BR 220 DB | Gauge 1 - Article No. 55025

Express Train.

Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 220 (V 200.0) diesel locomotive with 4 type UIC-x express train passenger cars in "Pop colors". 1 type Aüm 203 car, 1st class (orange). 1 type Büm 232 car, 2nd class (green). 1 type Büm 234 car, 2nd class (blue). 1 type BDüms 273 car, 2nd class with a baggage compartment (blue).

Express Train.
Express Train.

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  • Product description

    Model: Heavy duty general-purpose locomotive with a low center of gravity. One of the most powerful Märklin 1 Gauge locomotives. All of the axles powered by means of cardan shafts with 1 central gear box and 4 transfer gear boxes. 2 traction tires. The locomotive has a high-efficiency electronic circuit for operation with DC power, AC power, or Märklin Digital and Delta. The headlights / marker lights and the engineer's cab lighting will work in conventional operation (and Delta) and can be controlled digitally. The diesel locomotive motor sound effects, the sound of the starter motor, the sound of the locomotive at idle, 1 or 2 motors in operation, and a horn sound effect can be controlled digitally. A figure of locomotive engineer in the front cab is included. The 4-axle express train passenger cars in this train are not available separately. All of the cars have built-in interior lighting. They can be retrofitted with the 60960 function decoder. The couplers have a guide mechanism for a close car spacing. Minimum radius for operation 1,020 mm / 40-3/16". Train length over the buffers 359.0 cm / 141-5/16".

    One-time series on the occasion of the Olympic Games for 2004.

  • Publications

    - New items brochure 2004 - Product programme 2005 - Product programme 2006
  • Prototype information

    German society changed in the 1960"s. The youth revolt broke the hardened political lines. Artists rebelled with Pop Art against traditional ways of seeing things. The exhilarating and easily digested fare penetrated all areas of life. The glass tent architecture for Munich"s Olympia Park also struck the observer as light and exhilarating. The graphic artist, Otl Aicher, created a visual concept for the 72 Olympic Games that included the pastel color tones of the rainbow. The German Federal Railroad also followed the trend. The sad, dark green of the passenger cars dampened the spirit. Using the model of the special paint scheme of the Rheingold, the company sought more modern, fresher, more dynamic colors for the express trains, which would enhance the image of the DB. In 1970, the DB commissioned 16 express train cars in cobalt blue/pebble gray. The colors chrome oxide green/pebble gray were intended for a second series of 24 cars. The new colors met with little enthusiasm from passengers, and little enthusiasm internally at DB. Only the pebble gray side walls were convincing; brighter friendlier colors were desired for the window strips. In the second approach there were cars with blood orange, cobalt blue, blue-lilac, scarlet, reddish violet, and green window strips. The side walls were pebble gray, the side sills and frame were deep black, and the roofs were umbra-gray. 1st class cars were marked with a yellow-gold identifying stripe. Thereafter, a portion of the 1st and 1st/2nd class coach cars delivered in 1970/71 were painted orange, 2nd class cars and 2nd class cars with a baggage compartment were painted blue, dining cars and sleeping cars, as well as half dining cars, were painted red, and baggage cars were painted green. The unusual rich coloring resulted in the nickname "Pop Cars". A total of 146 cars were given the pop color treatment. The DB mostly sent trains in this pure assortment of colors from Bremen, Osnabrück, Norddeich and Dortmund to Munich. In addition, pop trains traveled the Basel - Hamburg route, later as DC trains as well. Due to the pop colors, the closed effect of the window strip made the cars look elongated and modern. Other railroads copied the effect. The pebble-gray side walls however proved to be very susceptible to dirt. Consequently, in 1974 the DB selected ocean blue/beige as new standard colors. In 1985, the last pop cars were stationed in Munich. A little while later, the DB returned to essential design elements of the pop cars for its new color concept for passenger cars.

  • Digital Functions

    Control UnitMobile StationMobile Station 2Central Station 1/2Central Station 3/2*
    Mobile Station 2**
    Engineer’s cab lighting
    Diesel locomotive op. sounds
    Diesel locomotive op. sounds

    * 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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