Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class E 10.12. Express locomotive with aerodynamic ends, high-performance trucks, and front skirting. The locomotive looks as the prototype did starting in 1962.
Model: The locomotive has an mfx digital decoder, high-efficiency Softdrive Sine propulsion, and a sound effects generator. It also has a compact-design motor, centrally mounted. 4 axles powered by cardan shafts. Traction tires. The headlights (warm white LEDs) and marker lights are maintenance-free LEDs, they will work in conventional operation, and can be controlled digitally. The locomotive has separately applied metal hand rails. The engineer's cabs have interior details, including a separately applied control wheel. The locomotive has separately applied roof walks. Length over the buffers 18.9 cm / 7-7/16".
Item numbers 43850, 43860, 43870, and 43880 are the Rheingold cars for the E 10.12 express locomotive. Trix is offering this Rheingold locomotive for 2-rail DC as item number 22031.
Of Skirting and Pants Creases... The E 10 new construction express locomotive equipped the DB for quick service of its own express train network after steam locomotives had been retired. However, faster speeds were required than previously for express passenger service in the international TEE network. Krauss-Maffei, Henschel, and Siemens developed a high-performance locomotive in 1962, which had a longer gear drive, new trucks, and a modern aerodynamic look. The "pants crease" at the ends, the buffers clad with streamlined fairing, the skirting under the buffer beams, and the side bands for cooling vents improved the shape of the locomotive for 160 km/h / 100 mph and looked good. In the short term this successful design was therefore also taken on for the 150 regular production locomotives still to be built, which were then designated as the class E 10.3. The 31 high-performance locomotives proved themselves with DB flagship trains: "Rheingold", "Rheinpfeil", "Rheinblitz", "Helvetia", and others. The electrical and mechanical systems on the E 10.12 were the technical prerequisite for the next generation of express locomotives: the E 03.