Steam Locomotive G 4/5 H DRG II AC
Technical details of the S2/6
- Full metal housing for both locomotive and tender;
- Short coupling between locomotive and tender;
- Short coupling on the tender;
- Faithfully reproduced rear boiler details;
- 5-Pole diagnonally-grooved special motor in the boiler with finely weighted flywheel mass;
- Sprung buffers on both locomotive and tender;
- Can be run on a minimum radius of 360mm;
- Lighted Drivers Cab (can be digitally controlled on/off);
- Lamp housing consisting of several details;
- Detailed reproduction of the loc frame;
- Numerous metal attachments;
- Driver and Stoker in the Cab;
- Sound Kit & Smoke Unit built-in;
- Real coal for the tender;
- Exact and faithful reproduction of original paintwork;
- Exact Scale 1:89 length between buffers;
The S2/6 was created in a difficult time period. The railway mainstay of the economy and guarantor of progress was going through great changes around the turn of the century. Many innovations including the first electric train in 1879 were beginning to erode the dominance of steam locomotives. Also the invention of the petrol driven automobile forced rail experts to take action.
A Royal Bavarian Original
Following a competition to build a steam locomotive capable of reaching 150 kph and a bungled attempt by the Prussians, the Royal Bavarian State Railway decided in 1905 to build its own high-speed - a 4 cylinder motor - the S2/6.
The Fastest Train in Mainland Europe
On April 30th, 1906, the new S2/6 took to the rails before being presented to the public for the first time in May 1906, at the state exhibition in Nuremberg. This was followed by extensive testing, the very first test run showed that not only did the new locomotive fulfill expectations, it even exceeded them. The S2/6 finally became the "RecordLok" and in July 1907, reached the speed of 154.4 kph during a test run from Munich and Augsburg. This was the fastest speed ever recorded by a steam train on mainland Europe.
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