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.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


   I went to The world's Greatest Hobby show in Long Beach California. There were Tons of vendors selling new trains, old trains, accessories and scenery. Every make of toy and model trains were there, (except one). You guessed it, no Dorfan's. There was nothing, not even a screw.   I bought a pre-war, clockwork, narrow gauge, cast iron, steam loco. I have no idea what make or how old it is. I had to rescue it for only $5.00.

 I spent several hours digging in boxes marked junk under the tables.

I still had fun looking at other scales and makes.

Ok now someone PLEASE! send me pictures of your Dorfan trains.