Marklin 37791 - Thalys PBKA High Speed Train

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Scale: H0-Scale

EAN/UPC: 4001883377919

System: 3-Rail AC (Märklin).

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Prototype: High speed train painted and lettered for the THALYS PBKA of Thalys International, Brussels, Belgium in the multi-system version for service between Paris, Brussels, Cologne, and Amsterdam. 2 powered end cars (TK1 and TK2), 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 2010.

Model: The train is a 4-part set. Both end cars (TK1 and TK2) are powered. The train has an mfx digital decoder and extensive sound functions. It has controlled, high-efficiency propulsion in both powered end cars, centrally mounted. 4 axles powered through cardan shafts in each end car. 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 SNCF design single-arm pantographs. 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".

  • Scale 1:87 reproduction.
  • Factory-installed interior lighting.
  • Extensive sound functions.
  • Warm white LEDs for lighting.
  • The latest paint scheme.
  • Both end cars powered.

The 37791 basic set can be expanded with the 43421, 43431, and 43441 extension sets to a prototypical 10-car unit.

This model can be found at Ajckids in a DC version in the Trix H0 assortment under item no. 22371.

Prototype information

THALYS PBKA In June of 1992 the participating SNCF, SNCB, DB, and NS railroads agreed on a common vehicle for the high speed service between Paris, Brussels, Cologne, and Amsterdam (PBKA). These four-current PBKA high speed trains with their characteristic paint scheme in Bordeaux red and gray metallic are a further development of the TGV and are marketed under the product name “THALYS”. These trains have been running since December 14, 1997 from Paris to Brussels and then further to Amsterdam or Cologne. Externally, the Thalys PBKA with its rounded ends resembles the TGV-Duplex, but technically it related to the TGV-Réseau, the third generation of the TGV.

The Thalys PBKA was around 50% more expensive to buy than the TGV-Réseau because it must handle four different current systems and seven different signaling systems, which its on-board computer recognizes automatically.

The Thalys is designed for both left and right hand running. For that reason the engineer’s control panel was arranged in the middle. The most important operating elements are present on both sides. The pressure of the pantograph against the catenary is automatically regulated depending on the speed, direction, and power network. This allows it to adapt to all kinds of catenary designs. The power and the operating speed depend on the current system.

A train set consists of two powered end cars and eight intermediate cars. The intermediate cars are connected with each other by means of Jakobs trucks and thereby form an operational unit. Five intermediate cars (one with a bar) are for passengers traveling 2nd class and three intermediate cars are set up for 1st class. There are a total of 377 seats in the approximately 200 meter / 65 foot 7 inch long Thalys. Since their introduction these trains have undergone an intensive program of updating with the following innovations: a new interior and a new look in flaming red and silver – borrowed from the previous Thalys colors but with new graphic elements.


/ Metal locomotive frame.
c Digital locomotives with high-efficiency propulsion. Maximum speed and acceleration / delay are adjustable. Special motor with electronically enhanced load compensation or a compact bellshaped armature. Can be operated with Märklin transformers, in the Märklin Delta system or in the Märklin Digital system. 
e Digital decoder with digitally controlled functions. The quantity depends on the controller being used.
h Built-in sound effects circuit.
N Triple headlights and two red marker lights that change over with the direction of travel.
+ Built-in LED interior lighting.
j Built-in interior details.
8 Era 6
| 1:87


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
Interior lights X X X X X
Light Function1 X X X X X
Electric locomotive op. sounds X X X X X
Horn X X X X X
Direct control X X X X X
Sound of squealing brakes off X X X X
Doors Closing X X X X
Whistle for switching maneuver X X X X
Conductor's Whistle X X X X
Stat. Announce. - Fren. X X X
Station Announcements X X X
Station Announcements X X X
Stat. Announce. - Engl. X X X

EAN/UPC: 4001883377919