1031 Vermont Street   -  Lawrence  -  Kansas  -  66044  -  USA
info@tototrains.com -  phone: (785) 766-0467  -  fax: (785) 843-2151
www.tototrains.com

 

Märklin 2010 New Items: Rail Cars

Prices do not include shipping from ToToTrains, LLC to you. Applicable taxes apply.
ToToTrains, LLC is not liable for typo's or any change in price or delivery due to manufactor's decision(s).
Some items sell out very fast (especially one-time-series and MHI items), so please place your order as early as possible.
Place your order prior to 4:00 PM on Thursday, February 11, 2010 and receive an additional 3% discount!

 

Märklin H0: 37257 Steam Powered Rail Car

ToToTrains price: $273.00

Prototype: Grand Ducal Baden State Railroad (G. Bad. Sts. B.) class CidT "Kittel" design steam powered rail car. The unit looks as it did in 1915. Version in the original paint scheme of "bottle green".

Model: The powered rail car has an mfx digital decoder. It also has a controlled, miniature can motor. The frame is constructed of die-cast metal. 2 axles powered. The dual headlights change over with the direction of travel. The headlights are maintenance-free, warm white LEDs. The car has an NEM coupler pocket. It also has many separately applied details. There is a completely free view through the engineer's area, and there is a reproduction of the boiler. The headlights will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. Length over the buffers 13.0 cm / 5-1/8".

Features:
Headlight(s)
Direct control

Highlights:
Tooling change: version with open buffers.

In the last decade of the 19th century the Württemberg State Railways (K.W.St.E.), known for its thrift, gave serious thought to rationalizing operations on branch lines and during off-peak hours. In November of 1895, it order a first steam powered rail car (DW 1) from the firm Societé Serpollet in Paris. A special feature of this two-axle unit was the Serpollet boiler, which allowed particularly economical one-man operation. This boiler consisted of a system of tubes, which were installed a fireproof cabinet. Six additional units with Serpollet boilers (DW 2-7) were delivered between 1899 and 1903 by the firm Maschinenfabrik Esslingen (ME). However, the operating results were not satisfactory due to the poor steaming qualities of the cars. A new boiler development by Maschinenfabrik Esslingen under the direction of the chief designer Kittel in 1904 resulted in a critical improvement. The Kittel boiler was a vertical evaporative tube boiler with a corrugated flue fire box. A large super heater was located above the boiler, which now provided sufficient performance. Between 1905 and 1909 Maschinenfabrik Esslingen (ME) delivered nine steam powered rail cars (DW 8-14, 16, 17) with Kittel boilers to the K.W.St.E. Between 1904 and 1908 the Serpollet cars, road nos. DW 1-7, were equipped with Kittel boilers; road no. DW 1 also acquired a new road number, DW 15. The Baden State Railroad bought eight similar units in 1914/15 with the road numbers 1000-1007. They differed in several details from the Württemberg cars: symmetrical boiler location on the center axle, a larger wheel base of 5.5 meters / 18 feet, a different window arrangement, entry steps on the front with step housings, a lower coal bunker, and a larger fuel capacity. All of the Baden, but only a few of the Württemberg cars, were taken over by the DRG. When these units were given new road numbers in 1930, there were still 14 on the roster, and they were assigned the numbers DT 1-14. Thirteen powered rail cars survived World War II. Nine remained in the West Zone; of them seven were retired over the course of 1949. In 1950, the German Federal Railroad still had two units on its roster: road no. DT 1 (former no. 1000) and road no. DT 8 (former no. 1007). The latter lingered on tenaciously and was even used in shuttle service until the end of 1953 on the Baden route Müllheim - Neuenburg. It was stored on January 2, 1954 and retired on March 3, 1954. Road nos. DT 2, 3, and 9 (former nos. 1001, 1002, and DW 15) remained after 1945 on the French State Railways. The first two units were in use there until 1956 with the road numbers XDR 10.102 and 10.103 in Mulhouse as personnel powered rail cars. The former road no. DT 6 (former no. 1005) came in 1949 to the roster of the DR (East Germany) after the nationalization of the Oderbruch Railroad as road no. DT 151; however it remained in storage and was scrapped in November of 1957 in Frankfurt/Oder. One Kittel powered rail car delivered in Switzerland is preserved there in operational condition. In operation the Kittel steam powered rail cars turned in excellent results. Their quiet running and their ability to accelerate were praised above all else. In test runs they even reached speeds of 70 km/h / 44 mph. The performance qualities of these small powered rail cars were demonstrated on grades of 1% that were negotiated at a speed of 25 km/h / 16 mph with two passenger cars in tow and 150 passengers on board.

