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Trix have announced their new items for 2009.. Many of these have been previously announced last year. Some are new and previously unissued and some are re-issues of previous models. Highlights are below.



Prototype: Royal Bavarian State Railroad (K.Bay.Sts.B.) class S3/6 express locomotive, builder's series d/e. Road number 3624. Locomotive as it looked in 1914 with kerosene lamps. Use: Premium passenger service.
Model: Era I. The locomotive has a 5-pole motor with a skewed armature and a flywheel, a controlled DCC / Selectrix digital decoder and a sound effects generator with many functions, built into the tender. The locomotive can be operated with DCC, Selectrix and Trix Systems as well as conventional power packs. 4 axles powered. A smoke generator can be installed in the locomotive. The headlights are maintenance-free, warm white LEDs. The headlights and the smoke generator contact will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. The locomotive whistle sound, steam locomotive operating sounds, the sounds of coal being shoveled, air compressor sounds and brake sounds , short whistle blast for switching operations, injector sounds, the sound of steam being let off, steam chest sounds, and the acceleration and braking delay can be controlled with DCC or Trix Systems. There is a permanent close coupling between the locomotive and the tender and an NEM coupler pocket with a guide mechanism along with a close coupler on the rear of the tender. Minimum radius for operation 360 mm / 14-3/16". Detail parts such as brake hoses, couplers, and cylinder rod protection sleeves as well as a set of etched signs with two other different road numbers printed on them are included. Length over the buffers 254 mm / 10".



Prototype: Royal Bavarian State Railroad (K.Bay.Sts.B.) class Gt 2x4/4 heavy freight locomotive, 0-8-8-0T wheel arrangement (Mallet locomotive). Built starting in 1913. Road number 5761. Use: Freight trains and pusher service on steep grades.
Model: Era I. The frame and body are constructed of die-cast metal. The locomotive has a DCC digital decoder with a sound effects generator. It also has a 5-pole motor. 4 axles powered. Traction tires. The locomotive has an articulated frame for better negotiation of curves. The headlights will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. The locomotive has NEM coupler pockets with a close coupler mechanism. Length over the buffers 203 mm / 8".



Prototype: German State Railroad Company (DR) class 41.1, 2-8-2 wheel arrangement, built starting in 1937 for the German State Railroad Company (DRG). Use: Freight trains and lightweight passenger trains. Road number 41 1070-6.
Model: Era IV. The locomotive has a 21-pin digital connector for the 66839 decoder that can be installed in it. The locomotive has a high-efficiency propulsion system in the boiler. 4 axles powered. Traction tires. A smoke generator (Märklin item no. 7226) can be installed in the locomotive. The triple headlights and the smoke generator contact will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. The headlights are maintenance-free, warm white LEDs. The tender has NEM coupler pockets with a close coupler mechanism. Length over the buffers 275 mm / 9-1/4".



Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 23 passenger steam locomotive. 2-6-2 wheel arrangement, from the first production run. Built starting in 1950. The locomotive looks as it did around 1958. The boiler bands are the version with polished bare metal. Use: Passenger trains.
Model: Era III. The locomotive has a DCC/Selectrix decoder and a sound generator. It also has controlled high-efficiency propulsion with a can motor with a bell-shaped armature and a flywheel. 3 axles powered. Traction tires. The locomotive and tender are constructed mostly of metal. There is a close coupling with a guide mechanism between the locomotive and the tender. A smoke generator can be installed in the locomotive. The headlights are maintenance-free, warm white LEDs. The triple headlights change over with the direction of travel. The headlights and the smoke generator contact will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. The front of the locomotive and the back of the tender have a close coupler with a guide mechanism and an NEM coupler pocket. Minimum radius for operation is 360 mm / 14-3/16". Separate parts for brake hoses and piston rod protection sleeves are included. Length over the buffers 245 mm / 9-5/8".



Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 218 general-purpose locomotive. Diesel hydraulic locomotive with electric train heating. Without exhaust hoods. Red / beige experimental paint scheme of 1974. Use: Passenger and freight trains. Road number 218 217-8.
Model: Era IV. The frame and body are constructed of die-cast metal. The locomotive has a 21-pin digital connector. It also has a can motor with a bell-shaped armature and a flywheel, centrally mounted. 4 axles powered through cardan shafts. Traction tires. The headlights are maintenance-free, warm white LEDs. They will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. The headlights can be turned off at the end of the locomotive with Engineer's Cab 1 or 2, when a 66849 decoder is used in digital operation. The locomotive has separately applied metal grab irons. It also has a detailed buffer beam. The locomotive has NEM coupler pockets. Length over the buffers 189 mm / 7-7/16".
One-time series.


