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Hi, A friend has an Eisenmann speed controller, a company  I'd  not heard of before. I note from googling that the company was active in dolls, teddy bears and other toys and researching here on RMweb revealed that Eisenmanns were once UK agents and collaborators with Lima. I wondered whether this item was rare and found several for sale references internationally. They transpired to be the same item from an English company and are offering  it at a penny under £400. I'd have thought these were a common item even though, as in my friends case, all the others are still languishing in attics across the land!

 

This ebay one is stated to have been made in Italy , though my friend's one has "Made in England" moulded on the casing.   Can anyone shed any light on these controllers. please? Perhaps they were made to accompany Lima train sets in UK?

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Given it  appears to have only 3 speed (voltage) steps in either direction and no other functionality, I would presume it's for some long forgotten motorized toy and not specifically for a model railway. 

 

If it were mine, it would have hit the trash bin long ago.

 

Andy

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12 minutes ago, Andy Reichert said:

Given it  appears to have only 3 speed (voltage) steps in either direction and no other functionality, I would presume it's for some long forgotten motorized toy and not specifically for a model railway. 

 

If it were mine, it would have hit the trash bin long ago.

 

Andy

It looks like a mains powered version of the one in this set.

 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LIMA-assorted-OO-track-including-points-Power-Track-Battery-control-Case-012A/153979311273?hash=item23d9e1d4a9:g:1gAAAOSw0sVe2~Dc

 

I'd still expect it to belong in the bin, even for 3 pounds!

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£400 pounds would buy a quality DCC set up, as others have noted this is fairly useless even if it works and would probably be unsafe. Responsible disposal at the local recycling centre would be the best option.

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3 minutes ago, WIMorrison said:

really? doesn't look anything like the Lima one to me

Same principle with the 3 speeds.

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Thanks for the thoughts. No surprises there , then, so  I'll stick with my trusty H & M Duette :D

 

It's still a mystery as to why, amidst all the rubbish "vintage" controllers on ebay, this type doesn't appear. Obviously that collector's shop has decided that it has the only surviving one in the world.

 

Actually the greater mystery is how this item came to be in friend's attic at all, as she says her ancient kiddies never had an electric train set. It came to my attention because it was in a bag of mangled scrap tin she gave me, that used to be the kids' clockwork 0 gauge Hornby (and yes, I did give the controller back to her, just in case it might be worth a million, though warning her that I thought even to get into double figures as a curiosity would be pushing it!)

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It did come in British Outline HO Lima trainsets mid to late 1970's. I Had one! Long since binned. Only real use for it would be accessories such as lighting.

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47 minutes ago, Crosland said:

That photo prompts a question: How long has the double square symbol been in use?

As far as I can find 1976, which feels about right, quite recent.

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