This model can be found in a DC version in the Trix H0 assortment under item no. 22046.

 

 

 

Märklin H0: 37504 S-Bahn Powered Rail Car Train

ToToTrains price: $458.00

Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 420 S-Bahn powered rail car train. Original version of the Munich S-Bahn in a gravel gray / blue paint scheme. The train looks as it did around 1980.

Model: The train has an mfx digital decoder and extensive sound funtions. It also has a 5-pole skewed armature motor with a flywheel, centrally mounted. Four axles on the intermediate car are powered through cardan shafts. The frame for the intermediate car is constructed of die-cast metal. The lighting is done with warm white LEDs, and it will work in conventional operation. The train has triple headlights and dual red marker lights that change over with the direction of travel. The end cars have a pickup shoe changeover feature so that the pickup shoe at the front of the train is the one picking up power. Lighted destination signs along with the headlights / marker lights can be controlled digitally. There is a close coupler guide mechanism and electrical connections between the cars. The special coupling included with the train allows it to be coupled to other ET 420 units for prototypical operation. The train has factory-installed interior lighting. The bodies for the train are made of highly detailed plastic with many separately applied details such as grab irons, electrical connections, windshield wipers, antennas, whistles, and horns. The train has a multi-color interior. The ends of the train have a detailed representation of the Scharfenberg coupler (a dummy coupler). Different authentic destination signage is included with the train. Length over the couplers 77.5 cm / 30-1/2".

Features:
Headlight(s)
Interior lights
Operating sounds
Horn
Direct control
Sound of squealing brakes off
Rear Headlights off
Station Announcements
Front Headlights off
Doors Closing

Highlights:
Authentic reproduction for the Munich S-Bahn service.
Bavarian station announcements included.
Factory-installed interior lighting.
Many controllable sound functions.

ET 420 - Powered Rail Cars with the Status of a Cult. The era of the ET 420 powered rail car train began in Munich in 1972 with the introduction of the S-Bahn service at the same time that the Olympic Games were taking place. In the period following this, the use of this proven, three-part design (whose middle car was designated as the class 421) was expanded to other S-Bahn networks such as Frankfurt and Stuttgart. These were modern, fast units at that time. They were to play a significant role in commuter service and made it easier for millions of commuters to get to work faster. One unit offers space for 448 passengers, of which 194 had to be content with standing room. There is no passage way between the three cars constructed of aluminum, and an ET 420 has two electrical layouts independent of each other, hence two main relays, two transformers, etc. Each car has two power trucks, i.e. all 12 axles on a train are driven by means of nose-suspended, single-axle traction motors. The 67.40 meter / 221 foot 1-9/16 inch long train has an hourly rating of 2,400 kilowatts / 3,218 horsepower and reaches a maximum speed of 120 km/h / 75 mph. The ET 420 can be separated and coupled quickly and easily by means of the Scharfenberg coupler at the ends of the trains. Up to three coupled units are run in S-Bahn service and they enable the flexible use of a powered rail car train configured in this way. The large number of doors, 24 per unit, allows fast boarding and disembarking of passengers and enables short dwell times in stations. Over time, the second pantograph has been removed and on some S-Bahn networks 1st class has been eliminated to increase capacity. The ET 420 was bought in 8 production groups, which naturally differ from one another and which have different paint schemes. The Munich trains originally had a blue window band; the well-known orange / light gray paint scheme quickly spread everywhere. Today, the trains are all in the “traffic red” scheme customary for commuter service. The ET 420 opened up a new, successful chapter in commuter service in the urban areas; for many people it simply is the S-Bahn! And although it was still partially in service, one unit has already been transferred to the Nürnberg Transportation Museum to remain preserved for future generations.

 

 

 

Märklin H0: 37580 Powered Observation Rail Car

ToToTrains price: $385.00

Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 491 "Glass Train" electric powered observation car. Silver aluminum / Olympia blue paint scheme. The car looks as it did around 1977.

