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Marklin HO 43917
DB "Pop Design" Passenger 5-Car Set, Era IV


Gauge: HO
System: AC
Railroad: DB
UPC/EAN: 4001883439174
M�rklin exclusive special model � produced in a one-time series.Dual red marker lights.M�rklin close couplers in standard pocket with guide mechanism.

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Prototype: Five German Federal Railroad (DB) express train passenger cars. Version around 1972 in an experimental paint scheme, the so-called Pop Design, with the car routing of the Swiss Express D 370 from Basel SBB to Lübeck. One type Düm 902 passenger train baggage car in chrome oxide green / gravel gray, two type Büm 234 compartment cars (2nd class) in cobalt blue / gravel gray, one type WRümh 132 dining car in crimson / gravel gray, and one type Aüm 203 compartment car (1st class) in blood orange / gravel gray.


  • Car routing of the Swiss Express D 370 from Basle SBB to Lübeck.
  • All of the cars include factory-installed LED interior lighting.
  • Dining car also includes lighted table lamps.
  • Operating current-conducting couplers.
  • The type Aüm 203 car includes built-in marker lights and a pickup shoe.


Model: The minimum radius for operation is 360 mm / 14-3/16". The underbodies are specific to the car types. The trucks have conventional brake shoes and separately applied generators. All of the cars have factory-installed LED interior lighting and operating current-conducting couplers. The dining car also has lighted table lamps. Maintenance-free, warm white LEDs are used for the lighting. The 73407 marker light kit can be installed on all of the cars. The type Aüm car has built-in marker lights and a pickup shoe. Total length over the buffers approximately 142 cm / 55-7/8".

One-time series.

"Pop Cars" of the DB At the end of the Sixties, the German Federal Railroad had a new color concept developed, because up to that time locomotives and cars were painted exclusively in single colors. Now a paint scheme was to have a friendlier, more modern effect with a colorful window band and beneath it a light gray stripe. The main colors from which to choose for the window band were dark blue, dark green, orange, and crimson. This color palette was supplemented by a decorative stripe in the same color above the window area at the roof edge as well as directly above the lower edge of the car. From 1970 to 1974, the DB experimented with the new colors. One hundred forty five express train passenger cars were delivered new or repainted in "Pop" colors. All of the roofs on the cars gleamed in umbra gray (RAL 7022), the area under the windows was pebble gray (RAL 7032), and the underframe jet-black (RAL 9005). The experimental character of the "Pop" colors was revealed in the variety of colors for the window bands. Blood orange (RAL 2002) was selected as an attention-getter for 26 cars in 1st class and 1st/2nd class (Aüm 202, Aüm 203, ABüm 223, ABüm 225, and ABwümz 227). A cobalt blue window band (RAL 5013) served as a distinguishing feature on 85 cars in 2nd class (among others Büm 232, Büm 233, Büm 234, Bwümz 237, Bcüm 243, Bcümk 255, and BDüms 273). Seventeen dining cars (WRümh 132, WRüge 152, WLABümh 174, and BRbuümz 285) were given a crimson window band (RAL 3004). There was no dominant unity on the type Bcüm 243 slumber coaches: Two ran with a window band in blue lilac (RAL 4005) and three with red-violet (RAL 4002). Chrome oxide green (RAL 6020) was used initially on a short experimental train, yet it was finally to serve as the identification color for baggage cars (Düm 902). Twelve cars ran in this paint scheme. Pure "Pop Car" trains were seldom achieved due to the small number of repainted cars. These colorful cars were seen mainly in express trains from Bremen, Osnabruck, Norddeich, and Dortmund to Munich and in the routing Basle – Hamburg. The best candidates for pure train compositions were however, the DC trains introduced starting in the summer of 1973. They were short-lived and included only a few cars.

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