Fleischmann 725101 - Diesel electric double locomotive D 311.01

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Scale: N-Scale

EAN/UPC: 4005575254465

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Diesel electric double locomotive D311.01 of the German Wehrmacht.

Completely new design!

■ Rich detailing on the model with separately applied plug-in parts
■ Large socket at each end of the locomotive
■ With blackout lamps
■ Ready equipped model to install driver's cab lighting - switchable in digital mode

Between 1941 and 1942, four double locomotives of the type D 311 were put into operation by the German Wehrmacht. The Wehrmacht used the D 311.01 a/b, also known as "Walli" on the Crimean peninsula. Its sister locomotive D 311.02 a/b shunted the "Dora", the most massive railway gun ever built. Locomotives D 311.03 and 04 were intended to be used with the "Heavy Gustav 2" guns and probably served in the West. A fifth and sixth double locomotive was still ordered from Krupp but could not be built anymore due to the war events.

General data
Number of axles with traction tyres   2
Number of driven axles   2
Coupling   NEM shaft 355 with close coupling mechanism
Minimum radius   192 mm
Flywheel   yes
Interface   Electrical interface for traction units Next18
Head light   Direction dependent dual headlights
Motor   3 pole motor
LED head light   yes
Length over buffer   141 mm

Additional Product Description

The D 311.01 a/b, also known as “Walli”, was used on the Crimean peninsula. Along with its sister engine, the D 311.02 a/b “Dora”, it manoeuvred the largest railroad gun ever built.

The locomotives D 311.03 and 04 were intended for use with the “Schwerer Gustav 2” gun, and were probably put into use in the West of Germany.

The fifth and sixth double locomotives were ordered from Krupp, but ultimately could not be built due to war events. The engines were equipped with electric power transmission. For each half-unit, a DC generator directly powered by the diesel engine supplied the electric traction motors on each of the four wheelsets with power. Accordingly, the axle arrangement designation was Do+Do. The controls of both locomotive halves were electrically coupled, and were operated from the respective preceding driver’s cab. The machine weighed 147 tonnes in total. Its top speed was 75 km/h. In the “Dora” firing position, the locomotives also supplied the electrical power for operation of the gun.

At the end of the war, the double locomotive D 311.03 a/b was located near to Freilassing, and was put into operation once more after an overhaul in 1948-49 at Krauss-Maffei as the V 188 001 a/b for the “Reichsbahn West”.

The D 311.04 a/b was found in the Netherlands, and was purchased at the end of 1949 by the still-young Deutsche Bundesbahn. This engine was then handed over to the company after renovation in 1951 as the V 188 002 a/b.

The D 311.02 a/b, which had ended up at Krupp in Essen, was merely used to provide spare parts. The two renovated class V 188 engines proved their worth in heavy freight train and shunting services, mainly on the Spessart-Rampe.

At the end of the 1950s, the vehicles were equipped with Maybach engines, such as those used in the V 200.0 and in the VT 08. After damage to the generator, the V 188 001 was phased out in 1968. The V 188 002, later the 288 002, remained in operation in the Franconian region until 1972. Both machines were scrapped in 1973.

EAN/UPC: 4005575254465