There is a container of LGB goods on its way to the USA. Last I knew it was on a dock in Europe waiting to ship, and it could be on a boat headed to us by now.
Strong rumor is a second container is on its way.
Many new LGB goods are available in Europe and I just got my LGB 2009 catalog, so I truely believe LGB is not dead and gone, but is now owned by Maerklin.
EPL did the Big Hindenburg 2-1/2 years ago, the reasons for such can be found if one digs into the forum archives. Meanwhile we've been waiting patiently for Marklin to resume shipping - now they 've hit the rocks. Unless Marklin can maintain production during the insolvency proceedings, whatever recently manufactured products that do make it over here to these shores, may be all that ever makes it, depending on your sources, its kinda up in the air whether production can legally continue during this most recent round of "troubles". Some say yes, but that they can only continue manufacturing of items already under production, IOWs no new investment in new product, only whats already set up and running, so some catalog items are either on-hold or cancelled for the time being. As far as I've read its all Euro profile stuff that remains in production. We'll see when (if) any new product makes it to here.
as well as I undertstand it, EPL (Ernst Paul Lehman) owned LGB--always had/ The EPL went bankrupt a few years ago. A battle ensued for the rights for the LGB name, tooling, and molds. After much intrigue, Marklin eneded up owning exclusve rights to the LGB name and LGB equipment. Marklin even made a new product announcement and produced some stuff, which is supposedly on its way to the US. Then a couple months ago Marklin filed for bankrputcy. Whee!
So… it is[/i] true then. How sad. Thus, LGB is yet another victim to China’s rise and the fall of the Western economies.
Hopefully Marklin can pull themselves together.
Its more like a victim to themselves with their high priced trains. Who can afford them when you have companies like HLW and Bachmann. I think they did it to themselves. I know I wont buy LGB unless I can get a really good deal. But thats just me
GONE for me is that LGB is not making the stock I'm interested in. No F7 or modern diesels, limited American steam offerings. I have no interest in modeling a European railroad. Now, if they make track I would buy it at a competitive price.