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Class 232 Diesel Locomotive

The Giant after the Change to Computer Numbering
With the introduction of computer road numbers, road number V 320 001 mutated starting January 1, 1968 to road number 232 001. Starting in the fall of 1971, it had to do freight train service after the end of its use in heavy express train service. This went just as well, because it had a switching device with the combination of high speed (160 km/h / 100 mph) and lower pulling power for express trains or low speed (100 km/h / 63 mph) and higher pulling power for freight trains. For the first time it was able to make full use of its performance range pulling heavy freight trains.

Prototype: Diesel locomotive, road number 232 001 (Henschel DH 4000). German Federal Railroad (DB) lease locomotive in the crimson paint scheme of Era IV. The locomotive looks as it did around 1972, period of use at Kempten. With metering boxes on the trucks to the right rear and left rear, without rain gutters above the cab windows.

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Class 232 Diesel Locomotive

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Highlights

  • Diesel locomotive with 2 motors.
  • Completely new tooling constructed of metal with separately applied brass parts.
  • Highly detailed model for advanced model railroaders.
  • Motor-driven roof vents with sound, can be turned off.
  • Smoke exhaust at both exhaust stacks.
  • Fully equipped with sound.
  • Built-in adjustable current buffer.
  • Engine room lighting can be controlled.
  • Cab lighting.
  • All axles powered.
  • Digital remote-controlled Telex coupler in the rear, included for the front (prototype coupler mounted at the factory).
  • Prototype couplers included.
  • Product description

    Model: This locomotive is completely new tooling. The running gear with the main frame and locomotive body are constructed of metal. The locomotive has many separately applied brass parts and separately applied metal parts such as grab irons, metal signs, windshield wipers, etc. The locomotive has a DCC digital decoder, extensive sound functions such as running sounds that vary with the speed, a locomotive whistle, warning horn, compressed air being released, vent sounds, and much more. The locomotive can be operated with AC, DC, Märklin Digital, and mfx. The locomotive has a built-in buffer capacitor, whose parameters can be adjusted. It also has two high-efficiency motors with drive to all axles and a high level of pulling power. The LED white headlights / red marker lights change over with the direction of travel, will work in conventional operation, and can be controlled digitally. There is white LED lighting in the cabs that changes over with the direction of travel and that can be turned off. All of the vents include sound. They are prototypically driven and can be turned off. There is smoke exhaust from all of the exhaust stacks and it can be controlled electrically. The engine room lighting / corridor lighting can be controlled. The engine room and cab interior details are modelled. The cab doors can be opened, and Cab 1 has a figure of an engineer. The buffer beams have sprung buffers and separately applied brake lines. There is a factory-installed, electrically working Telex coupler at the back of the locomotive. The front has a prototype coupler. Each factory-installed type of coupler can be replaced by the other type, which is included with the locomotive. Gloves are included with the locomotive.
    Minimum radius for operation 1,020 mm / 40-3/16".
    Length over the buffers 71.9 cm / 28-5/16".
    Weight approximately 9.2 kilograms / 20 pounds, 4-1/2 ounces.


  • Publications

    - New items brochure 2020 - Product programme 2020/2021
  • Prototype information

    As early as 1956, the firm Henschel began at its own cost design and construction in cooperation with the DB's central office in Munich of what is still the largest and most powerful diesel hydraulic locomotive in Europe. Henschel was able to reach back to valuable experience with export locomotives in the development of this giant. Apart from that, with road number V 320 001 use was made of the proven technique to install two 1,900 horsepower motors in this big unit from the newly built V 160. However, the three-axle trucks were completely new. In view of the maximum speed of 160 km/h / 100 mph, the wheelsets were given the unusually large diameter of 1,100 mm / 43-5/16". A switching device activated, when the locomotive was stopped, allowed the assignment of the combination of high speed (160 km/h / 100 mph) with lower pulling power (express trains) or low speed (100 km/h / 63 mph) with higher pulling power (freight trains). The modern, angular design of its ends pointed the way for all future DB diesel locomotives. The proud 23 meter / 75 foot 5-1/2 inch length, the fat fuel tanks on the underside of the frame, and an impressive number of adjustable ventilation grills gave it a reptilian elegance behind which the two motor layouts hummed. With its 122 metric tons of iron and steel distributed over six wheelsets, it could definitely be described as a monster – but a really beautiful monster! Due to high capacity utilization at Henschel, road number V 320 001 could not be delivered until 1962. Initially, extended measurement and test runs were done with the unit. Starting in 1963, it went into the DB roster as a lease locomotive and it was initially based at Hamm. In 1965, the class V 320 moved to Kempten and chiefly hauled heavy express trains between Munich and Lindau. There it quickly demonstrated how extremely suitable it was for heavy international express trains and the shop crews were full of praise for its performance reserves. The D 96 "Rhône-Isar" (Munich – Lindau – Zürich – Geneva) with a consist of usually eight cars formed one of its star trains. The DB as well as the SBB ran their latest rolling stock in it. The DB provided three types of the 26.4 meter / 86 foot 7-5/16" cars first bought in 1961/63, namely a type AB4üm-63 (compartment car, 1st/2nd class), two or three type B4üm-63 (compartment car, 2nd class), and a type BRbu4üm-61 half dining car (2nd class). The SBB reciprocated with its type EW 1 standard design cars (EW 1) in lightweight steel construction with two type B cars (2nd class), a type A car (1st class), and a type D baggage car. In 1974, the DB ended the lease agreement with the class V 320 (starting in 1968: class 232) and gave it back to the builder. Henschel ran the unit through a major overhaul and sold it in April of 1976 to the Hersfeld County Railroad, where it was used until 1988. After that, the locomotive came to the Teutoburg Forest Railroad (TWE). After its deadline for maintenance came in 1992, it disappeared to Italy to earn its living in construction train service. This appeared to seal the fate of this highly interesting unit, but in 1999 came its spectacular importation back to Germany by the track construction firm WIEBE. After an extensive overhaul and the installation of new motors, it had been running since March of 2000 on German rails again, now designated as road number 320 001-1 (WIEBE 7), until wheelset bearing damage in 2015 ended its use forever. Since 2017, it has enriched the builder's plant in Kassel (now Bombardier) as a showpiece.

  • Digital Functions

    Control UnitMobile StationMobile Station 2Central Station 1/2Central Station 3/2*
    Mobile Station 2**
    Headlight(s)
    Diesel locomotive op. sounds
    Telex coupler on the rear
    Horn
    Marker lights
    Whistle for switching maneuver
    Engineer’s cab lighting
    Sanding
    Direct control
    Sound of squealing brakes off
    Interior lighting for the corridor
    Letting off Air
    Auxiliary diesel
    Replenishing fuel
    Replenishing fuel
    Smoke generator
    Special sound function
    Blower motors
    Blower motors
    Whistle for switching maneuver
    Special sound function
    Brake Compressor
    Conductor's Whistle
    Operating sounds
    Switching maneuver
    "Switcher Double ""A"" Light"
    Surrounding sounds
    Special light function
    Doors Closing
    Special light function
    Special sound function
    Telex coupler on the front

    * 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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