Product Features and Details
Prototype: The Class ML 2/2 locomotives of the Royal Bavarian State Railways(Königlich Bayerische Staatsbahn) were light and very compact superheated steam locomotive designed for services on branch lines (Lokalbahnen). They were a rival design by Maffer to the Bavarian PtL 2/2 or Glaskasten locomotives built by Krauss.
In common with the Krauss engines the ML 2/2 had the axle arrangement B, semi-automatic gravity firing that enabled one-man operation, and gangways with railings, front and rear, that allowed safe transit to the coaches. The valve gear was however a completely different affair. These locomotives had two external cylinders each with opposing pistons that were arranged between the two axles. The axles were linked via connecting rods on the inside.
In 1906 Maffei delivered the first three locomotives (railway numbers 4001-4003). In spite of the unusual, and for a two-cylinder locomotive, extremely complicated gear system, the engines proved themselves, and Maffei supplied another 21 examples up to 1908 (Nos. 4004 - 4024). The positive experience with these locomotives also led to the construction of the Class MCCi steam railbus, whose driven bogie and boiler were very similar to those of the ML 2/2.
Three locomotives were sold to the United Fireclay Factories (Vereinigten Schamottefabriken) in Marktredwitz in 1922. The remaining machines were all including in the renumbering plan of the Deutsche Reichsbahn Gesellschaft in 1923 as 98 361-384; however they were retired by 1924. The reason was the complicated and maintenance-intensive driving gear.
Model: Micro Metakit's BR 98 might be the most attractive little tank locomotive ever made. We saw this model in February at the toyfair in Germany and words can not describe it's beauty. This handmade model is highly detail, colorful and has an extensive amount of separately applied parts. I think it's best feature is the functional piston in the center where the drive rods from the front and back feed into it. We already received a large amount of reservations for the BR 98 so order yours soon before they sell out! Model will be equipped with a brush-less can motor with flywheel, full cab interior, spring loaded buffers and more.