is a German toy
company, founded in 1859
. Although it originally specialized in doll house accessories, today it is known for model railways
, releasing its first wind-up train with cars that ran on expandable track in 1891
Märklin is responsible for the creation of virtually every popular model railroad gauge or scale, with only noteworthy exceptions being N scale and Wide gauge. Its older trains are considered highly collectible today.
Today, Märklin markets trains and accessories in Gauge 1, HO, and Z gauge.