Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB)
class 38.10–40 passenger locomotive. Former Prussian P8. Version
with 3 domes, small Witte smoke deflectors and box-style tender.
Model: The locomotive comes with a digital decoder and
controlled propulsion. The locomotive has a powerful can motor with
a bell-shaped armature and flywheel in the boiler. 3 axles powered.
2 traction tires. The headlights will work in conventional operation
and can be controlled digitally. The locomotive can be retrofitted
with a 72270 smoke generator. The smoke generator contact as well as
the acceleration and braking delay can be controlled digitally with
the 6021 Control Unit. The engineer’s cab has interior details.
There is a permanent close coupling between locomotive and tender.
Figures of a locomotive engineer and fireman are included. Length
over the buffers 21.8 cm / 8-9/16".
- Metal frame, boiler, and tender.
- High-efficiency motor with bell-shaped
- Complete drive gear in the locomotive
- Tender with trucks and with open
- Many separately applied details.
For over 100 years the Prussian P8 has been considered by
railroad enthusiasts in Germany and Europe to be one of the most
beautiful steam locomotives built. From 1906 to 1928 over 3,800
of these locomotives were built for the Royal Prussian Railroad
Administration (KPEV), for other German provincial railroads,
for foreign railroads, and even for the German State Railroad
Company (DRG). Over 300 units were still in use in Germany after
1945 and the last of them were used well into the 1970s in
regional service. At present there about 20 survivors of this
group in operational condition spread out over all of Europe.
The beautiful P8 as a Märklin model” was a new item in 1967
in the Märklin catalog. This was a top of the line model then
and is now in the HOBBY program where it enjoys ongoing demand.
The demands of today’s model railroaders and the possibilities
available with today’s metal technology require once again
development of new tooling that will pay justice to the
esthetics and the importance of this locomotive. Scale
dimensions, fine detailing, and modern precision technology
exemplify this new item. Only the miniature crew remains from
the earlier Märklin model.