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N Scale - Minitrix - 11137 - Passenger Train, Diesel, Europe, Epoch IV - Deutsche Bahn - 4-Unit Starter Set

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N Scale - Minitrix - 11137 - Passenger Train, Diesel, Europe, Epoch IV - Deutsche Bahn - 4-Unit Starter Set


N Scale - Minitrix - 11137 - Passenger Train, Diesel, Europe, Epoch IV - Deutsche Bahn - 4-Unit Starter Set


Brand Minitrix
Stock Number 11137
Original Retail Price 219.32€
Manufacturer Minitrix
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Minitrix Train Set Europe
Prototype Type Passenger Train, Diesel, Europe, Epoch IV (Details)
Road or Company Name Deutsche Bahn (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 4-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 4
Multipack ID Number 11137
DCC Readiness Ready
Release Date 2014-01-01
Item Category Starter Sets
Model Type Electric
Model Subtype DB Class 216
Model Variety 5-Unit set
Prototype Region Europe
Prototype Era Epoch IV (1968-1985)
Scale 1/160
EAN/JAN/GTIN13 Number 4028106111372



Specific Item Information: Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) passenger train: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 216 diesel locomotive. B-B wheel arrangement. 3 different express train passenger cars in the ocean blue / ivory paint scheme.

Model: The locomotive has a 14-pin digital interface connector and a 5-pole motor. 4 axles powered. Traction tires. The headlights change over with the direction of travel. The cars have a close coupler mechanism. Total train length 595 mm / 23-7/16". Oval of track 94 x 44 cm / 38" x 18", station set with two curved turnouts and a passing siding as well as a switching set with a siding with an uncoupler track. A locomotive controller, switched mode power pack, and connection hardware are included.

Prototype History:
Rail networks in Western and Central Europe are often well maintained and well developed, whilst Eastern, Northern and Southern Europe often have less coverage and/or infrastructure problems. Electrified railway networks operate at a plethora of different voltages AC and DC varying from 750 to 25,000 volts, and signalling systems vary from country to country, hindering cross-border traffic.

The European Union aims to make cross-border operations easier as well as to introduce competition to national rail networks. EU member states were able to separate the provision of transport services and the management of the infrastructure by the Single European Railway Directive 2012. Usually, national railway companies were split to separate divisions or independent companies for infrastructure, passenger and freight operations. The passenger operations may be further divided to long-distance and regional services, because regional services often operate under public service obligations (which subsidise unprofitable but socially desirable routes), while long-distance services usually operate without subsidies.

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 2019-08-17 16:46:01. Last edited by scottakoltz on 2020-07-10 11:39:47

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