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Märklin 2006 New Items: Z-scale

 

Following are the new 2006 Z-scale items announced by Märklin.

Prices do not include shipping from ToToTrains to you. Applicable taxes apply.

Prices good through March 15, 2006.

ToToTrains is not liable for typo's, or any change in price or delivery due to the manufacturers decision(s).

 

Märklin 80316: Z Annual Car for 2006
Prototype: Refrigerator car (Interfrigo cars used all over Europe), used on the German Federal Railroad (DB). Era III.
Model: The refrigerator car is painted and lettered as a privately owned car for the firm Migros, Switzerland. Length over the buffers 54 mm / 2-1/8”.
One-time series in 2006 for Märklin Insiders.
Price: TBA


Märklin 81438: “Diamond Special” Train Set
Prototype: 1 Illinois Central Railroad steam locomotive with a tender, painted and lettered for the “Diamond Special”. 1 four-axle American old-timer passenger car with a baggage compartment and open end platforms (combine). 3 four-axle American old-timer passenger cars (coach).
Model: The locomotive comes with a 5-pole motor. All of the driving axles are powered. The wheel treads and the valve gear are dark nickel plated. The locomotive and the cars are not available separately. Train length 360 mm / 14-3/16”.
Highlights:
New tooling for the locomotive.
Locomotive with metal construction.
Five-pole motor.
Price: $376.00

Märklin 81481: Train Set
Prototype: The locomotive and cars are models of current passenger equipment. Class 146.1 electric locomotive, type DBz 751 bi-level passenger car, 2nd class, and type DABz 756, 1st/2nd class, as well as the type DBbzf 761 cab control car, 2end (Görlitz design) painted and lettered for the “metronom” Railroad, Ltd.
Model: The locomotive comes with a 5-pole motor. Both trucks are powered. The headlights / marker lights are maintenance-free LED’s. The bi-level cars come in the current paint and lettering scheme for the “metronome” Railroad, Ltd. Train length over the buffers 467 mm / 18-3/8”.
Highlights:
Headlights / marker lights with maintenance-free LED’s.
Modern regional express commuter train locomotive and cars.
“Swinging in Time” – “metronom” is the brand name for ten new bi-level trains operated by the metronom Railroad Company Ltd. in Uelzen, Germany. These very modern locomotives and cars can be recognized from a distance by their striking, sophisticated design in the colors of yellow, white, and blue. metronom has linked the cities of Hamburg and Bremen as well as Hamburg and Uelzen since December of 2003 as a regional express train railroad. The train name metronom symbolizes together with the logo of a swinging pendulum the schedule concept of departures on an hourly schedule. Musicians are familiar with a metronome as a beat generator. For that reason the slogan for the metronom trains is “Swinging in Time”.
Price: $348.00

Märklin 86618: Freight Car Set
Prototype: Prussian freight car set, consisting of a privately owned tank car with a brakeman’s cab, painted and lettered for the firm Dapolin, and a privately owned refrigerator car with a brakeman’s cab for transporting wine, Kloss and Förster, both cars used on the Royal Prussian Railroad Administration (KPEV) rail lines, as well a Royal Prussian Railroad Administration (KPEV) type G10 boxcar.
Model: 1 tank car with a brakeman’s cab and separately applied catwalks and ladders. Finely detailed, partially open car frame. 1 refrigerator car with a brakeman’s cab, for transporting wine. 1 type G10 boxcar. All of the cars come in paint and lettering schemes that are typical for provincial railroads. Total car set length 126 mm / 4-15/16”.
This freight car set goes well with the G12 steam locomotive with a tender, item no. 88122.
Price: $87.00

