Product Features and Details
Body: for the three rail AC system. With fitted digital decoder (21-pole, ESU). Headlights can be turned on/off. Standard NEM 340 AC wheels. Otherwise identical to L132023.
The class V 169 001 – from 1968 designated as 219 001-5 by German Railways – was another locomotive with electrical train heating that was a further development of the V 160. The V 169 became the prototype for diesel locomotives with a gas turbine as an ancillary drive unit. German Railways intended to operate it on mountain routes. The gas turbine ran on diesel fuel and was meant to provide additional traction to handle heavy trains or when negotiating inclines. The generator for the heating with a power takeoff was powered by the fluid transmission and proved its worth on the V 169, being used for the later series locomotives on the classes 218 and 210. It also demonstrated the fundamental utility of the ancillary drive combined with a gas turbine. This drive was later used analogously in the series locos with gas turbine on the Class 210.