New Item Gauge Minitrix - Article No. 16254

Class 215 Diesel Locomotive

The DB in the Eighties: The Allgäu-Zollern-Railroad
The Seventies and Eighties are a colorful era: on the German Federal Railroad and of course on the Minitrix model railroad. At that time new colors and unusual designs were intended to give fresh air to the rails – and not only for long-distance service. In the South of Germany, the "Allgäu-Zoller Railroad" was writing railroad and transportation history which can be brought to life again with new Minitrix models on your home layout or in a display case. Around 1976 the DB wanted to abandon the Württemberg Allgäu Line Aulendorf – Kisslegg and also the Zoller Line Tübingen – Sigmaringen (– Aulendorf) was on trial. The two regions quickly recognized the value of their railroad and in cooperation with the DB came up with a concept to make these routes more attractive. In the absence of new locomotives and cars the plan was to use proven but already relatively old "rebuild passenger cars (type yg) with green stripes, "Allgäu-Zollern-Bahn" ("Allgäu-Zoller Line") in large lettering, and with the coats-of-arms for communities and towns on the two lines. These trains had mostly class 215 diesel locomotives as motive power. Although there was no great increase in comfort, the connection entered the consciousness of the population, and the abandonment was averted.

Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) road diesel locomotive, road number 215 064-7, as it looked around 1985. Diesel hydraulic locomotive with steam heating generator.

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Class 215 Diesel Locomotive
Class 215 Diesel Locomotive
Class 215 Diesel Locomotive
Class 215 Diesel Locomotive

Most Important Facts

Article No. 16254
Gauge / Design type Minitrix /
Era IV
Kind Diesel Locomotives
309,00 € RRP, incl. Tax
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  • Grab irons separately applied.
  • Cab lighting.
  • Digital sound with many functions.
  • Product description

    Model: The locomotive has a built-in digital decoder and a sound generator for operation with mfx and DCC. The motor has a flywheel. 4 axles powered. Traction tires. The headlights and marker lights change over with the direction of travel. Warm white LEDs are used for lighting, and there is cab lighting that can be controlled digitally. The locomotive has a close coupler mechanism. The headlights and marker light change over with the direction of travel in analog operation. There are separately applied grab irons. Length over the buffers 102 mm / 4".

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  • Publications

    - Neuheiten-Prospekt Minitrix 2024
  • Prototype information

    The Diesel Locomotive Classes 215/225 From the mid-Sixties on the progressive retirement of steam locomotives led to an increasing demand for powerful diesel locomotives. The latter had to be able to run at higher speeds as well as enable the transfer to electric train heating. MAN had just developed a more powerful motor with 2,500 horsepower but it had still not tested enough. There was also still not enough experience with electric train heating on diesel locomotives. The class V 168 (from 1968 on: 215) was conceived as an intermediate solution to cover the urgent need for locomotives. This was version of the V 168 lengthened by around 400 mm / 16 inches, which was then supposed to allow the optional installation of different powerful motors. Steam heat with Vapor-Heating design heating boilers were retained for the time being, but it had to be possible to convert the locomotives to electric heating. In 1968, Krupp delivered ten pre-production units with the road numbers 215 001-010. They served as test beds for the new 2,500 horsepower motor from MAN. With the installation of hydrodynamic brakes the maximum speed on road number 215 005-010 was increased to 140 km/h / 87.5 mph. One-hundred-forty regular production units of the class 215 followed between 1969 and 1971. With the exception of road number 215 071-093 and the last 20 units, all of the locomotives were equipped with the reliable 1,900 horsepower motor. The exceptions had an improved 2,500 horsepower motor installed in them. Ulm was a significant base for the class 215 right from the start. In 1973, this Upper Swabian railroad junction was home base for 62 of the 150 units. The 2,500 horsepower locomotives with high numbers found a new home from 1988 on in Oberhausen-Osterfeld, where they had to replace the two-motor 221 units in heavy freight service. From 2001 on the class 215 was really in for it. Sixty-seven units were sold to DB Cargo by the middle of 2003 and they were designated as the class 225. As a rule, the steam heating equipment was no longer needed and was replaced by heat retention devices. Yet the release of more powerful class 218 units made the existence of the class 215 even more difficult and the latter class disappeared more and more from the rails. By the end of 2015, the last units will have been withdrawn from service. The last regular service for the class 215 ended with DB Regio Hessen in April of 2003. Unscheduled use still took place for a couple of months after that with DB Regio Rheinland, and then they were gone. In June of 2003, DB Autozug (Auto Train) bought 16 class 215 locomotives from DB Regio, among them the last operational units. Fourteen units were rebuilt similar to the class 225 and were designated as the class 215.9. Until their retirement in 2008, they ran the "Sylt Shuttle" auto trains as double m.u. combinations between Niebüll and Westerland on the Isle of Sylt. The "old" class 215 was thereby history starting in the middle of 2003.

  • Digital Functions

    High Pitch Horn
    Diesel locomotive op. sounds
    Engineer’s cab lighting
    Direct control
    Sound of squealing brakes off
    Rear Headlights off
    Low Pitch Horn
    Front Headlights off
    Station Announcements
    Conductor's Whistle
    Brake Compressor
    Blower motors
    Letting off Air
    Special sound function
    Train announcement
    Doors Closing
    Special sound function
    Replenishing fuel
    SIFA warning sound
    Doors Closing
    Station Announcements
    Train announcement
    Train announcement


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