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Offline klarinettmeister  
#1 Posted : 27 July 2010 21:29:58(UTC)
klarinettmeister

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Location: Kirseberg
37624 F7 A-B-A Pennsylvania.

Lenght - 520 mm.
Sounds - Diesel operating sounds, horn, bell, letting off air, squealing brakes off.
Decoder + Motor = MFX with high-efficiency propulsion.
Detailment - No Issue on C-tracks.
Childen? - Age 14 and over.
Coupling? - Hook in front and rear. Can be changed with NEM or snowplows with hooks.
Headlight? - 1 in front with lighted numbersigns.
Loco body - Metal.
6021 address coding - 07.
60212/3 Name at factory - F 7 #9654.
Traction Tyres? - Eight.

Functions
F0 Headlights and signboards front.
F1 Sound effect: Short Horn.
F2 Operating sounds.
F3 Sound effect: Horn.
F4 ABV.
F5 Sound effect: Squealing brakes off
F6 Sound effect: Letting off air
F7 Sound effect. Bell

Introduction:
Since a few years back Märklin stopped producing the F7. Some says the moulds were destroyed and couldn´t be used anymore. After the 150th anniversary we´ve got alot of reproductions of some trains and of course we´ve got a brand new F7. The new F7 is very similar to the older moulds but for a few details. We have some new handrails by the front windows and also over them and the ladders are slightly different. You hardly notice. The steps have more detailing also. The box is also different and are bigger than the older boxes. Now the trains are in foam.

Technical:
The setup is as the same as usual, an A-B-A-unit train. The 2 motors are placed on the rear boogies on the A-units and are driven by the decoder in the "front" A-unit. The B-unit contains the sound decoder and and the speaker. The speaker is the same as in the 26600 CZ set with a long tubular cylinder. The B-unit also has the pick-up shoe in the "front" boogie. There are a total of 8 traction tires. The motors are the old type high propulsion motor. That in turn gives the train bad driving charistics when driving at very low speed.
The sound is very noisy. I had to turn down the volume on it. It´s sometimes hard to hear the horn when the operating sounds are on. But the operating sounds makes the train more alive. I think the sounds are realistic, but I haven´t heard the original.
The headlights are still the old lightbulbs, so no LED here. That´s a little odd considering this being a new mould.

Appearance:
To me it looks like the train is black. It´s very detailed. The lettering are fine as usual. Although it´s missing the lines on the roof I don´t miss them. I think it would be impossible to handle the train witout destroying them. The train is made of mostly metal. Only the boogies are made of plastic.
A note I did was that Märklin has switched the direction of the train. When driving forward on the controller The B-unit goes forward, but on my 3649 the B-unit goes backwards.

Accessories:
Just as stated by Märklin the model is delievered together with 2 snowplows made by plastic. But you´ll get a surprise when you open up the box. There´s also 2 details that allows you to use NEM-couplers!

Summary:
A very beatiful train made by Märklin. The price tag is very high even for this loco. The older Märklin F7-units was priced below half the price of this. You can buy 2½ Amtrak 37621 for this price. It´s a perfect train for all of us who loves the F7 units. It´s good to see the F7 as a MFX which works well, but I think the model is a little outdated to be a new model. We have seen the GG and the PA-1 with signboards which are controlled seperately from the headlights. We have seen cabin lights on many American locos but not here. 1 light function. I do recommend this unit but only if you can afford it or as me think you can afford it. A big welcome for this model are the mentioned NEM-units.

Enough talk! Here are the pictures!

/David

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The box

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The front of 37624. 9665

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The rear of 37624. 9654

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The front unit of 37624. 9665. Shell removed. The other A-unit is pretty empty. Only a motor and the light bulb.

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Detailing of the A-unit 9654. Note the handrails and also the windows.

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Snowplows and NEM. The plowa are plastic, but the couplers are metal.

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Comparison. 3649 to the left and 37624 on the right.

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thanks 2 users liked this useful post by klarinettmeister
Offline Webmaster  
#2 Posted : 29 July 2010 00:24:44(UTC)
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Thank you for this review, it actually looks very nice to me - especially since you have the option to do NEM shafts so you can fit any coupler you like...ThumpUp
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Offline TimR  
#3 Posted : 29 July 2010 01:07:00(UTC)
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Good review...ThumpUp

I'm quite surprised though that Marklin doesn't seem to bother with interior detail...?
Now collecting C-Sine models.
Offline intruder  
#4 Posted : 29 July 2010 01:58:15(UTC)
intruder

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Thanks for the detailed review.

I want a tripple F7!
Best regards Svein, Norway
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Offline Alfa V8  
#5 Posted : 06 August 2010 08:47:16(UTC)
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TimR wrote:
Good review...ThumpUp

I'm quite surprised though that Marklin doesn't seem to bother with interior detail...?


I received mine last week, quite surprised to see the wiring inside through the windscreen, will have to paint those wires black, same mechanism's (a bit noisy) and sound as earlier versions, in my opnion a bit over priced. Still a nice looking model.

