TEE DB VT11 train set Roco

TEE VT 11.5 train set

Photo Roger Wollstadt on Wikipedia.

Roco 63098 and 64119


Diesel-hydraulic VT 11.5 Trans Europ Express train of the Deutsche Bundesbahn (Railways of West Germany)

Coach Number Revision
Pw4ü VT11 5006 ?.?.57 (*)
VM11 5106 28.7.57
VM11 5116 11.11.57
ARy VM11 5307 10.9.57
WRy VM11 5406 25.7.57
VM11 5206 7.10.57
Pw4ü VT11 5013 14.11.57
(*) Unreadable (badly printed)

Coach Mass NEM
Motor unit 506 g
Trailers 105 to 109 g 80 to 104 g
Dummy motor 282 89 to 115 g


0.62 A maxi at slipping under 12 V

The Roco train is composed of two sets, the first of four vehicles: a motor, two coaches and a dummy motor; the second of three coaches, which gives the minimum composition in service of seven vehicles. Era IIIc.

There is no elongation, but a system of coupling bars that clip on the bogie pivots, and pivoting bellows mounted on springs, a system that compensates for variation in distance between coaches. Too bad that these bellows are visible through the extreme windows of type 5200 and 5400 coaches.

In DC (and without decoder), the motor starts under 3 V approximately. The lights, equipped with incandescent lamps, are reversible (dummy included), but the light is weak, even under 16 V.

All bogies pick the current, with, for trailers, isolated half-axles rotating in conductive bearings. It is thus possible to feed each coach separately without electrical connection and without friction. That said, large gangway bellows would easily hide connectors. The wheels are not burnished.

The motor unit has, contrary to reality, two driving bogies, which explains why all its wheels have the same diameter. The extreme rear axle is equipped with rubber tyres.

According to traintamarre.tassignon.be, Roco released this train for the first time, under the reference 4183A, in 1983!



  • Assembly of the handrails. Replacement of incandescent lamps by high brightness LEDs.
  • Mounting of a Lenz Standard+ decoder in the motor unit.
  • Train lighting with LEDs; the electrical connections (including the rear lights) are done by 1.27 mm pitch 4-pole connectors.
  • Drivers (Roco with cap) in both motor unit.

These trains, consisting of two Diesel motor units with hydraulic transmission framing several coaches, were built from 1957 by M·A·N, with Daimler and Maybach for the motorization, to provide Trans Europ Express services to Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and France, with in particular the Parsifal on Paris-Nord - Hamburg from 1961 to 1968. The maximum speed was 140 km/h.

The vehicles are distributed as follows:

  • 19 D4ü motor units, with a power of 760 or 810 kW depending on motorization, numbered VT 11 5001 to 5019 (UIC 601 001 to 019 after 1968). They include, from front to rear: the Diesel engine, an auxiliary room surmounted by the driver’s cab, and a compartment for accompanying staff;
  • 23 A4ü coaches with a side corridor, 36 seats, VM 5101 to 5123 (UIC 901 101 to 123);
  • 8 A4y coach coaches with 33 seats, VM 5201 to 5208 (UIC 901 201 to 208);
  • 8 AR4y dining coaches without kitchen, 23-seat plus 7 seats at the bar and 17 in a coach room, VM No. 5301-5308 (UIC 901 301-308);
  • 9 R4y dining coaches with kitchen, 23 seats, VM 5401 to 5409 (UIC 901 401 to 409).

The basic composition was as follows: motor unit + A4ü + A4y + AR4y + R4y + A4ü + motor unit, offering 122 seats (compared to a train of seven PBA coaches with 234 seats). But this composition was variable and often increased, all vehicles being equipped with the Scharfenberg automatic coupling, which even allowed running in double unit.

From 1971, with the electrification of lines and the decline of TEE services, these train sets became used in German Intercity domestic services.


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TEE VT 11.5 train set

Photo Roger Wollstadt on Wikipedia.

Motor unit dimensions 1:87
(seven coaches) 130 720 1 503 ≅1 520
Body length 1 19 200 220.7 222.0
3 012 34.6 34.8
Cab height 4 180 48.0 48.0
12 600 144.8 144.0
Motor bogie wheelbase 3 400 39.1 38.5
Carrier bogie wheelbase 2 300 26.4 25.7
Motor wheel diameter 950 10.9 10.5
Carrier wheel diameter 900 10.3 10.5
  1. Without couplings.
Trailer spec. dimensions 1:87
17 400 200.0 199.7
3 765 43.3 42.7
12 600 144.8 145.7