Model: The car has an mfx digital decoder and factory-installed, controllable sound functions. It also has controlled high-efficiency propulsion. 2 axles in one truck powered. Traction tires. The car has factory-installed interior lighting. The triple headlights and dual red marker lights change over with the direction of travel, will work in conventional operation, and can be controlled digitally. The headlights are maintenance-free, warm white LEDs and the marker lights are maintenance-free, red LEDs. The interior lighting can be dimmed as a digital auxiliary function. The trucks have different wheelbases like the prototype. The car has built-in interior details. The panorama windows are inset. There is a double-arm pantograph and a single-arm pantograph with a double wiper on the roof. Length over the buffers 23.7 cm / 9-5/16".

Features:
Headlight(s)
Interior lights
Surrounding sounds
Warning Sound
Direct control
Light Function1

Highlights:
Completely new tooling.
Scale 1:87 reproduction.
Factory-installed interior lighting.
Warm white LEDs for lighting.
Additional announcement at the start of the excursion.
One-time series for the 75th anniversary of the "Glass Train" and also as a legendary powered rail car also for the 175th anniversary of German railroading.


At the start of the Thirties, the German State Railroad was feeling the increasing competition from cars and busses. There were therefore different attempts to improve the service to customers and to make traveling more attractive. Two electric powered observation cars were ordered from the car builder Fuchs and from AEG (electrical equipment) in order to give a stimulus to excursion traffic. These cars were intended later as exhibition units for the DRG and were known as the "Glass Trains". This cars had to satisfy special requirements for excursion traffic in the scenically very attractive Bavarian and Austrian Alps: Passengers had to be able to observe the scenery unhindered in all directions from their seats. This required the smallest possible use of opaque building materials in the window and roof area. In addition, as many parts as possible were supposed to be taken from the standard design ET 25 and ET 31 powered rail cars to keep costs down. The builders were able to fulfill these conditions: Large windows on the ends and in the diagonal parts of the roof gave a good view all around. The car bodies were constructed completely of shaped parts and sheet metal welded together and had only a single center entry on both sides of cars. The restroom was located almost at the level of the lower edge of the windows in the area of the center entry in order to have a free view from the seating area. The backs on the passenger seats could be folded over. Two traction motors suspended from the axles powered both wheel sets in the powered truck; the second truck was not powered. Also, the usual electrical equipment was arranged under the car floor according to standard design principles. The elT 1998 powered rail car (later road number ET 91 01) was still not completely finished in the electrical area but was presented at the Nürnberg exhibition "100 Years of German Railroading" from July 14 to October 13, 1935. The second powered rail car, elT 1999 (later road number ET 91 02) was delivered in September of 1935 and took part in the great vehicle parade for the 100th anniversary. Both powered rail cars then ran in special service from Munich on the electrified routes of Southern Germany and also soon to Austria. Favorite trips offered then and after World War II were the "Karwendel Excursion" or the "Great Alps Excursion". A bomb attack on Munich during the night of March 9/10, 1943 ended the short career of road number ET 91 02. It burned up completely as a result. It's sibling had been moved to Bichl and was walled in at the locomotive shed there; it survived the war undamaged and soon made itself useful again in excursion service; it was designated starting in 1968 as road number 491 001-4 in accordance with UIC rules. Its career came to an abrupt end on December 12, 1995 when it collided with a passenger train at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen station. Since then the heavily damaged "Glass Train" stands in the Augsburg yards and waits for better times.

This model can be found in a DC version in the Trix H0 assortment under item no. 22191.

 

 

 

Märklin H0: 37777 Rail Zeppelin

ToToTrains price: $319.00

Prototype: Propeller-driven Kruckenberg Rail Zeppelin. The unit looks as it did in 1931 on the German State Railroad Company (DRG).

Model: The unit has a built-in mfx digital decoder mfx with extensive sound functions. It also has built-in interior lighting as well as dual headlights. Vehicle length approximately 28.5 cm / 11-1/4".

Features:
Headlight(s)
Interior lights
Operating sounds
On/off function F3
Direct control
Sound of squealing brakes off

Highlights:
mfx digital decoder.
Motor sounds can be controlled digitally.
Built-in interior lighting.
Powered propeller on the rear of the unit can be turned on/off separately.
One-time series.

