Gauge 1 - Article No. 55918

Powered Observation Rail Car

Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 491 "Glass Train" electric powered observation car. With double lamps on the ends, speaker, and train radio antenna as well as double-arm and single-arm pantographs. Silver aluminum / Olympia blue paint scheme. The car looks as it did around 1977.

Powered Observation Rail Car
Article No. 55918
Gauge 1
Era IV
Kind Powered Rail Cars
Article not produced anymore.


  • Completely new tooling.
  • Highly detailed model.
  • 20 figures included.
  • Version with a double-arm and a single-arm pantograph.
  • Pantographs that can be raised and lowered by motors in digital operation.
  • mfx decoder for operation with AC power, DC power, Märklin Digital, and DCC.

Product description

Model: The frame is constructed of metal, the body of finely constructed metal/plastic with separately applied details (metal grab irons, windshield wipers, speaker, antenna, etc.). The trucks have prototypically different wheelbases. The car 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. LEDs are used for the white headlights and red marker lights. They will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. The car has factory-installed interior lighting. The interior lighting can be dimmed as a digital auxiliary function. The car has detailed interior details. A set of 20 figures is included. There is a double-arm and a single-arm pantograph on the roof. In digital operation, the pantographs can be raised and lowered by motors. The minimum radius for operation is 1,020 mm / 40-1/8". Length over the buffers 64.4 cm / 25-3/8".


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( Metal frame and mostly locomotive body.
c Digital locomotives with high-efficiency propulsion. Maximum speed and acceleration / delay are adjustable. Special motor with electronically enhanced load compensation or a compact bellshaped armature. Can be operated with Märklin transformers, in the Märklin Delta system or in the Märklin Digital system. One controllable auxiliary function (function), when the locomotive is being run in the Digital system.
e Digital decoder with up to 32 digitally controlled functions. The quantity depends on the controller being used.
h Built-in sound effects circuit.
N Triple headlights and two red marker lights that change over with the direction of travel.
+ Built-in LED interior lighting.
j Built-in interior details.
V Locomotive / car has sprung buffers.
4 Era 4
Y ATTENTION: adults only


ATTENTION: adults only
Control Unit Mobile Station Mobile Station 2 Central Station 1/2 Central Station 3/2
Headlight(s) X X X X X
Interior lights X X X X X
Electric locomotive op. sounds X X X X X
Warning Sound X X X X X
Direct control X X X X X
Greeting X X X X
Pantograph 1 X X X X
Light Function1 X X X X
Pantograph 2 X X X X
Sound of squealing brakes off X X X
Doors Closing X X X
Conductor's Whistle X X X
Bell X X X
Station Announcements X X X
Letting off Air X X X
Rail Joints X X X