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Trix 21680 Lufthansa Airport-Express

Trix 21680 Lufthansa Airport-Express DB Epoche V DC+Sound H0 One Electric Locomotive BR103 and three Passenger cars complete with Internal Lighting and one car with rear red Marker Lights.

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Trix 21680 Lufthansa Airport-Express DB Epoche V DC+Sound H0 One Electric Locomotive BR103 and three Passenger cars complete with Internal Lighting and one car with rear red Marker Lights.

Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) express train for the route Frankfurt (M) Airport – Stuttgart in a special Lufthansa paint scheme. Class 103 electric locomotive with a type Avmz 106 compartment car and two type Bpmz 296 open seating cars. Both car types have airtight construction. The train looks as it did in the summer of 1991.


  • The class 103 includes over 16 (19) functions for the first time.
  • Cab lighting.
  • Engine room lighting.
  • Locomotive engineer.
  • Partially new tooling for the types Avmz and Bpmz.
  • Types Avmz and Bpmz in the airtight version.
  • Passenger cars with SIG diaphragms.
  • All of the cars include factory built-in LED interior lighting.
  • One car includes marker lights.


Model: The class 103 electric locomotive has a digital decoder and extensive sound functions. It also has controlled high-efficiency propulsion. 3 axles powered. Traction tires. The locomotive has triple headlights and dual red marker lights that will work in conventional operation and that can be controlled digitally. The headlights at Locomotive End 2 and 1 can be turned off separately in digital operation. When the headlights at both ends are turned off, then the “Double ‘A’ Light” function is on at both ends. The engine room lighting can be controlled digitally. The cab lighting can also be controlled digitally. Maintenance-free warm white and red LEDs are used for the lighting. The compartment car and open seating cars have underbody details specific to the car types. The type Avmz 106 has Fiat type Y 0270 S trucks with shock absorbers to reduce “hunting”. The type Bpmz cars have type MD trucks without generators. The cars have structural features of airtight cars such as SIG diaphragms, entry doors, and windows. All of the cars have factory-installed LED interior lighting. One car has built-in marker lights. Total length over the buffers approximately 107 cm / 42-1/8″.

One-time series.

Product Information

When the newly constructed line from Stuttgart to Mannheim went into operation on July 2, 1991, it was planned that the Airport Express Stuttgart – Frankfurt Airport would take this route. However, due to the higher speed and above all the pressure problems in the numerous tunnels on this new line, the existing cars and locomotives could no longer be used here. Along with a decrease in the running time to 90 minutes came an expansion to four daily pairs of trains that were to be run with only one locomotive. Admittedly, two train sets were required due to the short turnaround times in Stuttgart. Airtight cars repainted to Lufthansa specifications were assigned to the Airport Express with electric locomotive 103 101, also painted to match the train, from the Frankfurt/Main District. The class 103 changed to the Lufthansa colors to match the cars in the train. Light Gray (RAL 7035) now dominated on the locomotive body and the roof hood. A narrow edge of Melon Yellow (RAL 1028) gleamed on the lower edge of the locomotive body at the transition to the bridge frame. This color continued in the upper part of the bridge frame. The older design ventilation grills kept their customary silver gray color. The lower part of the bridge frame including the buffer cladding and trucks have by contrast a dark gray color (NCS 8000). On the sides in the yellow area of the frame the lettering, “Lufthansa Airport Express”, stood out and the DB emblem was located in a greatly reduced form only on the sides to the left next to the road number. Compared to the rolling stock road number 103 101 was not airtight and the schedules were therefore designed so that trains could not meet in the tunnel sections. The short turnaround times in Stuttgart then led to a “flying change” between the two car sets, usually consisting of three cars, which played out as follows: One car set stood on a track in readiness in the Stuttgart stub end station. The Airport Express coming from Frankfurt arrived on this track, the locomotive uncoupled from that train and coupled again to the cars already standing there in readiness. A switch engine pulled the car set just arrived to the coach yard to be readied for the next run and after a few minutes, the Airport Express could depart again. Unfortunately Lufthansa halted all service at “Elevation Zero” on May 23, 1993 and road number 103 101 was thereby underway for the last time on the day before.


Era V
Digital locomotives with high-efficiency propulsion. Maximum speed and acceleration / delay are adjustable. Special motor with electronically enhanced load compensation or a compact bellshaped armature. Can be operated with Märklin transformers, in the Märklin Delta system or in the Märklin Digital system. One controllable auxiliary function (function), when the locomotive is being run in the Digital system.
DCC decoder
Digital decoder with up to 32 digitally controlled functions. The quantity depends on the controller being used.
Sound effects circuit
Dual red marker lights
Triple headlights and two red marker lights that change over with the direction of travel.
Triple headlights front and rear
Built-in LED interior lighting
Lighting with warm white LED?s
Built-in marker light
Metal locomotive frame and body
Power supply can be switched to operate from catenary
With NEM coupler pocket and mechanism for close couplers
Scale for the passenger car length 1: 93.5
For adults only

Digital Functions

DCC Sx2 Sx MFx
Headlight(s) ? ?
Electric locomotive op. sounds ? ?
Locomotive whistle ? ?
Direct control ? ?
Engineer?s cab lighting ? ?
Rear Headlights off ? ?
Conductor’s Whistle ? ?
Front Headlights off ? ?
Sound of squealing brakes off ? ?
Interior lights ? ?
Station Announcements ? ?
Station Announcements ? ?
Operating sounds ? ?
Doors Closing ? ?
Operating Sounds 2 ? ?
Blower motors ? ?
Brake Compressor ? ?
Letting off Air ? ?
Pantograph Sounds ? ?

CV Discription DCC Value Factory-Set

1 Address 1 – 127 3

2 PoM Minimum Speed 0 – 255 4

3 PoM Acceleration delay 0 – 255 12

4 PoM Braking delay 0 – 255 12

5 PoM Maximum speed 0 – 255 205

8 Factory Reset / Manufacturer Recognition 8 131

13 PoM Functions F1 – F8 in analog operation 0 – 255 0

14 PoM Functions F9 – F15 and lights in analog operation 0 – 255 1

17 Extended address (upper part) CV 29, Bit 5 =1 192

18 Extended address (lower part) CV 29, Bit 5 =1 128

19 Multiple Unit Address 0 – 255 0

21 PoM Functions F1 – F8 on Multiple Unit 0 – 255 0

22 PoM Functions F9 – F15 and lights on Multiple Unit 0 – 255 0

29 PoM Bit 0: Reversing direction of travel Bit 1: Number of speed levels 14 or 28/128* Bit 2: DCC operation with a braking area (no analog operation possible) Bit 5: short / long address 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 32 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 6

50 PoM Alternative Protocols (DCC cannot deactivate itself) Bit 0 : Analog AC off = 0 / Analog AC on = 1 Bit 1 : Analog DC off = 0 / Analog DC on = 1 Bit 2 : fx (MM) off = 0 / fx (MM) on = 1 Bit 3 : mfx off = 0 / mfx on = 1 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 8 0 – 15 15

63 PoM Volume 0 – 255 255

The speed levels 14 or 28/128* on the locomotive decoder and on the controller must agree with each other; otherwise, you may have malfunctions.

Additional information

Weight 4000 g





OO/HO Gauge




DCC Sound Fitted