VT 08.5 DB | Gauge H0 - Article No. 39080

Diesel Powered Rail Car Train.

Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class VT 08.5 fast powered rail car train. Three-unit design with a B-2+2-2+2-2 wheel arrangement.

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Diesel Powered Rail Car Train.
Diesel Powered Rail Car Train.

Most Important Facts

Article No. 39080
Gauge / Design type H0 / 1:87
Kind Powered Rail Cars
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  • Completely new tooling faithfully modeling the real life train.
  • Metal bodies.
  • New compact design C-Sine propulsion system.
  • mfx decoder with many sound functions.
  • Built-in interior lighting with maintenance-free LED's.
  • Product description

    Model: The train is a three-part unit consisting of a powered car (VT), an intermediate car (VM), and a cab control car (VS). The train comes with an mfx decoder and a new, compact design, maintenance-free C-Sine high-efficiency propulsion system. 2 axles powered. 2 traction tires. The train comes from the factory with built-in interior lighting. There is a special close coupled connection between the cars in the train. The train has built-in interior details. There is a clear view through the engineer's cabs in the end cars. The headlights / marker lights and the interior lighting have maintenance-free LED's. The dual headlights and marker lights change over with the direction of travel and along with the interior lighting will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. The diesel motor sounds, horn, acceleration and braking delay can be controlled with a Control Unit or Märklin Systems. Additional operating and environment sounds including a news report sound bite about the soccer world championship can be controlled with Märklin Systems. The train has 2 pickup shoes for power pickup, and the power pickup changes between the two depending on which pickup shoe is at the front of the train. Length of the three-unit train 85.6 cm / 33-11/16".

    A station platform announcement, the associated sounds of the doors being closed, and the departure whistle Märklin Systems as auxiliary environment sound functions. In addition, the sound of escaping compressed air can be activated with the Central Station.

    An intermediate car with the prototypical lettering "FUSSBALL-WELTMEISTER 1954" is offered under item no. 42080. This powered rail car train is being offered by Trix for two-rail DC systems: VT 08.5 -Trix item no. 22608. The intermediate car lettered "Fußball WM 1954" - Trix item no. 24608.

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    The 39080 model is being produced in 2006 in a one-time series only for Insider members.

  • Publications

    - Product programme 2006 - New items brochure 2006
  • Prototype information

    Early German Federal Railroad Flagship Train and the Wonder of Bern - The first five sets of the VT 08 express powered rail car trains were available to the German Federal Railroad as early as the summer schedule of 1952. The thoughts given to the new development of diesel powered rail car trains with hydraulic transmissions went all the way back to the foundation of the German Federal Railroad. Thus, thirteen three-unit trains from the first production series were built by 1953 for important long distance express passenger service as part of the new construction program. Another six engine cars with dining car arrangements and seven intermediate cars were added by 1954 in the second production run. These units were used primarily to lengthen the existing trains to four and five-unit consists with powered end cars at both ends. The modern, comfortable VT 08 represented the epitome of the new German Federal Railroad and enjoyed great popularity among the passengers. The smooth rounded form of the ends of the train quickly led to the nickname "Egg Heads". These deluxe trains provided service on long distance routings with sonorous names such as "Rheinblitz", "Münchner Kindl", "Roland", "Schauinsland" or "Saphir". These fast trains were also used on foreign routes such as the "Paris-Ruhr" (Dortmund-Paris) as well as the "Helvetia" (Hamburg-Zürich). The prime time for the VT 08 extended well into the 1960s. After electrification of many major routes, the VT 08 trains were then still used partially in TEE service. Later, these trains were rebuilt to simpler standards for plain fast train service. World Champions Return Trip in 1954 - Without a doubt the most spectacular use of a VT 08 powered rail car train was the return trip in this comfortable, special powered rail car train of the German national soccer team after they won the world championship in 1954 in Bern. This train was lettered for the occasion with "FUSSBALL-WELTMEISTER 1954" ("WORLD SOCCER CHAMPIONS 1954"). On the trip from Spiez, the headquarters of the German team, to Munich hundreds of thousands of soccer enthusiasts crowded into the stations to celebrate this sensational team. Over 20,000 fans eager to see the team overwhelmed the border station of Singen. They stood on station platforms, platform roofs, tracks, anywhere they could catch a glimpse of the train. The trip had to be repeatedly interrupted due to the masses of people.

  • Digital Functions

    Control Unit Mobile Station Mobile Station 2 Central Station 1/2 Central Station 3/2*
    Mobile Station 2**
    Diesel locomotive op. sounds
    Direct control
    Surrounding Sounds 1
    Surrounding Sounds 2
    Sound of squealing brakes off
    Surrounding Sounds 2
    Letting off steam / air

    * 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


ATTENTION: not for children under 3 years