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    ESU German Electric Locomotive 103, Orient Red, (Sound & Pantograph)(DCC/Marklin AC/MFX)  

    ESU 31175

    This is a 2024 New Item

    Price: $549.95

    System Scale Country Era Railway
    AC/DC HO Germany V DB
    ESU 31175 - German Electric Locomotive 103, Orient Red, (Sound & Pantograph)(DCC/Marklin AC/MFX)

    Product Features and Details
    HO Scale AC DC Era V Includes a digital decoder Includes a sound effect 


    The E03, introduced in four pre-production units in 1965, and its 145 sister locomotives, which were built in series from 1970, were already legends during their lifetime. The Deutsche Bundesbahn developed the E03, primarily with Henschel and Krauss-Maffei, to transport light TEE trains at high speed in the flatlands. The high-speed tests for the scheduled transport of passenger trains at 200 km/h began in 1965 with E03 001. The spherical end faces and the elegant TEE paintwork, developed in wind tunnel tests, shaped the image of rapid transit in Germany for more than 30 years. In 1969, the DB changed the requirements profile for the E03 and increased the train weight for the series locomotives to 480 t at 200 km/h and 800 t at 160 km/h. That's why the power of the engines was increased to 7780 kW. Externally, the series locomotives known as BR 103.1 differed significantly from the pre-series by the second fan strip in the side walls and the simplified paintwork without silver trim between the purple and beige areas. Since trains with maximum speeds of over 140 km/h generally had to be manned by two locomotive drivers, the staff on the locomotives of the last series were given a little more space through extended driver's cabs. Pre-production locomotive 103 004 received single-arm pantographs and an umbra gray roof instead of silver in the 1970s. While she initially worked in front of regular trains, the program soon included mainly assignments in measurement and test services, for example in the run-up to the introduction of the ICE. The opening of the IC train system to second class cars in 1979 made the 103 hard workers. Although the high-speed locomotives were now constantly being pushed to the limits of their performance, they still impressed with their great reliability and were indispensable at DB AG until well after the turn of the millennium. The DB Museum keeps several 103s operational for special operations, including 103 113s.


    • Metal body and chassis
    • Multipart bogie side frame covers with real springs and numerous separately applied details
    • Separately applied brake equipment with brake shoes aligned with the wheels
    • Separately applied grab irons
    • Couplers with kinematics in NEM shaft
    • Powerful five pole ESU motor with two balanced flywheels
    • Drive via Cardan shaft/worm gear to three axles, four traction tires
    • LokSound 5 decoder for DCC, Motorola®, M4 and Selectrix mode
    • Automatic registration with RailComPlus® or mfx® capable command stations
    • Powerpack energy storage capacitor for uninterrupted power supply
    • Two high fidelity speakers for optimal listening pleasure
    • Universal electronics with plug-in current pick-up for changing from two-rail to three-rail systems and vice versa
    • Both pantographs can be digitally raised and lowered independently
    • Digitalised original sounds of a class 103.1
    • Sensor controlled sounds when travelling through curves and during braking shortly before stopping
    • Directional lighting white/red, headlights can be turned off when train is coupled to loco, shunting lights, separately switched cab lighting, illuminated driver's console and engine room lighting
    • Brake sparks during sharp braking

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