BR 120.1 DB AG | Gauge H0 - Article No. 37529

Class 120.1 Electric Locomotive

Prototype: German Railroad, Inc. (DB AG) class 120.1 fast general-purpose locomotive. Regular production version. Road number 120 140-9. The locomotive looks as it did around 1995.

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Class 120.1 Electric Locomotive
Class 120.1 Electric Locomotive

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Article No.37529
Gauge / Design type H0 / 1:87
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Highlights

  • Centrally mounted motor, 4 axles powered.
  • Close couplers in standard pockets with a guide mechanism.
  • mfx+ digital decoder.
  • Product description

    Model: The locomotive has an mfx+ digital decoder and extensive sound functions. It also has controlled high-efficiency propulsion. 4 axles powered. Traction tires. The triple headlights and dual red marker lights change over with the direction of travel, will work in conventional operation, and can be controlled digitally. Maintenance-free warm white and red LEDs are used for the lighting. The cab lighting can be controlled separately in digital operation. The cabs have interior details. The locomotive has close couplers in standard pockets with a guide mechanism. It also has separately applied grab irons.
    Length over the buffers 22.1 cm / 8-11/16".

    Cars and car sets to go with this locomotive can be found in the Märklin H0 assortment under item numbers 43308, 43309, 43310, and 43876. A DC model of this locomotive can be found in the Trix H0 assortment under item numbers 22686 and 22688.

    One-time series.

  • Publications

    - New items brochure 2016 - Product programme 2016/2017
  • Prototype information

    The Three-Phase Current Pioneer. The class 120 marked the technological change to three-phase current propulsion. This principle promised compact motors largely free of parts that would wear out, without commutators, commutator rings, brushes, and mechanical contacts. Because a wide torque range and rpm range can be mastered with three-phase current technology, the performance specifications for this new development were broadly formulated. The class 120 was designed to pull 200 km/h or 125 mph fast InterCity trains and 5,400 metric ton freight trains and be equipped with push/pull controls and electric regenerative brakes. In 1977, the DB ordered five experimental units, which were thoroughly tested on test stands, on test runs, and in operational use. Startup, tractive effort, acceleration, running characteristics, braking power, power consumption, and stability were part of these tests. Comparison tests with other makes of locomotives as well as startup tests on the Lötschberg and Semmering grades confirmed the effectiveness of the technology. The speed record was 265 km/h or 165 mph. During the test phase, new developments were introduced, for example: microprocessors for faster monitoring and control. Components were constantly improved until all five units were technically at the same level in 1982 and were ready for regular production. During the several years of development, the purchasing policy changed, however. Instead of all-round locomotives, special locomotives were once again preferred on the basis of common development platforms with many parts in common. Therefore, only the first production run of 60 units of the class 120 were purchased. The five prototypes continue to be used for test purposes, and the regular production locomotives are still proving themselves in daily railroad operations.

  • Digital Functions

    Control UnitMobile StationMobile Station 2Central Station 1/2Central Station 3/2*
    Mobile Station 2**
    Headlight(s)
    Engineer’s cab lighting
    Electric locomotive op. sounds
    Low Pitch Horn
    Direct control
    Sound of squealing brakes off
    Headlight(s): Cab2 End
    High Pitch Horn
    Headlight(s): Cab1 End
    Station Announcements
    Blower motors
    Conductor's Whistle
    Compressor
    Letting off Air
    Switching maneuver

    * 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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