Königlich Württembergische Staats-Eisenbahnen
The Märklin Minex range was based on a number of Württemberg (German) prototypes. Rather ironically, though there were plenty of 750mm prototypes to choose from, the only steam loco they offered was based on a metre-gauge prototype.
Only manufactured from 1970 to 1972, the models are not common but show up on eBay quite often. It should be noted that with such a short production run they can be quite scarce and the box vans in particular fetch a high price.
The models have a couple of issues, some of which are typical of models of the 1970s:
If you were happy with 3-rail AC you could build a layout based around these two locos and the Minex and Fleischmann cars.
Conversion of the locos to 2-rail would be quite a lot of work, though Henke Modellbau and Addie Modell both produce a set of replacement, insulated wheels for the steam loco. Even so, the valvegear is still quite basic by modern standards.
Watch this space for conversions of the models to 2-rail DC.
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