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Jouef put on market a large range of train sets in order to be the French market leader, by using a low cost policy against others brands, and by train sets changes with new boxes or new contents but remaining the train sets names.
Most of train sets could be easily identified with the help of the Jouef catalogues or Jouef price lists. One difficulty, during many years, the Jouef catalogues did not included the train sets range. An other difficulty, under the same given name (for example "Paris-Rome" train set), the train set contents could change from one year to an other year.

Les coffrets Jouef - used rules for train sets classification,
- Jouef clockwork train sets,
- Special issue clockwork train sets,
- Jouef 6 volts electric train sets,
- Jouef 12 volts electric train sets,
- special issue electric model train sets,

used rules for train sets classification

In front of prolific Jouef train sets production, some rules for classification has to be used:

Clockwork train sets Jouef

They are the first train sets production manufactured by Jouef with the Algiers-Timbuktoo railcar with a rubber band motor, then replaced by the steam locomotive "Diabolic" and the free design tank locomotive 0-4-0 T. Clockwork train sets production was stopped in early 1980's.
For more details on this range of train sets, see also Jouef clockwork train sets page.

Special issue Clockwork train sets

Jouef also produced some clockwork train sets which were not sold under its brand, but using other ways as unnamed train sets or as exclusive train sets for department stores ("Jouef Diffusion", "Punch", "Stabo").
For more details on this range of train sets, see also special issues clockwork trains sets.

Jouef 6 volts electric train sets

They are the first electric train sets sold by Jouef. They used a battery box and then a transformer as power supply.
For more details on this range of train sets, see also:

Jouef 12 volts electric train sets

The 6 volts power supply system has been replaced by the 12 volts power supply system after 1961, as many european model railroad manufacturers. So did the Jouef train set range. Train sets are not included in catalogues after 1978/1979. A train set booklet was issued in 1980/1981. Jouef sold a lot of train sets without power supply in order to have very competitive prices against concurrence.
Between 1984 and 2001, Jouef sold a lot of train sets with or without power supply. Before 1988, train sets are not included in the general catalogue. Some train sets booklets are issued between 1984 and 1988, but it was difficult to make a train set recording for this period of time as extra train sets where sold by department stores or hypermarkets.
For more details on this range of train sets, see also:

Special issues electric train sets

Jouef also produced many train sets which were not sold under its brand, but using other ways as unnamed train sets or exclusive train sets for department stores ("Jouef Diffusion", "Punch", "Stabo", "Bachmann"). For more details on this range of train sets, see also special issues electric model trains sets:

toy train sets

For the young children, Jouef has manufatured a toy train Chou-Chou Baby with plastic flexible track sections.

The French magazine Collectionneur and Chineur (issue 36, april 18th,2008) has several pages dedicated to the Jouef trains sets produced between 1949 and 1961, with a lot of pictures.

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Lima-Rivarossi HO scale model trains - Lima-Jouef electric train sets,

electric train sets

Some electric model train sets were manufactured under the brand Lima. The printed logo on the box has the magic word Jouef in the horizontal part of the "L" letter of the word "Lima". All the train set contents was included in the Lima range (rolling stock, track sections, power supply).
For more details on this range of electric train sets, see also:

Special issue electric train sets

Lima-Jouef also produced some electric train sets which were not sold under its brand, but using other ways as unnamed train sets or exclusive train sets for department stores ("Goodplay").
For more details on this range of train sets, see also special issues electric model trains sets:

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Hornby-Jouef HO scale model trains - Hornby-Jouef electric train sets,

Hornby-Jouef electric train sets

Hornby-Jouef sold some electric model train sets. Some content enhancements were done, but the same train set name is kept. Except some train sets, most of them were easilly identiafiable as they were included in the annualy Hornby-Jouef catalogues.

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