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Specific Item Information: Without light (model with lighting ref. 976).
Initially introduced in 3N version as ref. 022.
In catalog 1982-1988 (ref. 957)
Original price list in 1984: 3,270 Pesetas (ESP)
The preserved prototype 1808 stands as a monument at the Santiago de Compostela Station, along with a green MZA car.
Model Information: Ibertren introduced this model somewhere around 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).
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 Name History:
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.
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: Alain LM on 2017-07-09 05:56:52. Last edited by gdm on 2018-01-24 06:43:04
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