S-Bahn Powered Rail Car Train
Prototype: Salon powered rail car as the German State Railroad (DR/GDR) class 183 express diesel powered rail car. German State Railroad class SVT 137 "Hamburg". Two-parts with a Jacobs truck. Version in beige / "Ruby Red" paint scheme. Road number 183 252-6. The rail car looks as it did around 1985.
Model: The model has a digital decoder and extensive sound functions. It also has controlled high-efficiency propulsion with a flywheel. 2 axles powered in the Jacobs truck by means of cardan shafts. 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 model has factory-installed interior lighting. Maintenance-free warm white and red LEDs are used for the lighting. The model has separately applied roof details. It also has continuous side skirting with movable sections over the wheel cutouts. The model has a guide mechanism with a closed diaphragm between the car halves of the train. A reproduction of the Scharfenberg coupler (non-working) is present at the ends of the train.
Length over the couplers 48.4 cm / 19-1/16".
Highlights: Digital decoder with extensive sound and light functions. Factory-installed interior lighting. Warm white and red LEDs used for the headlights / marker lights and the interior lighting. Prototypical tooling changes for the version as a salon powered rail car for the GDR government.
DR SVT 137 225 “Hamburg Design” The VT 877a/b introduced a revolution in express passenger service on the German State Railroad (DRG). As the “Flying Hamburger”, this 160 km/h / 100 mph fast diesel powered rail car covered the 287 km / 179 mile long line Berlin – Hamburg for the first time in schedule service on May 15, 1933 in only two hours and 18 minutes. This was a travel speed of 124.8 km/h / 78 mph. Building on the experiences with this powered rail car the DRG ordered 13 similar double powered rail cars as the “Hamburg” design (SVT 137 149-152 and 224-232). A slightly altered end shape as well as the installation of a Scharfenberg coupler were the most visible differences from the first “Hamburger”. The car bodies for all of the units were an aerodynamic lightweight steel design with rib construction. Powerful Maybach diesel motors of 302 kilowatts / 405 horsepower along with main generators were located in both end trucks. The drive was done with DC axle-suspended motors in the center Jakobs truck. These diesel powered rail cars learned to fly starting in 1935 and the DRG revolutionized its schedule with a unique network of fast powered rail car routes. The unfortunately short-lived era of the famous “Flying Trains” had begun. From Berlin Cologne, Frankfurt/Main, Basle, Stuttgart, Munich, Breslau, and even Beuthen were now reached in addition to Hamburg. The express powered rail car service ended with the beginning of the war. After the end of the war, these attractive express powered rail cars were scattered to the four winds. Two “Hamburger” trains found themselves after 1945 in the area of the later GDR. SVT 137 226 was no longer in operation and the DR converted SVT 137 225 into a salon powered rail car train by February 1951/52. It was thus available for use by important bigwigs in the GDR Transportation Ministry until October 1981. Designated as a museum unit, it began its second career in which it was allowed in the summer of 1985 with official GDR “Excursion Permission” to take part in the anniversary exhibition “150 Years of Railroading in Germany” in Nürnberg. After the reunification of Germany, SVT 137 225 was given one more overhaul and was restored to its original elegant beige/violet paint scheme. It is no longer operational and can be admired on the museum track in the Leipzig Main Station.
This model can be found at ajckids.com in an AC version in the Märklin H0 assortment under item number Marklin 37775.
Released in: - New items brochure 2015
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