Prototype: Class 246 diesel locomotive – TRAXX diesel. In 2006, the firm Bombardier presented the class 246 at the Innotrans show. This class is a diesel electric locomotive derived and developed directly from the electric locomotives in the TRAXX family. This locomotive has a maximum speed of 160 km/h / 100 mph, weighs 82 metric tons, has a nominal performance of 2,200 kilowatts / 2,991 horsepower, and is planned for passenger service. The state of Lower Saxony ordered 11 units that have again been leased to the metronom Railroad Company. These locomotives have the attractive blue and yellow paint scheme of the metronom trains und together with the modern bi-level cars they stand for modern, punctual, reliable service on regular schedules.
Model: The locomotive has a 5-pole motor. Both trucks are powered. The headlights are maintenance-free warm white LEDs. Length over the buffers approximately 87 mm / 3-7/16".
The 87299 car set goes perfectly with the 88370 locomotive.
"Swinging in Time" – "metronom" is the brand name for ten new bi-level trains operated by the metronom Railroad Company Ltd. in Uelzen, Germany. These very modern locomotives and cars can be recognized from a distance by their striking, sophisticated design in the colors of yellow, white, and blue. metronom has linked the cities of Hamburg and Bremen as well as Hamburg and Uelzen since December of 2003 as a regional express train railroad. The train name metronom symbolizes together with the logo of a swinging pendulum the schedule concept of departures on an hourly schedule. Musicians are familiar with a metronome as a beat generator. For that reason the slogan for the metronom trains is "Swinging in Time".