- 1 Background and references
- 2 Collision avoided!
- 3 From my album
- 4 Fitting the driver
- 5 E71 model
- 6 Loco meditation at low speed
- 7 Some facts about the model
- 8 More gallery
- 9 Asides
- 10 Forums
- 11 Model reviews
- 12 External
Background and references
The model on fig.1 probably is maximally twisted, half way into my home made switch with radius 1.02 meter, from a left to a right curve.
I first discovered this model in a magazine. Read about it at 201:[E71, Preußische EG 511 bis 537].
About the later called E71 DR series (baureihe) E71.1 locomotive, the Preußische EG 511 bis EG 537 (this is the text that was used in the User Manual (translated: Prussian EG 511 to EG 537). K.P.E.V. is Königlich Preußische Eisenbahn-Verwaltung (translated: Royal Prussian Railway Administration) – which seems to be some alias for Preußische Staatseisenbahnen (translated: Prussian State Railways).
About the per design preceding the E71, the EG 2, later called E70: Bayerische EG 2 (translated: Bavarian EG2). I was built for the K.Bay.Sts.B (KBayStsB) Königlich Bayerische Staatseisenbahnen (translated: Royal Bavarian State Railways). It was ordered in 1912 and probably designed quite early, but not delivered before after WW1, in 1920. I think it has a stiff frame with two bogies mounted in each end, just like the Norwegian El 1 (El1) (more below).
My loco: EG 513 / E71 13
 is a very good reference for all about each E71 locos. Here are som extracts from the translated E71 part of it, and where I have picked out my loco, the EG 513:
The E71 series, also from Prussia, proved to be ideal for the Wiesen- and Wehratalbahn. The third locomotive, the EG 513, was first documented on October 6, 1915 in the Nieder Salzbrunn depot in Silesia (Schlesien). In 1920, 6 locomotives are documented: EG 511, 512, 513, 514, 515 and 516. All 6 locomotives were then in the Wroclaw State Railways in Silesia. In 1922 and 1923 they returned to the Halle Directorate. From the beginning of 1924, this type of locomotive was also stationed in the RBD Magdeburg, they were housed at the Magdeburg-Rothensee depot.
As far as I understand from the German Wikipedia article the EG 511 – EG 537 were renamed in 1926 by Deutsche Reichsbahn to the E71.1 series with numbers E71 11 – 37. Even if the EG 512 had been destroyed they did not drop “12”. This means that my loco would have been renamed from EG 113 to E71 13. In other words, the engine frame still remains!
From the English translation of  (Die E71 (translation)) I have copy pasted everything “13”:
The third locomotive, the EG 513, was first documented on October 6, 1915 in the Nieder Salzbrunn depot in Silesia. In 1920, 6 locomotives are documented: EG 511, 512, 513, 514, 515 and 516. All 6 locomotives were then in the Wroclaw State Railways in Silesia. In 1922 and 1923 they returned to the Halle Directorate. From the beginning of 1924, this type of locomotive was also stationed in the RBD Magdeburg, they were housed at the Magdeburg-Rothensee depot.
In the years 1930/31 the E71 11, 13, 14, 17, 23, 25, 26, 31, 32, 33 and 35 are stationed in Basel. On December 31, 1943, the following E71s were still in stock in Basel: E71 13, 14, 22, 26, 29, 32 and 33. May 1945 in Basel: E71 13, E71 22 and E71 33 were parked with war damage. In order to be able to resume full electrical operation as quickly as possible after the war, the E71 13 and E71 22 that had been damaged in the war were refurbished in a Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) workshop. E71 13 shunted from 30 August to 15 November 1946 at Olten. In 1946 the following 5 E71s were present in Basel: E71 13 (returned from SBB on 11/15/46), (plus some 5 more). In 1958 came the final end for the E71. On August 1, 1958, the E71 13 and E71 29 were put back from repairs. On November 29, 1958, they were finally retired.
