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N Scale - Minitrix - 12227 - Locomotive, Steam, 4-6-2, BR 18 - K.Bay.Sts.B. (Royal Bavarian State Railroad) - 3673

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N Scale - Minitrix - 12227 - Locomotive, Steam, 4-6-2, BR 18 - K.Bay.Sts.B. (Royal Bavarian State Railroad) - 3673

Stock Number 12227
Brand Minitrix
Manufacturer Minitrix
Body Style Minitrix Steam Engine BR 18
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Steam, 4-6-2, BR 18 (Details)
Road or Company Name K.Bay.Sts.B. (Royal Bavarian State Railroad) (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 3673
Paint Color(s) Blue and Black
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
DCC Readiness Ready
Announcement Date 2001-01-01
Release Date 2001-01-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Steam
Model Subtype BR 18
Model Variety S 3/6
Prototype Region Europe
Prototype Era EU Epoch I (1870 - 1920)
Scale 1/160

Specific Item Information: Nördlingen Bavarian Railroad Museum class S 3/6, 4-6-2 design, in a special blue paint scheme. Built starting in 1908 for the Royal Bavarian State Railroad. Accepts an NEM 651 decoder for DCC upgrade.

Model Information: This is a great locomotive. It seems the early models were mechanized with a Faulhaber high-efficiency motor (bell-shaped armature motor) with flywheel, and the newer versions have a coreless motor with flywheel in the boiler.

The coreless engine makes for absurdly quiet operation. The locomotive and tender are made of diecast metal. Some models carry built-in digital decoder and a sound generator with the formats DCC, Selectrix, and Selectrix 2. Locomotive and tender have a short coupling. 3 axles powered through side rods, traction tires.

DCC Information: Models that carry decoders: Decoder is NOT dual mode. DCC-only operations. Selectrix protocol also supported.

All versions that do not come with factory installed decoder accept NEM socket decoders.

Prototype History:
The Class 18 locomotives were a group of related German steam locomotives operated by the Deutsche Reichsbahn between the wars. All of these locomotives were express tender units and had been taken over from the state railways. Each locomotive subclass was slightly different, but all shared a 4-6-2 (Pacific) wheel arrangement. These included: Class 18.0: Saxon XVIII H, Class 18.1: Württemberg C, Class 18.2: Baden IV f, Class 18.3: Baden IV h, Class 18.4-5: Bavarian S 3/6, Class 18.6: PKP Class Pm36, and Class T 18.10: turbine locomotives.

Road Name History:
The Royal Bavarian State Railways (Königliche Bayerische Staats-Eisenbahnen or K.Bay.Sts.B.) was founded in 1844. The organisation grew into the second largest of the German state railways (after that of the Prussian state railways) with a railway network of 8,526 kilometres (including the Palatinate Railway or Pfalzbahn) by the end of the First World War.

Following the abdication of the Bavarian monarchy at the end of the First World War, the 'Royal' title was dropped and on 24 April 1920 the Bavarian State Railway (Bayerische Staatseisenbahn), as it was now called, was merged into the newly formed German Reich Railways Authority (Deutsche Reichseisenbahnen) as the Bavarian Group Administration (Gruppenverwaltung Bayern). The management of the Bavarian railway network was divided into four Reichsbahn divisions: Augsburg, Munich, Nuremberg and Regensburg. The former Palatinate Railway formed the Ludwigshafen division. On 1 October 1933 the only group administration within the Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft, the Gruppenverwaltung Bayern, was disbanded.

Brand/Importer Information:
Trix is a German company that originally made Trix metal construction sets. one of its co-founders was Stephan Bing, the son of the pioneer toy-maker industrialist Ignaz Bing. In 1935 the company began producing the electrically powered model trains that it became famous for, under the Trix Express label. Prior to the outbreak of World War II the Trix company produced a small range of fairly unrealistic AC powered three rail models running at 14 volts.

N gauge models under the Minitrix brand were made from the late 1960s mostly of European prototypes (German and British primarily). North American prototypes were also manufactured and marketed under the Aurora "Postage Stamp" brand; later these items were sold under the American Tortoise, Model Power and Con-Cor brands. Trix sometimes utilized North American consultants to aid in the design of this portion of the product line. The "Hornby Minitrix' brand was used in the 1980s for a short lived range of British outline models using the earlier product tooling.

Trix's owner in the 1980s and 1990s was Mangold, which went bankrupt in the late 1990s and Märklin purchased the assets in January 1997. In part, this purchase was a reflection of Märklin's need for added production capacity; Trix had been manufacturing certain items for Märklin in previous years. The purchase was also in response to the earlier purchase of the Karl Arnold company by the Italian company Rivarossi; Märklin were very keen to take over Trix market share in 2-rail H0 and especially Minitrix, until then Märklin had not marketed N gauge models. In 2003, Märklin introduced its first N gauge models under the well established Minitrix brand. A number Märklin H0 scale three-rail AC locomotives have also been introduced in two-rail DC versions under the Trix logo and many models are shared between the two brands.

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Item created by: gdm on 2016-08-14 08:57:34. Last edited by gdm on 2018-04-29 06:32:35

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