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Brawa Model 40132

 DRG BR 19. 1001

Review by Neil Wood

By the 1930’s rail technology had seen some major innovation.  Diesel and electric locomotives were now challenging steam power.  Steam was still king but the designers were aware that the traditional steam engine had reach it’s peak and that further increases in speed were unlikely.  Some new ideas were still out there and one such innovation was the BR 19 1001 produced by Henschel of Kassel.

The BR 19 1001 was a prototype and was made primarily to experiment with new technology.  It comprised the boiler from a Class 44, the streamlined body and tender came from the Class 01.10 and unusually the running gear and force transmission incorporated components that had been effective in electric locomotives. During trial runs a maximum performance of 1,685 Hp at 80 km/h and a maximum speed of 180 km/h were attained without much effort.  Unfortunately as this technology was developed in war time it was not a high priority.  Had this been developed in peace time this concept would have been developed to a higher level.

Two of the V2 Engines, the other two are on the opposite side of the loco

The locomotive was delivered by Henschell in the middle of the war.  There were no problems and it was put into service in 1943, operating from Hamburg-Altona to Berlin and Osnabrück. However, in 1944 it was seriously damaged in an air raid on Hamburg.  In August 1945 the locomotive was brought back to Henschel for repairs.  The Americans took possession of the locomotive when they advanced into Germany and sent it to the USA in October 1945 as the technology may have been useful.  The locomotive spent seven years being displayed and tested in Fort Monroe, Virginia, USA  and then on to Fort Eustis before being scrapped in 1952.  Despite being an impressive design this type of locomotive was not in demand in the post war austerity years in Germany.  Basic reliable technology was required.  Steam was beginning to run out of favour as diesel and electric locomotive designs were now preferred.  Sadly this innovative design was never developed to its full potential and we may never know what the capabilities of this type of design were. 

Type:

BR19

Number:

DR 19 1001

Era:

2

Axle arrangement:

2-8-2

Overall length:

23775 mm

Traction wheel diameter:

1250 mm

Running wheel diameter:

1100 ahead, 1250 behind mm

Working weight:

109300 kg

Maximum speed:

175 km/h

Manufacturer:

Henschel & Sohn (Kassel)

Made in (Year):

1941

Boiler pressure:

20 kp/mm2

Brawa model 40132 DRG 19. 1001

Released: February 2007 Price €404.90 (approx ₤250)

Model Specifications,

Motor: 5 pole can motor with flywheel; Length:  271.4mm; Livery: DRG Black and Red; Purpose; Experimental express passenger; Finish: Pristine;

Features: Body die cast zinc , Die cast locomotive and tender chassis; Detailed tender under body; Operating headlights; Directional backup light; Driver and fireman figures preinstalled;  Loksound v3.5 decoder preinstalled with following effects; Engine Sounds;  Synchronized Chuff; Whistle (Whistle can be manually controlled by use of toggle on Ecos controller);  Squealing brakes;  Coupler crash; Air let off; Air pumps; Headlight; Pre installed smoke generator; Sprung Buffers; NEM coupler pockets:

Having previously been very impressed with Brawa models I decided to get another one.  The last Brawa locomotive I bought was a streamlined black and red locomotive and, in the interests of continuity, so was this one.  This model was different, it was smaller and had different streamlining and audibly as we shall find out varies substantialy.  The loco is well and securely packed and comes with special add on parts to be used if the model is to be used for display purposes. That not being the case they remain in the box as this loco is in current use, in fact it has been run every day since I got it. 

The loco is sharply detailed as we are accustomed to, by Brawa.  The detail really is impeccable. You can see the three dimensional aspect of the insignia on the locomotive. The loco it’s self is unusual, mainly because the prototype was unusual, in that the running gear is very different.  There are no rods and pistons as the wheels are powered in a similar way to electric locos.  This undoubtedly made the loco cheaper as it was €80 cheaper than the BR06.  The loco is shorter by 25 mm and does actually look quite short, although it should be stated that the model is an accurate scale model.

The model is fairly heavy being made from die cast metal.  I like this as it increases its traction and robustness.

There is an accompanying manual which is in English and German which also shows all the parts and their numbers and quite a lot of other information on care and maintenance.

The sound decoder is the new Loksound v3.5 and is very good.  The accompanying leaflet by ESU says it is a Loksound 3 but using the Ecos, which can identify any ESU decoder and its characteristics, I found out it is in fact a V3.5.  It is pretty loud and has some excellent sound effects.  The running sound is very unusual unlike any other steam loco that I have heard before.  I could not readily say what it sounds like but it is very noticeably different.  The whistle sound on Loksound v3.5 decoders has the ability to be manipulated by the toggle on the Ecos.  I have been playing around with this and you vary its pitch and length.  It does take a bit of experimentation to get it right but it is a vast improvement on those old decoders with the fixed time period.  The accompanying leaflet for the decoder is only in German but I did buy it from Germany so no surprise there. 

There is an inbuilt smoke generator which can be turned on and off digitally.  This is a good feature as some digital loco’s have this on all the time.  One issue that arose with this feature which I have never had before with other smoke generator installed locos is the highly visible residue left on the body of the loco.  I haven’t seen this before to this extent even with other black locos like the Br06 or the Big Boy and am not really happy with it.  It could be that the lighting is different, I will have to see the other loco’s under the same circumstances to find out. 

The loco is a very good runner running both slowly smoothly and fast with a long rake of coaches easily.  As you’d expect from Brawa the loco is excellent in terms of build quality and operating ability.  Pricewise, it costs about the average for a Continental digital sound loco. The sound decoder is significantly better than the one in the BR06 which must have been a Loksound 2.  This would be an excellent introduction to Brawa for those who wish to experience that level of quality at a, relatively, low price. 

Address

Meaning

Setting

CV1

Loco address

3

CV2

Minimum speed

2

CV3

Acceleration time

4

CV4

Braking Time

7

CV5

Top Speed

64

CV6

Middle speed

25

CV8

Basic setting

-

CV 17/18

Expanded loco address

192

CV29

Configuration register

4

CV49

Expanded configuration

31

CV63

Volume

63

 

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