- E71 19 is in Augsburg Railway Park (Wikimedia Commons, here)
- E71 28 is at the German Museum of Technology in Berlin. (Wikimedia Commons, here)
- E71 30 is at the Dresden Transport Museum. (I have some pictures in this note, since I have seen it. Wikmedia Commons (here))
- E71 13 drive or engine frame, only as at the Eisenbahnmuseum Neustadt
Observe that on both of the above pictures the driver has halted for a second, since the cabin light is on. It is switched off automatically when the loco starts. Driver?
From my album
Aside: for the right, bottom picture, read about it at .
I have actually been inside one of the remaining E71 at the beautiful Verkehrs Museum Dresden (Transport Museum Dresden) . Plus, a stiff, single body version of it, the NSB El 1 (El1) at Norsk Jernbanemuseum (Norwegian Railway Museum) at Hamar in Norway  and . Its single body frame has one bogie in each end, just like the mentioned Bavarian EG 2. But the original E71 is a true articulated locomotive with two pivot joints, three body parts altogether – and it could certainly twist like a crocodile. In initial comments (above) I discussed whether this locomotive could be categorised a “crocodile” at my. There is no doubt: it is a crocodile type locomotive!
Fitting the driver
The loco didn’t come with any driver mounted, but it came with a nice, standing driver. He is Mr. Lutz, nothing less, “handmustered” (hand made) and very well dressed up, with his eyes fixed on the track ahead. It was possible to fit him in, standing in front of the seat (which may not be tilted upwards), holding his hands on the steering wheel. But I needed to make a base for him that I fit on the floor behind the hot air input, as I did with the Märklin loco . I basically used the same procedure as described there.
Also this time I didn’t want to glue him in place. (Him? I’ll get a second driver as well, one of these days.) I have no idea how you do this out there, but this works rather ok. Comment below for any better ideas!
I started with a small piece of thick paper and gradually made newer that were larger, and then also had to trim them. But you can stand on the shoulders of this giant (..me!) and just print out the PDF (here). It should be to scale if it’s A4 – you can check that the red line is 100 mm long. If so, you can cut out  in cardboard and then fit it in. Observe that I did the scan of the bottom of the base. The red marks show where I bored holes for the copper straps, which I soldered in place, since my base is some thin electronic circuit board which just appeared in my box. On the paper template base I drew a grid and saw where the figure could stand -. It’s really keyhole surgery, or rather zero invasive surgery, so I used tweezers (with plastic on the tips!), plus that I took a plastic tube and used dental floss to hold around the figure . The right photo is shot before I did the wider and better version, seen on the leftmost photo of . Don’t tie the floss in a loop, because you want to just pull it out to remove it. I painted and drew some lines on the base to make it show somewhat like the wooden floor.
This door never closed precisely into position, as did the other doors, when I received the loco. I now saw the problem. There is a magnet inside, just beside the feet of the figure, that will click the door into position. The problem was that the door was a little bended. I carefully bent it with my fingers, and now it shuts perfectly well. This magnet may stop the figure’s base, but if you lower it into and below the magnet, it should work. (Aside: The locking mechanism also was a problem for both of the fuse compartment doors. These also have magnet based locks, but the doors came as more or less friction based, hard to open. But I did succeed on carefully pushing the tab with my fingers to get the tab ready for the magnets. But the tabs may have been placed some small part of a millimeter too far “out” on the door, by design. With all respect (the model is very well designed and built) miniaturisation isn’t easy for anybody, I assume.)
Once in position, after trying a lot of times – I pressed the feet into the straps, almost with an inaudible click. Now the figure stands firmly in place without any glue. And the base is also loose. Meaning, if I tilt the loco or turn it upside down I may have to refit the base and driver.
You can see the result in the lower row of pictures. It’s just so nice.
Which end is which?
