Märklin H0 - 36604 - Electric locomotive - BR 185, "falling slats" - Lokomotion

Märklin H0 - 36604 - Electric locomotive - BR 185, "falling slats" - Lokomotion
AC - Alternating current/Digital - Mint - In original box

Märklin H0 - 36604 - Electric locomotive BR 185, "vallende latten", one-time edition 2011
Running number: 91 80 6185 666-5 D - LM
Rarely offered.

A metal version of this locomotive with many integrated details.
Locomotive with digital decoder and special motor.
Powered on 4 axles by means of drive-shafts.
With traction tyres.
3-point front lighting alternates with changes in the direction of travel, operate in conventional mode with digital control.
The headlights are maintenance-free LEDs.
The locomotive has 2 mechanically working pantographs.

The length between the buffers is 21.7 cm.
All the functions have been tested.
Undamaged and without paintwork issues.

The locomotive is in mint condition.
Has hardly ever been used on the track layout, please see the pick-up shoe and (gear)wheels.

Please see the photos for an accurate impression of this lot.
The presentation rail is not a part of this offer.

Electric locomotive Series BR 185.
German freight traffic created a great demand for a multi-current locomotive that in addition to 15000 volts AC, it could also run on 25000 Volts AC. This enabled it to haul cross-border freight traffic to Luxembourg, Denmark and France. This led to Bombardier developing the F140AC (Freight 140 km/h AC), that was then given the designation as Series BR 185. The first customer to whom Bombardier supplied these locomotives was the DB, who initially only ordered the 15000 volt locomotives.

Development and deployment.
The German railways initially ordered only those locomotives of the Series BR 185 that were equipped for the identical 15000 volt AC systems in Germany and Austria - that these could then traverse. The Swiss Railways (SBB) were the first to utilise a German-Swiss configuration and unify the systems. This finally resulted in the DACH configuration, which is currently the common configuration for TRAXX1 locomotives. “DACH” represents “Germany, Austria and Switzerland” and the locomotives are all equipped with electrical installations for 15000 volt AC and train protection systems ZUB 121 and LZB/Indusi. Nowadays, the DACH configuration is also applied to the locomotives of DB Schenker (formerly Railion). and also MRCE Dispolok, BLS Cargo, Angel Trains Cargo and SBB Cargo. A characteristic of a large group of the DACH-configured locomotives is the presence of four pantographs, although they only run on 15000 volt AC routes. This is required as Swiss regulations stipulate that for running in Switzerland pantographs with a narrow pickup surface must be present due to the many tunnels on the Swiss routes. The pantographs with a narrow pickup surface are recessed onto the outside of the roof on the locomotive.

The DFLU configuration was conceived in circa 2001. This configuration is suitable for services in Germany, France and Luxembourg. A total of 20 locomotives of the DB were converted to this configuration. The DFLU configuration includes the following: two pantographs with a wide pick-up surface, on the inside, seen from the centre of the roof and used for 15000 volt AC and two pantographs with a narrow pick-up surface, placed on the outside of the roof, used for the 25000 volt AC. As security in these locomotives the system LZB/Indusi is used in Germany and the Crocodile system for France and Luxembourg. A number of locomotives of the leasing company Angel Trains Cargo have been converted from D(ACH) configuration to D(F)LU configuration, in connection with leasing units to the CFL. At the end of the lease period these locomotives are then partly refurbished, this time to a DA(CH) configuration. This means that the locomotives that had been fitted with only two pantographs, and had been converted to four pantographs and ran on both voltages (15 kV and 25 kV) were now reverted to two pantographs and a single voltage (15 kV). Users of the DFLU configuration are DB Schenker (formerly Railion), MRCE Dispolok and CFL. Angel Trains Cargo has used the configuration, but has rebuilt all locomotives back to DA(CH) configuration.

Deutsche Bahn AG is now running 232 locomotives TRAXX1. The first 200 locomotives are TRAXX F140AC1, classified as series 185.1 and numbered from BR 185 001-5 to BR 185 200-3. 32 locomotives are equipped with a passenger trains package, this includes fittings for hauling passenger carriages, such as a route display at the front. These locomotives are TRAXX P160AC1, classified as series 146.1 and numbered from 146 101-1 to 146 132-6. The top speed of these locomotives is also 20 km/h higher, at 160 km/h. For their competitor - Metronom -there are a further 10 units numbered as ME 146 01 to ME 146 10. The locomotives BR 185 of the DB AG are utilised in several different configurations. For instance, some locomotives run to France and Luxemburg, some between Germany and Austria, also some between Germany and Switzerland (not in multi-traction with identical BLS 485 sister locomotives) and some only run within Germany. Most contradictory is the fact that security and voltage in Austria and Germany are identical, but not all locomotives have unrestricted access to Austria. Units 185 040 up to and including 059 have unrestricted access and may be deployed throughout Austria, whilst units 185 080 up to and including 094 only have limited access. This means that they can only run on certain routes. Locomotives 185 020 up to and including 185 039 deploy to France, locomotives 185 085 up to and including 185 149 deploy to Switzerland.

MRCE Dispolok has placed two orders with Bombardier. This was an order for four locomotives with the DA (CH) configuration and access to Germany and Austria and an order of seven locomotives with the DF (LU) configuration. The locomotives were delivered in 2005 and 2006. This Märklin model, no. 36832, the 185 544-4, is the only locomotive in the DACH series of MRCE Dispoloc that is actually equipped with the systems (additional pantographs and train security) for services in Switzerland. The other three locomotives only serve in Germany and Austria.

Lot details
No. of items
Electric locomotive
Railroad company
Catalogue Number
Power supply
AC - Alternating current
In original box
Additional information
BR 185, "falling slats"
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