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Thursday, July 29, 2021
PIKO Special HO/G BR218 'Cottbus Maintenance' Locomotive

PIKO Special HO/G BR218 'Cottbus Maintenance' Locomotive

PIKO has announced 3 new locomotives in HO, Z, and N to commemorate the Cottbus locomotive and car maintenance facility and its history from steam locomotive overhauling to the latest facility for the complicated maintenance of the ICEs.  The new paint scheme recognizes this with the black colors of steam locomotives combined with the modern white and red ICE livery.

This locomotive is a collaboration between Marklin and Piko and HO Marklin AC Models as well as N and Z scale models will be produced by Marklin/Trix. 

"From the Past into the Future" was presented on July 8, 2021 as the freshly overhauled diesel locomotive, road number 218 497, at the Cottbus facility. The DB Locomotive/Car Maintenance, Inc. (DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung GmbH) (FZI) is listed as the owner and its future use is to be as a lease locomotive. The FZI had road number 218 497-6 given a two-part paint scheme, which symbolizes the history of the Cottbus facility from steam locomotive overhauling (black/red) to ICE maintenance (ICE white with red stripes). In the future, the DB-FZI will operate the latest and most environmentally friendly railroad maintenance for Europe in Cottbus. By 2026, a new ICE hall for maintenance and repair of the ICE 4 will be built at the current location, a hall for the conversion of diesel units to hybrid technology with electric propulsion as well as a technology center for hybrid research and modern training facilities will also be built."

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