New Item Gauge Z - Article No. 88569

Class Ce 6/8 III "Crocodile" Electric Locomotive

Investment Casting Edition
The first time for the Crocodile in a real platinum-plated look for the fiftieth anniversary and in an exclusive special production.

Prototype: SBB Historic class Ce 6/8 III as it looked before 2017. The prototype is still currently operational on the roster of SBB Historic at Erstfeld, Switzerland.

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Class Ce 6/8 III "Crocodile" Electric Locomotive
Class Ce 6/8 III "Crocodile" Electric Locomotive
Class Ce 6/8 III "Crocodile" Electric Locomotive
Class Ce 6/8 III "Crocodile" Electric Locomotive
Class Ce 6/8 III "Crocodile" Electric Locomotive
Class Ce 6/8 III "Crocodile" Electric Locomotive
Class Ce 6/8 III "Crocodile" Electric Locomotive
Class Ce 6/8 III "Crocodile" Electric Locomotive
Class Ce 6/8 III "Crocodile" Electric Locomotive
Class Ce 6/8 III "Crocodile" Electric Locomotive

Most Important Facts

Article No. 88569
Gauge / Design type Z / 1:220
Kind Electric Locomotives
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579,00 € RRP, incl. Tax
planned delivery: September 2022
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Highlights

  • From the Märklin Z Investment Casting Edition
  • Body parts plated with platinum
  • One-time series for the anniversary of "50 Years of Mini-Club"
  • Motor with a bell-shaped armature
  • LED lighting with Swiss headlight / marker light changeover
  • Packaged in a quality, black lacquered wooden box
  • Certificate of authenticity.
  • Product description

    Model: The hoods and locomotive body are constructed of real die-cast bronze plated with real platinum.
    The locomotive has a finely balanced color design with platinum and black tones. It has a motor with a bell-shaped armature and LED lighting with the Swiss headlight / marker light code. Both trucks powered. The locomotive has reduced lettering for the benefit of the platinum look.
    Road number "2022" for the anniversary of Z Gauge.
    Length over the buffers 91 mm / 3-9/16". The locomotive comes in special fine wooden packaging with a certificate of authenticity.

    One-time series for the anniversary of Mini-Club.

  • Publications

    - New items brochure 2022
  • Prototype information

    SBB Ce 6/8 III – "Crocodile" The takeover by the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) of the Gotthard line in 1909 brought radical changes. The most important new thing was now the electrification of the Gotthard line pursued with the highest priority, which included the start of electric operation on the actual ramps from Erstfeld to Biasca as well as the Gotthard tunnel on December 12, 1920. Finally, the line could be run continuously with electric locomotives from Lucerne to Chiasso starting May 28, 1922. The SBB required a large quantity of new locomotives for this purpose – and with the so-called "Crocodile" was born "the" Gotthard locomotive for freight trains. Initially, 33 units were delivered between 1919 and 1922 as road numbers Ce 6/8 II 14251-14283. Two groups of driving wheels, each with three powered axles and a pilot truck were linked by a close coupling. A short locomotive body was enthroned between the two groups of driving wheels thus guaranteeing marvelous maneuverability through curves. Constantly increasing performance in freight service caused the SBB to purchase 18 more Crocodiles in 1926/27 as road numbers Ce 6/8 III 14301-14318. They featured higher performance with 1,809 instead of 1,647 kilowatts / 2,426 instead of 2,209 horsepower. Their drive with two traction motors per group of driving wheels had been changed a little from their predecessors and was now done by means of the so-called Winterthur diagonal rod drive with the help of a counter jackshaft. Together with their older siblings, they dominated heavy freight service on the Gotthard in the following decades. In the mid-Fifties their maximum speed was increased from 65 to 75 km/h / 41 to 47 mph and they were thus re-designated logically as road numbers Be 6/8 III 13301-13318. The end of their use on the Gotthard did not come until the baptism of the Ae 6/6 at the end of the Fifties. All of the units initially went from the Erstfeld Depot to the Basle Depot and from there to other base locations. The "Crocodiles" now made almost all of Switzerland "unsafe" pulling freight trains. At the end of their career, they were only allowed to pull lightweight less-than-carload-lot trains. The last Ce 6/8 III disappeared from the rails in April of 1977. However, two units remain preserved with the road numbers 13302 (MEC Horgen) and 13305 (SBB Historic).

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ATTENTION: not for children under 15 years