ETS Electric Train systems



Model trains can be a lifelong occupation. As well as being an attractive toy for a child, a train can teach basic technical principles while helping in the development of fine motor skills and a sense of curiosity. The grown-up enthusiast can enjoy operating and collecting model trains as an entertaining and relaxing hobby.
Railway models and toy trains are even older than the railways themselves: the British inventor Richard Trevithick designed four different sized models before taking the risk of building his first locomotive in 1804. Designers working to improve the steam locomotive frequently tested their new ideas using experimental models. Since models have long had the ability to attract, instruct and entertain, it comes as no surprise that locomotive manufacturers and railway companies used them to popularize and advertise this means of transport. Who made the first toy train is unknown - it was either instrument makers who designed engineering models and occasionally made locomotives as scientific toys, or toy makers inspired by the new means of transport. What is certain is that popular railway toys appeared almost as early as the railways themselves, with designs based on the prototypes and using the current methods and materials of toy manufacture such as wood, cardboard, and cast metal. After 1890, the introduction of the system of track gauges from '0' to 'III', together with the use of lithographed tinplate lead to the mass-production of toy trains. Our parents and grandparents may hold treasured memories of playing with those tinplate trains, often in '0' gauge, but after 1945 sheet metal was increasingly replaced by plastic, and model train manufacturers moved to smaller gauges. ETS (Electric Train Systems) was started by the engineer Gustav Taus in 1991 to uphold the tradition of making '0' gauge model railways (1:45 scale) from lithographed sheet metal, who believed that returning to a larger scale has many advantages. Larger trains do not need a fixed track layout that requires time-consuming construction. A floor layout can be built quickly and simply, as used to be the practice. Whether indoors or out, the available space can used more freely. A natural garden setting can add realism or even provide the illusion of a romantic landscape. Also, '0' gauge models are large enough to actually be played with, unlike miniature model trains which are too delicate to run on a floor layout where dust or an uneven floor can easily cause damage or a derailment. Our trains have a strong, all-metal construction, with special attention paid to the mechanical and electrical components. The locomotives are equipped with high-performance motors, electronic speed control, and lights that switch according to the travel direction. The lights of all locomotives and some specially equipped coaches stay lit even after the train has stopped, and their brightness is independent of the traveling speed. Furthermore, our locomotive models imitate the sounds that make full-size trains so appealing to all generations - the whistle can even be operated remotely from the power supply. We have combined the charm of classic all-metal toy trains with the functionality of modern electronics, to create large, robust model trains with plenty of scope for creativity and imagination to run freely. Our all-metal railway models are based on actual prototypes of locomotives and rolling stock. They are manufactured from stamped sheet metal to guarantee sufficient stability, and the use of lithography provides additional detailing. The nut-and-bolt connections allow easy disassembly. Metal castings are used for the fine details such as buffers and axle bearings to ensure that each faithful reproduction is of the highest quality. As in the prototypes, many components are fully operational: the locomotive wheels move the valve gear, the doors to the locomotive cab can be opened, and the electric models feature sprung pantographs which are fully operational if overhead wiring is provided. Both locomotives and rolling stock are fitted with automatic couplers.
The power units are equipped with high-performance five-pole motors that drive the wheels through a worm gear. Our patented automatic clutch disengages the worm gear from the driving wheels when the motor stops so that even when the power is off, the locomotive can easily be pushed along with its wheels turning.
Special attention to quality control during the manufacturing process ensures that our products will bring long lasting pleasure to railway enthusiasts of all ages. Board the train with your children or grandchildren for a journey back to childhood as you relive the magic of bygone days. 
We hope that you too will become a fan of ETS model railways.

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