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The Deutche Bahn ICE 3 by Trix

Review by Neil Wood

Trix model 22205

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Many railway modellers prefer steam engines to modern
diesel and electrics. There are several reasons for this like character
and nostalgia; however for younger people the trains that catch the eye are the
modern express trains. Nothing defines the advances in locomotive
technology better than the high speed trains now operating in Europe and Japan .
One of the latest of these is the ICE3 which made by Siemens in Germany .

The ICE3 is the third incarnation of ICE with
substantial modification from the previous two versions. A higher top
speed of 330km/h and the ability to climb steeper grades required greater power
than the previous versions. The power was to be distributed across the
train rather than concentrated in one or two power units. The ICE3 will be an
eight-car `half train' with 16 powered axles which can operate in double
traction like the ICE2.

Testing of first ICE3 vehicles began in autumn 1998.
The first ICE3 trains were delivered to the DB Reise &Touristik AG and NS Reizigers BV
towards the end of 1999 and entered regular service in May 2000.

The ICE1 and ICE2, were intended for domestic
service,
however the ICE3 comes in versions for one and four current systems and
has a
slightly narrower profile for international operation throughout
continental Europe . The international ICE3 will be delivered with the
signalling systems of the Netherlands , Germany and Switzerland , but
can be easily extended to run
in other countries ( Belgium , France , Italy ) as well.

37 single-system trains (class 403) and 13 four-system
trains (class 406) are in service or still being delivered for the DB AG. 4
four-system trains (class 406, NS number 4651 to 4654) have been delivered to
the NS.

The
styling was created by Alexander Neumeister, who is responsible for the visual
characteristics of the whole ICE family. The carriages are shorter and
narrower than those of the ICE 1 and ICE 2. The front is more streamlined, and
instead of the two rectangular front windows, it now has one large oval window.
The passengers in the first and last car can look out through the cab window.

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Series 1

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Series 2



Single system

Multi system

Single system

Year

2000-2001

2000-2001

from 2004

Number of cars

8

8

8

Power system [kV/Hz]

AC 15/16.7

AC 25/50

AC 15/16.7

DC 3

DC 1.5

AC 15/16.7

Maximum power at

wheel: [kW]

at AC

at DC




8000

-


8000

4300


8000

-

Maximum speed: [kph]

at AC

at DC



330

-


330

220


330

-

Track gauge [mm]

1435

1435

1435

Number of seats

441

431

458

Number built

Germany

Netherlands



37

-


13

4


13

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The Trix ICE3 model
22205
Released; Jan
2005 Price: €599

Extra coach models 23397, 23398 and 23399 Released: August 2005 Price: €72.50 each

Model Specification: Length: 1422mm; Type: Class 403; Livery: Deutche Bahn; Period:
Current; Features: Front and rear directional lighting, Interior lighting in
all coaches, NEM couplings, DCC sound decoder installed with operating sound
effects, includes diode plug to enable conventional operation, mechanically
operating pantographs (do not work electrically); Finish: Pristine; Motor: 5
pole motor located in dining car.

The Trix model 22205 contains;



  • 1 Type 403.1 End car


  • 1 Type 403.1 Transformer car


  • 1 Type 403.3 Dining car


  • 1 Type 403.6 Transformer car


  • 1 Type 403.5 End car

The Trix extra Coach models



  • 23397 is a Type 403.7 Power converter car;


  • 23398 is a Type 403.8 Intermediate car;


  • 23399 is a Type 403.2 Power converter car, 1st
    class

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This is a beautiful model. It encapsulates the
sleek lines and parallels the technology of the original. Unlike most
other models this requires no modification. It already has a decoder with
sound and lighting. The sound effects circuit has sounds of doors opening
and closing, station announcements in German and English, engine running sounds
and horn. The acceleration and braking delay can be minimised digitally.

