Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) type A4ü. Intermediate car for the VT 08.5.
Model: Intermediate car lettered "FUSSBALL-WELTMEISTER 1954" ("WORLD SOCCER CHAMPIONS 1954"). This car allows you to transform the prototypically neutral 88720 VT 08.5 powered rail car train into the set for the return trip of the German soccer world champion team of 1954. Special close coupling at both ends for integrating this car into the powered rail car train consist. The car looks as the prototype did in 1954. Length 114 mm / 4-1/2".
The 87720 intermediate car to go with the 88720 diesel powered rail car train is being produced in a one-time series in 2006 only for Insider members.
This intermediate car with the prototypical lettering "FUSSBALL-WELTMEISTER 1954" ("WORLD SOCCER CHAMPIONS 1954") goes with the 88720 VT 08.5 powered rail car train either as replacement for the regular neutral intermediate car of as an add-on to the four-part VT 08.5 set.
World Champion Return Trip in 1954 - Without a doubt the most spectacular use of a VT 08 powered rail car train was the return trip in this comfortable, special powered rail car train of the German national soccer team after they won the world championship in 1954 in Bern. This train was lettered for the occasion with "FUSSBALL-WELTMEISTER 1954" ("WORLD SOCCER CHAMPIONS 1954"). On the trip from Spiez, the headquarters of the German team, to Munich hundreds of thousands of soccer enthusiasts crowded into the stations to celebrate this sensational team. Over 20,000 fans eager to see the team overwhelmed the border station of Singen. They stood on station platforms, platform roofs, tracks, anywhere they could catch a glimpse of the train. The trip had to be repeatedly interrupted due to the masses of people.