However in matters of the English language, it is an erroneous concoction. The Maerklin model catenary system is functional and elegant. It is also very robust. You might approach the set up of such overhead wiring with some trepidation, but allow for time, and patience. Leave space for your hands and fingers against walls or other obstructions during set-up. My first recommendation is to use the mast positioning jig set , as this will consistently place your masts correctly for installation, and save lots of running problems.
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So both Viessmann and M catenary elements and masts are compatible. An other difference is Viessmann provides much more elements than M. The price is in the same range. This new system is much more elegant than the old one. With the old system, using ,, and elements was very easy to adjust to precise length.
With the new system, you have to cut a piece of longer catenary and either use the female element M approach , or use a catenary element close to the required length then use a special pliers to create the hooks allowing to attach the customized element to the masts Viessmann approach. The creation of the hooks is the tricky part: You absolutely need the special pliers sold by Viessmann , and you must be very careful when plying unfortunately, sometimes the metal breaks.
The M catenary handbook shown by Bigdaddynz is about the new system. It has nice photos but not a lot of information about geometry. My opinion is it is not a "must have". Instead, I strongly suggest you to buy the Viessmann catenary manual which describes all the geometry and various implementation combinations when using turnouts.
This manual is only available in German, but it has a lot of photos which are self explanatory. One last advice: You must be extremely patient when building with this new catenary system, and it requires more precision than the old one.
This system is adapted only for permanent layout, not for "carpet layout".
Märklin Catenary Manual for H0. English Edition.
Marklin 74121 User Manual
HO Marklin Catenary