Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class SVT 04 express powered rail car. German State Railroad class SVT 137 "Hamburg" design. Two-unit train with a Jacobs truck. Painted and lettered as the FT 231 "Montan Express" from 1954.
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Model: The powered rail car has an mfx digital decoder, controlled, high-efficiency Softdrive Sine propulsion, light, and sound functions. It has a maintenance-free, compact design motor mounted in the Jacobs truck. 2 axles powered. Traction tires. The headlights, marker lights, and interior lights are maintenance-free LED's. The headlights and marker lights will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. roof has separately applied details. The powered rail car has continuous side skirting with covers with side play over the wheel cutouts. It has a guide mechanism with a closed diaphragm between the halves of the train. A reproduction of the Scharfenberg coupler (non-working) is present at the ends of the powered rail car. Length over the couplers 48.4 cm / 19-1/16".
This model is available in a 2-rail DC version from Trix under item no. 22025.
Hamburg - Frankfurt - Luxembourg. The path was set in 1952 for the European economic miracle with the Montan Union, the European Community for Coal and Steel. A demand for commercial travel between the economic centers developed out of the European integration of heavy industry and the rebuilding of the infrastructure. The DB placed the F-Zug express trains into service as "Business Class" for this network. The banking centers of Frankfurt and Luxembourg were linked with trains F231 / F232, which were given the descriptive name of "Montan Express". This train was in the schedules until 1956; the goals of European integration had spread much further by then. This route was served by the "Hamburg" design diesel powered express rail car train - in a thoroughly modernized version. The diesel electric drive in the Jacobs truck was replaced by two diesel hydraulic drives on the outer trucks. This made the train run quieter, easier and more economically. The former SVT 137 thereby became the VT 04.5 in a scarlet red paint scheme, the new look at that time for DB diesel locomotives and powered rail cars.