Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 601 TEE diesel powered rail car train. 2 type Dü powered end cars with a baggage compartment and 2 type Aü compartment cars, 1st class. In the classic crimson/beige TEE paint scheme. Train route: Munich - Kufstein - Innsbruck - Brenner - Bozen - Trento - Verona - Milan, as TEE 85 "Mediolanum". The train looks as it did around 1971.
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Model: This is a 4 unit train. It has an mfx digital decoder and extensive sound functions. Each powered end car has controlled high efficiency propulsion. 1 truck powered on both axles powered for each powered end car. Traction tires. The train has factory-installed interior lighting. The triple headlights and dual red marker lights change over with the direction of travel, will work in conventional operation, and can be controlled digitally. The interior lighting and the headlights are maintenance-free warm white LEDs. The power is picked up in the front powered end car, depending on the direction of travel. There are special multi-conductor current-conducting couplings and tightly fitting diaphragms with guide mechanisms between the cars. A reproduction of the closed Scharfenberg coupler (non-working) is at both ends of the train. Train length over the couplers 88 cm / 34-5/8".
The 37607 basic set can extended to a prototypical 7 part train with the 43117 add-on car set.
VT 11.5, 601, 602 Many European railroads purchased powered rail cars for Trans-Europ-Express-service (TEE) that fulfilled the highest demands for comfort and that offered 1st class seating only. The DB decided on a powered rail car train based on the „Kruckenberg“-VT 137 155 and the successful V 200. The basic configuration consisted of two powered end cars as well as five intermediate cars. This train could be expanded to a ten-unit consist by adding additional intermediate cars. The drive gear came from the V 200: Each powered end car was equipped with a 1,100 horsepower motor that transmitted propulsion to the wheel sets in the power truck by means of a hydraulic transmission and universal joint shafts. A 296 horsepower auxiliary diesel motor with a generator connected directly to it ensured electrical power exclusively for the galley and the air conditioning. More and more TEE trains were converted to locomotive-hauled trains with the increase in electrification. The last of the TEE trains to be converted was the „Mediolanum“ on August 20, 1972. From 1971 on the TEE sets, designated as the class 601/901 from 1968 on, found new activity in the lntercity network. Between 1971 and 1973 four powered end cars were equipped with gas turbine propulsion to increase performance and were then given the road numbers 602 001-004. With the introduction of 2nd class seating in IC service the class 601 powered rail car trains were again without work during the summer schedule of 1979. Most of these units were now used in tourist service starting in the summer of 1980. These beautifully shaped units ran as the „Alpen-See-Express“ from Hamburg and Dortmund to different South German and Austrian vacation areas, sometimes coupled together in pairs on some parts of the routes. April 9, 1988 was the date of the last use of the former TEE powered rail car trains as the „Alpen-See-Express“.