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Julius and Milton Forchimer work for their cousin in Nurnberg Germany untin 1923. The company was Joseph Kraus & C0. They made toy trains named Fandor after Milton's and Julius's mothers, Fanny and Dora. In 1924 they moved to the US and started their own toy company. They reversed the name and called it Dorfan. They made toy trains starting in 1924 but the company could not survive the depression and ended in 1933. Trains were produced in both wide gauge and a narrow gauge equal to "O" gauge. The locomotive bodies were cast with Zinc-alloy which had not been perfected at that time. Most of the castings have crumbled with the passing of 80 years. Few of the locomotives are intact today and it is rare to find one that still runs.

Monday, January 11, 2010

My first Dorfan

This 157 steam locomotive was my first Dorfan engine. It took me several weeks working on it but it runs fine now. I bought the 160 tender later. The loco was made between 1928 and 1930.
Here my completed set runs on my layout. I have nine separate lines in G,O,HO and N scale. I also have a Schuco monorail running in the layout.


  1. Very impressive, I love your new blog.

  2. I'm envious. I have the 52 and the 54, and months of tinkering by folks who know a lot more about how things work than I do could not get them to run even though the castings are solid.

  3. I Just got a dorfan 52 with a set of three dorfan passenger cars.. it has been restored with a marx 999 running gear a sweet running locomotive the set i got it for 130.00.. I will post a video on Youtube MrHadley2011... check it out.. it will be saturday before i can post it iam on the road and got the lokie with me.

  4. Very nice! I'm surpised the rtain is in as good a condition as it is.