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Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 218 general-purpose locomotive. Diesel hydraulic locomotive with electric train heating. Without exhaust hoods. Ivory / crimson experimental paint scheme from 1974. Use: Passenger and freight trains.
Model: The locomotive has a built-in digital decoder and a sound generator for operation with DCC, Selectrix, and Selectrix 2. It also has a motor with a flywheel. 4 axles powered. Traction tires. The headlights and marker lights change over with the direction of travel and the headlights are maintenance-free LEDs. They and the cab lighting can be controlled digitally. The locomotive has a close coupler mechanism. It also has separately applied grab irons. Different controllable light functions will also work in analog operation by means of new bridge plugs included with the locomotive. All of the functions can also be controlled in the digital format SX2. Length over the buffers 102 mm / 4".
One-time series for the Trix-Club.
Road No. 218 217-8 in the TEE Paint Scheme. The class 218 in service in its crimson paint scheme was chosen by the German Federal Railroad to be used as the test bed for the new paint scheme at that time. Two locomotives, road nos. 218 217-8 and 218 218-6, were the first units on the German Federal Railroad in 1974 to get the new paint scheme. The latter, road no. 218 218-6, was painted in ocean blue / beige, which then became the rule for most of the locomotive classes. Road no. 218 217-8, another unit, initially still without the striking exhaust hoods, was painted in red / beige in a scheme that was the same as on the sample, road no. 218 218-6: Only this was the TEE paint scheme. This elegant paint scheme was limited to only this one locomotive and it did nothing to gain it TEE status. Road no. 218 217-8 in red / beige performed its normal service far from the TEE routes and was a consistently popular theme for railroad photographers until it was repainted years later in 2002 the same as other locomotives.
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