Märklin 87355: “Hans Sachs” Express Train Passenger Car Set
Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) type Am 203 express train passenger car, 1st class. German Sleeping Car and Dining Car Company (DSG) type WR4üe dining car, used on the German Federal Railroad (DB).
Model: Four-part express train passenger car set, consisting of three 1st class express train passenger cars and a DSG dining car (Schürzenwagen / skirted passenger car). The cars look as the prototype did in the 1960s. Total length over the buffers 489 mm / 19-1/4”.
Highlights:
“Hans Sachs” F-Zug / long distance express train – F 37 – running from Munich to Hagen.
Typical long distance passenger train consist in the 1960s.
Finely detailed trucks.
The German Federal Railroad’s Fast F Zug Express Trains – At the start of the 1950s the newly founded German Federal Railroad revived the prewar tradition of the legendary FD-Zug express trains (long distance express trains) and created a new class of trains, the F-Zug express trains (international long distance express trains and domestic long-distance express trains). These trains usually ran with special 1st class cars only for the important long distance passenger service. The blue paint scheme for these passenger trains caused the network for these trains to be called the “blue F-Zug network”. The F 37 “Hans Sachs” from Munich to Hagen was among very long routes in this network. The muted red of the Mitropa dining cars used for this service contrasted effectively with the rest of the train consist and contributed to the typically solid, first class look of these F Zug / long distance trains in the 1950s and 1960s, which were highly appreciated by the passengers.
The class E 10.3 locomotive, item number 88411, goes well with this car set.
Price: $129.00

Märklin 87720: Powered Rail Car Train Intermediate Car
Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) type A4ü. Intermediate car for the VT 08.5.
Model: Intermediate car lettered “FUSSBALL-WELTMEISTER 1954” (“WORLD SOCCER CHAMPIONS 1954”). This car allows you to transform the prototypically neutral 88720 VT 08.5 powered rail car train into the set for the return trip of the German soccer world champion team of 1954. Special close coupling at both ends for integrating this car into the powered rail car train consist. The car looks as the prototype did in 1954. Length 114 mm / 4-1/2”.
Highlights:

Completely new tooling.
Very fine car detailing.
Authentic reproduction of the car for the soccer champions of 1954.
The 87720 intermediate car to go with the 88720 diesel powered rail car train is being produced in a one-time series in 2006 only for Insider members.
World Champion Return Trip in 1954 – Without a doubt the most spectacular use of a VT 08 powered rail car train was the return trip in this comfortable, special powered rail car train of the German national soccer team after they won the world championship in 1954 in Bern. This train was lettered for the occasion with “FUSSBALL-WELTMEISTER 1954” (“WORLD SOCCER CHAMPIONS 1954”). On the trip from Spiez, the headquarters of the German team, to Munich hundreds of thousands of soccer enthusiasts crowded into the stations to celebrate this sensational team. Over 20,000 fans eager to see the team overwhelmed the border station of Singen. They stood on station platforms, platform roofs, tracks, anywhere they could catch a glimpse of the train. The trip had to be repeatedly interrupted due to the masses of people.
This intermediate car with the prototypical lettering “FUSSBALL-WELTMEISTER 1954” (“WORLD SOCCER CHAMPIONS 1954”) goes with the 88720 VT 08.5 powered rail car train either as replacement for the regular neutral intermediate car of as an add-on to the four-part VT 08.5 set.
Price: $41.00

Märklin 88122: Freight Locomotive with a Tender
Prototype: Royal Prussian Railroad Administration (KPEV) class G 12 freight steam locomotive. 2-10-0 wheel arrangement. Later the class 58.
Model: The locomotive has a 5-pole motor. All of the coupled driving axles are powered. The wheel treads and valve gear are dark nickel plated. Length over the buffers 83 mm / 3-1/4”.
Provincial Railroad Standard Design - The Prussian State Railways created a predecessor to the standard design locomotives with the G 12. It’s true that railroads in other countries had also purchased earlier designs like this. This time however – in 1916 – there was military pressure to standardize the motive power of provincial railroads. The first locomotive was delivered in 1917. It had three-cylinder running gear. This clearly differentiated it from older Prussian designs. The sectional frame and the broad Belpaire firebox design were totally different from purely Prussian designs. The G 12 was equipped with running gear having five coupled wheel sets in order to achieve the required axle load limit of 16 metric tons. The Baden, Prussian, Saxon, and Württemberg State Railways placed the G 12 into service. Approximately 1,500 units were built from this design. The last of these locomotives were in service in East Germany until 1976.The 86618 car set goes well with this locomotive.
Price: $244.00

