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N Scale - Ibertren - 976 - Engine, Diesel, DL500C - Renfe - 1808

N Scale - Ibertren - 976 - Engine, Diesel, DL500C - Renfe - 1808


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Brand Ibertren
Stock Number 976
Secondary Stock Number 9976
Original Retail Price 31.49€
Manufacturer Ibertren
Body Style Ibertren Diesel Engine Alco DL500C
Road/Company Name Renfe
Reporting Marks RENFE
Road/Reporting Number 1808
Paint Color(s) Green, w. Yellow stripes
Print Color(s) Yellow
Body Construction Plastic
Item Size (In Inches Length x Width x Height) L: 115mm
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
DCC Readiness No
Release Date 1987-01-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype Alco
Model Variety DL-500-C, Renfe Serie 318
Prototype Engine, Diesel, DL500C
Prototype Manufacturer Name Alco
Prototype Model Name DL-500-C
Prototype Year(s) of Production 1957-1967
Region Europe
Era/Epoch Epoch III: 1950 - 1970


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Specific Item Information: With light (model without lighting ref. 957).
Initially introduced in 3N version as ref. 022.
In catalog 1987-1989 (ref. 976), in catalog 1990-1992 (ref. 9976)
Original price list in 1987: 5,240 Pesetas (ESP)
The preserved prototype 1808 stands as a monument at the Santiago de Compostela Station, along with a green MZA car.

Body Style Information: Introduced circa 1980. These models have a pretty strange mechanism. The frame consists of one piece of cast metal (contoured to follow the shape of the shell). The motor is attached to the rear truck and swivels right along with it on curves. All of the wheels on the rear truck are equipped with traction tires, so consequently all pick-up comes from the six wheels on the forward truck (with current ferried around via wires). The headlight is, amazingly enough, directional. Performance is not great. It's quite loud and pickup is iffy (not surprising, given all the traction tires).

For an in-depth review, please visit: spookshow.net

Prototype Information: Alco "World Locomotive" DL-500 series, introduced in 1953, were designed for export markets. The first DL-500 originated as a newly designed demonstrator based on the FA-2. The first 25 DL-500s used the model 244 engine rated at 1,600 horsepower (1,200 kW). Later DL-500s were like the FPA-4 and utilize the Alco model 251B diesel engine as the prime mover and are rated at 1,800 horsepower (1,300 kW). All DL-500s were built with Co'Co' trucks, but B-B or paired A-1-A trucks were offered as an option. A total of 369 DL-500 locomotives were built by Alco, A. E. Goodwin (in Australia) and MLW between May 1953 and December 1967.
DL-500 locomotives were sold to Australia, Argentina, Greece, India, Iraq, Pakistan, Peru and Spain.

In Spain, Renfe ordered several versions of the Alco DL-500:
- Serie 316 (initially Serie 1600) - DL-500-A (FPD-5) - 1,600 hp (Alco 244) - Read more about Renfe Serie 316 (in Spanish) on Wikipedia and on www.ferropedia.es.
- Serie 318 (initially Serie 1800) - DL-500-C (FPD-7) - 1,800 hp (Alco 251 B) - Read more about Renfe Serie 318 (in Spanish) on Wikipedia and on www.ferropedia.es.
- Serie 321 (initially Serie 2100) - DL-500-S (FPD-9 ) - 2,180 hp (Alco 251 C), with two cabs - Read more about Renfe Serie 321 (in Spanish) on Wikipedia and on www.ferropedia.es.

Full list of Alco DL-500 export "World Locomotives" on The Diesel Shop.
Full Alco DL-500-B/C data sheet on The Diesel Shop.

Road/Company Information:
Renfe Operadora (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈreɱfe opeɾaˈðoɾa]) is the state-owned company which operates freight and passenger trains on the 1,668 mm (5 ft 5 21⁄32 in) Iberian gauge, the 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge and the 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) metre gauge networks of the Spanish national railway infrastructure company ADIF (Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias—Railway Infrastructure Administration).

The name "Renfe" is derived from that of the former Spanish National Railway Network, RENFE (acronym of Red Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Españoles—National Network of Spanish Railways) created on 24 January 1941 with the nationalisation of Spain's railways. As per EU Directive 91/440, RENFE was divided into Renfe-Operadora (operations) and ADIF (infrastructure) on 1 January 2005.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Brand/Importer Information:
Ibertrén is a model train manufacturer based in Barcelona, Spain. Ibertren started its business in 1973, as a subsidiary of Model-Iber. Its objective was the manufacture of toy trains to scale. It was intended to offer a quality toy that at the same time created public for rail modeling. In 1992, Model-Iber ceased its activity due to financial problems. The manufacture of Ibertren was stopped in that year, ending its first period. In 2004 the activity of the brand was resumed, dedicated to rail modeling directed to adults in scale H0 and abandoning completely the sector for youngsters. In 2008 the production of elements in scale 2N re-emerged. The company full name after relaunch is "Ibertrén Modelismo S.L.".

Ibertrén started producing N (1: 160) scale models, which they called 3N, with a dedicated 3rd-rail power pick-up. The system was not performing well and was also incompatible with the system commonly used by other manufacturers. It was finally abandoned in favor of the conventional N 2-rail power pick-up that Ibertrén called 2N that was introduced in the early 1980's.

Documentation including all catalogs and price lists from 1973 to 1992 can be found on www.TrenMiniatura.es shared space.


Item created by: AlanUS on 2017-07-09 03:12:46. Last edited by AlanUS on 2017-07-09 05:53:33

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