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Both the Maerklin LGB production in Hungary and in China have different manufacturing codes now.

On one of the LGB 30553 cars for instance, the Maerklin label has the number 08003520, on another the number 08002078 - production was around April/May 2008.
 

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Jack -

I don't have a clue what the current MLGB numbers mean or if there is any intelligence built into them.
Based on the few I have seen so far, they almost look like sequential serial numbers - nothing more.


BTW - we eventually found one single item with the old "OK" stickers that had a 11 as the second and third digit, but only one with dozens of people I know checking their rolling stock - not that it mattersw much since I also don't know what the relevance of "11" is vs "01"
 

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Got the following from the horse's mouth as far as the MLGB sticker is concerned.

Very straight forward - the number includes the year of manufacture and then simply a sequential serial number - different for each item.


This is actually exactly the same system we use at our company - QC then had a record of which serial number labels (ie numbers) were used each day and on which line, shift and operator, so if there ever was a manufacturing problem it could be traced back to a day and a particular production line and shift.
 

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Posted By Dan Pierce on 01/26/2009 5:18 AM
The extra diaphrams are slightly different. There is a plastic loop on the header(top) of one pair, and a slight difference in the side.



The extra diaphrams are meant to be used when this Gourmino car is coupled to a coach of the "67" type, ie 30673, 30674.
The diaphrams of those cars are slightly different and these extra diaphrams provide a better match for those cars.
 
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