Leksaker is a notable but lesser known Swedish toy making company based in the
city of Gemla. Micki is a 3rd
generation family-owned business with 61 employees (as of 2007), and began
making wood toys in 1944. They
produced their first wooden railway sets for a Swedish department store in 1956.
Their trains are quite unique and the designs have a very Scandinavian
“look” to them.
train coupler and track connector designs are also quite unique.
For many years, they used one-piece, dome-shaped magnetic train couplers,
which were securely glued into recesses cut into the front and back of each
engine or rail car. These are some
of the strongest magnetic couplers I’ve seen in this size toy.
Older Micki trains couple with a loud “clack” and will stay coupled
during the most vigorous play.
believe Micki now uses the more common flat disk coupler design secured by
playing with other train sets, children (and parents) sometimes had difficulty
in completing layouts with peg and hole type track … ending up with the last
two opposing track pieces having both pegs or both holes.
Micki’s hardwood track pieces are made with only holes, and included
with each set are numerous “dog-bone” shaped plastic track connectors. So,
almost any layout is possible without fear of track connection issues.
(Just don’t misplace … or chew on … the dog-bones!)
trains are hardwood and the trains are very nicely finished in smooth, glossy
paints … usually blue, red, yellow and green.
The wheels are hard, durable black plastic with small metal hubs and
first photo shows two examples of Micki’s earlier designs … a passenger
train with a box-cab “electric” engine … and a freight train with a steam
engine (both trains ca. 1970’s). Examples
of their unusual track connection design are also shown.
second photo shows Micki’s wonderful wooden monorail set (1987-88).
Obviously, these Disney-like monorails cannot use standard 2-groove,
wooden railway track. However,
Micki’s beautifully crafted hardwood “beam-ways” can be erected to operate
this futuristic monorail system adjacent to … or over … other wooden railway
layouts. (Mouse not included.)