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.
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.
The LTM Series 21-35 consisted of 15 standard gauge steam locomotives, built between 1922 and 1925. They where built by Hanomag, and used by the Limburgsche Tramweg-Maatschappij on varius tram routes in Limburg (NL). One of these engines was preserved, and can still be seen in operation at the Hoorn-Medemblik heritage railway.
The LEGO® model is built in 1:45 scale, and can be motorised with an 9v, PF, or PU train motor. There is no room for a battery box in the loco, but there is space to route the cable out trough the back of the cab to connect to an external battery box in a wagon.