Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class E 10.12. Express locomotive as a temporary "Rheingold" locomotive with a squared off body, 5 headlights / marker lights, continuous rain gutter, and high-efficiency vents. Cobalt blue / beige basic paint scheme. The locomotive looks as did it in the early part of 1962.
Model: The frame and the truck frames are constructed of metal. The superstructure is constructed mostly of metal. The locomotive has an mfx digital decoder, controlled high-efficiency propulsion, and extensive sound functions. It can be operated with AC power, DC power, Märklin Digital, and DCC. The locomotive has a powerful, centrally mounted motor and drives all of the axles in both trucks by means of cardan shafts. The white headlights and red marker lights are LEDs. They will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. White LED lights are on in the engineer's cab at the front of the locomotive, depending on the direction of travel. The doors for the engineer's cab can be opened. The cabs have interior details and Engineer's Cab 1 has a figure of a locomotive engineer. There are metal grab irons and many other separately applied details: Locomotive and DB sign plates, windshield wipers, a whistle and buffer beams with sprung buffers and separately applied brake lines. The locomotive comes from the factory with claw couplers mounted on it; they can be replaced by 2 reproduction prototype couplers that are included with the locomotive. The minimum radius for operation is 1,020 mm / 40-1/8". Length over the buffers 51.5 cm / 20-1/4".
The class E 10.12 is the ideal locomotive for a prototypical train with the two "Rheingold" car sets, item nos. 58058 and 58059.
Of Skirting and Pants Creases... The E 10 new construction express locomotive equipped the DB for quick service of its own express train network after steam locomotives had been retired. However, faster speeds were required than previously for express passenger service in the international TEE network. Krauss-Maffei, Henschel, and Siemens developed a high-performance locomotive in 1962, which had a longer gear drive, new trucks, and a modern aerodynamic look. The „pants crease“ at the ends, the buffers clad with streamlined fairing, the skirting under the buffer beams, and the side bands for cooling vents improved the shape of the locomotive for 160 km/h / 100 mph and looked good. In the short term this successful design was therefore also taken on for the 150 regular production locomotives still to be built, which were then designated as the class E 10.3. The 31 high-performance locomotives proved themselves with DB flagship trains: „Rheingold“, „Rheinpfeil“, „Rheinblitz“, „Helvetia“, and others. The electrical and mechanical systems on the E 10.12 were the technical prerequisite for the next generation of express locomotives: the E 03.