Airplane Technology on Rails - In the Twenties of the previous century, aeronautical engineer Franz Kruckenberg, born in Uetersen, Germany in 1882, had the vision of fast railroad passenger service with propeller-driven railroad cars. The plans developed by him were based on lightweight airplane technology and reached their peak on June 21, 1931 in a triumphant record run by his streamlined Rail Zeppelin. It reached 233 km/h / 146 mph, a speed record for powered railroad cars that stood for 23 years. The principle of propeller-driven railroad cars proved to be less than ideally suited during test runs. Yet, Kruckenberg laid the foundation for modern, lightweight high speed rail cars with the Rail Zeppelin and axle-powered successor designs developed by him. The Rail Zeppelin was and still remains a legend and synonym for the rapid progress in railroad technology that has reached its peak in the present with the current high speed powered rail car train technology.

 

 

 

Märklin H0: 37790 High Speed Train

ToToTrains price: $599.00

Prototype: French State Railways (SNCF) TGV POS (train à grande vitesse) high speed train, in the version for service between Paris and Southern Germany. 2 powered end cars, 1 transition car (R1), 1st/2nd class, 1 transition car (R8), 2nd class. The newest paint scheme. The train looks as it currently does in real life in 2009/2010.

Model: The train is a 4-part set. It has 1 powered end car (TK1) with a motor and 1 powered end car (TK2) without a motor. The train has an mfx digital decoder and extensive sound functions. It has controlled, high-efficiency propulsion in powered end car 1, centrally mounted. 4 axles powered through cardan shafts. Traction tires. The train has factory-installed interior lighting. The triple headlights and dual red marker lights change over with the direction of travel. They and the interior lighting will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. The third headlight for the French headlight code can be turned off separately in digital operation. The headlights and interior lighting are maintenance-free, warm white LEDs and the marker lights are maintenance-free red LEDs. The train has separately applied metal grab irons. It also has inset windshield wipers. The engineer's cabs in the powered end cars have interior details. A powered end car and a transition car are permanently coupled together in pairs and have special close couplings with a guide mechanism. There is an additional guide mechanism in the Jakobs truck. The end cars have a pickup shoe changeover feature so that the pickup shoe at the front of the train is the one picking up power. The interior lighting is powered through a continuous electrical connection through the entire train. Each powered end car has 2 different design single-arm pantographs, one with a wiper for the DB catenary and one with a wiper for the SNCF catenary. The pantographs work mechanically but are not wired to take power. The train is a scale reproduction. The minimum radius for operation is therefore 360 mm / 14-3/16", when there is sufficient clearance on both sides. Length of the 4-part set 101 cm / 39-3/4".

Features:
Headlight(s)
Interior lights
Light Function1
Electric locomotive operating sounds
Horn
Direct control
Sound of squealing brakes off
Doors Closing
Whistle for switching maneuver
Conductor's Whistle
Station Announcements
Station Announcements

Highlights:
Completely new tooling.
Scale 1:87 reproduction.
Factory-installed interior lighting.
Extensive sound functions.
Warm white LEDs for lighting.
The latest paint scheme.