On my model (Var.1 of K.P.E.V. EG 513) there is no lettering or numbering showing the end type or direction. I have stored the drawings of the other variants from the time when Fine Models presented them (I found them again, see  at “E71 Painting- and Letteringlayout”). Var. 2 to Var. 6 have a ‘H’ and ‘V’ on the locos, which I assume is “Hinten” (rear) and “Vorne” (front). The Var. 7 loco has ‘2’ and ‘1’ on it. On my loco, Var. 1, the drawing shows “END 2” and “END 1” beside the loco, not on it. But the User Manual says that functions “F8 = Panto FS2” and “F7 = Panto FS1” which would show the end type when you actuate them.
|REAR||F8 = FS2 pantographs||F7 = FS1 pantographs||FRONT|
|END||Red conductor side||END|
The arrows are the left and right indications on my Märklin Mobile Station 2 (MS2). Observe that the side of the red conductor has a meaning when that roof is placed correctly towards the insulators of the pantographs. There is a knife switch in each end.
Loco meditation at low speed
I tried to run both the Märklin 55681 SBB Ce 6/8 III and the Fine Models’ E71 locos at the lowest possible speed. I have a Märklin Mobile Station 2 (MM2), using the first step there. I assume that’s the lowest possible step sent to the loco. I ran them from end to end on my 224:[layout MSRS v.4.1] – this is 199.1 cm buffer to buffer. Observe the elevation of 8 mm from left to right. For this test I had no sound.
The 55681 runs 199.1 – length 62.5 = 136.6 cm. It used 70 seconds in both directions. The drive mechanism and the regulator’s pulsing added no extra noise.
The E71 runs 199.1 cm – length 36.25 cm = 162.85 cm. It used 222 seconds running in direction 1 (uphill) and a longer time of 270 seconds in direction 2 (downhill). If I lifted the loco off the rail and placed it in the opposite direction, then there were the same running time and time difference for uphill vs. downhill. In other words, when the motors needed to deliver more power (uphill) it ran faster than going downhill. This is the opposite of what I expected. If I try a black box reasoning here (since I don’t know how the regulator is working) then: might this be called undershoot (PID regulator may give overshoot (here)..)?
The E71’s drive mechanism makes quite some noise due to the pulsing of the motors’ regulator when running uphill. At first I thought this somewhat surprising, maybe even somewhat annoying, but once I’ve got used to it then these meditative moments aren’t ruined at all! I have now ran it several times with my stopwatch app. Yes, it is meditative!
Some facts about the model
- This 1/32 model is manufactured in Korea, for Fine Models GmbH. Source . Update Jan2023: After I bought the GwL 9257 Epoche 2 braungrün Deutsche Reichsbahn (FM 856313) wagon (here, but photos to come), I mailed them, and got the understanding that both that wagon and the E71 were also designed in Korea. Pretty skilled people over there!
- This model came into Fine Models GmbH  through Kiss-Modellbahnen Deutschland  when Kiss went insolvent in March 2020. Another part of Kiss became Kiss-Modellbahnen Schweiz GmbH . Source 
- Seven variants were produced. Summing up all the variants then 300 units were produced 
- Length buffer to buffer 36.25 cm (times 32 = 1160 cm). Weight 3.0 kg. Smallest radius R = 1.02 m. Update 20Sep2022: It says in  (Aspenberg) that the three first locos were 11.200 m, but the rest 11.600 m. I assume that my loco then should have been 11.200 / 32 = 35.0 cm long. I assume that Fine Models used the same drawings for this whole series. However, the German Wikipedia page does not mention this: Preußische EG 511 bis EG 537
- I have some quite interesting Q&A going on with Fine Models / Kiss, see chapter External (below)
- Also search for  here
With the My Shelf’s Railway Strip (MSRS) v4.2 I made a new background from some fabric. See 201:[MSRS v.4.2]. I think it quite successful, look and feel wise. Photo wise, I may need some time before I get used to it. I guess that the stripes mask the catenary wires. Or maybe this effect instead draws attention to the locomotive?
