This blog was created to have a place for anyone interested in Dorfan trains to come together to share. E-mail me your Dorfan pictures, links, trains you have for sale or questions. I will add your pictures or links to share with everyone. psychotrains@verizon.net
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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 25, 2010


Click on the arrow to watch my engine run. Not bad for 80 years old!


  1. Nice! Just ran my repro 3930 Floridian croc and MTH cars on the SGMA modular layout at the World's Greatest Hobby On Tour show last weekend. Video is on the Tinplate Train Times blog at toycollector.com

  2. HI...great to find your Dorfan blog! I have the engine No.54 with matching three cars: Seattle, Boston and Observation. I love Dorfan! I have a No 494 Observation car and am working on completing that set. Hope to learn even more about Dorfan....happy collecting! Louise

    1. Great. Thanks for stopping by. If you send me pictures of your Dorfan collection I will post them on this blog. Alan

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  4. Enjoyed your site. I inherited a Dorfan engine, tender and seattle passanger car. Didn't know anything about the trains. They are a little beat up probably my Dad's toy but I always like them. I'd be curious to see if the engine runs but not sure how to do it. If you send me an email I will forward pictures to you.