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N Scale - Minitrix - 12167 - Electric Locomotive, Re 4/4 IV - SBB CFF FFS - 460 030-0

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N Scale - Minitrix - 12167 - Electric Locomotive, Re 4/4 IV - SBB CFF FFS - 460 030-0

Brand Minitrix
Stock Number 12167
Manufacturer Minitrix
Body Style Minitrix Electric Locomotive Re 4/4 IV
Prototype Description Electric Locomotive, Re 4/4 IV
Road or Company Name SBB CFF FFS (Details)
Reporting Marks SBB
Road or Reporting Number 460 030-0
Paint Color(s) Red
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Standard
DCC Readiness Ready
Announcement Date 2008-01-01
Release Date 2008-01-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Electric
Model Subtype Re 4/4 IV
Model Variety 460
Scale 1/160

Specific Item Information: Accepts NEM-651 Decoder.

Model Information: This model has been in production since 1993 and it is very popular as Minitrix has produced dozens of different versions.

DCC Information: This model has always been DCC friendly. Even the very earliest versions accept an NEM-651 decoder. However, since 2013, the model has been altered to accept the newer mTc14 plug-in decoder.

Road Name History:
Swiss Federal Railways (German: Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (SBB), French: Chemins de fer fédéraux suisses (CFF), Italian: Ferrovie federali svizzere (FFS)) is the national railway company of Switzerland. It is usually referred to by the initials of its German, French and Italian names, either concatenated as SBB CFF FFS, or used separately.

The company is headquartered in Bern.

Read more on Wikipedia.

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Trix is a German company that originally made Trix metal construction sets.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.

From Wikipedia

Item created by: gdm on 2016-08-16 16:46:21

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