Fascination Arising out of Perfection
Märklin products were and are technical master achievements that receive praise from engineers and other experts. They are the best of their kind and they project an image of the highest level of handcrafted ability and technical perfection that seeks its equal. Those following my newsletters know very well that I regard Marklin TEE VT 11.5 as one of the best models Märklin factory has ever put out in its storied history. It is an all metal, two motors, finely detailed train with magnetic couplers, interior lighting and superb sound (F16 taking off when you engauge train's turbine).
With this VT 11.5 very special train plated with 24k gold, Märklin is emphasizing the limitless fascination emanating from its products. Only the highest quality is worth finishing with gold in this way. Its velvety glow emphasizes the passion inherent in each of Märklin models. Its value stands for the care Märklin puts into each individual production step. This is a very, very special collector‘s item. You would be acquiring an enduring success story. One that is over 150 years old.
VT 11.5 TEE Diesel Powered Rail Car Train
Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) 7-part class VT 11.5 TEE diesel powered rail car train. 1 type Pw4ü powered end car, 1 type A4ü compartment car, 1 type A4y open seating car, 1 type AR4y compartment car with dining and bar area, 1 type AR4y intermediate car with galley and dining area, 1 type A4ü compartment car, 1 type Pw4ü powered end car. Prototypical train consist for the original version of 1957.
Model: The train is a 7-part set. The powered end cars and intermediate cars are plated with 24 carat fine gold. The train has an mfx+ digital decoder and extensive sound functions. Each powered end car has controlled high-efficiency propulsion. Each powered end car has a truck with both axles powered. Traction tires. The intermediate cars have factory built-in interior lighting. The triple headlights and dual red marker lights change over with the direction of travel. They and the interior lighting will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. Maintenance-free, warm white and red LEDs are used for the lighting. The train has a power pickup feature whereby power is picked up from the pickup shoe in the powered end car at the front of the train. The train has special multiple conductor close couplings and tight closing diaphragms with guide mechanisms between the cars. The ends of the train has a reproduction of the covered Scharfenberg coupler (non-working) at both ends. The powered rail car train is being delivered in exclusive packaging with a certificate of authenticity. The powered rail car train and the certificate of authenticity are consecutively numbered. Train length over the couplers 151 cm / 59-7/16“. The powered end cars and intermediate cars are plated with 24 carat fine gold.
Strictly limited to 1,500 powered rail car trains worldwide.
Each powered rail car train is consecutively numbered. To go with it a consecutively numbered certificate of authenticity. Exclusive packaging. Heavy metal construction. mfx+ World of Operation digital decoder and extensive sound functions included. Factory built-in interior lighting with warm white LEDs included. One-time exclusive edition for the start of the European TEE service 60 years ago on June 2, 1957. The VT 11.5 Trans Europe Express was designed as a 7-part train and was operated this way as a rule. Two open seating cars, a compartment car, a dining car, and a bar car were coupled between the two powered end cars. Adhering to the offerings of all TEE connections, the cars of this powered rail car train had only first class seating. Three additional intermediate cars were permitted only in exceptional cases of extremely high passenger loads.
The 24 carat fine gold plating provides an allround magnificent look.
Marklin factory is very stingy allocating these very special models; I've been able to secure exactly as many models as fingers on my hand (I have 5). I found several models on eBay where sellers, sensing that this is a truly special model with excellent appreciation potential, have already pushed the price to $2,800.
My price for this 7 piece gold plated true collector's item is very competitve $2,395. You are buying from reputable US Marklin dealer with all applicable warranties in place. This item will literally become a jewel crown in your Marklin collection.