Product Features and Details
Prototype: In 1902, three Fairlie type locomotives were delivered as the class I M. They were planned for the roller carrier line at Reichenbach in the Vogtland region. Their main purpose was to connect many small and medium size industrial companies to the network of the Royal Saxon State Railways. The special feature about this type of locomotive was the double boiler with the firebox in the middle and the two powered trucks. These 10.5 meter / 34 foot 2 inch long and 42 metric ton locomotives were preeminently suited for the network with its many sharp curves. The performance of 330 horsepower and the maximum speed of 30 km/h / 19 mph was sufficient for the locomotive's planned use. An interesting feature was also the locomotives' full sheathing. They thus had a cab in the middle of the locomotive in each direction of travel and a cab at the ends of locomotive – 4 cabs all total. The trucks along with their valve gear and rods also had full sheathing – similar to streetcar line locomotives. On the one hand, this was for the protection of the valve gear and the side/drive rods and on the other hand for the protection of pedestrians, since the tracks were mostly laid in the middle of the streets.
Model: This is a model of the Royal Saxon State Railways class I M steam locomotive. It is a finely detailed model featuring heavy metal construction with many separately applied details. Two powerful motors drive the locomotive and all driving wheelsets are driven by side rods. The doors to the cabs, to the walk-around, at the ends of the sheathing, and the smoke box door can be opened. The hatches on the trucks can be opened. The paint scheme and lettering are prototypical for Era VI, or as the locomotive presently still looks as a museum locomotive but also as it looked in use in Era I. The locomotive has an mfx/DCC sound decoder with many light and sound functions such as headlights, cab lighting, running sounds, a whistle and a bell that can be activated by reed switches, as well as much more. The running sounds will also work in analog operation. The locomotive has built-in smoke units with steam exhaust synchronized with the wheels as well as cylinder steam and steam exhaust at the whistle, when the latter is activated. Length over the buffers 47 cm / 18-1/2".
Roller carriers to go with this locomotive are available under item number 48180.