Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 420 S-Bahn powered rail car train. The train looks as it did at the end of the Seventies. Use: Suburban commuter service.
|Gauge / Design type||Trix H0 /|
|Kind||Passenger Car Sets|
Model: Era IV. Non-powered unit. The frame for the middle car is die-cast metal. The unit has triple headlights and dual red marker lights at one end of the train. The headlights are maintenance-free, warm white LEDs, and they will work in conventional operation. They will change over with the direction of travel by means of a slip switch. The end cars have an electrical pickup changeover feature, and the pickups at the front of the train pick up current. There are close coupler guide mechanisms and electrical connections between the cars. A special coupling included with the train enables you to couple the train to additional ET 420 units for prototypical operations. The 66718 interior lighting kit can be installed in the train. Different destination signs for the S-Bahn networks in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich, and the Ruhr area are included with the train. The train has highly detailed plastic bodies with many separately applied parts such as grab irons, electrical plugs, windshield wipers, antennas, whistles, and horns. The train has interior details in several colors. There is a detailed representation of the Scharfenberg coupler (non-working) at the ends of the train. Length over the couplers 775 mm / 30-1/2".
This unit is suitable for lengthening the 22620 powered set.
ET 420 - Powered Rail Cars with a Cult Status. The era of the ET 420 powered rail car train began in Munich in 1972 with the introduction of the S-Bahn service at the same time that the Olympic Games were taking place. In the period following this, the use of this proven, three-part design (whose middle car was designated as the class 421) was expanded to other S-Bahn networks such as Frankfurt and Stuttgart. These were modern, fast units at that time. They were to play a significant role in commuter service and made it easier for millions of commuters to get to work faster. One unit offers space for 448 passengers, of which 194 had to be content with standing room. There is no passage way between the three cars constructed of aluminum, and an ET 420 has two electrical layouts independent of each other, hence two main relays, two transformers, etc. Each car has two power trucks, i.e. all 12 axles on a train are driven by means of nose-suspended, single-axle traction motors. The 67.40 meter / 221 foot 1-9/16 inch long train has an hourly rating of 2,400 kilowatts / 3,218 horsepower and reaches a maximum speed of 120 km/h / 75 mph. The ET 420 can be separated and coupled quickly and easily by means of the Scharffenberg coupler at the ends of the trains. Up to three coupled units are run in S-Bahn service and they enable the flexible use of a powered rail car train configured in this way. The large number of doors, 24 per unit, allows fast boarding and disembarking of passengers and enables short dwell times in stations. Over time, the second pantograph has been removed and on some S-Bahn networks 1st class has been eliminated to increase capacity. The ET 420 was bought in 8 production groups, which naturally differ from one another and which have different paint schemes. The Munich trains originally had a blue window band; the well-known orange / light gray paint scheme quickly spread everywhere. Today, the trains are all in the "traffic red" scheme customary for commuter service. The ET 420 opened up a new, successful chapter in commuter service in the urban areas; for many people it simply is the S-Bahn! And although it was still partially in service, one unit has already been transferred to the Nürnberg Transportation Museum to remain preserved for future generations.