QUOTE The real issue is that it is totally incompatible with anything else that anybody else produces.
Roco, Fleischmann, Lilliput (German Bachmann), Brawa and Piko all do three rail AC locos. This is exclusively to encroach on Marklins three rail AC market. They really have to do this due to Marklins dominance of the German market. While three rail AC may seem a bit of an anachronism to us they do have to excercise a degree of loyalty to their following and continue to provide AC three rail product to people who have been buying this for many years. Like the guys who don't want to modernize and take DCC on board there are also many who have no wish to change over their system to two rail DC and find they have many locos which they can no longer use.
Trix express was a three rail DC system which died out a long time ago but up until recently Trix did make the occasional model for this small market. Maybe a similar approach could be used by Marklin.
A solution would be to gradually faze out the three rail AC and simultaneously increase the two rail DC.
This may in fact increase sales as many people who run two rail DC do not look at the Marklin catalogue and do not know they can have wagons and coaches converted to DC wheelsets for free by the shop.
QUOTE Now I don't know how the Trix brand is doing however I suspect that Marklin make more money out of 2 rail Trix than they do out of 3 rail Marklin. The daft thing is that Marklin is the stronger brand.
I would be very interested to see this as Trixs new product did actually contract this year. There were no new American HO items this year but a few new European items especially budget ones. Maybe their research suggested that this is where there future is?
QUOTE I would simply drop Trix and call it 2 rail Marklin. Instant cost savings and instant appeal to new markets.
I do not care which it is called but would not like to see it disappear as it is fantastic product. I don't think this would be an issue for anyone except Marklin three rail diehards.