Train passengers had to wait a long time for new locomotives and cars in long-distance service, but on September 23, 2015, there was finally movement in the next generation IC trains. The bi-level ICs (IC2) from Bombardier were given preliminary authorization by the EBA. On these new locomotives and cars there was now shuttle train compositions, consisting of a class 146.5 (TRAXX P160 AC2) electric locomotive as well as five bi-level cars, type TWINDEXX 2010. The interior features of the cars sparkle with a modern level of equipment and comfort. The five-part bi-level set offers seating for 465, 70 of which are in 1st class. Twenty-seven trains were placed into service, which are run as units with the numbers 2850-2876. They are used chiefly on the IC Lines 35 (Norddeich ? Emden ? M?nster ? D?sseldorf ? Cologne ? Koblenz), 55 (Dresden ? Leipzig ? Hannover ? Cologne), and 56 (Leipzig ? Magdeburg ? Hannover ? Norddeich).
Prototype: German Railroad, Inc. (DB AG) class 146.5 electric locomotive for long-distance service. Dual system locomotive from the TRAXX type program (P 160 AC2). Light gray long-distance paint scheme with traffic red decorative striping, in the current IC design. Locomotive for the train route: IC 2045 from Cologne to Dresden Main Station. Locomotive road number 146 572-3. The locomotive looks as it did around 2020.
Model: The locomotive has an mfx digital decoder and extensive sound functions. Various station announcements change with the locomotive’s direction of travel. The greeting to passengers just boarded and train announcements for the next stop also change with the locomotive’s direction of travel. The locomotive has controlled high-efficiency propulsion with a flywheel, centrally mounted. 4 axles powered using cardan shafts. Traction tires. The cabs have interior details. The triple headlights and dual red marker lights change over with the direction of travel, will work in conventional operation, and can be controlled digitally. The headlights at Locomotive Ends 2 and 1 can be turned off separately in digital operation. When the headlights are off at both ends, the double A light function is on at both ends. There is a lighted train destination display IC 2045 Dresden Hbf at the ends above the cabs. Maintenance-free warm white and red LEDs are used for the lighting. Length over the buffers approximately 21.7 cm / 8-1/2.
The IC2 bi-level cars to go with this locomotive can also be found in the M?rklin H0 assortment under item numbers 43486, 43487, 43488, 43489, and 43490 to form a prototypical 6-part train unit.
This model can be found in a DC version in the Trix H0 assortment under item number 25449.