Jouef model railways HO scale
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.
Production Jouef Champagnole (until 2000)
- rules used for train sets classification,
- Jouef clockwork train sets,
- others clockwork train sets,
- Jouef electric train sets 6 volts,
- Jouef electric train sets 12 volts,
- others electric model train sets,
- rules used for train sets classification
In front of prolific Jouef train sets production, some rules for classification has to be used:
- Clockwork train sets,
- Electric train sets 6 volts (with transformer or battery box),
- Electric train sets 12 volts (with transformer or battery box),
- Electric train sets 12 volts without power supply,
- "Jouef Diffusion", "Punch", special issue train sets,
- Jouef clockwork model trainThey are the first train sets production made 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 clockwork train sets page.
- others clockwork train setsJouef 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 electric train sets 6 voltsThey are the first electric train sets sold by Jouef. They used a battery box and then a transformer as power supply.
- Jouef electric train sets 12 voltsThe 6 volts power supply system has been replaced by the 12 volts power supply system after 1961, as many european model railroad manufacturers.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.
- others electric model train setsJouef 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 setsFor children, Jouef produced a toy train set named "Chou-Chou Baby" with fexible plastic track sections.
- press reviewThe French magazine "Collectionneur et 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.
Production Lima-Rivarossi (2002-2004)
- electric model train sets,
- electric model train setsSome 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 were coming from the Lima range (rolling stock, track sections, power supply).
Production Hornby-Jouef (since 2006)
- electric model train sets,
- electric model train setsHornby-Jouef sold some electric model train sets. Content enhancements with the same trainset name took place. Except some train sets, most of them were easilly identiafiable as they were included in the yearly Hornby-Jouef catalogues.