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Obituaries: Horst Preiser 1934-2016

Preiser ran the company that provides the figures and vehicles on many model railroaders train layouts

Horst Preiser, who oversaw the growth of the model figure company Paul M. Preiser GmbH in the 1970s and 80s, died Aug. 8 in Germany. He was 82.

He worked for the company started by his father as a young man, eventually opening up new markets for Preiser’s vast figure line and other products. A passionate modeler himself, he sketched thousands of figures and worked with the sculptors and toolmakers to produce them. Many of the figures that now inhabit model railroaders’ layouts started as ideas for populating Horst Preiser’s dioramas.

Horst Preiser’s sons, Volker and Jürgen, have been part of the operations since 1990 and continue to run the company that produces figures, vehicles, and architectural models.

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