electric loco 103 178 DB DC/AC Digital Sound

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electric loco 103 178 DB DC/AC Digital Sound - Image 1
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HO gauge 16,5mm
power supply
product type
electric loco
technical & model details
special features Buffer Capacitor
running number 103 178
friction tires yes
interior lighting Driver''s cab, driver''s desk, engine room
interior details Driver''s cab and driver''s desk
couplers NEM 362 coupler pocket, bracket couplings
Length (mm) 224,1
light 3-light peak signal & 2 tail lights, changing with direction of travel
limited & exclusive editions x
scale 1:87
with motor yes
flywheel yes
Age notice not suitable under 14 years
digital & sound
factory fitted Digital Sound
Germany DB
era (continental)
era IV (1965-1990)

Model: HO gauge. Metal structure and chassis. Multi-part bogie panels with real springs and numerous attached details. Separately used brake system with brake shoes at the wheel level, separately attached handlebars, coupling in a standard shaft guided by a link. Powerful five-pole ESU motor with two balanced flywheels, drive via cardan/worm drive on three axles, four traction tires. LokSound 5 decoder for DCC, Motorola®, M4 and Selectrix operation. Independent registration at control centers with RailComPlus® or mfx® functionality. PowerPack storage capacitor for uninterrupted power supply, two high-quality speakers for the best sound enjoyment. Universal electronics with plug-in grinder for switching between two-wire and center-wire operation. Two digitally individually raised and lowered roof pantographs. Sensor-controlled noises when cornering and braking shortly before coming to a standstill. White/red light changes depending on the direction of travel, train-side headlights can be switched off, shunting, driver's cab, driver's desk and engine room lighting. Brake sparks when braking sharply. Minimum passable radius = 360 mm.

Prototype: The E03, presented in 1965 in four pre-series examples, and its 145 sister locomotives, built in series from 1970, were legends even during their lifetime. The Deutsche Bundesbahn developed the E03, mainly with Henschel and Krauss-Maffei, to transport light TEE trains at high speed in the lowlands. With E03 001, high-speed tests for the scheduled transport of passenger trains at 200 km/h began in 1965. These inserts and the unique shape also made the E03 an advertising icon. The spherical end faces developed in extensive tests in the wind tunnel and the elegant TEE paintwork shaped the image of fast traffic in Germany for more than 30 years. In 1969, the DB changed the requirement 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 is why the power of the engines was increased to 7780 kW. Externally, the series locomotives designated as BR 103.1 differed markedly from the pre-series by the second fan band in the side walls and the simplified paintwork without a silver decorative strip between crimson and beige-colored areas. In the early 1970s, the 103 in front of TEE trains with a maximum of seven cars were able to demonstrate their brilliant acceleration capabilities and, due to the small number of route sections permitted for 200 km/h, did not come close to their performance limits. Since trains with top speeds of over 140 km/h always had to be manned by two engine drivers, the crew was given a little more space in the locomotives of the last series by extending the driver's cabs. Incidentally, the requirement for double occupancy was not lifted until 1996, which is why you will of course find two engine drivers in cab 2 of your ESU models. The introduction of the IC'79 train system in 1979 made the 103 hard workers. The now two-class IC consisted of rolling stock approved for 200 km/h. Although the high-speed locomotives were now constantly being pushed to the limits of their performance, they still impressed with their great reliability. Reunification in 1990 and the founding of DB AG gave the racers an even larger radius of action. The 103 was indispensable for the DB AG until after the turn of the millennium.
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ESU has existed for over 25 years and is only known to most model railroaders because of its innovative digital technology (decoder and system control), but since 2012 also because of suitable, innovative and realistic implementations of locomotives, passenger cars and freight cars. The digital center ECoS, LokPilot 5, LokSound 5 and the Nano decoders are the distance horses in the ESU range. Modellbahn Union also cooperates very closely with ESU and has already had exclusive sound models implemented for its own products as well as remaining stock. At the same time, further exclusive models in the rolling area are sought, as well as close cooperation in the implementation of Modellbahn Union's own products.