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N Scale - Minitrix - 11136 - Mixed Freight Consist, Europe Epoch VI - Northrail - 3-Unit Starter Set

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Stock Number 11136
Original Retail Price 149.99€
Manufacturer Minitrix
Brand Minitrix
Body Style Minitrix Train Set Europe
Prototype Vehicle Mixed Freight Consist, Europe Epoch VI (Details)
Road or Company Name Northrail (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 3-Unit Starter Set
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Item Category Starter Sets
Model Type Electric
Model Subtype 1016
Model Variety 5-Unit set
Prototype Region Europe
Prototype Era Epoch VI (2001 - Present)
Scale 1/160
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 3
Multipack ID Number 11136
DCC Readiness Ready
Release Date 2013-01-01



Specific Item Information: Prototype: Class MaK DE 1002 diesel electric switch engine painted and lettered for Northrail GmbH, Hamburg, Germany. This locomotive has been leased since January of 2011 to the Kiel Ocean Harbors, Inc. In addition to the locomotive, the freight train includes two tank cars, on painted for the firm GATX and one painted for the firm ERMEWA.

The locomotive has a digital connector. The motor has a flywheel. Both trucks powered. Traction tires. The headlights and marker lights change over with the direction of travel. The locomotive and cars have close coupler mechanisms. Total length over the buffers 293 mm / 11-1/2". An oval of track 62 x 42 cm / 25" x 17" with a feeder track and a battery controller with 3 speed steps are included. This set can be expanded with the entire Minitrix track program.

Prototype History:
A mixed freight train is a train that hauls a variety of different freight cars or wagons. A mixed freight depends on the locale and industries. The train will be carrying cars to be brought to a yard where a local will bring them to the various industries. The location determines the industries, and the industries determine the cars.

Which cars are in which trains is determined by the waybills they are assigned - which is close to a totally random process. For example, through freights simply run from up staging to down staging and back, stopping long enough to trade out 30 percent of their cars and change from steam to motor (catenary) or vice-versa. Thus freights will have a variety of cars, changing each time they pass through a switching yard.

Road Name History:
Since 2009, northrail technical service GmbH & Co. KG has been successfully operating on the market as a workshop service provider for locomotives. It offers preventive and corrective maintenance and supports locomotive acceptance and maintenance planning with a wide range of rail vehicles. The brokerage of rail vehicles and spare parts is also part of its business.

northrail GmbH (northrail) is a leading German asset manager and lessor of rail vehicles. Founded in 2008, the company is majority owned by Paribus group. northrail’s service range extends from advising on the acquisition of vehicles to rental, ongoing support for lessees, coordination of maintenance and repairs to the sale of rail vehicles. northrail currently manages a pool of more than 125 locomotives and 93 passenger aircraft.

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 2019-09-18 08:08:43. Last edited by gdm on 2019-09-18 08:09:45

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