Product Features and Details
Prototype: The German State Railroad Company (DRG) placed its new "Rheingold Luxury Express" into operation as FFD 101/102 with the summer schedule of 1928 in order to ensure itself a piece of the lucrative pie for the traffic between Great Britain and Switzerland. It was intended to compete with foreign railroads for the wealthy passengers desiring fast and comfortable travel from the North Sea ferry ports and Amsterdam to Switzerland. The scenically attractive Rhine route represented a unique backdrop here and the legendary Middle Rhine Valley provided the train with its euphonious name. The newly designed, heavy parlor cars offered the passengers of considerable means an incomparable travel experience with the highest level of comfort and luxury. This elegant train with its route from Switzerland via Basle, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Mainz, Cologne, and Duisburg to the Dutch canal port of Hook of Holland generally consisted of four violet/cream painted cars, of them two 1st class and two 2nd class cars as well as one or two completely violet baggage cars. Every second car had a galley that was used to serve two cars. For that reason, there were no special dining cars because all of the passengers were served at their seats and they could thus enjoy the entire trip. The parlor cars featured an extremely elegant and spacious interior with extremely comfortable upholstered seating and small tables. The extra wide windows were also noteworthy with 1.4 meters / 55 inches in 1st class and 1.2 meters / 47 inches in 2nd class. The "Rheingold's" exceptional status was immediately conveyed in a study of the official timetable with the note: "Only 1st/2nd class, including a special surcharge and special fee." The class 18.5 (Bavarian S 3/6) was responsible for the motive power for the train for ten years between Mannheim and the Dutch border in a remarkable long run. Since the DRG's renowned train with its attractive running time always had to be on time, its stops had to be short and its motive power should be changed only so often as absolutely necessary due to the loss in time associated with stops. Even the change in direction in Mannheim was allowed no more than six minutes including the brake test. Then came about 400 kilometers / 250 miles up to the Dutch border with exactly six hours running time and only four intermediate stops each of only a few minutes. Taking on water at the platform in the Cologne main station required a fine touch from the locomotive engineer because he had to stop his train exactly at the specified spot so that the standpipe could be swung immediately over the filler opening on the tender. In no time at all the fresh water filled the water tank and the coal in the back of the tender was pulled forward with a hook to make the fireman's work easier on the next section. This was how this classy Bavarian runner handled a brilliant long run through the years.
Model: The steam locomotive has an mfx+ digital decoder and extensive sound functions. It also has controlled high-efficiency propulsion with a flywheel, mounted in the boiler. 3 axles powered. Traction tires. The locomotive has a factory-installed smoke unit. The dual headlights change over with the direction of travel. They and the built-in smoke unit will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. The cab lighting and the flickering light in the firebox can also be controlled in digital operation. There is a close coupling with a guide mechanism between the locomotive and tender. The tender also has a close coupler with a guide mechanism and an NEM pocket. The baggage car has an mfx digital decoder to control the light and sound functions. It also has factory-installed red LED marker lights. All of the passenger cars have the lettering "Rheingold" in relief. All of the cars have factory-installed interior lighting, and the passenger cars include lighted table lamps. There are operating current-conducting couplers between the cars. The interior lighting and the table lamps can be controlled jointly in digital operation and will work in conventional operation. Maintenance-free warm white and red LEDs are used for the lighting. A pickup shoe is mounted on the baggage car. Figures of an engineer and fireman are included for the steam locomotive. A consecutively numbered certificate of authenticity is included with the train set. Total length over the buffers approximately 157 cm / 61-13/16".
One-time edition limited worldwide to 2,999 train sets.