Märklin 88272: Locomotive with a Tender
Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 042. 2-8-2 wheel arrangement with oil firing and an oil tender.
Model: The locomotive has a 5-pole motor. All 4 coupled driving axles are powered. The wheel treads and valve gear are dark nickel plated. Length over the buffers 112 mm / 4-7/16”.
Highlights:
New tooling.
Locomotive constructed of metal.
Five-pole motor included.
Rebuilt into the 042 – In 1936 Schwarzkopff delivered the first fast class 41 freight locomotive. It turned out to be an extremely good general-purpose unit for medium heavy service and also worked well as motive power for passenger trains when required. By 1941 366 units had been build in a joint effort by almost all of the German locomotive builders. After World War II, 220 locomotives remained in West Germany and 142 in East Germany. Since the original boilers suffered increasingly from metal fatigue, the German Federal Railroad had a total of 99 (possibly 103?) units equipped with new, completely welded replacement boilers from 1957 to 1961. Other features on these units were changed in addition to the installation of fully welded, high-efficiency boilers. The running board skirting was cut back and along with other changes on the front part of the frame contributed to the typical look of these locomotives rebuilt by the DB. The DB converted 40 of the rebuilt class 41 units to oil firing and equipped them with an oil tender. From 1968 on these locomotives were designated the class 042. The new boiler itself led to an increase in power, and the installation of oil firing increased the potential power even more compared to coal firing. The oil fired 042 locomotives were based without exception in the Rheine District to the end of their service life in October of 1977. The association "Rendsburger Eisenbahnfreunde e.V." (Rendsburg Railroad Enthusiasts Society) took steps to maintain road number 042 271 in operational condition. In addition, road number 042 113, the last of this class retired by the DB, stands currently stands in the Auto + Technology Museum in Sinsheim, Germany.
Price: $258.00

Märklin 88291: Heavy Freight Tank Locomotive
Prototype: German State Railroad Company (DRG) class 96 heavy freight locomotive, former Bavarian class Gt 2 x 4/4, 2nd production run. Mallet design articulated locomotive with high and low pressure compound cylinder groups.
Model: The locomotive has a 5-pole motor. All 8 coupled axles on both groups of driving wheels are powered. The headlights are maintenance-free LED's. Minimum radius for operation 145 mm / 5-11/16". Length over the buffers 81 mm / 3-3/16".
Highlights:
All 8 axles powered.
Maintenance-free LED's for headlights.
Model of the legendary DRG locomotives for steep grades.
Realistic freight motive power in Z Gauge for the period.
Sheer Power in Double Time – The first Bavarian class Gt 2 x 4/4 units delivered in 1913 were the most powerful steam locomotives of their time. The articulated Mallet design enabled a previously unachievable tractive effort despite a low axle load and excellent running characteristics on curves. These units were able to pull heavy freight trains on Bavaria's steep grades without double heading. This enabled clearly faster and more economical train times over the difficult steep grades. The Mallet design used for the class Gt 2 x 4/4 was based on a compound cylinder running gear in which the rear group of driving wheels mounted rigidly in the frame was supplied with high pressure steam. After the steam was expelled from their cylinders it was fed through an articulated steam line to the low pressure cylinders for the front group of driving wheels, which were mounted to pivot. In 1922 a second production run of 10 units followed the first 15 locomotives. These locomotives were more powerful by 10 percent thanks to design improvements in the boiler, to the cylinders, and to the smoke box and the upward draft system on the smoke stack. They were taken over by the DRG as the class 96.0. This version was also equipped with a larger coal bunker behind the engineer's cab in order to extend the locomotive's range. These design changes and the standard DRG black paint scheme clearly differentiated the class 96 from the units in the first provincial railroad production run.
Price: $282.00

