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N Scale - Minitrix - 12365 - Locomotive, Steam, 4-6-2, BR 18 - Deutsche Bahn - 18 521

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N Scale - Minitrix - 12365 - Locomotive, Steam, 4-6-2, BR 18 - Deutsche Bahn - 18 521


Stock Number 12365
Brand Minitrix
Manufacturer Minitrix
Body Style Minitrix Steam Engine BR 18
Prototype Locomotive, Steam, 4-6-2, BR 18 (Details)
Road or Company Name Deutsche Bahn (Details)
Reporting Marks DB
Road or Reporting Number 18 521
Paint Color(s) Black and Red
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Body Material Diecast
DCC Readiness DC/DCC Dual Mode Decoder w/Sound
Announcement Date 2011-01-01
Release Date 2011-01-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Steam
Model Subtype BR 18
Model Variety 18.5
Prototype Region Europe
Prototype Era Epoch I (1870-1920)
Scale 1/160


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Model Information: This is a great locomotive. It seems the early models were mechanized with a Faulhaber high-efficiency motor (bell-shaped armature motor) with flywheel, and the newer versions have a coreless motor with flywheel in the boiler.

The coreless engine makes for absurdly quiet operation. The locomotive and tender are made of diecast metal. Some models carry built-in digital decoder and a sound generator with the formats DCC, Selectrix, and Selectrix 2. Locomotive and tender have a short coupling. 3 axles powered through side rods, traction tires.

DCC Information: Models that carry decoders: Decoder is NOT dual mode. DCC-only operations. Selectrix protocol also supported.

All versions that do not come with factory installed decoder accept NEM socket decoders.

Prototype History: The Class 18 locomotives were a group of related German steam locomotives operated by the Deutsche Reichsbahn between the wars. All of these locomotives were express tender units and had been taken over from the state railways. Each locomotive subclass was slightly different, but all shared a 4-6-2 (Pacific) wheel arrangement. These included: Class 18.0: Saxon XVIII H, Class 18.1: Württemberg C, Class 18.2: Baden IV f, Class 18.3: Baden IV h, Class 18.4-5: Bavarian S 3/6, Class 18.6: PKP Class Pm36, and Class T 18.10: turbine locomotives.

Road Name History: Deutsche Bahn AG (abbreviated as DB, DB AG or DBAG) is a German railway company. Headquartered in Berlin, it is a private joint-stock company (AG), with the Federal Republic of Germany being its single shareholder. Deutsche Bahn describes itself as the second-largest transport company in the world, after the German postal and logistics company Deutsche Post / DHL, and is the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. It carries about two billion passengers each year.

Deutsche Bahn (literally "German Railway" in German) came into existence in 1994 as the successor to the former state railways of Germany, the Deutsche Bundesbahn ("German Federal Railway") of West Germany and the Deutsche Reichsbahn ("German Empire Railway") of East Germany. It also gained ownership of former railway assets in West Berlin held by the Verwaltung des ehemaligen Reichsbahnvermögens (Administration of the Former Reichsbahn Assets).

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Brand/Importer Information: Trix is a German company that originally made Trix metal construction sets. one of its co-founders was Stephan Bing, the son of the pioneer toy-maker industrialist Ignaz Bing. In 1935 the company began producing the electrically powered model trains that it became famous for, under the Trix Express label. Prior to the outbreak of World War II the Trix company produced a small range of fairly unrealistic AC powered three rail models running at 14 volts.

N gauge models under the Minitrix brand were made from the late 1960s mostly of European prototypes (German and British primarily). North American prototypes were also manufactured and marketed under the Aurora "Postage Stamp" brand; later these items were sold under the American Tortoise, Model Power and Con-Cor brands. Trix sometimes utilized North American consultants to aid in the design of this portion of the product line. The "Hornby Minitrix' brand was used in the 1980s for a short lived range of British outline models using the earlier product tooling.

Trix's owner in the 1980s and 1990s was Mangold, which went bankrupt in the late 1990s and Märklin purchased the assets in January 1997. In part, this purchase was a reflection of Märklin's need for added production capacity; Trix had been manufacturing certain items for Märklin in previous years. The purchase was also in response to the earlier purchase of the Karl Arnold company by the Italian company Rivarossi; Märklin were very keen to take over Trix market share in 2-rail H0 and especially Minitrix, until then Märklin had not marketed N gauge models. In 2003, Märklin introduced its first N gauge models under the well established Minitrix brand. A number Märklin H0 scale three-rail AC locomotives have also been introduced in two-rail DC versions under the Trix logo and many models are shared between the two brands.

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Item created by: gdm on 2016-08-14 08:41:45. Last edited by gdm on 2018-04-29 06:32:35

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