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Märklin 3477 - DRG Kruckenberg Rail Zeppelin (Schienenzeppelin)

$ 280

Gauge: H0    Era: II

Prototype: Propeller-driven Kruckenberg Rail Zeppelin. The unit looks as it did in 1931 on the German State Railroad Company (DRG).

Model: The unit has Märklin Delta electronics and will operate on conventional (analog), Delta, and Digital Märklin layouts.  The unit has two motors; one motor drives the front two axles and a separate motor drives the propeller.  The unit has built-in dual headlights. Vehicle length approximately 28.5 cm / 11-1/4".

Highlights:

  • Propeller speed increases as voltage to the unit is increased.
  • Silver-plated two-blade propeller
  • Interior details

Metal locomotive frame Dual headlights at the front. Era II (1925 - 1945)

One-time series released in 1995 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of H0 scale model railroading.

Additional Information:
 
Airplane Technology on Rails. In the Twenties of the previous century, aeronautical engineer Franz Kruckenberg, born in Uetersen, Germany in 1882, had the vision of fast railroad passenger service with propeller-driven railroad cars. The plans developed by him were based on lightweight airplane technology and reached their peak on June 21, 1931 in a triumphant record run by his streamlined Rail Zeppelin. It reached 233 km/h / 146 mph, a speed record for powered railroad cars that stood for 23 years. The principle of propeller-driven railroad cars proved to be less than ideally suited during test runs. Yet, Kruckenberg laid the foundation for modern, lightweight high speed rail cars with the Rail Zeppelin and axle-powered successor designs developed by him. The Rail Zeppelin was and still remains a legend and synonym for the rapid progress in railroad technology that has reached its peak in the present with the current high speed powered rail car train technology.

 

Announced: Released: Catalog(s):   Discontinued:
  1995     1995
        (One Time Series)
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Specializing in Märklin Trains and Toys
Post Office Box 1133 - Great Falls, Virginia - 22066
collect@modellbahn.com

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