Fifty years ago, Eberhard and Wolfgang Richter presented a revolutionary new item at the 1968 Toy Fair – model trains for indoors and outdoors. Whether it was in a warm hobby room in the basement or outdoors with snow and ice, LGB still stands up to these challenges and is still considered an extremely sturdy model train system. For 50 years now, a small steam locomotive – the Stainz – has typified the LGB logo and has thereby enjoyed world renown. In 1968, Eberhard and Wolfgang Richter probably did not expect the enormous success that LGB was adjudged to have earned in the last 50 years. LGB is and remains the first model train system for indoors and outdoors – this slogan still applies even after 50 years. Fifty years, or half a century is the current age of LGB. We want to celebrate this great birthday jointly with our fans and the LGB family as they have grown together over 50 years. On this page, you will find all of the information about the anniversary festivities, special products, or events for the anniversary, photos, films, and all kinds of useful information about your LGB anniversary.

More about the locomotive

The Anniversary Locomotive

In addition to many highlights that can be found in the LGB New Items Program in the anniversary year, one model in particular stands out and it will downright surprise the LGB family: In cooperation with the Rhaetian Railroad, a project team consisting of employees of the Rhaetian Railroad and of LGB have planned something quite special. The LGB Anniversary Locomotive that on the one hand has been in daily use on the Rhaetian Railroad since the beginning of January 2018 and that on the other hand will soon be in use on home garden railways.

The Birth of an Idea

Yet how did this unique idea come about of doing a locomotive in LGB colors for the anniversary "50 Years of LGB"? After the great success of the models of the RhB anniversary locomotives – above all the model for the 125th anniversary of the RhB – the thought arose of creating a similar locomotive for the LGB anniversary. The first thoughts about this came as early as the summer of 2016. These were developed further over time and made more concrete. The decision was made to realize these plans during a visit by Märklin Director Wolfrad Bächle to the Rhaetian Railroad during a special run with the type Xrot steam rotary snowplow. The design was worked out and it was coordinated with the officials at the RhB. The last thing still to be done was to decide which prototype locomotive to use. On the one hand, it had to be a locomotive that would be available during the planned period – that is during the anniversary year of 2018. On the other hand, it should be – if possible – a locomotive road number that had not yet been in the LGB program. It quickly became evident that one of the road numbers considered was no. 617 "Ilanz". The decision was thus taken to use this unit as the anniversary locomotive.

The basic components of the "LGB Anniversary Locomotive" project were thus determined, the design was fixed, and there was also no longer any doubt about the road number.

The Prototype

Yet first, we would like to take this opportunity to give you a closer look at the Ge 4/4 II 617, which is being given the honor in the anniversary year of making LGB even better known worldwide and at the same time of demonstrating the closeness between the RhB and LGB. The LGB family that once originated in Nürnberg will also be maintained in the future and be expanded with new family members.

 

 

The Life of Locomotive Road Number 617

The Model

The big prototype is not the only one to provide many decades of reliable service. The LGB model of the RhB class Ge 4/4 II can also look back on a long history and is among the classics in the LGB assortment. Over the years, the model was also constantly refined and rebuilt.

With our new anniversary locomotive, the Ge 4/4 II 617, you can celebrate the LGB anniversary more than just in the big prototype. Naturally, this special locomotive model is also being issued in a one-time edition as a model in the anniversary year 2018 by LGB. The LGB anniversary locomotive, class Ge 4/4 II, road number 617, comes from the factory with an mfx/DCC digital decoder and has many light and sound functions that can be used fully in digital operation. The running sounds also work in analog operation. The pantographs are powered by servomotors and can be raised and lowered in digital operation. The model is prototypically painted and imprinted. Its prototype is in daily use in this special design on the Rhaetian Railroad route network. Make sure you get this special and unique LGB anniversary model now and use it on your home garden railroad layout, and celebrate the anniversary with us!

RhB Elektrolok Ge 4/4 II

RhB "50 Years of LGB" Class Ge 4/4 II Electric Locomotive

Article No. 28443
Gauge G (Schmalspur)
Era VI
Kind Locomotives
Article not yet in stock. 999,99 € UVP, incl. Tax
 Details
 

Unveiling

On January 12, 2018, a festive unveiling of the original RhB locomotive in the anniversary design took place in Landquart, Switzerland. This marked the start of the festivities in the anniversary year. The LGB model true to the original was also presented on this occasion. Other interesting reports about the presentation can be found at

https://www.volldampftv.com/spielwarenmesse2018

https://www.rhb.ch/de/news

www.youtube.com/watch

https://www.info24news.net/lgb

Märklin TV is also reporting about the origin of this locomotive and its presentation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch LGB 50 Jahre

Märklin TV reports about the development of the locomotive and it's concept.