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The starting delay allows a realistic pulling away
speed. The engine powers up and the loco slowly starts to accelerate, the model
then takes off. It hugs the track very well. It maintains high
speeds even round narrow bends. It has metal inserts to give it a low centre of
gravity. I run it around the inner tighter loop on my layout and it has
never derailed even at high speed. Unlike most Trix models this is made
of plastic rather than metal. The coaches are connected by a 6 pin
connecter. The power pick ups are in the end cars so the power has to be
transmitted down to the decoder and motor. For this reason no other
coaches other than the Trix coaches are compatible with this product.
Three extra coaches are available to add to the basic five car consist.
The manual says that seven cars can be run in total. Given that I am
currently running it with seven coaches and is running extremely fast at half
power, it could easily take eight.

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The only negative factor I have found is that, due to
the type of electrical connection between the cars and the amount of cars this
has to go through, the track has to be well connected and have a smooth
transition between gradients. If the transition is too sharp it can cause
a break in the electrical connections between the cars. When the current
is broken the decoder restarts from the initial settings, which means a delay
before it powers off again. Once your track is sorted out it runs
smoothly and efficiently just like the real thing.

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I have to
admit a bias towards express trains. For much of my life I travelled on
the GNER 225 from Kings Cross to Scotland . I loved the
journeys and when I returned to railway modelling, one of the models I most
wanted was the GNER 225. When I did get it I was so disappointed.
While Hornby were upgrading and detailing many of their locomotives this one
had been forgotten. I had bought four additional coaches for
the train and it could barely pull them on the level as the motor was so
weak. Why do I mention this? Because this Trix model is everything
the Hornby was not. It races along at high speed with seven coaches
instead of struggling. It has highly detailed moving pantographs rather than a
sad simulation.

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Trix
pantograph

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Hornby pantograph

All
coaches are fully lit. The front and tail lights change over with
direction and it has several realistic sound effects. This model led to
me dropping British railway modelling completely for a couple of years.
The contrast is stark between the two models. You could say that it is
not fair to compare the two models as they are so differently priced.
Well Hornby list their GNER pack at ₤99 with three coaches at ₤20 which comes
to ₤160 then add a sound decoder for ₤100 and you’re at ₤260, add on lighting
for the front and rear at ₤18 each plus coach lighting costs and you’re getting
close in terms of overall cost. But look at all the work you have to do
and that’s assuming you are capable of undertaking it. Look at difference
in terms of detail between the two even with all the other modifications.
You would have spent the same money to modify the GNER as to buy the ICE 3 and
it would still be lacking in details. Nothing could underline more the
difference between a budget model and a high quality one. Some modellers may
not care for all these extras. If not, then this clearly is not the train
for you. Mehano do a budget version of ICE3 for ₤135 which has none of
the features of the Trix loco. This locomotive is for the modeller who
wants the latest, most modern, technologically advanced available. This
model really is ready to run. There are no further modifications
necessary. If only Hornby could have made a GNER 225 like this.

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Detail from front of Trix ICE 3
Detail from front of Hornby HST

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This model is a big favourite with my son and
nephews. It’s the one they ask to see run first. It sleek modern
lines make it very popular. While many love the older steam trains, this
is the future. This is what gets younger people interested in railways.
This is state of the art technology in rail; both in real life and in model.
I like most trains, both older and modern, but I have to say this one is
one of my favourites. I love its speed, looks, and its high powered
sounds as it races along. So is it worth €599? Yes it definitely is
although you could buy it for less if you shop around. I would certainly
recommend it. You’ll love it.

Programming table of the most important CVs



CV



Designation



Area



Factory setting


2

Loco address

1-127

3

3

Starting voltage

1-75

4

4

Braking time

0-64

8

5

Top speed

0-64

63

6

Middle speed

0-64

25

8

Basic setting

8

-

17+18

Expanded loco address

128-9999

0

29

Configuration register

0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39

4

49

Expanded configuration

2,3,18,19

19

63

Noise volume

0-64

64

Neil Wood - May 2006




 
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