and efficient diesel and electric locomotives. The German State Railroad (DR) in former East Germany developed parallel to this.
1990 to 200
New paint schemes signaled the "New Period" of modern railroading. At the same time thought was being given in almost all European countries to fundamentally new methods of structuring the railroads and these methods are now being realized in a concrete way. After the reunification of Germany the German State Railroad (DR) and the German Federal Railroad (DB) were merged in steps into the German Railroad, Inc. (DB AG). There has been a new logo for the DB AG since 1994. There has been a rich mix of different paint schemes and logos in this era too.
2006 to the present
The liberalization of railroad traffic in Europe is bringing new requirements to the railroad for locomotives and cars that must agree with European railroad standards for international use. Of course, there are no standardized paint schemes and identification lettering, but there is a new 12-digit numbering system, also for locomotives and powered rail cars, that will make clear in the models that a unit belongs to the present time in railroad technical terms.