I had a little fun translating the instruction sheet into English. I used Google Translator then tried to rephrase bits and fix up some odd anomalies that crept in where Google didn't quite get it.
Yeah, that is a catch. Apparently changing models from AC to DC is not at all trivial, so by the time you've spent the time and money, you probably haven't saved much.just after ordering mine, I saw one on eBay for around two-thirds of the price: the catch being it was AC powered.
There are a couple of wagons in the Märklin range that I want (also with a beer theme!), that don't seem to be in the equivalent Trix range, but having priced the replacement wheelsets, I decided against buying the Märklin versions.Tell me about it. I have a bunch of Märklin beer carriages sitting here that still need new axles. I knew that when I bought them, but still, that expense will have to wait.
Perhaps a couple of images will be useful:The history of both locomotives is quite complicated and was a result of the DR's need for a fast locomotive to run tests on the newer coach designs being produced.