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This rambling blog is about building a couple of simple layouts in HO, the available space is rather small but the prototype was not built on the grand scale, most rural stations were merely a curved loop and a siding, which is easy to replicate.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Plug ugly duckling



The latest addition is a 30 year old Trix, the D XII which was intended as a engine for (Munich) suburban service when it was introduced in 1896, especially for the heavy weekend excursion trains to the mountains. 

At the time of its introduction the D XII was one of the largest (or even the largest) tank engine in Germany. Due to its excellent construction by the Krauss factory,  the DXII soon became a standard for short-run passenger trains on mainlines. It had excellent running capabilities in both directions (Krauss-Helmholtz-bogie at the front, bogie at the rear) and was therefore often used as a helper for heavy express trains. 

There are a number of shortcomings but it was a bargain in excellent condition and it is a challenge for improvement, beginning with better RP25 wheels. Other changes will be better lanterns and boiler fittings...........




Other changes will be better lanterns and boiler fittings...........

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