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Johann Distler (JDN)

(Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany)

The Company was established by Johann Distler in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1895 and continued in business, in various forms, until 1968. Distler initially produced penny toys, sold via wholesalers such as Moses Kohnstam. Distler expanded after WWI, having taken on Brown and Mayer as partners in 1917. Brown and Mayer continued the company post 1923, following the death of Johann Distler. The company was sold to Ernst Volk in 1935, due to the political situation in Germany at that time.

The original Distler company ceased trading in Germany in 1962, although the Distler name continued in Belgium until 1968, trading as Distler Toys SA, in Nivelles, Belgium.

(a) The Distler Three Phase System

Distler introduced an unusual three phase power system for part of their range from 1952 to 1961, the locos running on conventional three rail 0 gauge track, but with all three rails insulated and seperately powered by a special transformer/controller built by Siemens. The three phases are split 90/90/180 rather than the more conventional 120/120/120, and the motors are believed to be war surplus, but from what? The range comprises two steam locos and two overhead electric locos, with three freight cars and three passenger cars. Both locos and rolling stock are easily identified by the couplings, each of which was designed to hook under the buffer beam of the adjoining car, rather than to an adjoining coupling. The buffers used had a very short shank, to avoid buffer lock. Interesting to note the longer buffer shanks on the front of the steam loco, where no coupling is fitted.

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Distler three phase 2-4-2 tender loco
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Distler three phase 2-4-2 tender loco
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Distler three phase 2-4-2 tender loco
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Distler three phase overhead electric loco, based on the German E94 class
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Distler three phase overhead electric loco, based on the German E94 class
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Distler three phase overhead electric loco, based on the German E94 class
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Distler three phase overhead electric loco, as the E94, but without bonnets and bogies.
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Distler three phase overhead electric loco, as the E94, but without bonnets and bogies.
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Distler three phase overhead electric loco, as the E94, but without bonnets and bogies.
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Distler baggage car, for three phase locomotives
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Distler passenger coaches, for three phase locomotives
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Distler passenger coaches, for three phase locomotives
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Motor used in the Distler three phase locos
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Siemens Controller in the Distler three phase locos
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Siemens Controller in the Distler three phase locos

(b) The Distler Conventional System

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Distler battery powered electric freight set
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Distler clockwork powered passenger set
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Distler clockwork powered passenger set
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Distler clockwork powered passenger set
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Distler clockwork powered passenger set
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Distler clockwork powered Santa Fe set
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Distler clockwork powered Santa Fe set
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Distler clockwork powered Santa Fe set
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Distler battery powered Santa Fe set
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Distler battery powered Santa Fe set

(c) Distler Buildings and Accessories

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Distler goods/freight shed
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Distler goods/freight shed
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Distler goods/freight shed, 20cm long
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Distler goods/freight shed, 20cm long
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Distler 1950s Station, 50cm long, 16.5cm wide, 22cm high
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Distler 1950s Station, 50cm long, 16.5cm wide, 22cm high
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Distler 1950s Station, 50cm long, 16.5cm wide, 22cm high
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Distler 1950s Station, 50cm long, 16.5cm wide, 22cm high
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Distler 1950s Station
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Distler 1950s Station
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Distler 1950s Station
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Distler 1950s Station
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Distler Central Station
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Distler Central Station
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Distler Service Station
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Distler Service Station
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Distler Garage
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Distler Garage
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Distler Viaduct
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Distler Viaduct
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Distler Tunnel
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Distler Tunnel

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