Trix is popular European manufacturer of model trains, and is credited as the creator of the HO scale.
Mangold owned Trix during the 1980s and 1990s, but went bankrupt in the late 1990s. Märklin purchased the assets in January 1997. In part, this purchase was a reflection of Märklin’s need for added production capacity; Trix had been manufacturing certain items for Märklin in previous years. The purchase was also in response to the earlier purchase of the Karl Arnold company by the Italian company Rivarossi; Märklin were very keen to take over Trix market share in 2-rail H0 and especially Minitrix, until then Märklin had not marketed N gauge models.
In 2003, Märklin introduced its first N gauge models under the well established Minitrix brand. A number of Märklin H0 scale three-rail AC locomotives have also been introduced in two-rail DC versions under the Trix logo and many models are shared between the two brands.
Models under the Minitrix brand were made from the late 1960s mostly of European prototypes (German and British primarily). North American prototypes were also manufactured and marketed under the Aurora “Postage Stamp” brand; later these items were sold under the American Tortoise, Model Power and Con-Cor brands.