Märklin 88411: Express Electric Locomotive
Prototype:
German Federal Railroad (DB) class E 10.3. B-B wheel arrangement. The locomotive looks as the prototype did in Era III around 1965 with “pants crease” ends, continuous cooling grills, continuous rain gutter, and aerodynamic buffer housings as well as end skirting.
Model: The locomotive has a 5-pole motor. Both trucks are powered. The wheel treads are dark nickel plated. Use: Long distance express trains. Length over the buffers 76 mm / 3".
Highlights:
New tooling.
Maintenance-free LED's for headlights.
Classic long distance express locomotive of the 1960s.
From New Construction to Enduring Classic – The class E 10 (starting in 1953) and class E10.1 (starting in 1956) electric locomotives placed into service by the new German Federal Railroad quickly proved to be extremely multifaceted and highly reliable new locomotives. However, from 1963 on there was a desire to increase express train speeds to 160 km/h / 100 mph. The two early classes of E 10 locomotives were designed for a maximum speed of 130 and 150 km/h / 81 and 94 mph, which was not enough. The class E 10.3 was therefore developed. Its design borrowed heavily from proven components, but it was equipped with a more aerodynamic body with typical “pants crease” ends, buffers in streamlined housings, and continuous skirting at the ends for the buffer beams. This was in addition to higher gear ratios and improvements to the running gear. One other characteristic feature of these locomotives was the continuous vent grills along the sides of the units, which together with a cobalt blue paint scheme gave these locomotives a dignified, elegant appearance. From 1963/64 on the E 10.3 in this form was the preferred motive power for express train consists in important long distance service on electrified routes. The units still in use today have proven themselves with their high percentage of time available for service and their extremely durable construction. The experience gathered from this class was used as a basis for the design of the still more powerful class E 03 electric express locomotives.
The 87355 car set goes well with this locomotive.
Price: $196.00

Märklin 88481: Electric Freight Locomotive
Prototype: German Railroad, Inc. (DB AG) class 185. B-B wheel arrangement. The locomotive looks as the current Era V unit does.
Model: The locomotive has a 5-pole motor. Both trucks are powered. The headlights are maintenance-free LED's. The wheel treads are dark nickel plated. Use: Heavy freight trains in cross-border long distance service. Length over the buffers 87 mm / 3-7/16".
Highlights:
New tooling.
Maintenance-free LED's for headlights.
Very modern freight locomotive for heavy trains.
Beyond System Limits and National Borders – Europe has grown together, and the railroad is being challenged to operate freight service across borders with as few problems as possible and to do it economically. Changing motive power at the borders always leads to delays, increases costs, and also causes the railroad's customers (who are interested in short transit times) to look longingly at the competition on roads. To counter this development, the German Railroad, Inc. has already placed 230 class 185 dual system locomotives into service since March of 2002. Over 400 units are planned. These very modern units can not only run on two different power systems, but they also have the necessary train safety equipment for a series of other countries. This means these locomotives will be used in cross-border service in numerous European countries. The first 50 class 185 dual system locomotives delivered to the DB AG were built with a power output of 4,200 kilowatts / 5,632 horsepower. These units can be increased to 5,600 kilowatts / 7,510 horsepower with an optional software adjustment. The components installed in the locomotives have sufficient reserves for this. The locomotives delivered to the German Railroad, Inc. following this group already have this increased power. Due to this large number of these innovative locomotives, the DB AG's class 185 units have become a familiar sight in international freight service. Numerous other railroads have also bought units of this type and operate them in part as lease locomotives.
Price: $222.00

Märklin 88482: Electric Freight Locomotive
Prototype: Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) class 482. B-B wheel arrangement. The locomotive looks as the current SBB locomotive does with 4 pantographs.
Model: The locomotive has a 5-pole motor. Both trucks are powered. The headlights are maintenance-free LED's. The wheel treads are dark nickel plated. Use: Heavy freight trains in cross-border long distance service. Length over the buffers 87 mm / 3-7/16".
Highlights:
New tooling.
Maintenance-free LED's for headlights.
Very modern freight locomotive for heavy trains.
SBB Re 482 for Many Uses – What the class 185 is to the German Railroad, Inc., runs on the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB Cargo) as the class 482, which is mostly identical to the class 185. However, this locomotive is used for more than just freight service. It also substitutes for the Re 460, which is used in passenger service. This multi-system locomotive type is a further development of the Eurosprinter family, which preceded it, and has become a common sight in many European countries. In addition to different power outputs, the units delivered to the different railroads have externally recognizable differences. The Re 482 units running in Switzerland have four pantographs on the roof in order to adhere to the narrower SBB clearance gauge and the wider zig-zag pattern of the catenary in other European countries. You can thus see the SBB's Re 482 far beyond the borders of Switzerland. In addition, SBB Cargo is also getting involved in the growing, European lease locomotive business.
Price: $222.00

