Product Features and Details
Model: The Liliput L162520 German E10 Electric Locomotive features chassis and wheels of die cast metal, 5-pole skew-wound motor with flywheel, traction tyres, digital interface for Next18 decoder, coupling shaft as per NEM 355, double headlights LED alternating with direction of travel, recommended minimum radius 192 mm, l.o.b.: 101 mm.
Prototype: In 1949, it became clear that the German railroad (Deutsche Bundesbahn) needed a new locomotive for express trains. Continued construction of the successful E 18 class was out of questions since the Swiss railroad BLS had shown that locomotives with four axles in two boogies could provide the same power, but smoother running. First a more powerful version of the E 44 was considered, but this E 46 project was abandoned when it became clear that a speed above 120km/h was needed. The new locomotive class was called the E 10, and five test locomotives were built which differed significantly to allow the testing of several innovations. All of them had a top-speed of 130km/h, and were used on heavy passenger trains. The final design of the E 10 combined the features of all test engines.
The E 10 001, on which the Liliput model is based, was delivered on 23 rd August 1952. Following intensive testing the locomotive entered service on 3 rd January 1953 and was initially housed at Bw Munich Hbf. The locomotive was also on display at the German Transport Exhibition in Munich in 1953. It stayed in Munich until 22 nd February 1955 when it moved to the Bw Nürnberg Hbf, also the place of its withdrawal from service on 26 th June 1975. In its final years it was mainly deployed for local passenger trains, but also goods train traffic. Unfortunately the E 10 001 was broken up at Aw Kassel. The E 10 001 is the basis for the later series locomotives E 10, E 40 and E 41.