BR 45 DB | Gauge Minitrix - Article No. 12408

Freight Locomotive with a Tender.

Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 45. 2-10-2 wheel arrangement. Built starting in 1936 for the German State Railroad as a standard design locomotive. Use: Heavy freight trains.

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Freight Locomotive with a Tender.
Freight Locomotive with a Tender.

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Article No. 12408
Gauge / Design type Minitrix /
Kind Steam Locomotives
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  • Product description

    Model: Era III.
    The locomotive comes with the new, impressive Trix technology:
    • Locomotive and tender made of die-cast metal.
    • Motor with a bell-shaped armature, with a flywheel.
    • Motor and gear drive in the boiler.
    • Digital connector in the tender.
    • Close coupling between the locomotive and tender.
    • Close coupler mechanism on the tender.
    • Smoke box door can be opened.

    Finely detailed model, 5 axles powered through side rods, 4 traction tires.
    Length over the buffers 160 mm / 6-5/16".

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  • Publications

    - New Items 2003 - Main Catalog 2003 / 2004 - Main Catalog 2004 / 2005 - Main Catalog 2006 - Main Catalog 2007/2008
  • Prototype information

    The constantly increasing loads on freight trains presented the German State Railroad Company with immense problems in the middle of the 1930s. The railroad saw the solution in the development of increasingly larger and more powerful locomotives. The class 45 developed by Henschel in 1936 was the final statement on the most powerful German steam locomotive. Its evaporative heating area was almost 270 square meters or 2,905 square feet and was over 50% larger than the later classes 50 and 52. The 2,800 hp resulting from this and the maximum speed of 90 km/h or 56 mph were impressive figures for a freight locomotive. And yet the class 45 was not a great success.The expense of the design and the constantly occurring damage to the boiler shows that the development had reached its limits. By 1940 a total of only 28 units had been built, and an order for another 103 units was canceled in 1941. Other priorities were now more important than pure power generation: The class 45 was never maintenance-friendly and efficient. The German Federal Railroad also had no interest in further purchases of this design, since there were plenty of large freight locomotives available with the two classes 50 and 52. And yet several locomotives were given new equipment and were modernized. The units were not retired until after 1968.


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