The Heraldic Animal of Märklin
One hundred years ago in November of 1919, the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) placed the first „Crocodile“ into operation. This locomotive quickly advanced to the position of king on the Gotthard‘s steep grades. Its name was derived from the design (hood parts mounted with articulation, elongated shape) and the color green. When operated through turnout combinations and reverse curves the unit „snaked“ through the curves like a reptile. On this special model, we put particular emphasis on the idea that every action produces the right result: Our experts gold plate each element to be plated in five intricate work steps. During the galvanizing process, the Crocodile is overlaid internally and externally with 24-carat gold. This model thus combines like no other the technical masterpiece and quality of the Märklin brand with the sensuality of gold.
Prototype: Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) class Ce 6/8 II "Crocodile" electric freight locomotive. Design from the first production series. With older design buffers, crossover plates at the ends, small switching steps and grab irons, with sanding equipment, without an oncoming train light, and without an inductive magnet. The locomotive looks as it did in the Twenties.
- Locomotive hoods, locomotive center part, wheels, side and drive rods, and various other metal parts plated with 24 carat gold.
- Strictly limited worldwide to 3,500 locomotives.
- Each "Crocodile" is consecutively numbered.
- To go with it a consecutively numbered certificate of authenticity.
- Exclusive packaging.
- Locomotive powered by two (2) controlled high-efficiency propulsion systems with flywheels.
- "World of Operation" mfx+ digital decoder and extensive operating and sound functions included.
Model: The locomotive hoods, locomotive center part, wheels, side and drive rods as well as various separately applied metal parts are plated with 24 carat gold. The locomotive has an mfx+ digital decoder and extensive sound and light functions. It also has two (2) controlled high-efficiency propulsion systems with flywheels, one (1) motor in each group of driving wheels. 3 axles and jackshaft powered in each truck. Traction tires. The locomotive frame is articulated to enable the locomotive to negotiate sharp curves. Triple headlights and 1 white marker light (Swiss headlight / marker light code) change over with the direction of travel, will work in conventional operation, and can be controlled digitally. When the locomotive is running "light" the lighting can be changed to 1 red marker light. Maintenance-free warm white and red LEDs are used for the lighting. This locomotive is highly detailed metal construction with many separately applied parts. Sanding equipment is included on the groups of driving wheels. The 3-part locomotive body has hoods that swing out. The roof equipment is detailed with safety grills under the pantographs. The "Crocodile" comes in exclusive packaging with a certificate of authenticity. The locomotive and certificate of authenticity are consecutively numbered. A pair of white cotton gloves as well as a booklet about the history of the "Crocodile" are included. There is also a 24 carat gold plated pickup shoe included to replace the factory-mounted pickup shoe. Length over the buffers 22.3 cm / 8-3/4".
This model is being issued in 2019 in a one-time series for the 100th anniversary of the legendary class Ce 6/8 II "Crocodile" electric locomotive and is strictly limited worldwide to 3,500 pieces.