Aside: I pulled the fabric behind the shelf and down to make it smooth. This is possible since the whole shelf is stiff enough to be hanging by the short ends only. It’s actually two shelves that are firmly connected, the lower is used for the Märklin Mobile Station 2 (MS2) plus flat books and magazines. However, the black aluminium column at the middle certainly helps holding the shelf, used to make sure any grandchild’s weight won’t end the locos’ lives on the coach below. You can see the column in the picture. The fabric is hanging in a 6*20 mm wooden list in a fold of the fabric. I had to splice about 10 cm at the end and then iron it flat. I used the sixties’ really lovely Husqvarna CL21A sowing machine for the project. My late mother in law, Aase enjoyed this machine before Mari inherited it. They both have kept it well oiled and serviced.
Update 26Sep2022. Märklin is issuing an E71 in H0/HO: Class E71.1 Electric Locomotive. It’s called Märklin 39771 to be released in Oct2022 – for Märklin Insider members, to be ordered by 15Aug2022. As not being a member, I am indeed late. Quoting from Märklin’s web page:
“Road number E71 26 enriched the still small Baden electric network for the Wiesen and Wehratal Line (*1) starting in 1929 as the Baden “Flat Iron” between Basle via Schopfheim and Zell or Bad Säckingen. It was placed into service in 1920 as road number EG 526 and it was part of the first regular procurement of electric locomotives for the Prussian State Railroad for freight train service. This locomotive was characterized by a modern propulsion design for that time using two trucks driven by coupling rods. It was initially used in the Central German network at Halle (*2), and as early as 1929 road number E71 26 went to Basle for use pulling passenger and freight trains. It remained there until its retirement on June 2, 1957.
Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class E71.1 electric locomotive. Bottle green basic paint scheme. Locomotive road number E71 26. The locomotive looks as it did around 1954.”
Update 16Jan2023: thanks to JC for helping me out with this:
- (*1) The Baden that is regularly mentioned is never the Swiss Baden. It’s the German state of Baden (Republic of Baden), today Baden-Württemberg (Baden-Württemberg)
- The Swiss Baden is a rather small town, but famous for another thing: the first railway line in Switzerland, the Spanisch-Brötli-Bahn (..Spanish-Bread-Railway…, officially Swiss Northern Railway: Swiss Northern Railway). It has however nothing to do with the E 71
- The Wiesen- und Wehratalbahn is in Germany as well (though close to the Swiss border)
The E 71 only did some shunting in Switzerland, apparently in exchange for being repaired
- (*2) This was at Halle (Saale) in Saxony-Anhalt in central Germany. Close to Leipzig in Germany
- The below chapter I have kept because I need a second round with JC:
Here, there and everywhere..
I find it so hard to get this city placement stuff in Switzerland right. Please mail me if I am off! Also mentioned in the German Wikpedia article is that several E71 resided in Baden and at the Basel depot; both are in Switzerland. (Even if the city Basel has a border with Germany, and some with France. This has always been an important ralway junction.) My loco (see My loco: EG 513 / E71 13 (above) I think was running in Switzerland, based in Basel and Olten, at least half of its life. So, these locos are part of the Swiss railway history. But I cannot find any E71 photos at SBB Historic‘s Wikimedia Commons data base (here). But with almost 11500 pictures and limited searching possibilty, there may still be some E71 in there? Like here?
Swapping BBÖ 1029 and E71
Being fascinated by the Austrian BBÖ 1029 / ÖBB 1073 / DR E33 (E 33) (Wikipedia here – and Rivarossi H0/HO model (here)), I read in that Wikipedia page that in 1947 the Germans exchanged two of the remaining 1029/E33 locos in Germany for the two remaining E71 which were in Austria. This is also mentioned on the E71 Wikipedia page (here).
