Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 3810 - 40 passenger locomotive. Former Prussian P8. Version with 3 domes, small Witte smoke deflectors and box-style tender.
Model: The locomotive comes with a digital decoder and controlled propulsion. The locomotive has a powerful can motor with a bell-shaped armature and flywheel in the boiler. 3 axles powered. 2 traction tires. The headlights will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. The locomotive can be retrofitted with a 72270 smoke generator. The smoke generator contact as well as the acceleration and braking delay can be controlled digitally with the 6021 Control Unit. The engineer's cab has interior details. There is a permanent close coupling between locomotive and tender. Figures of a locomotive engineer and fireman are included. Length over the buffers 21.8 cm / 8-9/16".
"The beautiful P8 as a Märklin model" was a new item in 1967 in the Märklin catalog. This was a top of the line model then and is now in the HOBBY program where it enjoys ongoing demand. The demands of today"s model railroaders and the possibilities available with today"s metal technology require once again development of new tooling that will pay justice to the esthetics and the importance of this locomotive. Scale dimensions, fine detailing, and modern precision technology exemplify this new item. Only the miniature crew remains from the earlier Märklin model.
For over 100 years the Prussian P8 has been considered by railroad enthusiasts in Germany and Europe to be one of the most beautiful steam locomotives built. From 1906 to 1928 over 3,800 of these locomotives were built for the Royal Prussian Railroad Administration (KPEV), for other German provincial railroads, for foreign railroads, and even for the German State Railroad Company (DRG). Over 300 units were still in use in Germany after 1945 and the last of them were used well into the 1970s in regional service. At present there about 20 survivors of this group in operational condition spread out over all of Europe.