The event of the year


The IMA together with the Märklin Show– an event for the whole family

The model railway event of 2017 is getting closer and closer. The 34th IMA and 11 th Märklin Show are taking place together from 15 -17 September in Göppingen. Here´s the initial information for the event.




This is where you can see the railway giants of steam from below! Walking along the 50- and 70-metre-long railway trenches is a gripping experience. Something else well worth looking at is magnesium welding.

In addition to the accessible railway trenches and the shuttle journeys to the station by rail car there are exhibitions, and the technology forum together with an exhibition of old machines, and for three days a limited minting of the Märklin 2017 medal showing the BR 75.

The model railway radio channel Fips transmits on the wavelength VHF 89.0.

Major attraction: over 200 rail car shuttle trips at the IMA 2015.

Stauferpark Göppingen

Das Herz der tollen Tage in Göppingen. Hier siehst du auf 7.000 m² alles, was es an Neuigkeiten im Bereich „Zubehör“ und bei den Modelleisenbahnen gibt. Über 100 Aussteller werden vor Ort sein, zahlreiche Schauanlagen sind in einem Extra-Zelt ausgestellt. Hier kannst du die verschiedenen Spurweiten bewundern. Die besten Schaustücke des Dioramen-Wettbewerbs kannst du hier auch sehen.


Staufer Park at a glance

Model railway and accessory manufacturers from A-Z, the Märklin stand with up-to-date novelties, the diorama competition, a large stage for shows, a bobby car track and a marvellous children's programme. And very important, the Start up Club stand! This is where you´ll get your club present.


EWS Arena

This is where the Frisch Auf! Göppingen handball team has its home court.

The sports centre of the arena is more or less dedicated to the LGB model railway range. Here you can see construction details and admire the latest LGB models as well as many displays.


Märklin Museum

It's not only children whose eyes sparkle when they see the valuable treasures from 150 years of Märklin.

In the special area for children there's a lot to see. An exhibition of historical fire fighting vehicles, a Märklin H0 layout, a child care area and unique Märklin exhibits which you can't see anywhere else! Not only that, the children can really let themselves go on the 5 inch steam railway and the bobby car bouncy castle.

Göppingen station

As soon as you smell coal, steel, oil and steam you know you´ve arrived at Göppingen station. Because this is where the railway giants come: the steam locomotives. Among others are the BR 01, BR 44, BR 52 and the BR 75. The S 3/6 is particularly worth seeing. But also the electrically powered locomotives, e.g. the E94, and diesel locomotives. In some cases you can ride in the driver's cab. As you might expect there is a range of powered rail cars and many special trips on offer.


Factory tour

You can look behind the scenes here and see the Märklin production live. On Friday and Saturday you can visit the Märklin factory and see the company´s production departments. From 9 a.m. until the last entry around 3 p.m. the factory in Stuttgarter Straße is open for all IMA visitors.


What's worth knowing about the IMA

There's a special IMA carriage (article 48217) to see.

So you'd like to go with your parents and spend the night there? Here's all the information you need:

The Göppingen ipunkt [i-point], the central information office for tourists, will help you:

ipunkt Göppingen, tel. +49 (0) 71 61/65 02 92 oder email,


How do I get to the various event locations?

The best and simplest way is to use the no-charge shuttle service provided by Märklin. The shuttle travels between the locations of the various events. Starting at Staufer Park it travels via the EWS Arena, the station and the Märklin Museum to the Leonhard-Weiss- Areal, at short intervals. 


And the entrance fees?


•• Ticket for the day, normal price: 12 euros, •• for club members: 10 euros,
•• family ticket (2 adults and 3 children up to the age 12): 23 euros 

children and youngsters

•• Members, ticket for the day for Start up und my world Club: 3 euros,
•• ticket for the day for children between the ages of 3 and 12: 5 euros

Opening times: Friday/Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Don't forget!!

Start up Club members will be given a present at the club show stand in Staufer Park!