Borsig – Pioneer Locomotive Builder of Europe. When August Borsig opened his machinery building and iron casting company in 1837 in Berlin, probably no one suspected that out of it would come one of the largest locomotive builders in the world. As early as 1841 August Borsig built the locomotive BORSIG with the builder number 1 after painstaking investigation into the typical English and American locomotive types for that time. This locomotive impressed people with an improved valve gear and axle system and on July 21, 1841 won a contest against an English locomotive with a 10 minute head start. From this day the victorious path of Borsig locomotive building began that did not end until 1954 after more than 16,000 finished locomotives. During the era of steam locomotive building Borsig evolved all over Europe into the greatest and second largest locomotive builder worldwide. In honor of the 175th anniversary of the firm Borsig Märklin is issuing a five-part special series of sought after H0 models, which will end in 2016 on the 175th anniversary of steam locomotive building in Germany. Every year a locomotive with exquisite detailing and technically premium features will be issued as a one-time series. Each of these models will be delivered with a decorative display case whose backdrop will be designed with a high quality relief of the characteristic Borsig gate. In addition to the relief, the display case will be provided with an engraved metal plate showing the builder number from the delivery book. Each locomotive will also include an excerpt from the Borsig delivery book printed on high quality paper to round out this theme.