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Hello,

All the recent talk about the Roco BR 44 got me looking at big steam locomotives, and I remembered seeing a rather smart looking BR 03.10 on Steve Jones' Electric Nose website, Roco again as it happens! Here is a link to the entry on his website, with a very good picture of the model:

http://www.electricnose.co.uk/archive/000394.html

And in N scale, without the extra few detailing parts fitted such as front wheel guards etc:


Anyway, Minitrix made a model a few years ago and I'm wondering which coaches would be appropriate for such an Epoch III locomotive on Rheingold duty? The Epoch III coaches that they released at the same time look a bit less exotic than some of the earlier ones and I was curious if such a train would pull other coaches / trains? (Please ignore that I model N scale and so whether any appropriate models exist!!)



Although primarily a modern electricrified modeller there is definitely something magnificent about the steam engine and so I am keen to have a few show trains to run such as the legendary Rheingold. So this Minitrix model has a loud engine allegedly, but I'm sure I won't be able to hear it over the Wagner...
 

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Thanks very much for all your help David and Tom!


The BR 03.10 is on the way so I shall take some pictures and write a review when it arrives, as my first adventure into German steam! The first of many?!

I can't decide on the coaches yet, as the Minitrix ones above have the 'Deutsche Bundesbahn' printed too small on the bagage wagons alas but otherwise have got excellent reviews, while the Hobbytrain double deckers of IIIa got very good reviews on appearance but apparently run very poorly on train set curves and sharp points/turnouts, however mkm models in collaberation with L.S. Models made the same wagons in China
and they have been reviewed widely as the best available in N-Bahn Magazin and are very reasonably priced in both blue and green liveries...

...so I should ask next, how long was a typical double-decker train? (I've read that F-Zugs were as short as three coaches at times!)

*in the mean time I am searching for my Floßhilde costume*
 

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QUOTE (goedel @ 13 May 2008, 00:14) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The BR 03.10 is on the way so I shall take some pictures and write a review when it arrives, as my first adventure into German steam!
Well, back off holiday in lovely Italy and there is a package waiting to be opened! I was going to submit a proper review but not enough time today, so I just tested her out on my old rusting analogue layout and look some pictures to post on the forum.







(click for a larger version of each picture)

And so to the review*, out of a maximum of five flying snails this model, Minitrix 12432 DB BR 03.10 steel blue steam locomotive, scored:

Model fidelity/appeal/insert subjective noun of your choice/titilation factor:

I think that even my feeble photographs speak for themselves here!

Running characteristics:

Ran perfectly on track, without wobble or other harmonic motion with respect to any axis, however motor is a fairly old design and though powerful and with a flywheel is fairly noisy, but I found turning up the volume on The Rhinegold helped my ears overcome this. Plus it works as an incentive to run the model very slowly when the movement of the locomotive drive system can be appreciated properly.

Conversion to DCC:

A decoder is plugged straight into an interface in the tender, above the motor, dead easy once you've worked out how to get the tender open safely! There is room in the cab for C T Elektronik's fantastic N scale DCC Sound 8 ohm speaker, and the sound decoder itself will fit into the tender too, with a very small amout of modification and not using the plug in interface. See 1zu160 for details! I might have a go at this myself...

Overall impression:

A fantastic model, and the pastry cutting of the wheels isn't so noticeable to me when the locomotive is running, but even so the flanges are a bit excessive even for badly laid set-track?! I'm sure this is improved on Minitrix current releases as this model dates from a year or two ago. For highest levels of detail then of course go for a H0 model such as the super Roco one mentioned above, but for N scale this is a terrrific locomotive with a high level of accuracy, detail nicely finished, the drive system is a pleasure to watch, and most importantly really captures the feel of the prototype.

QUOTE (goedel @ 13 May 2008, 00:14) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The first of many?!
Probably! Even though it's not Epoch IV-V and electric...

*the opinions expressed in the review represent only the global unanimous view and official policy of the UN Security Council plus Germany after careful consultation of at least one person at each railway station in the multiverse.
 
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