Mehano Bombardier Blue Tiger model 55534 T 509 HVLE

Re: Mehano Bombardier Blue Tiger model 55534 T 509 HVLE

Postby milwrd1 » Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:35 pm

Ok, I have to ask (leading with my chin here).....is there any significance to the Blue in the Blue Tiger name (the pictures provided don't show a Blue paint scheme). Is there another roadname of this locomotive which is painted Blue? :?:
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Re: Mehano Bombardier Blue Tiger model 55534 T 509 HVLE

Postby Dibbedabb » Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:20 pm

The name is just a brand name... The hvle is the only operator who doesn't have a tiger anywhere on the body...
The original Blue Tiger 1 prototype.
The first Blue Tiger 2 loco.
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Re: Mehano Bombardier Blue Tiger model 55534 T 509 HVLE

Postby milwrd1 » Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:10 pm

Thanks for the prompt reply and the Blue and the Tiger are clearly evident on the prototype photos shown.
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Re: Mehano Bombardier Blue Tiger model 55534 T 509 HVLE

Postby ctxmf74 » Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:56 pm

Blue Tiger? What location would a layout appropriate for this loco represent? and what kind of rolling stock would be correct for it to pull? .....DaveB
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Re: Mehano Bombardier Blue Tiger model 55534 T 509 HVLE

Postby Dibbedabb » Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:16 am

You can use the Blue Tiger on any German layout (they are approved for Germany only) and with nearly any type of freight train, but not with regular passenger trains. The loco doesn't have heating and automatic door control.

The hvle used their locomotive mostly on the Rübelandbahn (a steep line in the Harz mountains) to pull cars loaded with limestone. In the meantime electric TRAXX locomotives took over, and the Blue Tiger is more a backup at the moment.
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Re: Mehano Bombardier Blue Tiger model 55534 T 509 HVLE

Postby scaro » Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:14 am

depends which owner. europe is certainly easier, but a series of blue tigers were sold to malaysia:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSRIIR-2EgM

this is typical loading, bulk cement is also very common. passenger less so but it does happen, although i do not think that they are considered reliable enough.

malaysia is excellent for railfanning, btw. it is like what i imagine the american south used to be like, hot and humid, ice tea everywhere, with the oppressive air of apartheid and the more loony religious extremes. just islam instead of southern baptism, but with the same effect ... despite this, very friendly and a super 'relaxed' attitude to safety; they don't mind at all if you want to walk around a yard or ride in an open doorway of a passenger train. conductor man just said 'don't fall out-lah!'
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Re: Mehano Bombardier Blue Tiger model 55534 T 509 HVLE

Postby LVG1 » Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:53 am

Dibbedabb wrote:The hvle is the only operator who doesn't have a tiger anywhere on the body...


You forget MKB's one...
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...and TXL...
...and ITL...

Finally, the blue Tiger was only applied to those two units which you provided photos of. OHE's units have red tigers. And all others lack it.
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Re: Mehano Bombardier Blue Tiger model 55534 T 509 HVLE

Postby Dibbedabb » Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:07 am

Are you sure about MKB? Take a deep look onto the MKB loco. :wink:

TXL and ITL ok.
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