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Distler (Germany)

Collaboration with Distler was an important step in the Jouef history in the mid 1950's. With the help of the electric motor from Distler, Jouef could reach the electric scale trains market using this famous motor nicknamed large sausage. Exchange between those 2 brands allowed, in France the introduction of the Electromatic car system (electric car with a battery that you can recharging through a filling station), while Distler put on the german market some building kits made in injected plastic, as Distler did not make such products.

Document Distler
catalogue Distler 1958
catalogue 1958
 

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Playcraft (United Kingdom)

Documents Playcraft
Playcraft catalogue 1961
catalogue 1961
Playcraft catalogue 1962
catalogue 1962
Playcraft catalogue 1963
catalogue 1963
Playcraft catalogue 1964-1965
catalogue 1964-1965
Playcraft catalogue 1965-1966
catalogue 1965-1966
Playcraft catalogue 1966
catalogue 1966
Playcraft catalogue 1967
catalogue 1967
Playcraft catalogue 968
catalogue 1968
Playcraft user manual
mode d'emploi
Playcraft 40 sets
40 maquettes
Playcraft 50 sets
50 maquettes (1965)
Playcraft catalogue 1969
catalogue 1969

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André Porte (France)

This high quality small-scale production started in 1959 near Orleans (France). It used injected plastic in order to have easy to build kits. The buildings were very detailled and were tinted from the block. The range included typical buidings from various French regions. As their high quality design, most of them were still in the Jouef range (even to the Lima range in 2003, and like the rural church in the current MKD building kit range included in Hornby-Jouef range)

Documents Porte
A. Porte catalogue 1964-1965
catalogue 1964-1965
 

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Bachmann (USA)

Jouef as brand name, was not present in the north american market, but under the well-known brand Bachmann. After a non-successful attempt in 1972 with some building kits from the Jouef range, Bachmann put on the market in 1985 two marvellous train sets in the Classic Collectors series range: the French High Speed Train (TGV) and the Orient-Express. But the adventure was for a short time, as these train sets were included only in Bachmann 1985 and 1986 catalogues.

Documents Bachmann
Bachmann catalogue 1972
catalogue 1972
Bachmann catalogue 1973
catalogue 1973
Bachmann catalogue 1985
catalogue 1985
 

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Cyclops (Australia)

Jouef as brand name, was not present in the australian market, but through the toys, games and hobbies australian well-known reseller Cyclops. Collaboration between the two brand names was successuful, as two locomotives with australian livery (the French electric locomotive CC 7100 SNCF became the electric locomotive CC 4601 NSWR, the French Diesel locomotive BB 66150 SNCF became the Diesel locomotive 4801 NSWR) were issued in two australian train sets in 1976, in addition to sell the Jouef range.

Documents Cyclops
Cyclops catalogue 1976
catalogue 1976
 

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France-Trains (France)

FRANCE TRAINS, is a brand created by Albert MILLET in 1967. The range included very high quality models like passenger coaches OCEM rivets apparents and faces lisses series, oldtimer coaches from East and North compagnies, CIWL sleeping cars, travelling post offices and only one freight wagon (bogie open goods wagon type ARBEL).
Some moulds have been reused by TRAM in 1982-1983, and then by Jouef since 1985.

Documents France-Trains
France-Trains catalogue 1972
catalogue 1972
France-Trains catalogue 1974
catalogue 1974
France-Trains novelties 1976
novelties 1976
France-Trains catalogue 1977
catalogue 1977
France-Trains catalogue 1979
catalogue 1979
France-Trains catalogue 1981
catalogue 1981

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Fobbi (France)

FOBBI is a scale model train brand created by Jacques BARRET in 1980. The range included low end range scale models for kids, rather than Jouef and Lima brands who focussed on high end range scale models for railway enthousiasts and modellers. The start range is build around a Diesel locomotive BB 67007 SNCF, shorter lenght passenger coaches and some freight wagons (flat wagons, covered wagons). A TGV scale model was build, re-using the same driving bogie of the BB 67007 bogies, then an electric locomotive BoBo 22200 SNCF. Trains sets were sold in departement stores and supermarkets during the Christmas period. After the CEJI bankrupcy in 1985, the Jouef electric trains activity was acquired by Jacques BARRET. Then, he launched the production of low end train set range under the brand Jouef par Fobbi which were sold in supermarkets until 1990.

Documents Fobbi
Fobbi catalogue 1
document 1
Fobbi catalogue 2
document 2
Fobbi catalogue 3
document 3
 

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TRAM (France)

TRAM reused some tools and moulds of France-Trains after the bankruptcy of France-Trains in 1981. A catalogue was issued which included some ex-France-Trains scale models. The adventure of TRAM was for a short time as the tools and moulds were bid by Jouef in order to launch the Jouef Prestige passenger coaches range in 1986.

Documents TRAM
TRAM catalogue 1983
catalogue 1983
 

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Keyser (United Kingdom)

The British brand Keyser is well known in UK for locomotive building kits in white metal in the beginning of the 1980's. For French modellers, those kits were difficult to build with the glue technique because approximative assemblies and poor driving quality. The locomotive building kit range was first distribued in France by Jouef then by MKD after 1981. This range included original scale models like Buddicom, 4-6-0 G Paris-Orleans steam locomotives, 2-8-2 TC Nord tank locomotive, BoBo 9004 SNCF electric locomotive, Renault VH and X 5500 SNCF railcars.
To solve the poor driving quality, some transkits were launched later by MKD with the help of frame, driving system and electric motor coming from the Jouef range, the body is still in white metal. Two French electric locomotive transkits were sold:

Documents Keyser
Keyser catalogue 1983
catalogue 1983
 

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Revell (Germany)

In 1983, Jouef is included in the CEJI which consisted of Revell German specilist of plastic building kits.
The Revell HO scale range had some plastic models of static rolling stock and the building kits of woodwork and sawmill made by Jouef.
The narrow gauge HOe range is also displayed in the 1986 catalogue.

Documents Revell
Revell catalogue 1984
catalogue 1984
Revell catalogue 1986
catalogue 1986
 

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Hornby Railways (United Kingdom)

In order to celebrate the launch of Eurostar services in 1994 between Paris, London and Brussels using the Channel tunnel, Hornby Railways sold in United Kingdom some Eurostar trainsets from 1995 to 1996, made by Jouef at HO (1/87th) scale, before the launch of its own Eurostar model made at OO (1/76th) scale.

Documents Hornby
Hornby catalogue 1995
catalogue 1995
 

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