German railbus VT 95

Starting in 1948, i.e. before the founding of the Bundesbahn, work began on the design of a lightweight two-axle railcar. The first prototypes were in service from 1950. Series production began in 1952. A total of 557 railcars of the series version and a similar number of sidecars were built for the DB. The vehicle was also procured by foreign railroads. The last vehicle was in service with DB until 1983.
The twin-engine VT 98s procured in series from 1995 onward were in service until 2000.

The model was based on an idea by Flogo, but the drive and dimensions were changed.

German battery powered small locomotive Ka 4015 (381 101-5)

At the beginning of the 20th century, battery-electric mobility made its debut on the Deutsche Reichsbahn. The best-known representative of this type are the Wittfeld accumulator railcars, which were used until 1907.

Starting in 1930, the Reichsbahn procured prototypes of the newly introduced class of “small locomotives.” These vehicles were intended to facilitate shunting operations at smaller stations. Maintaining a steam locomotive there was far too costly. In addition to the prototypes with internal combustion engines, some storage locomotives were also built.

The later production vehicles of the battery-powered small locomotives were largely based on the Köf II in terms of propulsion and design. The AEG prototypes, on the other hand, consisted of a chassis with a roof. In other words, a prototype reduced to its pure functions. AEG locomotives were powered by two Tatzlager motors. Such a bizarre “gazebo” is preserved with the Ka 4013 in the Railway Museum Bochum-Dahlhausen.

The prototype of my model received a cab somewhat reminiscent of the Einheits-Köf in 1941. The decommissioning by the Bundesbahn took place on 01.02.1973 at the Bw Haltingen. After that, the locomotive was still in service for almost 20 years in Basel for the logistics service provider Interfrigo. The vehicle is preserved in the Bavarian Railway Museum in Nördlingen.

The motorization of my 9 knob wide model is done by circuit cube. The black saucers used only appear with the set 76417. In addition, a few hoses need to be cut.

Winner 2021 in the category Electric Locomotives of the Brickmodelrailroader.


German Tramway Verbandswagen

After World War II, there was a high demand for streetcar cars in Germany. Using existing chassis, the first car to be built was the Aufbauwagen derived from the Einheitsstraßenbahnwagen (1938). In order to simplify tramcar construction, the first Verbandswagen were developed from 1950 onwards in accordance with the guidelines of VöV, today’s Association of German Transport Companies (VDV).

Some of the vehicles were in passenger service until the 1980s. Converted to workshop vehicles, some of them were in service for several decades longer.

Even if a construction manual is supplied here. The model is mainly to be seen as a basis for own color variants, modifications or further developments. Ultimately, everyone will have his own favorite operation with appropriate vehicles.

The model is not driven. However, the installation of a circuit cube would be conceivable. With some modifications, a version in standard gauge would also be possible.

The Aachen car 7101 with sidecar 111, decorated, as it drove during the farewell parade on Sunday, September 29, 1974.

The vehicle can be seen from 6:43.

Tramway Railgrinder Aachener Straßenbahn TSS 1

In 1940, a grinding car was built for the Aachen tramway by the Schörling company on the basis of an old railcar from 1895. The vehicle was designated TSS1 and was in service until the end of operation in 1974. The vehicle was also part of the farewell parade.

Except for the 2x2x2 roof tiles in orange, the model can be built entirely from original bricks. The model is not motorized. However, this should be feasible by means of Circuit Cube. Space inside is available.

Similar vehicles were in service in other cities, both standard gauge and meter gauge.

single axle sidecar VB 141 for german railbus

For the transport of skis with the excursion railcars of the Reichsbahn a corresponding trailer was designed, but not realized. In the mid-50s, the Bundesbahn took up this idea and had a corresponding vehicle built. Even though the trailers were actually used with the VT90 and ET91 observation railcars, the larger number served to transport bicycles and luggage with the single-engine VT95 railbuses. Photos are avaiable in the histroic forum of “Drehscheibe-online”.

Behind this type designation is a rare trailer for the single-engine Uerdingen rail bus VT95. With this, some bicycles or luggage could be taken along, even if the railcar was traveling without a sidecar, which had a luggage compartment.

The quaint verhicle was in service between 1952 and 1961. Only in the Passau area did two trailers survive until 1968.

Even though I made the model hinged. Unfortunately, bicycles cannot be transported in it. At least a few suitcases fit inside. And, since the railbus was sometimes mocked as a piglet cab (“Ferkeltaxi”), it can also be used as a pig trailer.

German railroad speeder Klv12 (Dr. Alpers and Beilhack)

Motordraisine Klv 12

Bahnmeister-Draisine Klv 12 (Deutsche Bundesbahn)

For the “Oc TRAIN ber 2020” competition of the BrickModellRailorader, a diorama was created that centered on the Klv12 motorized railcar of the Deutsche Bundesbahn. This trolley was used by the railroad maintenance depots for inspection trips and minor maintenance work. With a VW industrial engine derived from the Beetle engine with 28 hp, the trolley travels up to 70 km/h.

Between 1953 and 1962, the companies Draisinenbau Dr. Alpers Hamburg, FKF-Werke Fa. Schmitt and Beilhack GmbH produced a total of 696 units of the Klv12. Between 1958 and 1961, a further 79 units of the similar but four-door Draisine Klv12 were also built.

Due to its size, the model is not motorized in the instructions. Using some 3D printed parts and a circuit cube, I built a powered version.

Klv 12, Kl 12-4976, AW Nürnberg, 03,08.1984