Nicknamed Ludmilla for the Leipzig maintenance base where they were concentrated, the class 232 diesel-electrics were popular mainline locomotives constructed in Soviet Russia for service in East Germany. Production ran between 1972 and 1982 with 709 units delivered to the East German State Railroad (DR). While the 3,920-horsepower (2,940 kW) behemoths featured six traction motors and were well suited to all kinds of mainline service-they were too heavy for some lightly built lines. Ludmillas could reach speeds of up to 88mph 140km/h, ideal for fast freights, those delivered with train heating hauled passenger trains. With German reunification, the units were acquired by German Railways (DB AG). Many remain in service, in particular those with train heating apparatus. Others were remanufactured into classes 233, 234 and 241 and are still in service; the rest have been retired or sold.
This replica of the widely used Ludmilla features a metal body, four powered drive axles, two traction tires and a special can motor with flywheel for smooth performance and great pulling power. It comes equipped with a Marklin Digital decoder, directional LED headlights that work with conventional or Digital systems. The acceleration and braking delay can be controlled digitally with a 6021 Control Unit or Märklin Systems. Other details include a cab interior and Marklin close couplers in standard NEM pockets.