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Köster Construction Sets

Köster was a construction set to make mainly railway models. In 1947, the company Gustav Köster of Meinerzhagen, Sauerland, produced railway construction sets under the name Köster. Parts were manufactured by INA-Vertriebsgesellschaft Möws & Co GmbH Rheinmechanik (Duisburg-Ruhrort). Despite his originality Köster did not have the expected success. In 1949, after Köster's bankruptcy, an attempt to revive manufacturing failed and in 1951 after the last specific railway parts were used up, manufacturing ceased. The firm Press-, Stanz- und Ziehwerk of Brachelsen-Aachene, recycled the stock of remaining standard parts (strips, angles, screws etc.) in a small construction set under the name of GLORIA.

The Köster railway system consisted of three main sets: N°80, N°81 and N°82.

Set N°80 allowed the construction of five 0-scale wagons and an electric locomotive without an engine. The manual proposed 11 models of freight wagons. It seems that this set could be separated into four small sub-sets 80-1, 80-2, 80-3 and 80-4.

The set N°81 enables the building of straight and curved rails to achieve an oval circuit: four straight rails and 12 curved rails with electrified brass central rail. These rails, of good quality, are however impractical because there is no system of splices and each section must be bolted to the previous one which makes the construction of the circuit very tedious. No other element is planned on this network, no points, no crossing, no buffer stop ... etc...

The No. 82 gearbox contained the 20-volt motor to drive the locomotives, a 20-volt AC transformer and the specific parts to complete the assembly of the engine in the loco. The engine did not have a reversal lever, but if you use a DC transformer, you can easily add a bridge of four diodes to make a reversal of power; something unthinkable in 1947 when the diode bridge would have required at least three wagons to contain it.

During this short period, 1947-1950 there were two periods that it is very difficult to dissociate. A nickel-plated period and a green and brown lacquered period. Apart from the parts, the boxes also have two types of illustration.

Manufacturer / Distributor

Gustav Köster GmbH, Meinerzhagen/Westf, Germany

Info from the Metal Constructional Systems Database for KÖSTER

System Type
Road vehicles and Hole pitch <12.7mm()
1948 to 1951
Steel / Aluminium (Alloy)
Boss Type
no boss
Boss Thread
Diametrical Pitch of Gears
No. of Parts in System
Hole Pitch (Spacing) (mm)
Diameter of holes in Strips(mm)
Diameter of the Bore in Bosses(mm)
Diameter of Axle Rods(mm)
Types of Nuts and Bolts
Nuts: hexagonal
Bolts: cheese (slotted)
Material/Finish of Nuts and Bolts
Size of the Nuts across Flats (mm)
Bolt diameter (mm)

Sets with Strips, Angle Girders, etc, & special Plates for 0-gauge Loco & Goods Wagons. Other r'lway items promised & one set lid shows an elaborate Crane but neither may have been produced. *1 In Nr.80 set.

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The Köster manual
(Added 18/10/2018)

Various photos of the Köster construction system
(Added 09/12/2018)