Prototype: 4 type Avümh 111 TEE compartment cars, 1st class, with roofs rounded on the ends, 4 type Apümh 121 TEE open seating cars, 1st class, with roofs rounded on the ends, 2 type TEE ARDümh 105 bar cars, 1st class, with roofs with vertical ends, and 2 type WRümh 132 TEE dining cars with roofs with vertical ends, all painted and lettered for the German Federal Railroad (DB). The cars look as they did in the fall of 1967.
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Model: This set is 12 TEE cars with different lettering in an attractive display. The cars have the new, longer length. The underbodies and skirting are specific to the cars. The trucks are Minden-Deutz design and have regular brake shoes or disc brakes with separately applied generators according to the prototype and the type of car. The 7319 current-conducting couplings or the 72020 / 72021 current-conducting couplers that can be uncoupled as well as the 73400 / 73401 (2 per car) lighting kit, the 73406 pickup shoe, and the 73407 marker light kit can be installed in the cars. Each of the cars comes individually packaged. Length over the buffers for each car 28.2 cm / 11-1/8". DC wheel set for each car 4 x 700580.
All of the cars from this display are available separately. Two complete, prototypical trains of the "Blauer Enzian" / "Blue Gentian" TEE can be reproduced with the cars, one from Hamburg to Munich and one from Munich to Hamburg. 39.95 Euros single price per compartment / open seating car. 44.95 Euros single price per bar / dining car.
The "Blauer Enzian" / "Blue Gentian" TEE. In the old German Federal Republic the North-South connection was the most important principal route and the route from Hamburg to Munich enjoyed the greatest priority. The "F-Zug" network of long distance express trains introduced in 1951 used the latest cars and locomotives on this route and a contest is the reason why one of the most famous trains on this routing was christened "Blauer Enzian" / "Blue Gentian" in 1953. The "Blauer Enzian" / "Blue Gentian" was upgraded to TEE status in 1965 with the completion of electrification for the route to Hamburg and its cars were adapted to the Trans Europe Express standards. A new type WRmh 132 dining car, built starting in 1964, was assigned to the train as well as a bar car, the latter being dropped from the train from 1969 on. In the South the train's route was extended to Klagenfurt, Austria and in the winter also as a parallel train via Kufstein to the ski areas in the Tyrol up to Zell am See near Salzburg, Austria. The train's TEE status was given up in 1971 with the introduction of the German Federal Railroad's InterCity concept; from 1979 on the DB offered the popular North-South routing with 2nd class cars too. This routing has remained attractive with the introduction of the EuroCity trains in 1987, but the name "Blauer Enzian" has disappeared and along with it a part of German railroad history.