The Alsthom CC 7100 was the worlds high speed record holder for just about 50 years. Yes, this somewhat unassuming (what we would almost call a 'boxcab' in the US lexicon) set and held the world high speed record for a locomotive for 50 years. Yes, its true...I read it on the internet.tren miniatura, in which case you would know that Star Train is the model train division of the Spanish toy company Soldat. At least that's what I can determine...its really something of a mystery. As I peruse the internet trying to track down who this company is, everyone from Roco and Mehano, to Hobbytrain seem to be involved (or rumored to have been involved) in the production of this locomotive. In fact, I was surprised at how big model railroading-even N Scale- is in Spain.
This is an SNCF locomotive of course. The model is really well done, and its the somewhat surprising yet consistently good quality of these smaller producers that amazes me (by 'smaller producers', I'm thinking of Piko's N Scale offerings compared to traditional giants Minitrix, Kato/Lemke and Fleischmann). Colors, detail, printing and all the castings look correct (to me, I've never seen the prototype, but what I see looks convincing),
The paint is actually really well done....it may be hard to pick out in the photos, but between the silver trim work that extends the length of the locomotive, there is a neatly applied strip of blue (like the prototype). Again, really nice work by Star Train on this model. It also features reversing white/red LED lights, although this is one area where I think the model falls a bit short...the LED's are the older 'blue-ish' type and are fairly dim. They are on in the above and below photos, so you can get an idea of just how 'dim' they are.