My main project in Germany is the Harz narrow-gauge system, but I’ve modelled some other bits and pieces:
The T3 was the lightest of a series of standard loco designs of the Prussian railway ministry, a six-coupled tank engine for branch lines. Originally the axle weight was a mere ten tonnes: later versions had a steam dome and air brake equipment, taking the axle weight up to 12 tonnes.
Some 1500 examples were built by the main German locomotive works between 1881 and 1906, 1340 of them for the Prussian State Railways (kpev) and the rest for various other German state and private railways. Variants of the T3 design also appeared in other countries, including the Netherlands, Poland and Italy. Many T3s were taken over by the drg as class 89.70. Because of their low maximum speed (40km/h), they were mostly relegated to shunting duties after wwi. Some forty or fifty examples have been preserved.
There are also some four-wheeled coaches and a luggage van to go with this model. Note that all need to be updated to optimise performance: these models have far too many small parts that should be replaced by strips and textures.
I’ve modelled two slightly different livery versions of this celebrated loco, which I was interested in mostly to see how difficult it would be to do the complex textured curves of the nose. The answer seems to be: fairly hard. I’m not completely satisfied with it in its present state, so I might have another go.
The standard general-purpose loco of the East German state railways. Hundreds of these machines, with a nominal power of 1000 hp and a top speed of 100km/h were built from the late 1960s on. After the Reunification, many V 100s became redundant and were sold off to be refurbished for industrial lines and private freight operators — they can now be found all over Europe. But the strangest use of a V 100 was the conversion of a small series to metre gauge for use on the Harz narrow-gauge railways.
Sept 2005: A new version of the railbuses, stripped and skinned, is ready — I’ve added one more version, a vt98 in the livery of the Dürener Kreisbahn (a local railway in nw Germany).
This was the first, single-engine series of the famous Uerdinger Schienenbus, built from 1950 onwards.
The main limitation of the vt 95 seems to have been its lack of power, which prevented the use of trailers on hillier routes. The vt 98 (built 1955–1962) overcame this with a second motor, giving a total of 220kW. The body shell was identical in shape and size to the vt 95, but conventional buffers and drawgear were fitted to allow mixed trains to be operated, useful on branchlines where this could avoid the need to run a separate goods service.
All cars had multiple unit equipment, and trains of four or six vehicles were sometimes used (there was at least one case of a ten-car train!), although it was most common to see a motor car with one or two trailers. The last 798 was withdrawn from regular db passenger service in 2000, but many survive on private railways or converted to other uses by the db.
There was also a rack version (eight cars built 1961–1965 as class vt 97.9, converted to adhesion only in 1973). Around fifty vt 98s were later reclassified as 796 on conversion to one-person operation in 1982–87.
“Ameisenbär” (ant-bear) - light railcar sk2 (ohe number vt0507) of the Winsen-Evendorf-Hützel light railway, which has been part of the Ost-Hannoversche Eisenbahnen since 1944.
Built by Waggonfabrik Wismar in 1933, withdrawn 1964. There was a 50HP engine under each bonnet, each driving one axle (only one could be used at once!). A similar car vt0508 is preserved for special trains. The peculiar racks under the noses are for bicycles - the car could carry 40 passengers and 8 bikes. Originally there was a roof-rack for luggage too…
Among the most familiar sights on German railways are the yellow engineers’ trolleys (Schwerkleinwagen or Skl) that you see parked in sidings or buzzing off to a job somewhere with their little trailers. I thought we should have a model of such a set for Rail3d. As I happened to come across a scale drawing of one, I chose to do the Klv51, a type that was introduced in the 1950s and is now withdrawn, although there are still plenty of them about on private and preserved lines. Characteristic feature is the telephone-kiosk style cab, made so narrow to leave load space free at the sides for long items like signals and bits of ohle gear.
The file includes a version converted to metre-gauge. I can do other colours if there’s a demand for them…
See e.g. http://www.eisenbahndienstfahrzeuge.de/klv/klv51/klv51.htm for some pictures of the real thing, or search Google for “Klv 51″
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