Prototype: French State Railways (SNCF) class 040D Est. 0-8-0 wheel arrangement. Built starting in 1913 as the class G 8.1 for the KPEV. Use: Freight trains.
Model: Era III. The frame and the body are constructed of die-cast metal. The locomotive has a digital connector and a powerful can motor with a bell-shaped armature and a flywheel, mounted in the boiler. 4 axles powered through the side rods. 2 traction tires. The dual headlights change over with the direction of travel, will work in conventional operation, and can be controlled digitally. The headlights are maintenance-free, warm white LEDs. There is a close coupling between the locomotive and the tender, and the locomotive has NEM coupler pockets with a close coupler mechanism. A Seuthe smoke unit can be installed in the locomotive. Length over the buffers 210 mm / 8-1/4".



Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 456 electric powered rail car train. The train looks as it did at the end of the Seventies. Use: Suburban commuter service.
Model: Era IV. The train has a 21-pin digital connector. It also has a 5-pole motor with a skewed armature and a flywheel, centrally mounted. 4 axles on the middle car powered through cardan shafts. The frame for the middle car is die-cast metal. The headlights are maintenance-free, warm white LEDs, and they will work in conventional operation. The triple headlights and dual red marker lights change over with the direction of travel. The end cars have an electrical pickup changeover feature, and the pickups at the front of the train pick up current. There are close coupler guide mechanisms and electrical connections between the cars. The 66718/66719 interior lighting kits can be installed in the train. The train has highly detailed plastic bodies with many separately applied parts such as grab irons, electrical plugs, windshield wipers, antennas, whistles, and horns. The train has interior details in several colors. There is a detailed representation of the Scharfenberg coupler (non-working) at the ends of the train. Length over the couplers 919 mm / 36-3/16".



Prototype: French State Railways (SNCF) class 130 TB. Former Royal Prussian State Railways (K.P.E.V.) class T 12. Road number 130.TB.717. Use: Passenger trains.
Model: Era III. The locomotive has an NEM 21-pin digital connector. It also has a 5-pole motor with a flywheel. 3 axles powered. Traction tires. The locomotive has dual headlights that change over with the direction of travel. It also has NEM coupler pockets. The locomotive has many separately applied details. Length over the buffers 127 mm / 5".
One-time series.



Prototype: German State Railroad (DRB) class CidT "Kittel" design steam powered rail car. Built starting in 1915, originally for the Grand Ducal Baden State Railways. Version of the rail car as it looked in Era II in the typical red/cream paint scheme for powered rail cars. The car looks as it did at the end of the Thirties. Car number 4 Karlsruhe.
Model: Era II. The frame is constructed of die-cast metal. The car has an NEM 21-pin digital connector. It also has a 5-pole motor with a flywheel. 2 axles powered. Traction tires. The dual headlights change over with the direction of travel. The car has NEM coupler pockets. It also has many separately applied details. There is a clear view through the area of the engineer's cab, and the car has a reproduction of the boiler. Buffer beam details are included in a bag to allow you to equip the ends of the car completely like prototype for a display case or for operation on a layout. Length over the buffers 130 mm / 5-3/16".



Prototype: Royal Bavarian State Railways (K.Bay.Sts.B.) express train passenger car, 1st/2nd class, type ABBü. Built starting in 1905.
Model: Era I. The car has black spoked wheels, NEM coupler pockets, and a close coupler mechanism. Length over the buffers 216 mm / 8-1/2".

Prototype: Four-axle sleeping car in the teakwood brown paint scheme of the "Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits" (CIWL). Version as a through car on the "Paris-Karlsbad Express". The car looks as it did in the winter of 1914. Car number 666 A.
Model: Era I. The model is finely constructed with many separately applied details. The car has an interior in several colors. The car has factory-installed interior lighting. It also has its own power pickup. The car has NEM coupler pockets and a close coupler mechanism. Length over the buffers 246 mm / 9-11/16".



Prototype: 5 different German State Railroad Company (DRG). 1 acid transport car with a brakeman's cab, 1 tank car, 1 boxcar with a 3.21 meter / wheelbase, without a brakeman's cab, as a maintenance equipment car, 1 "Löwenbräu" beer car with a 3 meter / wheelbase, with a brakeman's cab, and 1 gondola with medium height walls, with a brakeman's cab and a tarp.
Model: Era II. The car frames and bodies have detailed construction with authentic lettering. The cars come individually packaged and marked. There is also an additional master package for the cars. The cars have NEM coupler pockets with a close coupler mechanism. Total length over the buffers 468 mm / 18-7/16".



