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    Consignment Fleischmann 4103 - German Steam Locomotive BR 03 of the DB  
        

    This item is discontinued at the factory but is still available here.

    Consignment FL4103

    Price: $329.95
    Sale Price: $296.96


    System Scale Country Era Railway Dimensions
    DC HO Germany III DB 275 mm
    Consignment FL4103 - Fleischmann 4103 - German Steam Locomotive BR 03 of the DB

    Product Features and Details
    HO Scale DC Era III Includes a digital decoder 

    Tender loco of the DB, class 03. Overall length 275 mm. Super detailing, livery, and lettering. Inset windows. Interior details in drivers cab. Prototypical daylight between the wheels. Cast metal chassis. Motor with flywheel. Drive in tender on 4 wheels with 4 traction tires. Close coupling between loco and tender. Triple headlights at each end. Profi coupling with adaptor for choice of mounting the coupling apparatus on the front included. Standard NEM 362 coupling socket. Epoch III.  Model is equipped with a high end DCC decoder.

    The BR 03 steam locomotives were indeed a significant part of German railway history. To improve the description and provide additional information, here are some suggested edits:

    Prototype History: In the early plans of the Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft (DRG) for standard design locomotives, the focus was primarily on the steam engines BR 01 and BR 02. These locomotives were intended for fast mainline express service, designed for trains with an axle load of 20 tons. However, the DRG encountered a problem when they realized that many of the existing routes were not suitable for such heavy trains. Rebuilding the infrastructure to accommodate them would have been costly and time-consuming.

    To overcome this challenge, the DRG encouraged locomotive manufacturers to develop express steam engines with a reduced axle load of 17.5 tons. This led to the introduction of the BR 03 locomotives. The BR 03 quickly replaced the older BR 17 (Prussian S10 family) and BR 18 (Bavarian S3/6 family) locomotives. Initially, the BR 03 was designed as a four-cylinder steam engine, but ultimately, the DRG opted for the more favorable two-cylinder version.

    On July 8th, 1930, Borsig delivered the first three prototype locomotives. These locomotives featured a boiler pressure of 14 bar and a cylinder diameter of 600 mm. However, when the BR 03 locomotives entered mass production, the boiler pressure was increased to 16 bar, and the cylinder diameter was reduced to 570 mm.

    Between 1930 and 1938, a total of 298 steam engines of the BR 03 series were built and delivered by manufacturers Borsig, Henschel, Krupp, and Schwartzkopff. The design and performance of these locomotives were excellent, requiring only minimal modifications throughout their production. These modifications included replacing the brass firebox with an iron one, relocating the air pumps, and fitting them with larger 1000mm carrying wheels instead of the older 800mm wheels.

    In addition to these modifications made to the BR 03 locomotives, various experiments were conducted with other versions of the series. For example, the 03 154 locomotive was partly streamlined and featured a parabolic smokebox door. The 03 193 locomotive was fully streamlined like the BR 05, and the 03 204 locomotive had streamlined elements limited to the driving wheels.

    The BR 03 locomotives were considered a classic German locomotive design and were highly regarded by locomotive enthusiasts as one of the premier German express locomotives.

    Note: The information provided is based on historical context up until September 2021.


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