BR VT 98, DB | Gauge Minitrix - Article No. 12467

Rail Bus with Trailer and Control Car (digital).

Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class VT 98 rail bus with a class VB 98 trailer and a class VS 98 control car. Two-motor design, built starting in 1955. Used in commuter service outside of metropolitan areas.

Rail Bus with Trailer and Control Car (digital).
Rail Bus with Trailer and Control Car (digital).

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Article No.12467
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  • 5-pole motor with a flywheel.
  • DCC/Selectric decoder with analog recognition.
  • Sound generator with extensive sound functions.
  • Continuous lighting with LEDs, even with a multiple unit train.
  • Product description

    Model: Era III. The frames are constructed of die-cast metal. The powered rail bus has a 5-pole motor with a flywheel. Both axles are powered. The rail bus has a digital decoder for DCC, Selectrix, Trix Systems, and conventional operation. The decoder automatically recognizes DC analog operation. The rail bus set has a sound generator with extensive sound functions. The headlights, marker lights, and interior lighting are maintenance-free LEDs, they will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. The headlights at one end of the motor car are automatically turned off after being coupled to a trailer or a control car. There are special couplings between the cars, which can be separated from each other. The powered rail bus can also be used by itself. Non-working coupler reproductions are included and can b e mounted on the rail busses. Total length over the buffers 265 mm / 10-7/16".

  • Publications

    - New Items 2010 - Main Catalog 2010/2011 - Main Catalog 2011/2012
  • Prototype information

    Unforgettable Branch Line Growlers. The experiences with the single-motor class VT 95 (later the class 795) rail busses developed by the firm Waggonfabrik Uerdingen proved the basic suitability of these units for the urgently necessary modernization of branch line service. At the same time, the class VT 95's power plant was too weak for routes with grades, particularly when operated with trailer units. For that reason, three prototypes of the class VT 98.9 (later the class 798.9) rail bus equipped with two 150 horsepower / 110 kilowatt Büssing motors followed a year later. These units fulfilled to a large extent the expectations set for them. However, the three test units still had Scharfenberg center couplers and lightweight spring-loaded metal straps for protection against contact with locomotives and cars with regular buffers. Delivery of the regular production two-motor class 98.95 (later the class 798.5) rail busses began in 1955. Compared to the test prototypes, the 329 units built were equipped with newly developed frames for the wheel sets with improved running characteristics as well as standard prototype couplers, regular buffers, and a standard design brake system. This enabled these more powerfully motorized rail cars to also pull transfer freight cars if necessary. In addition, the VT 98 units had a form of multiple unit control that enabled not only push/pull operation, but also the control of a motor car at the other end of the train. Suitable control cars (VS 98) and trailer cars (VM 98) were also placed into service to go with these powered rail cars. These crimson red rail bus sets quickly defined the look on German branch line routes, where they quickly replaced the trains that previously were still hauled by steam locomotives. The Uerdingen rail bus sets left an enduring impression on the memory of many railroad passengers: For decades these red growlers were synonymous for mobility in rural areas. The hearts of many railroad users still belong to these lovable branch line saviors from the time when they were placed into service.

  • Digital Functions

    Diesel locomotive op. sounds
    Doors Closing


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