Kibri

Arnold station

Kibri had a disastrous fire in 1973 which completely destroyed its facilities in Böblingen (southwest of Stuttgart). Production resumed in 1975, and they have produced an extensive line of Z-Scale structures.  Currently, they offer almost fifty individual kits in Z.

Many of the Kibri kits have a traditional European feel. In earlier days, Kibri marketed several individual kits in one larger master box; these kits would have a common theme such as a town or a factory, along with several accessory kits that added fences and such to the assembled group of structures. I never put pencil to paper to determine if this was a less expensive approach, with the cost of the master kit being less than the combined price of the individual kits together.

In any case, the Kibri structures are quite nice, very cleanly cast and well detailed. A few can be “Americanized” for use with American prototype locomotives and cars.

Photo courtesy kibri Spielwarenfabrik GmbH

Photo courtesy kibri Spielwarenfabrik GmbH

Photo courtesy kibri Spielwarenfabrik GmbH

Photo courtesy kibri Spielwarenfabrik GmbH

Photo courtesy kibri Spielwarenfabrik GmbH

Photo courtesy kibri Spielwarenfabrik GmbH

   Kibri also makes a series of truck kits that are nicely detailed. As of 2014, these kits have been discontinued, but still show up on eBay.

Photo courtesy kibri Spielwarenfabrik GmbH

Since the earlier writing of this page, Kibri has been purchased by Viessmann; the current web site is here.

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