(The rest of the remaining 1029/E33 were back in Austria by 1952. The German “Anschluss” of Austria was on 13 March 1938, and the occupation ended on 27 April 1945. In 1938 BBÖ was taken over by Deutsche Reichsbahn (DR); that’s when German nomenclature was used. Those who believed they were the master race consequently believed that they had the right to do these kind of things, of course. Millions of dead people later, after the war, the company name was abbreviated ÖBB.)
Not invented here
This chapter has been moved into 201:[My krokis notes: E71. A crocodile exception?] since I already had so much about the discussion of the E71 vs Ce 6/8 II and III in that note. Are they both “crocodiles”? Is there any competition of which came first? The German or the Swiss version?
- Motor regulator of Märklin 55681 regulator vs. others – It runs smoothly uphill, where another loco type doesn’t. Me, 28Dec2021
spurIinfo as they also spell it.
DB E71 13 from Fine Models by Friedhelm Weidelich (18.8.2021). Read at https://www.spur1info.com/en/newsreader/db-e-71-13-from-fine-models.html. Quite an interesting read, with 57 very well done photos. Even if this is not about my model, but the Fine Models’ Var.7, I assume that most of the comments would be correct. Like, the lights and lantern bulbs are simulated and made from round LEDs. This article also mentions the competitors, without naming them. But I spur1.at would at least be one of them (see https://www.spur-1.at/e-71 and 201:[My krokis notes]).
Weidelich complaints that the air ventilation openings “are are attached and not pressed as on the competitor’ s model”. At least in the open article there is no picture to show what he means. However – see Wikipedia Preußische EG 511 bis EG 537 from “Die restaurierte E71 19 im Bahnpark Augsburg (2007)” which would certainly show the ventilation frames as being on the outside. But this may just not be Weidelich’s point.
Did she really exist? by Gastautor (16.12.2021). “For some railroad models, the question arises for a variety of reasons whether there was a prototype. Bruno Waldmeier has given some thought to this.” Read more … paid login at https://www.spur1info.com/en/news-archive/tag/Fine%20Models.html. This article’s intro depicts the Fine Models’ E71 Var. 5, SBB brown. This is so intriguing! I haven’t had access to this article (23May2022)
Some Fine Models E71 points – passworded. I assume that some of these points may in the future be moved to this open blog note
Even if this is not an academic text, I have decided to use the below style for all kinds of references, hoping that I can only refer up here when needed:
- My 2.10 meter long track, where this model runs, is described at 201:[MSRS v.4.1].
- Fine Models GmbH: www.finemodels.de and eng.finemodels.de – sibling company with Kiss-Modellbahnen Deutschland 
- My standard disclaimer is here (“no ads or money, just fun and expenses on these blog notes”)
- In the background of fig.1 you see my Märklin 55681 SBB Ce 6/8 III, more at My Crocodile locomotive pages
- Verkehrs Museum Dresden (Transport Museum Dresden) (verkehrsmuseum-dresden.de/en)
- Norsk Jernbanemuseum (Norwegian Railway Museum) at Hamar in Norway (jernbanemuseet.no and database at https://norsk-jernbanemuseum.mikromarc.no/…)