Märklin 88720: Diesel Powered Rail Car Train
Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class VT 08.5 fast powered rail car train. Three-unit design with a B-2+2-2+2-2 wheel arrangement.
Model: This three-part unit consists of a powered car, (VT), intermediate car (VM), and a cab control car (VS). 4 axles are powered with a 5-pole motor. There is a special close coupled connection between the cars. The dual headlights and dual red marker lights are maintenance-free LED's that change over with the direction of travel. The train looks as the prototype did in the 1950s. Length of the three-unit train 364 mm / 14-5/16".
Highlights:
Completely new tooling.
Maintenance-free LED's for headlights.
Extremely fine detailing on the cars.
Typical flagship powered rail car train of the Fifties.
The 88720 diesel powered rail car train is being produced in 2006 in a one-time series only for Insider members.
Early German Federal Railroad Flagship Train and the Wonder of Bern – The first five sets of the VT 08 express powered rail car trains were available to the German Federal Railroad as early as the summer schedule of 1952. The thoughts given to the new development of diesel powered rail car trains with hydraulic transmissions went all the way back to the foundation of the German Federal Railroad. Thus, thirteen three-unit trains from the first production series were built by 1953 for important long distance express passenger service as part of the new construction program. Another six engine cars with dining car arrangements and seven intermediate cars were added by 1954 in the second production run. These units were used primarily to lengthen the existing trains to four and five-unit consists with powered end cars at both ends. The modern, comfortable VT 08 represented the epitome of the new German Federal Railroad and enjoyed great popularity among the passengers. The smooth rounded form of the ends of the train quickly led to the nickname “Egg Heads”. These deluxe trains provided service on long distance routings with sonorous names such as “Rheinblitz”, “Münchner Kindl”, “Roland”, “Schauinsland” or “Saphir”. These fast trains were also used on foreign routes such as the “Paris-Ruhr” (Dortmund-Paris) as well as the “Helvetia” (Hamburg-Zürich). The prime time for the VT 08 extended well into the 1960s. After electrification of many major routes, the VT 08 trains were then still used partially in TEE service. Later, these trains were rebuilt to simpler standards for plain fast train service. World Champion Return Trip in 1954 – Without a doubt the most spectacular use of a VT 08 powered rail car train was the return trip in this comfortable, special powered rail car train of the German national soccer team after they won the world championship in 1954 in Bern. This train was lettered for the occasion with “FUSSBALL-WELTMEISTER 1954” (“WORLD SOCCER CHAMPIONS 1954”). On the trip from Spiez, the headquarters of the German team, to Munich hundreds of thousands of soccer enthusiasts crowded into the stations to celebrate this sensational team. Over 20,000 fans eager to see the team overwhelmed the border station of Singen. They stood on station platforms, platform roofs, tracks, anywhere they could catch a glimpse of the train. The trip had to be repeatedly interrupted due to the masses of people.
An intermediate car with the prototypical lettering "FUSSBALL-WELTMEISTER 1954" to go with this train is available under item no. 87720.
Price: $399.00

Märklin 88854: Express Locomotive with a Tender
Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 003. Standard design locomotive with a welded tender and Witte smoke deflectors.
Model: The locomotive has a 5-pole motor. All 3 coupled driving axles are powered. The boiler bands are picked out in metallic color. Length over the buffers 112 mm / 4-7/16".
Highlights:
Metal frame and body.
Five-pole motor included.
Price: $182.00