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N Scale - Minitrix - 11138 - Freight Train, European, Electric, Epoch V - Deutsche Bahn - 5-Unit Starter Set

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N Scale - Minitrix - 11138 - Freight Train, European, Electric, Epoch V - Deutsche Bahn - 5-Unit Starter Set


Brand Minitrix
Stock Number 11138
Manufacturer Minitrix
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Minitrix Train Set Europe
Prototype Type Freight Train, European, Electric, Epoch V (Details)
Road or Company Name Deutsche Bahn (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 5-Unit Starter Set
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 5
Multipack ID Number 11138
DCC Readiness DC/DCC Dual Mode Decoder
Release Date 2015-01-01
Item Category Starter Sets
Model Type Electric
Model Subtype BR 185.2
Model Variety 5-Unit set
Prototype Region Europe
Prototype Era Epoch V (1985-2000)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Prototype: European freight train on German rails. Class 185.2 electric locomotive, 1 type Snps four-axle double stake car (SBB Cargo), 1 type Sdgkms four-axle deep well flat car with a semi-truck rig painted and lettered for the freight forwarder Vos Logistics, 1 type Rils sliding tarp car painted and lettered for the Luxembourg State Railroad (CFL), leased to the Dutch State Railways (NS), 1 special car for chemical products, used on the German Railroad, Inc. (DB AG). Design with an insulated funnel flow tank. Privately owned car painted and lettered for the firm KVG Tank Cars Leasing Company, Inc.

Highlights: Locomotive includes a DCC-Selectrix decoder.

Prototype History:
Rail freight transport is the use of railroads and trains to transport cargo as opposed to human passengers. A freight train or goods train is a group of freight cars (US) or goods wagons (International Union of Railways) hauled by one or more locomotives on a railway, transporting cargo all or some of the way between the shipper and the intended destination as part of the logistics chain. Trains may haul bulk material, intermodal containers, general freight or specialized freight in purpose-designed cars. Rail freight practices and economics vary by country and region.

When considered in terms of ton-miles or tonne-kilometers hauled per unit of energy consumed, rail transport can be more efficient than other means of transportation. Maximum economies are typically realized with bulk commodities (e.g., coal), especially when hauled over long distances. However, shipment by rail is not as flexible as by the highway, which has resulted in much freight being hauled by truck, even over long distances. Moving goods by rail often involves transshipment costs, particularly when the shipper or receiver lack direct rail access. These costs may exceed that of operating the train itself, a factor that practices such as containerization aim to minimize.

From Wikipedia

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).

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 2019-05-20 16:47:01

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