Schedule

In this spot, we will update the schedule dates of the prototype locomotive for you. If you would like to see the Ilanz running live in Switzerland and would like to photograph it or even ride on the train it is pulling, you can plan your visit here.

Dates

Visit LGB this year at one of the following events and admire our anniversary locomotive and the other models from the anniversary new items program:

March 9–11, 2018Fascination of Model Railroading, Sinsheim, Germany
April 19–22, 2018

Intermodellbau Dortmund

The LGB anniversary new items program on tour, this time in the West – Club members will receive a gift. Sale of LGB fan items in addition to sales at the museum in Göppingen

May 19–21, 2018

50 Years of LGB on the Preßnitztal Railroad in Jöhstadt, Germany

The first highlight of the celebrations for the anniversary with a contest

June 8–9, 2018

Double anniversary in Györ, Hungary

25 Years of the Györ Plant and 50 Years of LGB – tour the production and celebrate with us

August 3–5, 2018Historik Mobil in Bertsdorf, Germany

Big and small Saxon railroads meet here

August 11–12, 2018Garden Railroad Meet, Eschershausen, Germany
September 14–15, 2018Open House Day in Göppingen, Germany

The official highpoint of the anniversary celebrations

September 29 – October 1, 2018 model hobby play, Leipzig, Germany

Show flair of a special type at the end of the season

November 1–4, 2018Fascination of Model Building Friedrichshafen, Germany

The fair on Lake Constance

November 15–18, 2018

International Model Railroad Show, Cologne, Germany

Last appearance in the anniversary year, after that into the next 50 years with a lot of verve – Club members will receive a gift. Sale of LGB fan items in addition to sales at the museum in Göppingen

LGB on Tour

In the anniversary year, LGB can be seen at more than just large shows. LGB is also presenting the great anniversary products this year with the big prototype. Thus for example on the Rhaetian Railroad in Switzerland, on the DEV, or in Saxony. Looking back, be inspired here by the events and acquire numerous impressions – we hope you have a lot of fun reading!

Rollout of the LGB anniversary locomotive on the RhB.

Anniversary Products

Our New Items Program for 2018 has several products that are being produced in a one-time series only in the anniversary year. Our tip: It is best to order right away at your dealer. An overview:

Jubiläumslok 50 Jahre LGB

50 Years of LGB Anniversary Locomotive

Article No. 20216
Gauge G (Schmalspur)
Kind Locomotives
Article not yet in stock. 259,99 € UVP, incl. Tax
 Details
 
LGB Jubiläumswagen

LGB Anniversary Car

Article No. 40501
Gauge G (Schmalspur)
Kind Wagons
Article in stock. 129,99 € UVP, incl. Tax
 Details
 
LGB Jubiläumswagen

LGB Anniversary Car

Article No. 40502
Gauge G (Schmalspur)
Kind Wagons
Article in stock. 129,99 € UVP, incl. Tax
 Details
 
LGB Jubiläumswagen

LGB Anniversary Car

Article No. 40503
Gauge G (Schmalspur)
Kind Wagons
Article in stock. 129,99 € UVP, incl. Tax
 Details
 
LGB Jubiläumswagen

LGB Anniversary Car

Article No. 40504
Gauge G (Schmalspur)
Kind Wagons
Article in stock. 129,99 € UVP, incl. Tax
 Details
 
LGB Jubiläumswagen

LGB Anniversary Car

Article No. 40505
Gauge G (Schmalspur)
Kind Wagons
Article not yet in stock. 129,99 € UVP, incl. Tax
 Details
 
LGB Fabrikzug

LGB Factory Train

Article No. 29050
Gauge G (Schmalspur)
Era IV
Kind Sets
Article not yet in stock. 999,99 € UVP, incl. Tax
 Details
 
