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N Scale - Minitrix - 16013 - Locomotive, Steam, 4-6-2 BR 01 - Deutsche Bahn - 01 150

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Stock Number 16013
Original Retail Price $469.95
Brand Minitrix
Manufacturer Minitrix
Body Style Minitrix Steam Engine BR 01
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Steam, 4-6-2 BR 01 (Details)
Road or Company Name Deutsche Bahn (Details)
Reporting Marks DR
Road or Reporting Number 01 150
Paint Color(s) Black and Red
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
DCC Readiness DC/DCC Dual Mode Decoder w/Sound
Announcement Date 2016-01-01
Release Date 2016-01-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Steam
Model Subtype 4-6-2
Model Variety BR 01
Prototype Region Europe
Prototype Era EU Epoch II (1920 - 1945)
Years Produced 1925 - 1938
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: The locomotive has a die-cast metal locomotive frame and tender frame and a die-cast metal tender body. The locomotive has a built-in digital decoder and sound generator with the formats DCC, Selectrix, and Selectrix 2. The locomotive and tender are close coupled. The motor and gear drive are in the tender and the motor has a flywheel. 4 axles powered. 4 traction tires. The locomotive has firebox flickering by means of processor-controlled LEDs (red-orange). The triple headlights, cab lights, and running gear lights are warm white LEDs. The smoke box door can be opened. There is a close coupling between the locomotive and tender. The tender has an NEM coupler pocket on the rear end.

Prototype History:
The Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft's BR 01 steam locomotives were the first standardised (Einheitsdampflokomotive) steam express passenger locomotives built by the unified German railway system. They were of 4-6-2 "Pacific" wheel arrangement in the Whyte notation, or 2′C1′ h2 in the UIC classification. The idea of standardisation was that it would reduce maintenance costs; i.e. if a BR 01 whose engine shop was in, say, Berlin broke down in Dresden, instead of having to ship the necessary part from Berlin and take the locomotive out of service, a part from the Dresden shop could be used as all of the engines, parts, and workings were exactly the same and produced nationwide. Thus it was a "standard" product for engine shops.

Road Name History:
Deutsche Bahn AG (abbreviated as DB, DB AG or DBAG) is a German railway company. Headquartered in Berlin, it is a private joint-stock company (AG), with the Federal Republic of Germany being its single shareholder. Deutsche Bahn describes itself as the second-largest transport company in the world, after the German postal and logistics company Deutsche Post / DHL, and is the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. It carries about two billion passengers each year.

Deutsche Bahn (literally "German Railway" in German) came into existence in 1994 as the successor to the former state railways of Germany, the Deutsche Bundesbahn ("German Federal Railway") of West Germany and the Deutsche Reichsbahn ("German Empire Railway") of East Germany. It also gained ownership of former railway assets in West Berlin held by the Verwaltung des ehemaligen Reichsbahnvermögens (Administration of the Former Reichsbahn Assets).

Brand/Importer Information:
Trix is a German company that originally made Trix metal construction sets. one of its co-founders was Stephan Bing, the son of the pioneer toy-maker industrialist Ignaz Bing. In 1935 the company began producing the electrically powered model trains that it became famous for, under the Trix Express label. Prior to the outbreak of World War II the Trix company produced a small range of fairly unrealistic AC powered three rail models running at 14 volts.

N gauge models under the Minitrix brand were made from the late 1960s mostly of European prototypes (German and British primarily). North American prototypes were also manufactured and marketed under the Aurora "Postage Stamp" brand; later these items were sold under the American Tortoise, Model Power and Con-Cor brands. Trix sometimes utilized North American consultants to aid in the design of this portion of the product line. The "Hornby Minitrix' brand was used in the 1980s for a short lived range of British outline models using the earlier product tooling.

Trix's owner in the 1980s and 1990s was Mangold, which went bankrupt in the late 1990s and Märklin purchased the assets in January 1997. In part, this purchase was a reflection of Märklin's need for added production capacity; Trix had been manufacturing certain items for Märklin in previous years. The purchase was also in response to the earlier purchase of the Karl Arnold company by the Italian company Rivarossi; Märklin were very keen to take over Trix market share in 2-rail H0 and especially Minitrix, until then Märklin had not marketed N gauge models. In 2003, Märklin introduced its first N gauge models under the well established Minitrix brand. A number Märklin H0 scale three-rail AC locomotives have also been introduced in two-rail DC versions under the Trix logo and many models are shared between the two brands.

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Item created by: gdm on 2019-05-17 08:36:20. Last edited by neuroncdoc on 2020-06-23 20:40:18

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