Marklin 30501 - Double Electric Locomotive Set - 25 Years MHI

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Scale: H0-Scale

EAN/UPC: 4001883305011

System: 3-Rail AC (Märklin).

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Prototype: 2 different Swiss Federal Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) class Ae 6/6 electric locomotives. One in a fir green paint scheme as the "Zürich" canton locomotive, road number 11412, with raised decorative stripes, as the locomotive looked at the end of the Fifties. One in a fire red paint scheme as the "Stadt Basel" canton locomotive, road number 11410, with raised decorative stripes, as the locomotive looked at the end of the Eighties.

Model: This is a new edition of a Märklin classic based on item number 3050.

Both locomotives have mfx digital decoders. Each locomotive has controlled high-efficiency propulsion. Each locomotive has 3 axles powered in a truck. Traction tires. The triple headlights change over with the direction of travel, will work in conventional operation, and can be controlled digitally. The locomotive bodies and frames are constructed of metal. Both locomotives have coupler hooks. Both locomotives are individually packaged and marked. They also come in a master package. The packaging has a colored representation of the locomotive borrowed from the historic packaging for the Ae 6/6.

Length over the buffers for each locomotive 20.3 cm / 8".


  • A new edition of a Märklin classic from the Fifties/Sixties.
  • The fir green locomotive goes well with the "tin-plate" passenger cars in the 40661 set.
  • mfx digital decoder.
  • Each locomotive individually packaged with colored representation of the locomotive borrowing from the historic packaging for the Ae 6/6.

One-time series.

60th Anniversary of the Ae 6/6 Entering Service At the end of the Forties the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) grappled intensively again with the problems of hauling trains on the Gotthard route. Exhaustive studies led to the recognition that a new locomotive type with 6 powered wheel sets, without pilot or trailing trucks, with a weight of around 120 metric tons and a performance of 4,300 kilowatts / 5,766 horsepower had to be designed for the constantly increasing trainloads. After almost three years of development and build time, the two prototypes of the Ae 6/6 were finished in the fall of 1952 and in January of 1953 and placed into operation. The SBB introduced regular production of the locomotive after overcoming some teething problems and above all installing wheel sets with side-play as well as reducing the size of the flanges on the center wheels of the trucks. A total of 118 additional units were delivered in the years 1955 to 1966. It quickly turned out that the Ae 6/6 with road numbers 11401-11520 was certainly a big success and a new "new Gotthard locomotive" was glistening in the locomotive heavens. The only defect on the Ae 6/6 remained its trucks, which on certain routes proved to be downright "rail grinders" and thus caused excessive wear on the track and roadbed. The first 25 locomotives were often called canton locomotives since they bore the coats-of-arms for the 25 Swiss cantons. Chrome decorative strips were located on the sides of the locomotive bodies and on the ends as a kind of nose. These decorations as well as the coats-of-arms were well received and made these powerful locomotives famous all over Europe. The other 95 production locomotives were given the coats-of-arms of cantonal capitals as well as important cities and towns. In the Fifties and Sixties, the Ae 6/6 functioned as the Gotthard locomotive par excellence in passenger as well as in freight service. Real competition for them did not come of age until 1975 with the appearance of the almost twice as powerful Re 6/6. The onetime Gotthard stars now had to be content with lesser work and migrated to the middle areas of Switzerland and into the Jura Region. From the mid-Nineties on they were seen almost only with freight trains. The first big wave of retirement for these locomotives came in 2009/2010 and the last regularly scheduled use ended in December of 2013. The Ae 6/6 was gone.

The "tin-plate" passenger car set to go with the fir green Ae 6/6 can be found in the Märklin H0 assortment under item number 40661.

Released in: New items brochure 2015


! Märklin exclusive special model - produced in a one-time series.
) Metal frame and locomotive body.
c Digital locomotives with high-efficiency propulsion. Maximum speed and acceleration / delay are adjustable. Can be operated with Märklin transformers, in the Märklin Delta system or in the Märklin Digital system.
e Digital decoder with up to 32 digitally controlled functions. The quantity depends on the controller being used.
H Triple headlights that change over with the direction of travel.
i Power supply can be switched to operated from catenary.
3 Era 3
4 Era 4


ATTENTION: adults only
Control Unit Mobile Station Mobile Station 2 Central Station 1/2 Central Station 3/2
Headlight(s) X X X X X
Direct control X X X X X
Headlight(s) X X X X X
Direct control X X X X X

EAN/UPC: 4001883305011