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Type Laabs Container Transport Car

SKU: MAR46661 Category:


1 in stock


HO 1:87 Scale

An Extremely Creative Idea
VW and the German Federal Railroad developed an extremely creative idea, when they concluded an agreement in 1959 for transport by rail of motors and transmissions between various VW production sites. The solution consisted of standardized containers, which could be transported on close-coupled type Rm(r)so 31 double units of rebuilt stake cars. They now had only flat superstructures with wood floors, on which the transport frames for the containers were mounted. Six containers fit on each double unit, which were filled with either 36 motors or 96 transmissions. In 1966, the container transport cars for motors and transmissions ran between Hannover and Wolfsburg, Emden and Ingolstadt as well as with the same destinations and later also to Brussels from Kassel-Baunatal. Starting in 1970 came the additional destinations of Salzgitter, Neckarsulm, Stuttgart, and Osnabrück (Karman).

Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) type Laabs double unit gondola car for transporting containers (coupled type Klms 440, former Rmrso 31), leased to Volkswagen, Inc. (VW). Version without a hand brake, with container transport frames and VW transport containers as a load. The cars look as they did around 1971.


  • Container transport cars with newly designed car floors
  • Loaded with six newly designed VW transport containers
  • Transport containers include different container numbers

Model: The container transport cars have truss rods and different identification numbers. They are loaded with six VW transport containers with different container numbers.

Offically licensed by Volkswagen.

Freight cars to go with this car can be found in the Märklin H0 assortment under item numbers 46129 and 46139, and in the Trix H0 assortment under item numbers 24332 and 24161.

  • Length over the buffers 28.2 cm / 11-1/8″
  • DC wheelset E700580. Trix Express wheelset E258259.
  • Era – IV
Note – Model item, not a toy! Not suitable for children under 14 years.

Additional information

Weight 0.300 kg
Dimensions 36 × 8.5 × 6 cm