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.
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.
Covered goods wagon for the transport of livestock of the Royal Würrttemberg State Railway. One such wagon, built in 1891, is preserved by the Schwäbische-Alb-Bahn. From about 1905 onwards, the Württemberg goods wagons were given the uniform brown livery.
Self-printed wheels are used for the model. Black saucers are needed for the buffers, which unfortunately are not available anywhere. The STL files for the printed objects are included in the “Model Download”. For the green version, individual parts are needed that are currently not available from Lego. In this case, third party manufacturers must and can be used.