Prototype: 5 German Federal Railroad (DB) type Fal 167 hopper cars. Version with "Minden-Dorstfeld" design trucks. Use: Unit trains for transporting coal.
Model: Era IV. The cars have different car numbers. The cars come loaded with real small coal. The cars have NEM coupler pockets and close coupler mechanisms. Total length over the buffers 665 mm / 26-3/16".
One-time series.



Prototype: Coking plant with a pit coal tower, a battery of coking furnaces, and a charging car based on the prototype of the Hansa coking plant in Dortmund, Germany.
Model: This is a professional, industrial architectural model with all of the building parts as a kit, ready to assemble. The parts for the pit coal tower, the battery of coking furnaces and the charging car are made of special architectural quality, precision, laser-cut hard cardstock. All of the parts come in a realistic basic color, and they can be weathered easily and painted further. Polycarbonate sheets are included for window material. Two furnace chambers are represented as open and can be effectively lighted with the lighting kit, item no. 66718. This model can also be built at double the length as a half relief building for the edge of a layout. Dimensions of the finished model: Pit coal tower: length 410 mm / 16-1/8", width 300 mm / 11-13/16", height 385 mm / 15-1/8". Battery of coking furnaces: length 500 mm / 19-11/16", width 300 mm / 11-13/16", height 110 mm / 4-5/16".
One-time series for the theme "Black Gold".



Prototype: A battery of coking furnaces based on the prototype of the Hansa coking plant in Dortmund, Germany.
Model: This is a professional, industrial architectural model with all of the building parts as a kit, ready to assemble. The parts for the battery of coking furnaces are made of special architectural quality, precision, laser cut hard cardstock. All of the parts come in a realistic basic color, and they can be weathered easily and painted further. Two furnace chambers are represented as open and can be effectively lighted with the lighting kit, item no. 66718. This model can also be built at double the length as a half relief building for the edge of a layout. Dimensions of the finished model: Battery of coking furnaces: length 500 mm / 19-11/16", width 300 mm / 11-13/16", height 110 mm / 4-5/16".
One-time series for the theme "Black Gold".



Prototype: Screening building with coke loading facilities and a conveyor bridge as well as a coke loading bay based on the prototype of the Hansa coking plant in Dortmund, Germany.
Model: This is a professional, industrial architectural model with all of the building parts as a kit, ready to assemble. The parts for the screening building with coke loading facilities and a conveyor bridge and a coke loading bay are made of special architectural quality, precision, laser cut hard cardstock. All of the parts come in a realistic basic color, and they can be weathered easily and painted further. This building is designed for 3 loading tracks with the C Track spacing of 77.5 mm / 3-1/16". The vertical clearance is sufficient for locomotives and cars, without catenary and including the C Track roadbed. Polycarbonate sheets are included for window material. This kit also includes a coke loading bay, where the quenched coke is dumped, and a conveyor bridge to the screening building. Dimensions of the finished model: screening building: length 325 mm / 12-13/16", width 245 mm / 9-5/8", height 225 mm / 8-7/8". Coke loading bay: length 500 mm / 19-11/16", width 60 mm / 2-3/8", height 15 mm / 5/8". Conveyor bridge: length 600 mm / 23-5/8", width 60 mm / 2-3/8", height 40 mm / 1-9/16".


Prototype: Sorting tower building with an unloading tower, conveyor bridge, and press machine based on the prototype of the Hansa coking plant in Dortmund, Germany.
Model: This is a professional, industrial architectural model with all of the building parts as a kit, ready to assemble. The parts for the sorting tower building with an unloading tower, conveyor bridge, and press machine are made of special architectural quality, precision, laser-cut hard cardstock. All of the parts come in a realistic basic color, and they can be weathered easily and painted further. Polycarbonate sheets are included for window material. This kit also includes the unloading tower, which receives the pit coal, a conveyor bridge from the unloading tower to the sorting tower building, and a conveyor bridge from the sorting tower to the pit coal tower. The press machine is also included, which runs along the back of the battery of coking furnaces and which pushed the finished coke cakes out of the furnace chamber in real life. Dimensions of the finished model: Sorting tower building: length 500 mm / 19-11/16", width 180 mm / 7", height 385 mm / 15-1/16". Unloading tower: length 100 mm, width 70 mm / 2-3/4", height 130 mm / 5-1/8". Conveyor bridge from the unloading tower to the sorting tower: length 500 mm / 19-11/16", width 60 mm / 2-3/8", height 40 mm / 1-9/16". Conveyor bridge from the sorting tower to the pit coal tower: length 220 mm / 8-5/8", width 60 mm / 2-3/8", height 40 mm / 1-9/16".
One-time series for the theme "Black Gold".



