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September’s model favourite is the Reichsbahn Dampflok No 18 201, part of the Roco range. This model has been chosen by MKMRS member Chris Hughes. The eagle-eyed will notice this is Chris’s second model favourite; back in July, Chris didn’t have this loco at hand but had intended it to appear then, so we’re featuring it now instead.


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Youtube user, heisserreifen, describes the loco as follows: “The German express locomotive, number 18 201 of the Deutsche Reichsbahn in German Democratic Republic, appeared in 1960-61 at RAW Meiningen as a conversion of the Henschel-Wegmann train locomotive 61 002, the tender from 44 468 and parts of H 45 024 and Class 41. It is the fastest operational steam locomotive in the world.

The motivation for the conversion was firstly that, as a one-off, locomotive 61 002 could not really be used for scheduled services, and secondly that the research institute at VES-M Halle (Saale) urgently needed locomotives that could do at least 160 km/h in order to test passenger coaches.”

The model is fitted with DCC sound and is powered by a tender driven motor; it is exceptionally smooth-running and will operate reliably from a crawl to a scale representation of the record-breaking 182.4km/h it achieved during a trial run on 11 October 1972.

The real thing…


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