Postwagen zu Richter - Stainz

Mail Car for the Richter Stainz Locomotive

Article No. 32191
Gauge G (Schmalspur)
Kind Wagons
Article not yet in stock. 169,99 € UVP, incl. Tax
 Details
 
RhB Dampfschneeschleuder Xrot

RhB Xrot Steam Rotary Snowblower

Article No. 26605
Gauge G (Schmalspur)
Era VI
Kind Locomotives
Article not produced anymore. 3.999,99 € UVP, incl. Tax
 Details
 
RhB Elektrolok Ge 4/4 II

RhB "50 Years of LGB" Class Ge 4/4 II Electric Locomotive

Article No. 28443
Gauge G (Schmalspur)
Era VI
Kind Locomotives
Article not yet in stock. 999,99 € UVP, incl. Tax
 Details
 
D&RGW Mogul Dampflok

D&RGW Mogul Steam Locomotive

Article No. 20280
Gauge G (Schmalspur)
Era III
Kind Locomotives
Article not yet in stock. 1.199,99 € UVP, incl. Tax
 Details
 

The Anniversary in the Depesche

LGB Depesche – All Around Information

Great layout reports, the most important information about new items, building and tuning tips, and portraits of LGB fans: the LGB Depesche offers all of this. Since 2015, the legendary Depesche has been appearing again (in German and English) and it has quickly become the most important communication medium for LGB fans. With its extensive background stories about models and elaborate photo articles it reports them both up-to-date and in detail about the product new items from LGB as well as about building layouts – indoors and outdoors. Readers of the LGB Depesche get information first-hand about digital technology and about the activities of the LGB Club.

Particularly interesting: In the anniversary year, the LGB Depesche will appear with 8 extra pages. Here you will learn everything important about the LGB story such as the most important events in the anniversary year.

Visualize the contents of the Depesche with the following excerpts.

Do you want more? With a subscription, the LGB Depesche comes to your house postage paid and you save 13% compared to the individual copy price.

Here is how to get a subscription: Abo
Or, become a member of the LGB Club. In addition to the subscription for the LGB Depesche included in it, take advantage of many other benefits such as an exclusive club model, an annual chronicle (on DVD) with all of the important highlights of the LGB model year, an exclusive Club present or numerous cost savings at over 100 cooperating partners. Here you can get more information about the LGB Club Club.

LGB Milestones

Exclusive for the anniversary: the history of LGB in a short summary:

LGB Milestones

1968Presentation of the Lehmann Big Railroad at the Nürnberg Toy Fair as the first model train for outdoors and indoors.
1969The first edition of the LGB Depesche appears in January
1970 Two-train operation becomes possible with catenary
1972 First built-in realistic sounds in LGB models
1974First big LGB steam locomotive (Harz narrow gauge railroad item number 2080) with electronic steam, bell, and whistle sounds
1977 Start of the second, affordable sales line "Primus – the Super Train"
1978Establishment of the first LGB Club in the USA
1981 Hundredth company anniversary of Ernst Paul Lehmann
1984The first prototypical model of an American locomotive is available as the Mogul locomotive with a tender
1985Establishment of the Rhein/Sieg LGB Club in Much, first LGB Club in Germany
1987 Establishment of the subsidiary company LGB of America (LGBoA) in San Diego, California, USA, as a service station and later also as a delivery warehouse for the North American market
1989 First edition of the LGB Telegram appears, the English language edition of the LGB Depesche for the American LGB Fans
2002Opening of a department in the Nürnberg Toy Museum with the most significant collection worldwide of Lehmann toys.
2007 Takeover by Märklin
2010LGB special model "100 Years of the Bernina Railroad" (item no. 21000)
2010Top new item: Saxon class IV K steam locomotive (item no. 25841)
2011New tooling for the Saxon class I K steam locomotive (item no. 20980) and class II K steam locomotive (item no. 20990)
2012RhB class ABe 8/12 "Allegra" powered rail car (item no. 20220), the longest individual model in the history of LGB
2013New edition of the class 99.51 classic (item no. 26841)
2013Introduction of the multiprotocol decoder (DCC/mfx)
2017 Model sensation: genuine chrome-plated class Ge 4/4 III (item no. 21428)
2018 50 Years of LGB anniversary with exclusive special models

The LGB Depesche reports extensively about garden railroading and its many traditions. Read more about the 50 years with their highs and lows: www.lgb.de/journal/lgb-depesche/heft-bestellen/