Prototype: Class 185.5 electric locomotive for the Swiss firm Crossrail. Built starting in 2005 by Bombardier as a locomotive from the TRAXX program of locomotive types. Use: Freight service.
Model: The locomotive has an NEM digital connector. It also has a 5-pole motor with 2 flywheels. 4 axles powered. Traction tires. The locomotive has a close coupler mechanism. Length over the buffers 118 mm / 4-5/8".



Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 44, 2-10-0 wheel arrangement. Built starting in 1937 as a standard design locomotive for the DRG. Use: Heavy freight trains.
Model: The locomotive and tender are constructed of die-cast metal. The locomotive has a powerful motor with a bell-shaped armature and a flywheel. The motor and gear drive are in the boiler. There is a digital connector in the tender. There is a close coupling between the locomotive and tender. There is a close coupler mechanism on the back of the tender. The smoke box door can be opened. 5 axles powered through side rods. Traction tires. Length over the buffers 141 mm / 5-9/16".



Prototype: German Railroad, Inc. (DB AG) class 406F ICE 3 MF powered rail car train. Consisting of: 1 class 406.0 end car, 1st class, 1 class 406.1 transformer car, 1st class, 1 class 406.2 current converter car, 2nd class, 1 class 406.3 BordRestaurant intermediate car, 1 class 406.8 intermediate car, 2nd class, 1 class 406.7 current converter car, 2nd class, 1 class 406.6 transformer car, 2nd class, and 1 class 406.5, 2nd class. Use: High speed service between Frankfurt and Paris.
Model: The train has a digital connector and a motor with 2 flywheels. 4 axles powered in an intermediate car. Traction tires. Total length over the buffers 1,230 mm / 48-7/16".



Prototype: French State Railways (SNCF) class BB 67000. Diesel electric propulsion. Built starting in 1967. Version in Era V in a blue paint scheme.
Model: One locomotive is powered and has a built-in DCC/Selectrix decoder with automatic system and analog recognition. It also has a motor with a flywheel. 4 axles powered. Traction tires. The locomotive dummy is not powered and has a built-in sound module. Diesel operating sounds, a horn, and other operating sounds can be controlled digitally with Trix Systems or DCC. The headlights on both locomotives change with the direction of travel, will work in conventional operation, and can be controlled digitally. The headlights between both locomotives are not on as in the prototype. Both locomotives are permanently coupled together. Length over the buffers 214 mm / 8-7/16".

The rest of the new items can be seen on the Trix website here.
 

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Some very nice items there Neil - I have some earlier issues of a couple - quite a few eraI CIWL's & a sound equipped BR218 - very, very nice performer, better than the FLM one but the sounds are not quite as good (maybe needs a trip to Richard to sort out ?).
 

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I was thinking about the CIWL coaches but noticed that the rails were quite thick in one of the catalogue photos. I would want to see a better photo before buying as they are quite expensive.

The re-issue of the KBay GT 2x4/4 is handy as I am looking for a K.Bay feight loco.
 

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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 23 Jan 2009, 00:33) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>


Prototype: German Railroad, Inc. (DB AG) class 406F ICE 3 MF powered rail car train. Consisting of: 1 class 406.0 end car, 1st class, 1 class 406.1 transformer car, 1st class, 1 class 406.2 current converter car, 2nd class, 1 class 406.3 BordRestaurant intermediate car, 1 class 406.8 intermediate car, 2nd class, 1 class 406.7 current converter car, 2nd class, 1 class 406.6 transformer car, 2nd class, and 1 class 406.5, 2nd class. Use: High speed service between Frankfurt and Paris.
Model: The train has a digital connector and a motor with 2 flywheels. 4 axles powered in an intermediate car. Traction tires. Total length over the buffers 1,230 mm / 48-7/16".
(This is an N scale model, so that I don't confuse anyone!!)

What is interesting is that Minitrix have produced new designs for the intermediate coaches with more doors and pantographs than the 403 version they did before, as this is the international multi-voltage 406 version, and new corridor connectors I think which was the only aspect of the old model that looked a tad poor, so now it should be a super model
- and yet - this model has no lights according to the catalogue?
I would hope this is an oversight but perhaps not and it is aimed as more of a display model...my order for one is totally dependent on whether it has lights or they can be easily installed without destroying the model, so I reserve judgement at this point.

Nice to have something in N scale to give the TGV a run for its money, Shinkansen models aside!
 

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I have an HO version of the ICE3 (actually, I have'nt - it belongs to Maggie who lets me use it on SL) - it's fully lit but with heavily tinted windows.............

