Power House in Suburban Service The DB new construction program had plans for a tank locomotive for passenger service in suburban areas. A driving wheel diameter of 1,500 mm / 60 and a maximum speed of 85 km/h / 53 mph were stipulated here. Krauss-Maffei, Inc. in Munich delivered the first handsome prototypes, road numbers 65 001 and 65 002, in March of 1951. Another eleven units (road numbers 65 003-013) were put into service over the course of the year, and in 1955/56 came road numbers 65 013-018. An absolute high point for this class was the Darmstadt maintenance facility, where eleven locomotives (road numbers 65 001-011) were stationed between 1954 and 1966. After various electrification projects, they ran starting in the fall of 1964 only in regional service on the Oden Forest Line Darmstadt – Erbach – Eberbach as well as on the two Oden Forest branch lines from Weinheim/Bergstraße to Wahlen and Fürth/Odenwald.
Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 065 passenger tank locomotive. Version with a feed water heater, ventilation installation on the roof, and DB Reflex glass lamps. Road number 065 001. Weathered version. Model: The locomotive has a digital decoder and extensive sound functions. It also has controlled high-efficiency propulsion with a flywheel, mounted in the boiler. Four axles powered. Traction tires. The locomotive is constructed mostly of metal. It has a factory-installed smoke unit. The smoke unit contact will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. Triple headlights that change over with the direction of travel will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. Dual red marker lights can be controlled separately in digital operation. The cab lighting can also be controlled digitally. Maintenance-free warm white and red LEDs are used for the lighting. Authentic signs of weathering are included. The minimum radius for operation is 360 mm / 14-3/16. Piston rod protection sleeves and brake hoses are included. Length over the buffers approximately 17.8 cm / 7.
A passenger car set to go with this locomotive is offered under item number 23389.This model can be found in an AC version in the Märklin H0 assortment under item number 39651 exclusively for the MHI.