Product Features and Details
Postponed till 1st half of 2010
Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 211 diesel hydraulic general-purpose locomotive. B-B wheel arrangement. Former class V 100.0.
Model: Era IV. The locomotive has a special motor with a flywheel. 4 axles powered. 2 traction tires. The locomotive has a 21-pin digital connector. The triple headlights change over with the direction of travel. The headlights are maintenance-free LED's. The locomotive has a reproduction of interior details for the engineer's cab. The locomotive has NEM coupler pockets with Märklin couplers. Length over the buffers 139 mm / 5-1/2".
The V 100 - A Powerful Non-Smoker as a Replacement for Steam Locomotives. The proven, economical use of new types of motive power made it clear to railroad officials as early as the Thirties that steam locomotives would be replaced in a few years by diesel and electric locomotives. After the first years of reconstruction, the German Federal Railroad set about developing new motive power; a powerful locomotive for light passenger and freight trains on branch lines was the highest priority among others. In 1956, the V 100 was developed by the railroad's central office and the engineering firm Maschinenfabrik Kiel (MaK). It came to the German Federal Railroad in 2 versions: as the V 100.10 and as the more powerful V 100.20. The V 100.10 was 12.10 meters / 39 feet 8-3/8 inches long, weighed 62 metric tons and was built in quantities of 364 units from 1958 to 1963. Its power was 809 kilowatts / 1,085 horsepower and it reached a maximum speed of 100 km/h / 63 mph. The V 100.10 was designated as the 211 starting in 1968 and was in service on branch lines for almost forty years until it was finally retired in 2001 by the DB AG. Unlike the V 100.10, the more powerful version was also intended to be used on main lines and lines with steep grades. The V 100.20 was built from 1963 to 1966, was later designated as the class 212, weighed one ton more and had a continuous power rating of 993 kilowatts / 1,332 horsepower. The firm MaK also supplied the 12 cylinder motor used on this locomotive. The 381 locomotives built completely fulfilled the expectations set for them. On the DB and the DB AG there were a number of subclasses, such as the class 714 used as motive power for the tunnel rescue train. Regularly scheduled use of the class 212 has also already come to an end. After they were taken out of service on the DB AG, several class 211 locomotives went to the ÖBB, where they were used for different tasks for several years more as the class 2048. Many of the retired class 212 locomotives were sold to Alstom as part of a joint venture, where they are being overhauled and offered to interested private railroads and track laying firms.