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Pola 0 Gauge

(Schweinfurt, Germany)

Pola was founded by Horst Pollak, an ex employee of Fleischmann, in 1957, to produce model buildings in various scales, as plastic kits. The company expanded to include Pola Maxi railway models in collaboration with Rivarossi of Italy and AHM (Allied Hobby Manufacturers) of the USA.

Following the death of Herr Pollak in 1985, in a plane crash, the business declined. The kit business stayed with Pola, but the railway modelling side was sold, and continued as Techno-Modell in Bonn, Germany. A further sale followed, and the business continued as Rai-Mo in Munich, Germany. By the 1990s, some kits had been reintroduced under the Billerbahn name, then as EMA. The kit tooling was purchased by Faller in 1997.

Pola Maxi locomotives and rolling stock are mainly plastic, the locos fitted with 12v DC motors, designed to run using faily coarse scale two rail track.


Pola Maxi train set

Pola Maxi 4 wheeled BR E69 overhead electric steeple cab locomotive

Pola Maxi 4 wheeled overhead electric steeple cab locomotive

Pola Maxi 4 wheeled overhead electric steeple cab locomotive

Pola Maxi 4 wheeled DB diesel locomotive, V20002

Pola Maxi 4 wheeled DB diesel locomotive, V20002

Pola Maxi 4 wheeled DB diesel locomotive, V20002

Pola Maxi 4 wheeled DB diesel locomotive, V20002

Pola Maxi 4 wheeled DB diesel locomotive, V20002

Pola Maxi 4 wheeled DB diesel locomotive, V20002

Pola Maxi 4 wheeled PRR diesel locomotive

Pola Maxi 4 wheeled PRR diesel locomotive

Pola Maxi 4 wheeled locomotive showing chassis and motor details

Pola Maxi 4 wheeled locomotive showing chassis and motor details

Pola Maxi 4 wheeled locomotive showing chassis and motor details

Pola Maxi DB E44 class overhead electric locomotive

Pola Maxi 4 wheeled passenger coach, 2nd/3rd class

Pola Maxi 4 wheeled passenger coach, 3rd class

Pola Maxi 4 wheeled DB van

Pola Maxi 4 wheeled beer van

Pola Maxi 8 wheeled kuhlwagen

Pola Maxi gondola, for the US market

Pola Maxi boxcar, for the US market

Pola Maxi track, curved

Pola Maxi track, straight

Pola Maxi catalogue, year unknown

Pola Maxi catalogue, year unknown

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