Product Features and Details
Model: Precision model made of brass and stainless steel, high-performance motor, high-performance digital decoder with HDKM-16 sound module, wideband loudspeaker, Dynamic Smoke with dynamic steam whistle and independent cylinder steam, easy filling via chimney, servo-electronic reversing from forward to reverse, engine lighting, cab lighting, firebox lighting with simulated ember bed and servo driven opening firebox door, top light changing in direction of travel, warm light LED's, red train tail light switchable at tender (also simplified tail light) robust cardan drive with rolling and ball bearing mounted gear, drive and axles ball bearing mounted and spring loaded, wheel spoke assembly with prototypical elliptical spokes, compensating levers, spring buffers, movable water tank covers, movable driver's cab doors, detailed and multicolored cab with real wood floor, working sash locks and opening smoke box doors, sand dome that can be opened, movable lubrication pump drive, toolboxes can be opened, real crushed hard coal, finely reproduced lubrication lines, flexible and couplable brake hoses, screw couplers interchangeable with KM1 or claw couplers, prototypical paint scheme and lettering,
Minimum radius 1020 mm, length approx. 74.7 cm, weight approx. 6.0 kg.
Prototype: Express locomotive class 18.1 of the German State Railroad Company (DRG). Former Württemberg class C. Operation No. 18 111, as it did around 1928. Among other motive power of the legendary 'Orient Express'.
The Elegant Württemberg Class C were built for the Royal Württemberg State Railways in the early 1900's. They were 4-6-2 Pacific locomotives designed for hauling heavy express trains. They were the smallest of the German Pacific class locomotives. Maschinenfabrik Esslingen built forty one C class locomotives between the years 1909 and 1921. They were designed from the outset for the steep gradients in Württemberg and therefore had smaller driving wheels with only a 1,800 mm diameter. Despite being the smallest engines with a Pacific configuration, they were economical, yet at the same time very powerful. In all, 41 units of this class were manufactured.
The appearance of the locomotives was relatively unusual at the time. Striking features included the outside sub-frame and the streamlined shape of the driver's cab and smoke-box which resembled the Bavarian S 2/6 and S 3/6 locomotives.
The Class C locomotives were also known as "the beautiful Württemberg class" (die schöne Württembergerin) due to this unique form. After the First World War Germany had to pay heavy war reparations, thousands of locomotives were given as payment for war damages. Three Class C engines were given to France where they became the État class 231 and one to Poland where it became the sole example of the Om101 class. The remaining 37 were taken over by the Deutsche Reichsbahn as DRG Class 18.1, where they were given the running numbers 18 101–137. After WWII They were even taken over by the Deutsche Bundesbahn, but by 1955 all the engines were retired. The last two examples were numbers 18 133 and 18 136, which were stabled in Ulm during their final years. The locomotives were equipped with wü 2'2' T 20 and wü 2'2' T30 tenders.
The three locomotives surrendered to France after WW1 were locomotives number 2021, 2026 and 2027. They were allocated to the Chemins de Fer de l'État, where they were numbered 231-997 to 231-999. They were used until 1937 after that they were placed into storage and used as steam generators. The SNCF allocated them the numbers 3-231.A.997 to 999, but the locomotives never carried these numbers. The three locomotives were destroyed in an air raid on 13 May 1944 and subsequently scrapped.