Hannes
Every day provides new opertunities. H0 mostly Marklin, still using my 6021, LGB in Gauge 1, live steam in larger gauges.
Offline Armando  
#6 Posted : 05 December 2010 17:52:19(UTC)
Armando

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The cockpits look horrible without interior details. Why would Märklin still omit this detail on such an expensive model?
Best regards,
Armando García

Offline klarinettmeister  
#7 Posted : 05 December 2010 17:56:55(UTC)
klarinettmeister

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Location: Kirseberg
Armando wrote:
The cockpits look horrible without interior details. Why would Märklin still omit this detail on such an expensive model?


No idea. The electronics are very visible in the front unit.
Offline steventrain  
#8 Posted : 05 December 2010 18:32:08(UTC)
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Good review.ThumpUp

What weight is the 37624?
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Offline klarinettmeister  
#9 Posted : 05 December 2010 18:48:30(UTC)
klarinettmeister

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steventrain wrote:
Good review.ThumpUp

What weight is the 37624?


Thanks Steven! I don´t have any scale so I can't say exactly. It feels like the same weight as the other F7s. Maybe aroung 1 kg.
Offline steventrain  
#10 Posted : 05 December 2010 18:51:52(UTC)
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klarinettmeister wrote:


Maybe aroung 1 kg.



Thanks.Smile
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Offline klarinettmeister  
#11 Posted : 05 December 2010 19:02:09(UTC)
klarinettmeister

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steventrain wrote:
klarinettmeister wrote:


Maybe aroung 1 kg.



Thanks.Smile


You´re welcome. BigGrin
Offline klarinettmeister  
#12 Posted : 11 December 2010 13:31:27(UTC)
klarinettmeister

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Here´s an update!

This is how it looks when the NEM coupler pocket with a coupler is installed.

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Together with my 45646:

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It´s hard to see, but the coupler is a few milimeters higher than the cars so they are not level. This actually works better for coupling cars. I haven´t tested the snow plows yet, but the day will come. Sorry for the dust. The camera sees to much!
Offline Alfa V8  
#13 Posted : 14 December 2010 21:50:54(UTC)
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klarinettmeister wrote:
steventrain wrote:
klarinettmeister wrote:


Maybe aroung 1 kg.



Thanks.Smile


You´re welcome. BigGrin



Actual weight is 1.224 Kg

Regards

Hannes
Every day provides new opertunities. H0 mostly Marklin, still using my 6021, LGB in Gauge 1, live steam in larger gauges.
Offline alonso231gery  
#14 Posted : 10 January 2011 00:02:44(UTC)
alonso231gery

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Excellent review , thank you very much, as an owner myself of this f7 i totally agree with you.
The price is shocking and not logical, for a mold that is being used for decades...
I wonder if the rear lights of the prototype are lit while travelling...
Thanks again. ThumpUp ThumpUp ThumpUp
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Offline klarinettmeister  
#15 Posted : 10 January 2011 14:25:37(UTC)
klarinettmeister

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Thank you for your kind words!

I also wonder if the lights are out in the rear when travelling.
Offline janchourysa  
#16 Posted : 27 March 2011 08:52:11(UTC)
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Location: Indonesia
Dear All,

I have this type but I have no Idea what for this loco since its just for snow season did anybody got idea for that?consider that i cannot found the snow material for HO

Thx

Jan C
Offline Malcolm Smith  
#17 Posted : 15 May 2012 07:10:47(UTC)
Malcolm Smith

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Location: Greymouth
Hi Guys,
I'm new to the forum, enjoy reading all the posts etc from all of you.
I have the F7 PRR Loc & like the deep throated operating sounds.
I purchased an extra B unit from Maerklin Online Shop & added it to my consist A+B+B+A.
Looks great, runs well.
Have a couple of UP F7's (37629) which I lashup back to back as an MU unit - amazing!!
I have a BB 4013 (37990) which had "the loose screw" problem way back in 2002, also had
a broken earth wire to the front driver set.
Keep up the good work.
Cheers - Malcolm Smith.
Offline nevw  
#18 Posted : 15 May 2012 12:52:04(UTC)
nevw

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F7's for ever. great locos. great sound.

Nn
wearing the Pink Pinny, which is hard to see and now have 2 new shiny tin Hips that is badly in Need of Repair matching tin shoulders
and a hose pipe on the aorta
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Offline klarinettmeister  
#19 Posted : 15 May 2012 15:05:03(UTC)
klarinettmeister

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Originally Posted by: nevw Go to Quoted Post
F7's for ever. great locos. great sound.

Nn


Yeah. Amazing models with alot of pulling power.
Offline foumaro  
#20 Posted : 16 May 2012 16:20:15(UTC)
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Respect for F7's but double Alco's are unbeatable.Best of the best.
Offline NewMB  
#21 Posted : 16 May 2012 16:35:41(UTC)
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Now, that is class ThumpUp
Offline Goofy  
#22 Posted : 17 May 2012 16:17:01(UTC)
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But no intorial details inside... Sad
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