Gauge Minitrix - Article No. 16982

Classes 796 Powered Rail Car and 996 Control Car

Prototype: German Railroad, Inc. (DB AG) combustion powered rail car (VT), road number 796 702-9, with control car (VS), road number 996 778-7. Dual motor design, built starting in 1955. Used in commuter service (branch lines). The cars look as they did around 1996.

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Classes 796 Powered Rail Car and 996 Control Car
Classes 796 Powered Rail Car and 996 Control Car
Classes 796 Powered Rail Car and 996 Control Car
Classes 796 Powered Rail Car and 996 Control Car
Classes 796 Powered Rail Car and 996 Control Car
Classes 796 Powered Rail Car and 996 Control Car
Classes 796 Powered Rail Car and 996 Control Car
Classes 796 Powered Rail Car and 996 Control Car

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Article No. 16982
Gauge / Design type Minitrix /
Era V
Kind Powered Rail Cars
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  • Open view through the cars
  • mfx/DCC decoder with analog recognition
  • Sound generator with extensive sound functions
  • Continuous lighting with LEDs
  • Product description

    Model: The cars have frames constructed of die-cast metal. The motor car has a motor with a flywheel. Both axles on the motor car powered. The cars have a digital decoder and a sound generator for operation with mfx and DCC. Maintenance-free LEDs are used for the headlights, marker lights, and interior lighting. They work in conventional operation and they can be controlled digitally. There are rear view mirrors for one-man operation. There are special operating couplers between the cars. The motor car can also be used by itself. Reproduction non-working prototype couplers for installation on the ends of the train are included. Total length over the buffers 175 mm / 6-7/8".

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  • Publications

    - New items brochure Minitrix 2022 - Main Catalog Minitrix 2022/2023
  • 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 shuttle 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 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
    Interior lights
    Direct control
    Sound of squealing brakes off
    Rear Headlights off
    Front Headlights off
    Station Announcements
    Letting off Air
    Conductor's Whistle
    Doors Closing
    Toilet being flushed
    Light Function
    Special sound function
    Replenishing fuel
    Special sound function
    Light Function1
    Light Function 2
    Station Announcements
    Station Announcements
    Station Announcements
    Horn blast 1
    Horn blast 2
    Train radio
    Rail Joints
    Sound of Couplers Engaging


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