This extensively decorated locomotive symbolizes in a special paint scheme the history of the Cottbus locomotive and car maintenance facility from steam locomotive overhauling to the latest facility for the complicated maintenance of the ICEs.
Prototype: German Railroad, Inc. (DB AG) general-purpose locomotive, road number 218 497-6, in the current paint scheme for the DB Locomotive/Car Maintenance, Inc. Cottbus, with the logos of the firms Märklin and PIKO below the cab windows. Diesel-hydraulic locomotive with roof version to fit the type MTU 12V 956 TB 11 motor. Parallel exhaust hoods and a Behr cooling system in a V shape included.
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Model: The locomotive has a built-in digital decoder and a sound generator for operation with mfx and DCC. The locomotive also has a motor with a bell-shaped armature and a flywheel. 4 axles powered. Traction tires. The headlights and marker lights change over with the direction of travel and have warm white LEDs. They and the cab lighting can be controlled digitally. The locomotive has a close coupler mechanism. The headlights and marker lights also change over with the direction of travel in analog operation. The locomotive has separately applied grab irons.
Length over the buffers 102 mm / 4".
Märklin and PIKO have supported the project for road number 218 497-6 intensively as publicity and cooperative partners right from the start.
"From the Past into the Future" was presented on July 8, 2021 as the freshly overhauled diesel locomotive, road number 218 497, at the Cottbus facility. The DB Locomotive/Car Maintenance, Inc. (DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung GmbH) (FZI) is listed as the owner and its future use is to be as a lease locomotive. The FZI had road number 218 497-6 given a two-part paint scheme, which symbolizes the history of the Cottbus facility from steam locomotive overhauling (black/red) to ICE maintenance (ICE white with red stripes). In the future, the DB-FZI will operate the latest and most environmentally friendly railroad maintenance for Europe in Cottbus. By 2026, a new ICE hall for maintenance and repair of the ICE 4 will be built at the current location, a hall for the conversion of diesel units to hybrid technology with electric propulsion as well as a technology center for hybrid research and modern training facilities will also be built.
|High Pitch Horn|
|Diesel locomotive op. sounds|
|Engineer’s cab lighting|
|Sound of squealing brakes off|
|Rear Headlights off|
|Low Pitch Horn|
|Front Headlights off|
|Letting off Air|
|Special sound function|
|Special sound function|
|SIFA warning sound|