Marklin 39290 - Class 249 Dual Power Locomotive

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Scale: H0-Scale

EAN/UPC: 4001883392905

System: 3-Rail AC (Märklin).

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Prototype: DB Cargo, Inc. class 249 dual power locomotive (Vectron Dual Mode light). From the Vectron product family from Siemens. Road number 249 002. The locomotive looks as it did in May of 2022.


  • Completely new tooling.
  • Buffer height adheres to the NEM.
  • Frame and body constructed mostly of metal.
  • Numerous separately applied details.
  • Cab lighting can be controlled digitally.
  • Engine room lighting can be controlled digitally.
  • mfx+ digital decoder and extensive sound functions included.

Product description

Model: The locomotive has an mfx+ digital decoder and extensive sound functions. The locomotive has controlled high-efficiency propulsion. 4 axles powered. Traction tires. 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 at Locomotive End 2 and 1 can be turned off separately in digital operation.

When the headlights are off at both ends, then the double "A" light function is on at both ends. The cab lighting changes with the direction of travel and can be controlled digitally. The engine room lighting can be controlled digitally. Long-distance headlights can be controlled separately in digital operation. Maintenance-free warm white and red LEDs are used for the lighting. Brake hoses and switching coupler for mounting on the locomotive included separately.

Length over the buffers approximately 23.6 cm / 9-1/4".

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This model can be found at Ajckids in a DC version in the Trix H0 assortment under item number Trix 25290.


- New items brochure 2023

Prototype information

After the successful introduction of the Vectron Dual Mode, German freight railroading also emerged. In September of 2020, still before the German Federal Railroad Bureau had officially declared permission, there was activity. At DB Cargo, the purchasing agents were getting serious. There was a big first order at Siemens Mobility with a master agreement about the delivery of up to 400 hybrid locomotives. Initially, the freight sector of the DB gave a binding order for 100 units of the class 249. Here it was about a kind of "248 light" with somewhat less output.

The level of investment for the master agreement is over a billion Euros according to an announcement of this railroad unit. With such an extensive order, particular attention is paid to the wishes of the customer.

The locomotives are delivered "with specific adjustments for DB Cargo's planned range of uses". The fixed order of 100 locomotives is to be delivered as early as 2023. DB Cargo is looking forward to these new units, because they fit in well with the strategy of being "large, green, and efficient".

According to DB Cargo, the environmental friendliness of the rails is being underpinned in this manner, which would account for the numbers, because the savings potential for the hybrid locomotives from the current order is annually around 8 million liters / 2.11 million gallons of fuel and 17,000 metric tons of CO2. The maintenance costs could be less than for pure diesel locomotives.

One of the first Vectron Dual Mode light locomotives built for DB Cargo was available for viewing at the "InnoTrans 2022" show in Berlin: The new class designation 249 was also therefore chosen, because numerous changes had resulted compared to the units already delivered. The 249 was thus equipped with a forward mounted brakeman's platform and switching couplers that could be folded up. This means the locomotive is a bit longer and now measures 20,500 millimeters / 67 feet 3 inches over the buffers compared to the class 248 with 19,980 millimeters / 65 feet 6 inches. The output on the diesel motor has been reduced to 1,120 kilowatts / 1,502 horsepower, while the electrical output was increased slightly and is now 2,200 kilowatts / 2,949 horsepower.

The diesel tank is now smaller, which has led to a reduction in the axle load to 21 metric tons, thus allowing this locomotive to be used on branch lines. Thanks to radio long-distance control, the class 249 is perfectly usable in switching work, because the engineer can navigate his locomotive externally. The maximum speed is now 120 km/h / 75 mph compared to 160 km/h / 100 mph for the class 248. DB Cargo plans to use these new locomotives in switching work to replace the quite elderly class 290 diesel locomotives.

DB Cargo is certainly well positioned with the Vectron Dual Mode light in line with a new climate policy and the expected increase in transport by rail. People can be excited about how this unit will prove itself in harsh everyday conditions and whether foreign railroads will grant permission to use this locomotive on their lines. The outlook is at any rate not bad.


)Metal frame and locomotive body.
#mfx+ digital decoder
§DCC decoder
hBuilt-in sound effects circuit.
NTriple headlights and two red marker lights that change over with the direction of travel.
UMärklin close couplers in standard pocket with guide mechanism.
8Era 6
YATTENTION: adults only


 ATTENTION: adults only
 ATTENTION: not for children under 15 years
Headlight(s) X X X X X
Electric locomotive op. sounds X X X X X
Diesel locomotive op. sounds X X X X X
Low Pitch Horn X X X X X
Direct control X X X X X
Headlight(s): Cab2 End X X X X
High Pitch Horn X X X X
Headlight(s): Cab1 End X X X X
Sound of squealing brakes off X X X X
Engineer’s cab lighting X X X
Long distance headlights X X X
Engine room lighting X X X
Blower motors X X X
Blower motors X X X
Horn X X X
Switching maneuver X
Compressor X
Letting off Air X
Sanding X
Opening cab door X
Windshield wiper sounds X
SIFA warning sound X
Train control warning sound X
Sound of Couplers Engaging X
Sound of uncoupling X
Switching range + switching light X
Sound of Couplers Engaging X
Sound of uncoupling X
Replenishing diesel fuel X
Sound of railroad crossing gates closing X
Sound of railroad crossing gates opening X

EAN/UPC: 4001883392905