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    Marklin German Freight Car Set of the DRG  

    This item is discontinued at the factory but is still available here.

    Marklin 48815

    Price: $123.55

    System Scale Country Era Railway Dimensions
    AC HO Germany II DRG 222mm
    Marklin 48815 - German Freight Car Set of the DRG

    Product Features and Details
    HO Scale AC Era II 
    Prototype: 2 German State Railroad Company (DRG) type Geh "Hannover" (Bavarian design) boxcars, with curved roof, heating coupling, and without handbrakes. Used as milk cars to ship "fresh milk to Munich stations". 1 truck with a flatbed to transport milk cans. Grayish white basic paint scheme. Both cars and the truck look as they did around 1930.
    Model: Each of the boxcars has 2 separately applied steps on the sides below the sliding doors. The truck is loaded with milk cans. Both boxcars have different car numbers. Total length over the buffers 22.2 cm / 8-3/4". DC wheel set per car 2 x 700580.
    • The two-axle Bavarian design milk car with a curved roof is new tooling.
    • Interesting car type for the transport of "fresh milk to Munich stations".

    One-time series.

    Special freight cars were purchased in Bavaria for milk traffic above all for the transport of milk cans. The railroad transported the milk cans in this manner from Bavarian dairy farmers who brought their products by wagon or tractor to the nearest station. The railroad cars ran in scheduled passenger trains, which in the past enabled the fastest transport of the perishable milk to the dairies in the city. Another typical feature was the two narrow, opposed sliding doors on both sides. Since the cars were not loaded by forklift or hand truck, narrow doors worked out well. A load conductor or local personnel or even the farmer delivering the milk took care of manually loading the 40 liter / 10.5 gallon milk cans. There were several load restraints inside to secure the milk cans. The loading work at the short stops for the passenger trains could be taken care of relatively quickly through the two doors on both sides of the cars. In addition, the milk cans to be unloaded could be pre-sorted during the trip and be placed ready for unloading at one of the doors. Since the milk transport car was run in passenger trains as a rule, it had a Westinghouse design air brake as well as electrical and steam heating lines. This allowed passenger cars running behind the milk car to be heated too. The wooden boards on the ends of the car had slots in them to allow wind to whistle into the car's interior in order to keep the milk somewhat cool during the trip. Riding in a milk transport car thus developed into a drafty experience. The light paint scheme was typical for the cars and was supposed to keep temperatures within limits in the summer.

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