Posted 10 years ago
Marklin collectors know all about the famous SK800. Here are four examples in excellent condition. They are from different years. These steam engines are all metal and heavy. They operate flawlessly. Marklin uses a three rail system with the middle rail nearly invisible. This is why you see a "pick-up shoe" under the engine. These can suffer from "zinc pest" which has destroyed many a collection and there is nothing one can do to stop it once it starts. Zinc pest is a result of poor quality metal used during WW2. My friend and restaurateur Mr. Bauer wrote to me about zinc pest, what it is, what actually takes place in the metal, etc. All these years this collection has been kept in a dry, cool environment, free of dust and temperature changes.
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