NOCH are based in the German town of Wangen im Allgäu, just north of the Swiss border, and are established manufactures of scenic and landscaping materials for model railways. NOCH stands for quality products perfectly replicating the original. In 1911, Oswald began to produce model train toys in a little town called Glauchau in eastern Germany. His small business prospered and grew until after World War II, when, the government of the former GDR nationalized his company. His son, Erich, made the decision to immigrate to West Germany and to start again. In 1957 he restablished his father's business. With the help of his family and thanks to the excellent quality, new ideas and the huge range OR the company grew to be one of Europe's leading manufacturers of model railroad and landscaping products. In the late 1970's Peter Still, Erich's son, joined the company. Together, father and son managed the company until Erich died in 1989. In 1994, the fourth generation, Dr. Rainer Noch, joined the company. Today, NOCH products are known worldwide for their high quality and realistic appearance.