Prototype: German State Railroad Company (DRG) class SVT 137. Two-unit "Hamburg" design with a Jacobs truck.

Diesel Powered Express Rail Car.
Diesel Powered Express Rail Car.

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Article No. 55137
Gauge / Design type 1 /
Era II
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  • Product

    Model: The rail car comes with controlled high-efficiency propulsion. It has an mfx decoder with many light and sound functions as well as a powerful motor in the Jacobs truck. The rail car can be run on AC power, DC power, and Märklin Digital as well as Märklin Systems. 2 axles powered. The rail car has continuous side skirting with covers with side play over the wheel cutouts. The rail car has a coupling with a guide mechanism between the car halves. The rail car has headlights / marker lights and interior lighting with maintenance-free LED's. The headlights / marker lights change over with the direction of travel and together with the engineer's cab lighting will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. The interior lighting, horn, and the acceleration and braking delay can be controlled digitally with a 6021 Control Unit or Märklin Systems. The roofs have separately applied details. The rail car has reproductions (non-working) of Scharfenberg couplers at the ends. Minimum radius for operation 1,020 mm / 40-3/16". Length over the couplers 140.4 cm / 55-1/4".

The 55137 diesel powered rail car is being produced in 2006 in a one-time series only for Insider members.

  • Highlights

    • Completely new tooling.
    • Model of the famous powered rail cars from the period of the "Flying Trains".
    • mfx decoder.
    • Sophisticated sound effects circuit with 2 speakers for reproduction of the two separate power systems in the prototype.
    • Prototypical propulsion system mounted on the central Jacobs truck.
    • Detailed interior details and interior lighting built in.
    Diesel Powered Express Rail Car.
  • Product info

    Product info

    Special sound effects that can be controlled with a Control Unit or Märklin Systems: Short horn blast and the conductor's whistle. Special sound effects that can be controlled with Märklin Systems: Station platform announcements and the sound of doors being opened.

    Publications

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

    Fast and No Competition - In the 1920s the German State Railroad Company recognized the increasing competition from automobiles and airplanes. As far back as then business people in particularly and the wealthy appreciated fast day trips - mornings out, evenings back. The railroad did not want to lose these demanding customers. It therefore had to become faster with attractive offerings. The railroad awarded a contract for a two-unit combustion powered rail car after the success of promising high speed experiments with the propeller-driven Rail Zeppelin, which had reached a sensational 230 km/h / 144 mph on its world record run in June of 1931 as a "technology front runner". The powered rail car was placed into service in May of 1932 and linked the two urban areas of Berlin and Hamburg. This powered express rail car raced over the 228 km / 143 mile long route in 132 minutes. At an average speed of almost 128 km/h / 80 mph it was the fastest, regularly scheduled train in the world and entered history as the "Flying Hamburger". The success of this new express train service was overwhelming. The German State Railroad therefore awarded a contract for additional powered rail car trains. This Hamburg design is the prototype for the Märklin model. Improvements in design were made to the regular production VT 137 from the experience assembled with the "Flying Hamburger". In addition, these powered rail car trains were given particularly elegant, streamlined ends and multiple unit control for running two trains together. A power plant consisting of a 12 cylinder diesel motor and a generator was located over the two end trucks for the diesel-electric propulsion of the train. These power plants generated the current for the two electric axle-suspended traction motors on the axles of the center Jakobs truck. The DRG quickly expanded its express service network operated wit the SVT. These Hamburg design powered rail car trains ran from and to Berlin to Cologne, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Stuttgart, and Munich. There was also a direction connection between Hamburg and Cologne. The German State Railroad held class 03 streamlined locomotives in reserve to protect these routes. In the event of an SVT out of service these locomotives could jump into service with a three-car Schürzenwagen consist. The multiple unit control built into the regular production powered rail cars enabled the railroad to run a large part of the route from Berlin to Southern Germany initially with two powered rail cars coupled together. After being separated in Nürnberg the two powered rail car trains ran further individually to Stuttgart and Munich. Specially schooled train and station personnel performed the necessary uncoupling and coupling procedures very rapidly. After a one minute stop the first powered rail car could go on, followed by the second powered rail car a minute later. Both sets were coupled together again in Nürnberg on the return trip. This type of multiple unit operation can also be seen today - seven decades later - with the ICE 2.

  • Features

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  • Digital Functions

    Control Unit Mobile Station Mobile Station 2 Central Station 1/2 Central Station 3/2*
    Mobile Station 2**
    Headlight(s)
    Diesel locomotive op. sounds
    Horn
    Direct control
    Interior lights
    Horn blast 1
    Surrounding Sounds 1
    Sound of squealing brakes off
    Surrounding Sounds 2
    Surrounding Sounds 3

    * 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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