Prototype: ICE 3 high-speed train. German Railroad, Inc. (DB AG) class 406 for international service. 1 type 406.0 end car, 1st class. 1 type 406.3 intermediate car with dining area. 1 type 406.5 end car, 2nd class.
|Gauge / Design type||H0 / 1:87|
|Kind||Powered Rail Cars|
Model: 3-part train. Comes with a digital decoder, controlled high efficiency propulsion, and long distance headlights. 2 axles in the intermediate car powered. Motor with a flywheel. 4 traction tires. Direction-dependent power pickup in the end car at the front of the train. Interior lighting powered by means of a continuous electrical connection through the entire train. Headlights and interior lighting work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. Long distance headlights that change over with the direction of travel as well as the acceleration and braking delay are digitally controlled with the 6021 Control Unit. Engineer's cabs have interior details. Special close couplers with guide mechanism. Train length 86.3 cm / 34".
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At the end of October 1998 the third ICE generation, the ICE 3, was presented to the public for the first time at the Eurailspeed in Berlin. This new ICE was presented with a whole series of technological refinements and is contributing to the further shortening of travel times. With the ICE 3 the variety of locomotives and cars on the German Railroad, Inc. system is being expanded by one with a very striking appearance. The ICE 3's appearance more than anything else attracts attention with its streamlined front part that sets new standards with its aerodynamic shape. The most striking technical change is of course the propulsion concept. Whereas the propulsion for the ICE 1 and ICE 2 was located in the two powered end cars, in the new generation ICE 3 the entire propulsion system is now distributed under the car bodies. In general, the ICE 3 will be operated as an eight-car train. Some of the trains are equipped for the German Railroad, Inc.'s power system and are designated as the class 403. The rest are equipped as four-system trains for cross border use in Europe. These powered rail car trains are designated as the class 406 and are intended chiefly for international routings. The interiors of the trains will also attract attention with their functional, appealing ambiance. Particularly attractive is the passenger area directly behind the engineer that allows a direct view into the cockpit and down the tracks.