Piko 50602 HO Gauge Expert DB BR78 Steam Locomotive III (DCC-Sound)
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WORKING ORDER: Yes.
COSMETIC CONDITION: New.
The Prussian Class T 18s were the last tank locomotives developed for the Prussian state railways. They were originally intended for services on the island of Rügen as replacements for Class T 12 and T 10 engines. They emerged when a class of locomotive was conceived in 1912 that was to handle express and passenger trains in border areas or in shuttle services on short routes. A tank engine design with symmetrical running gear was envisaged because, unlike a tender locomotive, it could run equally fast forwards and backwards and could be operated on return journeys without having to be turned on a turntable.
The DB converted several Class 78s for push-pull running e.g. between Frankfurt and Wiesbaden. Because the engine driver in the driving coach could only work the brake, operation of the regulator and reversing gear was carried out by specially trained stokers as signalled by the engine driver. The last locomotives were retired by the DB in the mid-1970s at Rottweil locomotive depot (Bahnbetriebswerk or Bw). The farewell journey for this engine class and, at the same time for the Class 38s (Prussian P 8), took place on 31 December 1974.
With this model PIKO have ensured excellent driving characteristics by equipping the five-pole motor with a flywheel and, with its weight and traction tires, they have ensured excellent traction too. Retrofitting a smoke generator is a relatively easy task, thanks to the modern PluX22 interface.
|Length over Buffers||358mm|
|Digital Interface||NEM 658 PluX22|
|Interior Lighting||Digitally switchable cab lighting|
|Coupling||NEM shaft + close coupling link|
|Sound||Factory-fitted PluX22 sound decoder|
|Exterior Lighting||Directional light change white / white|
|Power Supply||Direct Current|