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.

8-wide Doppelstockwagen

Bombardier Double-deck Coach or “Doppelstockwagen”
In use almost everywhere in Germany by the countries largest passenger train company “DB Regio” and some other European countries in the vicinity. Usually coupled in a push pull configuration with a control car on one end and a locomotive on the other.

The moc has proven itself during many events and is quite reliable. However it is a little too tall for a proper 1:45 scale. But to compensate for that, it can safely sit a lot of minifigures on both decks, so just add ordinary blue seats at your own liking.

Customs parts: Ball bearings, some adhesive paste (we call it “Patafix”) to connect the two cooking pots together. You can substitute them by using black minifig heads instead.

Minimum Radius: R104 maybe R88.

Instructions will follow, once I find the time to make them.

DDm 915 Autotransportwagen

For everyone who doesn’t wanna miss out on taking their car along with them when taking the train, for many years there’ve been specialy designed wagons that can load up cars and other small road vehicles. This saves a lot of travel time, nerves and is also good for the environment, as you save the fuel needed for the trip.

This moc is a so called “Autotransportwagen” or car transport wagon, which is usually coupled onto long-distance EuroCity or Intercity trains here in Europe and is capable of travelling speeds of up to 160 km/h.

It should be able to carry four cars on each the upper and lower decks, but mind the clearance on the lower deck. Also please don’t turn it upside down.

Minimum radius: R104
Custom parts: Ball bearings

Credits: The Minden-Deutz MD 36 bogies were originally made by “Duq” and reworked by “raised” and “Urbanerwin”.

Any criticism and feedback is much appreciated.

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.


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.

“Hbbillns” modern 8-wide goods wagon

A generic modern covered two-axled goods wagon widely used all accross Europe.

For intermediate and expert builders.

Custom parts: None
Minimum radius: R104

*Disclaimer* Although the wagon has been built and has seen some action during events, the performance isn’t as good as I want to be.
The moc may have some issues going around curves and through switches, as the two-axle design does not self center itself and might derail when pushed. Also it is rather wobbly, so be extra careful when handling it.

This moc may receive a major overhaul in the future.

Feel free to recolour it to your own liking!

Many thanks to DennisakaTechno for making instructions.

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