Aside: (Update 17Sep2022) More about the El 1 (El.1). Jernbanemuseet has two El 1: EL1.2001 which stands in a shed at the Hamar railway station (and is a “museum locomotive”, able to do museum trips). The EL1.2011 shares a hall with several steam locomotives at the museum proper. However, that hall is not connected to any external rail, so I assume they must have made a temporary track some 50 cm uphill from the normal track line at Jernbanemuseet. There is no overhead catenary there, either. I read in an article by Morten Tranøy in the Norwegian magazine “På sporet” (On the track) #190 Mar2022, headed “Godsvognene på Rjukanbanen” (The freight cars of the Rjukan Railway) that the EL1.2001 was called RjB 14 from 1966, when NSB (Norges Statsbaner) sold it (and another El 1, later scrapped) to the legendary Rjukanbanen (Rjukan Line) at Rjukan. Then, in 1986 Norsk Teknisk Museum in Oslo got it and they gave it its original naming El1.2001 in 1987. The loco I am seen on in Fig.3 is the EL1.2011. The museum then gave 2001 to Jernbanemuseet at Hamar in 2000. By the way, the Rjukan Line played in important role in getting the industrial complex on the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list as the Rjukan–Notodden Industrial Heritage Site. (Researching more I find differing road numbers on Norwegian and English Wkipedia, as well as on DigitalMuseum EL1.2001 and EL1.2011. Also see )
- A driver from Fine Models added as the second driver on my 55681: 201:[Driver in direction II and a ground personnel]
- Fig.3, lower right: 203:[The biggest motor is in Dresden]
- Kiss-Modellbahnen Deutschland (here) – sibling company with Fine Models 
- Kiss Modellbahnen Schweiz (here)
- The E71 model is presented by Peter Pernsteiner on YouTube at Preview/Fahrtest E-Lok E71 13 in 1:32 / Spur 1 von Fine Models – Messing-Handmuster – EG 513
- Photos of all Fine Models’ E71 prototypes: eng.finemodels.de/e71
- The magazine Faszination Spur 1 #14, see 201: (Eisenbahn-Kurier, EK-Verlag)
- Elektrolok i Norge (Electrical locos in Norway) by Nils Carl Aspenberg (FB), on Baneforlaget, 2001, ISBN 82-91448-42-6. In Norwegian. Baneforlaget does not seem to have any web page. This book has a chapter on El 1, containing info about the E71 as well. Plus how the El 1 came to be running on Rjukanbanen as RjB 14 and RjB 15. Also about the remaining two on Jernbanemuseet (El 1 2001 and 2011). It also tells about how the modified E71 model was delivered as Oc to SJ in Sweden. Both the Norwegian El 1 and the Oc were longer than the E71 (table 45 in that book). While E71 was 11.600 m (as my Fine Models loc: 36.25 cm * 32 = 1160 cm) (11.200 m on the three first locos), the Oc was 12.770 m and the El 1 was 12.700 m. This book also has a rather extensive review of the technicalities of electrical locos, plus how these have developed over the years. I bought mine at  in Sep2022. (I have also referred to this at 203:)
- Photos of El 1 at the Norwegian Digitalt Museum: “El 1” (several hundred, mostly relevant), “El1” (one drawing). The space makes a difference, but not adding a “.” or going “EL” make no difference. Jernbanemuseet also uses Digitial Museum. Observe that these pictures are shown with much reduced quality. They may be ordered with stored resolution from Digitalt Museum or by mail to foto at norsk-jernbanemuseum.no. Also see the database ref. at 
- Die Elektrifizierung der Wiesen – und Wehratalbahn by Eisenbahnfreunde Wehratal e.V. Walter Schepperle, see http://www.wehratalbahn.de/Elektr/El0.htm. This is a Swiss page from 2002 (some more here). Further pages: Die Lokomotiven and Die E71 (translated) and More photos. This is perhaps the most detailed source of E71 that I have come across. These pages have some dead url for photos and have not been kept for about 20 years
- Hans-Jürgen Wenzel Die E71-E-Lok Erfolg aus Preußen in Modelleisenbahn-Kurier 7/2013, Seite 49. (Ref from German Wikipedia (above))
- Oliver Strüber: “Bügeleisen” preußischer Provenienz. In: eisenbahn-magazin. Nr. 10, 2012, S. 19. (Ref from German Wikipedia (above))
- Hochspringen nach: a b Hans-Jürgen Wenzel Die E71-E-Lok Erfolg aus Preußen in Modelleisenbahn-Kurier 7/2013, Seite 50. (Ref from German Wikipedia (above))