The French railroad SNCF purchased the "Train à Grande Vitesse Paris - Ostfrankreich – Südwestdeutschland" (TGV POS) for high speed service between Paris, Eastern France (Strasbourg), and Southern Germany. The core of the TGV POS was initially the new construction of the high speed route, which is planned to connect Strasbourg better with Paris. A trip of four hours was simply no longer tolerable if the railroad was to compete effectively with people driving cars. The new route with a maximum speed of 350 km/h / 218.75 mph was planned to be 430 kilometers / 269 miles long and also make connections to Nancy, Reims, Luxembourg, and Basle. The TGV Est trains were planned to travel at 350 km/h / 218.75 mph. On May 9, 2000, the DB AG and the SNCF agreed on standardization of cross-border cars and powered units, routes, and signals. Due to the short time plan and several disagreements there was no common high speed train. Instead, a mixed operation of ICE and TGV was planned. Both trains had to pass a great many test runs in the two countries in order to receive permission for operation. The TGV POS is not really a generation of cars and powered units that has been developed totally from scratch. The TGV POS is more a mix of new powered end cars and intermediate cars from the TGV Réseau. The new powered end cars are mechanically very similar to those of the TGV Thalys PBKA (Paris - Brussels - Cologne / Amsterdam). The electrical equipment for three current systems (25 kilovolts / 50 Hertz as well as 1.5 kilovolts DC in France, 15 kilovolts / 16-2/3 Hertz in Germany and Switzerland) is being done for the first time using asynchronous technology with IGBT-controlled three-phase asynchronous motors. Two pantographs are located on the roof. The one with a contact strip 1,650 mm / 64-15/16" wide is used for 25 kilovolts / 50 Hertz in France and in Switzerland; the second one with a contact strip 1,950 mm / 76-3/4" wide and metallic plated carbon contact strips is used in Germany. In France the 1,950 mm / 76-3/4" pantographs on both powered end cars must be up under the 1.5 kilovolt catenary due to the high level of current. The intermediate cars come from the TGV Réseau. However, they were extensively modernized and brought up to the laterst technical standard at the workshops in Bischheim; they therefore differ strikingly from the other generations of TGV trains. A train set consists of two powered end cars and eight intermediate cars. The intermediate cars are connected to each other by means of Jakobs trucks and thereby form an operational unit. Five intermediate cars (one with a bar) are intended for passengers in 2nd class and three intermediate cars are for 1st class. The approximately 200 meter / 656 foot TGV POS has seating for 360 passengers. Nineteen units have been purchased with the road numbers 4401 to 4419, whereby road number 4406 was sold recently to the SBB. In France the trains are allowed to run at a maximum speed of 320 km/h / 200 mph; in Germany the maximum speed allowed on the high speed routes is 250 km/h / 156 mph. TGV road number 4402 is a special train. Its powered end cars along with three modified intermediate cars set a new, unbelievable speed record for rail vehicles as World Record Train V150 at noon on April 3, 2007 on the route LGV Est. In 13 minutes this train accelerated to 574.8 km/h / 359.25 mph. The two powered end cars have kept their striking world record lettering, which immediately draws attention to the attempted speed. They can be seen occasionally in the Swabian part of Germany.

The 37790 basic set can be expanded with the 43420, 43430, and 43440 extension sets to a prototypical 10-car unit. SNCF and TGV are registered trademarks of the SNCF. SNCF is the owner of the TGV®. All rights reserved regarding copying and/or reproduction. Sous réserve d'obtention de la licence.

This model can be found in a DC version in the Trix H0 assortment under item no. 22364.

 

 

 

Märklin H0: 43420 Add-On Car Set 1 for the TGV POS

ToToTrains price: $165.00

Prototype: French State Railways (SNCF) TGV POS (train à grande vitesse) high speed train, in the version for service between Paris and Southern Germany. 1 intermediate car (R2), 1st class, and 1 intermediate car (R3), 1st class. The newest paint scheme. The cars look as they currently do in real life in 2009/2010.

Model: 2-part add-on car set for lengthening the TGV POS high speed train, item no. 37790, to a 10-car unit. The cars have factory-installed interior lighting with maintenance-free, warm white LEDs. The interior lighting is powered through a continuous electrical connection through the entire train. The two intermediate cars are permanently coupled together. There is a guide mechanism in the Jakobs trucks. The cars are a scale reproduction. The minimum radius for operation is therefore 360 mm / 14-3/16", when there is sufficient clearance on both sides. Length of the pair of cars 43 cm / 16-15/16".

Highlights:
Completely new tooling.
Factory-installed interior lighting.
Warm white LEDs for lighting.

The 37790 basic set can be expanded with the 43420, 43430, and 43440 extension sets to a prototypical 10-car unit.

This add-on car set can be found in a DC version in the Trix H0 assortment under item no. 23438.

 

 

 

Märklin H0: 43430 Add-On Car Set 2 for the TGV POS

ToToTrains price: $165.00

Prototype: French State Railways (SNCF) TGV POS (train à grande vitesse) high speed train, in the version for service between Paris and Southern Germany. 1 intermediate car (R6), 2nd class, and 1 intermediate car (R7), 2nd class. The newest paint scheme. The cars look as they currently do in real life in 2009/2010.

Model: 2-part add-on car set for lengthening the TGV POS high speed train, item no. 37790, to a 10-car unit. The cars have factory-installed interior lighting with maintenance-free, warm white LEDs. The interior lighting is powered through a continuous electrical connection through the entire train. The two intermediate cars are permanently coupled together. There is a guide mechanism in the Jakobs trucks. The cars are a scale reproduction. The minimum radius for operation is therefore 360 mm / 14-3/16", when there is sufficient clearance on both sides. Length of the pair of cars 43 cm / 16-15/16".

Highlights:
Completely new tooling.
Factory-installed interior lighting.
Warm white LEDs for lighting.

