Z Scale Railcars

2024 Summer New Item


DB ETA+ESA 515 Re. Rail Car (MHI Exclusive 2/2024)

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$315.00 USD
MSRP $350.00 USD
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Class 515 Rechargeable Battery Powered Rail Car with Class 815 Control Car

The Storage Battery Blitz
Electric mobility has been extremely fashionable for some time. Here, the by no means outdated German Federal Railroad had developed as early as the Fifties an ingenious concept for running trains electrically on non-electrified routes. Starting in 1954, the DB purchased 242 rechargeable battery powered rail cars as the class ETA 150, which were underway ecologically for decades in the north, south, east, and west. The units called "Rechargeable Lightning Bolts" or "Whistle Buoys" ran mostly in conjunction with the control cars (class ESA 150) made to go with them. Their very powerful Siemens traction motors even allowed the units to pull through cars, mail cars, or freight cars. Charging stations were set up in the respective areas of use for these units affectionately nicknamed "Rechargeable Lightning Bolts" or "Whistle Buoys". The range, depending on the type of battery, was an astonishing 250 – 500 kilometers / 156 – 312 miles. Numerous "Whistle Buoys" underwent the paint scheme change introduced in 1975 of ocean blue / ivory. Yet, the star for these progressive units began to sink. In 1995, the last set, designated since 1968 as 515/815 was retired. Two units remain preserved in Bochum-Dahlhausen and Nördlingen.

Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 515 rechargeable battery powered rail car and class 815 control car in an ocean blue / ivory paint scheme for Era IV. The units look as they did around 1978.


  • Motor with a bell-shaped armature.
  • Warm white LED headlights and red LED marker lights change over with the direction of travel.
  • Rear headlights and marker lights on the motor car can be turned off.
  • Frames constructed of metal, and bodies made of plastic.
  • Cab lighting and cab interior details.
  • Suggested interior details including passenger area lighting.

Product description

Model: The frames are constructed of metal, and the bodies are made of plastic. Both trucks of the powered rail car are driven by a motor with a bell-shaped armature. Triple warm white LED headlights and dual red LED marker lights change over with the direction of travel. The rear headlights and marker lights on the motor car can be turned off. The cabs are modelled with LED interior lighting. The passenger area is suggested and includes lighting. There is a very high level of detailing with a fine and extensive paint scheme and lettering. A high model weight provides good pulling power. Length over the buffers approximately 217 mm / 8-1/2".

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2024 Summer New Item
Era IV (1970-1990)
DB (Deutsche Bundesbahn)
our product code
Spring in Germany