Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) "Merkur" long distance express train (F-Zug). 2 type AB4üe-36/52 coaches, usable for 1st or 2nd class, and 1 type WR4ü(e)-35 dining car.
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Model: The coaches have Görlitz III light design trucks and the dining car has Görlitz III heavy design trucks. The cars have built-in lighting with a pickup shoe and current-conducting couplings. There are extended diaphragms between the cars and retracted diaphragms and close couplers on the car ends making up the ends of the train. The cars have separately applied grab irons. Total length over the buffers 77.2 cm / 30-3/8".
The "Merkur" F-Zug long distance express train fits exactly in the era of the class 05, which is coming out as Märklin Insider model 39050. This car set is available from Trix in a 2-rail DC version under item no. 23420.
When the Merkur Was Blue... Merkur (in English, Mercury), the Roman god of trade, education and travel, was the namesake for one of the new long distance express trains introduced by the German Federal Railroad in 1952/1953. These blue long distance express trains linked the centers of the Federal Republic of Germany in the beginning of the Economic Miracle period. The F3 / F4 "Merkur" ran between Hamburg-Altona and Frankfurt am Main and/or Stuttgart. Coaches from the German State Railroad Group 35 were equipped with quality and distinction and were used as 1st class or 2nd class as demand dictated. The dining car from the same design group belongs to the period of the long distance trains fielded by the German Sleeping Car and Dining Car Company or DSG. Naturally, these flagship trains were pulled by the stars of the express train steam locomotives such as the class 05.