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Since 1938 (AA-Gun) Bühler produced / supplied the clockworks for Biller Toys. Bühler-advertising from the journal "Das Spielzeug" as of April 1954.

The clockwork in its 1st version. Green cover, 2 gears, missing the fixation holes for the switch-arm and the corresponding punch point. The small spring on the left hand side makes / helps the switch procedure to be completed automatically after the mechanism has passed the middle dead position. Additionally the spring fixes the end position

2nd version clockwork - here from a 013 Diesel. On this picture you can see at least one of three fixation holes - and the corresponding punched point on the The bolt including spring still supports the switch procedure - but actually was no longer necessary.



as described before, however now for a 500 steam loco. The difference is the upper fixation tin plate, which is formed more roundish to fit underneath the round boiler.

Special form - right hand side hand-painted at the bottom part
clockwork in bright-green - about 1960 direct comparison. Both clockworks also available in bright-green.
and finally the clockwork in red - for a 013 Diesel. The height of all these clockworks was 48,75 mm (measured between the axles to the top of clockwork cover). All top covers of the green clockworks were blank, last version clockworks also show red top tin plates. The tin plates of the clockwork (cover) were initially without any surface structure (were plain tin) ... ... just contrary to the clockworks after the mid 60ies - these were matrix dotted - in- and outside.

Also available in Black. The switch-knob - serving the above mentioned - at the rear end slanted - clockworks. The guiding spike has a length 18 mm for the green and bright-blue switches.
black clockwork
Clockwork covers were NEVER available in bright blue
Starting in 1962 the clockwork shapes was changed. Height now was 46 mm - and was a necessary result to serve the steam loco 550 / 1550. The rear slant "vanished" - thus providing space for the cabin batteries. These clockworks are known with and without matrix dotting. The later clockwork - on top view. The former angular tin plate was replaced by straight plate. As of now the spring was covered.


The guiding spike was shortened to 14 - 15 mm ..

... and the rivet points were placed at other positions.


Guiding spikes in comparison: switches with spike No. 2 - 4 with a length of 12 to 15 mm were too short for the hood of the Diesels and could easily be removed top wards. Therefore there are some green clockwork locos and most of the coloured Diesels known to have such a distance washer (sometime two and even 3 washers) to prevent the switch to be removed top wards - unless the guiding spike had a length of 18 mm.

Internals of the early clockwork - without the spring)


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generated: Christmas 2008

last update: Autumn 2014