The 37790 basic set can be expanded with the 43420, 43430, and 43440 extension sets to a prototypical 10-car unit.

This add-on car set can be found in a DC version in the Trix H0 assortment under item no. 23439.

 

 

 

Märklin H0: 43440 Add-On Car Set 3 for the TGV POS

ToToTrains price: $165.00

Prototype: French State Railways (SNCF) TGV POS (train à grande vitesse) high speed train, in the version for service between Paris and Southern Germany. 1 intermediate car (R4), bar car and 2nd class, and 1 intermediate car (R5), 2nd class. The newest paint scheme. The cars look as they currently do in real life in 2009/2010.

Model: 2-part add-on car set for lengthening the TGV POS high speed train, item no. 37790, to a 10-car unit. The cars have factory-installed interior lighting with maintenance-free, warm white LEDs. The interior lighting is powered through a continuous electrical connection through the entire train. The two intermediate cars are permanently coupled together. There is a guide mechanism in the Jakobs trucks. The cars are a scale reproduction. The minimum radius for operation is therefore 360 mm / 14-3/16", when there is sufficient clearance on both sides. Length of the pair of cars 43 cm / 16-15/16".

Highlights:
Completely new tooling.
Factory-installed interior lighting.
Warm white LEDs for lighting.

The 37790 basic set can be expanded with the 43420, 43430, and 43440 extension sets to a prototypical 10-car unit.

This add-on car set can be found in a DC version in the Trix H0 assortment under item no. 23444.

 

 

 

Märklin H0: 39081 Diesel Powered Rail Car Train

ToToTrains price: $775.00

Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class VT 08.5 diesel powered rail car train, as FT 43 "Roland" running from Basle SBB to Bremen. 4-car set in a crimson red paint scheme. 1 class VT 08.5 powered car with galley and dining area (WRPwPost4üm), 2 class VM 08.5 intermediate cars with compartments (A4üm), 1 class VT 08.5 powered car with compartments (A4üm). The train looks as it did around 1959.

Model: The train is a four-part unit consisting of 2 powered cars (VT) and 2 intermediate cars (VM). The train has an mfx digital decoder and extensive sound functions. It also has controlled Softdrive Sine high-efficiency propulsion, and a compact design, maintenance free motor. 2 axles powered on one powered car. Traction tires. The train has factory-installed, built-in interior lighting. The triple headlights and dual red marker lights change over with the direction of travel. These lights, the interior lighting, and the cab lights will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. The headlights, interior lights, and cab lights are maintenance-free, warm white LEDs; the red marker lights are maintenance-free LEDs. There are special, close couplings between the cars. The train has built-in interior details. There is a clear view through the engineer's cabs on the end cars. The ends of the powered cars have separately applied imitations of prototype couplers. The power pickup changes with the direction of travel so that pickup shoe on the powered car at the front of the train is picking up power. Length of the four-part train 114 cm / 44-7/8".

Features:
Headlight(s)
Diesel locomotive operating sounds
Horn
Direct control
Sound of squealing brakes off
Surrounding Sounds 1
Doors Closing
Conductor's Whistle
Letting off steam / air

Highlights:
Correct reproduction of the 4 car set as it looked in the prototype.
Powered car units constructed chiefly of metal.
Compact design Softdrive Sine high-efficiency propulsion.
mfx decoder with various sound functions.
Factory-installed interior lighting with warm white LEDs.
One-time series.

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.

 

 

 

Märklin H0: 43790 Dining Car for the ICE 2

ToToTrains price: $47.00

Prototype: "Bord Restaurant" (type BR 807) dining car for the ICE 2 high speed train.

Model: The car has interior details and tinted side windows. Length over the buffers 26.4 cm / 10-3/8" DC wheel set 4 x 700580

One-time series.

This dining car is suitable for lengthening the earlier starter sets, item nos. 29790/29795, to a 4 car train.

 

 

 

Märklin H0: 46770 Rail Tractor

ToToTrains price: $47.00

Lanz Rail Tractor. Metal body. Many separately applied details. Buffers on the front. Coupler hook on the back. Unpowered, but can be rolled. Length approximately 4.5 cm / 1-3/4".

Highlights:
Metal body.
Many separately applied details.

Lanz Rail Tractor. Conversion of a 55 hp Lanz Bulldog with a wood frame to a locomotive. This vehicle can still be seen in a German museum.