BR E 10.12, DB | Gauge H0 - Article No. 30390

Class E 10.12 Electric Locomotive

Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class E 10.12 electric locomotive. Cobalt blue / beige basic paint scheme as the interim Rheingold locomotive. Version with five lamps on each end, high-efficiency vents with vertical grills and a continuous rain gutter. Road number E 10 1242. The locomotive looks as it did in spring/summer of 1962.

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Class E 10.12 Electric Locomotive
Class E 10.12 Electric Locomotive

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Article No. 30390
Gauge / Design type H0 / 1:87
Kind Electric Locomotives
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  • Märklin classic from the 1960s.
  • Elegant Rheingold paint scheme, goes with the Rheingold passenger cars from item number 40850.
  • An mfx digital decoder included.
  • Packaging includes a colored representation of the locomotive, borrowed from the original packaging for the class E 10.
  • For the start of European TEE service 60 years ago, on June 2, 1957.
  • Product description

    Model: This is a reissue of a Märklin classic. The locomotive has controlled high-efficiency propulsion and an mfx digital decoder. 2 axles powered on one truck. Traction tires. The triple headlights change over with the direction of travel, will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. The locomotive body and frame are constructed of metal. Both ends of the locomotive have a Relex coupler. The box has a colored illustration of the locomotive, which is representative of the original packaging. Length over the buffers 18 cm / 7-1/16".

    The "Tin-Plate" passenger car set to go with the class E 10.12 Rheingold locomotive can be found in the Märklin H0 assortment under item number 40850.

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    Spare parts for our articles can be found here in our spare parts search.

    One-time series for the start of European TEE service 60 years ago, which began on June 2, 1957.

  • Publications

    - New items brochure 2017 - Product programme 2017/2018
  • Prototype information

    30390 – DB Class E 10.12 Electric Locomotive as Rheingold Interim Locomotive In 1960, the DB decided to update the "Rheingold" and its corresponding "Rheinpfeil" with an exclusive and highly comfortable pool of cars. A brand new "Rheingold" was running between Amsterdam and Basle at the start of the summer schedule on May 27, 1962. Due to the progress in electrification in the German area, the train could run from Basle to Duisburg with electric locomotives. The DB had decided on a modified version of the already proven E 10 with a new streamlined body ("Bügelfalten" / "Pants Crease" E 10). Since the first of these units would not be available until the fall of 1962, the DB managed with six units of the standard design with its boxy body. As with all standard design locomotives, these locomotives had a bridge frame and box framework of steel shapes of welded construction on which the sheet metal sheathing was welded. The sheathing formed a self-supporting unit with its bridge-style beams and roof design. The four traction motors produced 3,620 kilowatts / 4,852 horsepower and the SSW rubber ring spring drive served as the propulsion system. Only their gearboxes were modified for a maximum speed of 160 km/h / 100 mph and they were then designated as the subclass E 10.12. With a paint scheme adapted to the two-color "Rheingold" scheme in cobalt blue / beige, road numbers E 10 1239-1244 took a special place in the DB motive power pool. Yet these lasted only a short time because with delivery of the final Rheingold locomotives between September 1962 and February 1963 the interim units were converted back to regular locomotives with the road numbers E 10 239-244. Since the "Rheinpfeil" was running with new "Rheingold" cars starting with the summer schedule of 1963, there were once again five units painted cobalt blue / beige and modified for 160 km/h / 100 mph with road numbers E 10 250 to 254 stationed in Nürnberg. Between September 1963 and January 1964, these units were also converted back to the regular version. Over the years, the box-style former Rheingold locomotives (starting in 1968 the class 110) also had to undergo countless conversions and paint variations. To mention a couple, there was the conversion of the vents and the removal of the roof gutters. Road number 110 250 was even converted in November of 1994 to 139 250 (retired on September 22, 2010). The units were taken out of service between 2000 and 2011, the last one being road number 110 243 on May 30, 2011. Road number 110 239 was already retired on July 5, 2006 and was take over shortly thereafter by the Wuppertal "Locomotive Club 103" with the goal of restoring it to its condition when delivered as a Rheingold locomotive. Finally, the extensive restoration work was completed in the summer of 2008 and with a new cobalt blue / beige paint scheme done by the Dessau maintenance facility this locomotive has since been operational as road number E 10 1239 for special runs.

  • Digital Functions

    Control Unit Mobile Station Mobile Station 2 Central Station 1/2 Central Station 3/2*
    Mobile Station 2**
    Direct control

    * New features of the Central Station 2 (Part No. 60213, 60214 or 60215) with the software update 4.2

    ** New features of the Mobile Station 2 (Part No. 60657/66955) with the Software Update 3.55



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