Model: HO gauge. Housing and chassis made of metal. Small parts made of brass and plastic separately attached. Steps made of brass. Freestanding handlebars. Open roof ventilation grille. Sprung buffers. Slotted guide shaft according to NEM 362. 5-pole slanted-groove high-performance motor with noise-optimized commutator with two electronically balanced flywheels. 4 axles driven by gimbal and worm gear. Four paw rings. Top lighting, cab lighting, driver's lamp lighting, brake light flicker with maintenance-free warm white LEDs. Control by ESU LokSound V4.0 decoder with two speakers. Curve sensors. "PowerPack" storage capacitor for uninterruptible power supply. Load-dependent, fan-based smoke generator with temperature control. Length over buffer 247 mm, minimum radius 360 mm.
The Class 66/77 is equipped with a load-dependent, clocked smoke generator, which generates smoke banners of varying intensity to suit the load. The built-in sensors, which provide situational noise in bends, are controlled by a new LokSound V4.0 M4 decoder. In addition to DCC with RailComPlus®, this also understands the M4 protocol and therefore logs on to ESU ECoS or Märklin® central station autonomously. Because he also masters Motorola® or Selectrix®, nothing stands in the way of using the ESU Class 66/77 on all common control panels.
The integrated PowerPack energy storage ensures that even on dirty rails a comfortable operation is possible. Two loudspeakers emit the unique two-stroke diesel sound in a particularly differentiated manner thanks to the etched fan grille in the roof. A complete lighting system including driver's cab lighting, driver's desk lighting and maneuvering with warm white LED complete the technical equipment. All existing light effects can be represented, including the usual in Belgium "hazard warning lights" or two-light peak signal.
The frame and housing of the model are made of metal and provide thanks to a weight of about 590 g for an exemplary traction. The models take into account all structural differences between the variants. The ECR locomotive carries air conditioning systems on the roof, wind deflectors on the side windows and rectangular buffers. Like the originals, you will also find different covers of the battery boxes on the models.
The Class 66/77 is a hybrid model that enables safe operation on two- and three-track tracks with an inner wheel set of 14.1 mm. For two-wire operation, the middle grinder must simply be removed with the enclosed tool. Finished. Model railroaders who prefer to drive without traction tires but with wheels closer to the model will find in the box a voucher for six (two-wire) axles with Rp-25 wheels.
Embedded in a metal frame sits a five-pole precision motor with obliquely grooved winding and noise-optimized commutator. This gives its power, tamed by two thick flywheels, via a worm / spur gear on four of the six axes on. LEDs in the bogies ensure realistic flickering during the braking process.
The first railway company, which brought the diesel-electric-powered Class 66 to Germany, was the ports and goods traffic Cologne AG (HGK). In 1999, the railway company bought two pieces. Almost at the same time, the Class 66 was also introduced in other European countries. RUs owning or renting Class 66 are now also found in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Norway. So far, a total of about 650 locomotives in two designs have been delivered to European customers. The elongated, the small English clearance profile corresponding silhouette, the angular construction and the chassis with the massive bogies and the wild wiring make the Class 66 unmistakable.
The GM twelve-cylinder two-stroke engine 12N-710G3B-EC is clearly audible with its characteristic sound and develops an output of 3194 hp (2350 kW) The starting tractive effort is 409 kN, the continuous traction 260 kN. With a top speed of 120 km / h, the Class 66 can even compete on other electrified main lines. If necessary, the client can span the train from the distant siding over the DB main line to the workshop. In terms of color, the Class 66 forms a delightful contrast to the standardized traffic red of DB AG.
Since 1999, the HGK has mainly carried block trains with its Class 66, but with different loads. For a long time HGK-Stammleistungen, and often covered on the whole train run with Class 66, tank car trains are for example to Braunschweig, Ingolstadt, Marktredwitz and Aichstetten. But even in central Germany, the Cologne women can be seen, for example, if you carry trains to Leuna or Berlin. We took the DE671, which was built in 2003 and provided with fresh deadlines in 2011, as the model, and since then has been wearing white contrasting surfaces on the front.
The company Captrain Deutschland belongs to the SNCF Geodis Group and emerged in 2010 from the companies SNCF Fret Germany and Veolia Cargo Germany.
The paintwork of the Class 66 locomotives pleases by the sharp contrast of the black or gray sidewalls with the light green contrasting surfaces drawn around the driver's cabs. The Captrain locomotives are found mainly in front of container, tank car trains or coal trains rolling in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. For the automotive industry, the locomotives are also strong before trains with sliding wall wagons. In Germany, the six-axle vehicles come from the Rhine-Ruhr region to Berlin.
As of 2010, the locomotive rental company CB Rail sent the German and Luxembourg national agencies under the name Ascendos Rail Leasing GmbH into the race for customers. Ascendos offers 20 Class 66 and three Class 77 vehicles for operation on non-continuously electrified lines. The locomotives, painted in elegant green with turquoise and yellow contrasting stripes, are highly attractive to model railroaders as they are not only used in block trains with containers, tank wagons, building materials, coal, motor vehicles or machine parts, but are also useful in construction services and during transfer journeys. Especially in the field of site logistics, the locomotives are sometimes only with a handful of cars on the way. Renowned tenants of the six-axle vehicles were or are HGK, Crossrail, ITL or the Rurtalbahn which they use throughout Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
In elegant blue-silver, the four Class 66 SNCF Benelux raced through Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. The locomotives could initially be easily distinguished by the different design of the yellow contrasting surface on the front sides. The machines were to be seen in front of biaxial self-unloading wagons, container trains and tank car trains.
|technical & model details|
|couplers||NEM 362 Kupplungsaufnahme, Bügelkupplungen|
|light||3-Licht Spitzensignal & 2 Schlusslichter, mit Fahrtrichtung wechselnd|
|interior details||Führerstand, Führerpult|
|interior lighting||Führerstand, Führerpult, Bremslichtflackern|
|running number||T66 713|
|digital & sound|
|factory fitted Digital Sound|