Märklin Z - 8840 - Electric locomotive - BR 140 - DB

Märklin Z - 8840 - Electric locomotive - BR 140 - DB
DC - Direct current/Analogue - Mint - In original box

Märklin Z - 8840 - Electric locomotive Series BR 140 of the DB.
With original packaging and booklet.
Running number: BR 140 230-4.

Green livery with a metal grey roof and black chassis.
Tested and fully functional.
Undamaged and without paintwork issues.
1 side window replaced, please see the photos.
Please see the photos for an accurate impression of this lot.

Electric locomotive E 40/140.
Development and deployment.
In the 1950s, the Deutsche Bundesbahn decided to develop two standard locomotives: a six-axled freight train locomotive and a four-axled multifunctional locomotive. Because two types were found to be insufficient, it was decided to utilise four types: the E 10 as multifunctional express train locomotive, the E 40 as a freight train locomotive, the E 41 as a locomotive for regional services and the E 50 as a heavy duty freight train locomotive.

On 21 March 1957, the first E 40 was delivered. In August 1973, the last of an impressive series production of 879 units saw the light of day. The name E 40 was no longer mentioned on the “birth announcement”. As from 1 January 1968, this type was renamed as the Series BR 140. Six companies were involved in the construction of these locomotives: for the electrical component, Siemens Schuckert Werke (SSW), AEG and Brown Boveri & Cie (BBC, now ABB) were all used, whilst the mechanical components were constructed by Kraus-Maffei, Henschel and Krupp.

In terms of their outer appearance, there are considerable differences between the various specimens of this locomotive series. Obviously, the locomotives have been painted in different colours over the years. Originally, the E 40 models were delivered in green with a grey roof and a black chassis. In later years, the roof was painted green and as from 1974 the first BR 140s appeared with the blue and beige livery. In 1987, the oriental red livery with the white 'bib' was used, and as from 1996, the current traffic light red livery. The locomotives are also fitted with either three or five lights at either end. The ventilation grilles initially had rounded corners and horizontal slats, later these were replaced with vertical slats and finally rectangular grids with vertical slats. Furthermore, various different pantographs were used. Initially, it was the scissor-pantograph of the type DBS 54, but nowadays you will also find 140s with single legged pantographs (type SBS 65 or DSA 200.08.). Further visible differences include the rain gutters, the handles on the fronts, the buffers and the buffer bar.

The Series BR E 40/140 is used for just about all types of medium freight trains.

Technically speaking, the series E 10/110 and the E 40/140 are almost identical. The transmission of the E 40 is different and this type also does not have an electric brake. On 31 locomotives of the E 40 series, this electric brake was installed at a later stage. These locomotives were intended for the steep trajectories: "Erkrath-Hochdahl", "Altenhundem-Welschen-Ennest" and the "Höllentalbahn". To distinguish these locomotives, an extra "1" was simply added in front of the company number (E 40 1131–1137, 1163–1166, 1309–1316 and 1552–1563.) In 1968, these locomotives were given their own Baureihe number and were renamed Series BR 139; the extra "1" was then done away with.

Lot details
No. of items
Electric locomotive
Railroad company
Catalogue Number
Power supply
DC - Direct current
In original box
Additional information
BR 140
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