Very nice model & can be raced through the station occasionally at warp speed for the children.
 

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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 23 Jan 2009, 21:26) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I was thinking about the CIWL coaches but noticed that the rails were quite thick in one of the catalogue photos. I would want to see a better photo before buying as they are quite expensive.

They are quite thick & in plastic - a few of mine are broken, so I make have some replacement ones in brass made up. To be honest they were all eBay buys at the right money so they will still be cost effective.
 

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QUOTE (Brian Considine @ 25 Jan 2009, 08:14) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I have an HO version of the ICE3 (actually, I have'nt - it belongs to Maggie who lets me use it on SL) - it's fully lit but with heavily tinted windows.............

Very nice model & can be raced through the station occasionally at warp speed for the children.
Same here, it's awesome isn't it.
 

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Hi Neil. Good to hear from you.

Well, judging by the dimensions and couplings they are both HO, not N. As it is, I already have 12 CIWL coaches from era 1 though some are a bit below par. The S3/6 is absolutely beautiful but, again, HO. And again, I have 8, all different and with one duplicate. So, even if there was an N scale one, I would admire it but probably not go for it at this stage.

Fact is that I have been concentrating on my Z scale activities and N has taken a back seat for the time being.

All the best to you from a cold wet Skye,
Chris.
 

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QUOTE (cmanvell @ 26 Jan 2009, 09:38) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Neil. Good to hear from you.

Well, judging by the dimensions and couplings they are both HO, not N. As it is, I already have 12 CIWL coaches from era 1 though some are a bit below par. The S3/6 is absolutely beautiful but, again, HO. And again, I have 8, all different and with one duplicate. So, even if there was an N scale one, I would admire it but probably not go for it at this stage.

Fact is that I have been concentrating on my Z scale activities and N has taken a back seat for the time being.

All the best to you from a cold wet Skye,
Chris.
Hi Chris,

I agree it was a meagre offering this year. However given the prices with the exchange rate it is oprobably not a bad thing. I will try to get the reissue of the GT 2x4/4 though.

Cheers

Neil from a blistering hot Melbourne.
 

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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 26 Jan 2009, 21:49) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I agree it was a meagre offering this year. However given the prices with the exchange rate it is oprobably not a bad thing. I will try to get the reissue of the GT 2x4/4 though.I just downloaded the Neuheiten catalogue for trix and saw the cover and, forgetting that it also included HO, "I gotta get that!" Then I looked at the N section (pp.90 to 139) and saw the price: £200 for the loco and £80 for the three coaches. 'Pop!!!!!!!' - back to the real world. Anyway, I already have a BB II and some 2-axle coaches. The K.Bay 6-coach set is a beauty but, again, the price (£270) is way out of my league. And the S3/6 is nealry £300. Sad really. Maybe their sales on the continent will keep them going but I cannot see many selling in the UK.

QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 26 Jan 2009, 21:49) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Neil from a blistering hot Melbourne.Shuddup!!!!!!! (Actually, I just wilt in the heat so maybe you can keep it after all.

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Hi Chris,

I am counting on the vat being taken off it and some discounting. The price I currently have for the S3/6 with sound is 235 euros which isn't bad for sound installed loco.

I hate the heat too. This week is meant to be one of the hottest Melbourne has experienced so I am not looking forward to it at all.


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Yes, £200 plus a bit is reasonable but with the collapse of the £ we are almost on parity with the Euro - and we cannot reclaim vat. And it's annoying having to pay for things like sound and DCC generally when one is going to use it on DC which should be cheaper.

Hottest we ever got it was a month of temperatures up to and about 28 degrees a few years back. The forecasters consistently said that it was going to rain in the northwest and it consistently didn't. They reckon it cost the NW economy millions in lost tourist trade. 28, which was a tad too hot for me, was way higher than the temperatures that my colleagues working in the Bahamas got. And they got our unused rain as well!

Anyway, off to bed.

All the best,
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Yes Chris, If I wasn't getting the VAT off it would be a different story.

It wasn't the summer of 1999 you were thinking of was it? I was on Harris then and remember it being very hot when I came back over to the mainland. I was very suprised at how hot it was. I do remember 27 degrees on one day when I was on the bus going down to Edinburgh.

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That'll be the one. I was climbing mountains and working on mobile phone stations and wilting (as I said). We were all tanned by the time our colleagues came back from teh Bahamas all pale and wishing they had taken warmer clothing! Yes, German VAT = 19%, UK = 15% - still bad enough.
All the best,
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PS. I guess we shoudl stop talking about hte weather and get back on topic again.
 
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