Prototype: German State Railroad Company (DRG) class 05 express locomotive. Version with full streamlining.
Model: The locomotive has an mfx digital decoder and a sound generator. It also has controlled high-efficiency propulsion can motor with a flywheel and a bell-shaped armature, in the locomotive's boiler. 3 axles powered. Traction tires. The locomotive has closed side streamlining without added cutouts. Minimum radius for operation 360 mm / 14-3/16". The headlights and other lighting are maintenance-free, warm white LED's. The headlights will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. A 7226 smoke generator can be installed in the locomotive. The tender is constructed of metal. There is a permanent close coupling between the locomotive and the tender. The decoder can be accessed by pushing back the cover on the tender. Length over the buffers 30.7 cm / 12-1/16".
- “Carl Bellingrodt Edition 4”.
- Appropriate collector's case for each model in the edition.
- Metal locomotive boiler, streamlining, and metal tender body.
- Tender cover can be opened.
- Controlled high-efficiency propulsion with a motor with a bell-shaped armature.
- mfx decoder with sound functions.
- Road no. 05 002 as it looked in May of 1936 for the world record run.
One-time edition in a limited series (model 4 of 5).
Road No. 05 002 World Record in the Olympic Year. In 1936, the highest level of performance was expected of and offered by more than the Olympic Games in Berlin; the German State Railroad Company (DRG) also made everyone sit up and take notice with a world record for steam locomotives. On May 11, 1936, the streamlined steam locomotive with road number 05 002 reached a speed of 200.4 km/h / 125.25 mph on a level route between Hamburg and Berlin near Friesack with a performance measured at 3,400 horsepower. This unbelievable act of power was the consequence of bitter competition between the types of motive power, a competition that broke out due to the fast combustion powered rail cars and the increasingly more powerful electric locomotives. The Borsig designers in Berlin were responsible for the class 05, of which only two units were built however. A third, modified unit came later. These 26,265 mm / 86 foot 2 inch long and 129.9 metric ton heavy locomotives with a driving wheel diameter of 2,300 mm / 90-1/2 inches were given a full streamlined cladding, i.e. the sleek outer skin surrounded the entire locomotive and tender and extended down almost to the railhead. The running gear was accessible by means of roll-down covers. A striking red paint scheme with discrete striping enhanced this immense locomotive visually, and it quickly became a symbol for progress and speed. The prestigious world record for road no. 05 002 was broken two years later however by the British locomotive “Mallard” (LNER class A4) with 201.2 km/h / 125.75 mph and a short term peak of 202.6 km/h / 126.63 mph on a lightly sloping route. After World War II, the three class 05 locomotives lost their streamlining and were indispensable for a few more years as motive power for F-Zug long distance expresses; the final end came only with the introduction of the V 200.
In Honor of the Old Master. Carl Bellingrodt, born April 7, 1897 in Cologne, was undoubtedly one of the most famous German railroad photographers. He began to photograph various subjects as early as before World War I, but soon specialized in landscapes and above all railroad photography. Although he was a government official and pursued photography as a hobby, he amassed more than 30,000 images over the course of his activity, and many of them rank among the classic masterpieces. In addition to his systematically generated groups of images of entire classes of locomotives, his images of the railroad in a landscape as well as his extremely dense photographs of stations with their typical environment achieved near cult status. In this manner Carl Bellingrodt set the style for many other railroad photographers, many of whom still make the pilgrimage to the beloved “Bellingrodt photography sites” in order to photograph the trains of our time in the classic perspective of the old master. Märklin has been carrying out plans for a special five-part series of sought-after H0 models in memory of this railroad photograph pioneer, who died on September 24, 1971 in Wuppertal and who will certainly live on in the memory of many people for a long time. One locomotive per year has been produced as a limited series in exquisite detailing and with premium technical features. Each of these models is delivered with a decorated display case with the Bellingrodt photograph of the locomotive in question mounted on the back wall of the case. In front of this in the lower part of the case is a glass display floor on which the model can be attractively presented. This allows a direct comparison between the Bellingrodt photograph of the prototype locomotive and the exquisite reproduction as a model. The glass front wall offers effective protection against dust.