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Hi Neil, John, Zmil

If you really want to compare like with like and what to choose, the only real direct comparison you have is between Fleischmann article 4119, and Trix 22038/22039. These are the only releases directly comparable on a prototype level playing field. As I understand it, it goes something like this...

Fleischmann 4119 is DRG 18 501 introduced in 1924 and presented as running in late 20s - early 30s
Trix 22038 (with all whizz-bang bells and whistles) is 18 444 and presented in, quote, 'late 1920s condition'
Trix 22039 (standard version) is 18 445 and again in 'late 20s condition'.

The key thing to note, is that they are models of different locos - the Fleischmann being the series 'k' lok with the 'normal' 1870mm driving wheels.
The Trix loks are the 2000mm driver 'Hochhaxige' introduced in 1914 - series 'd' and 'e'.

So perhaps a comparison of the qualities of these locos could be valuable with DRG stock of the period under DRG conditions.

Fleischmann 480902 is the special 'one-off' loco 3709 in the Seddin exhibition condition (lasted a few months)- looks nice too, and I think merely a rework of the already released 4119, after all they are both from the series 'k' build of these locos. As it happened, when in DB service 3709 = 18 508 lasted right up to 1961/2.

The Trix insider model 22045 is 18 451 and of special significance because it went to LVA Goettingen, was really the only Hochhaxige to make it any way in to DB times and carry the 'Deutche Bundesbahn' lettering under the number on the cab (most of the others withdrawn by 1950). As I said on another thread, it's special because it remains with us today at the Deutsche Museum in Munich, and is utterly magnificent and a very cunning choice for 'club' members.

It's astounding the way they (trix) are mixing things up - the Trix Epoche I versions also have different running numbers - 22040 (bells/whistles) is 3624 (= 18 441) while 22041 is 3626 (= 18 443).

The other new Fleischmann model 411901 represents 18 495 (at least thats what's on the FL website) which was withdrawn in 1959 and could have only run with the 3 headlights for a couple of years, but a welcome model anyway - now give us one with 2 headlights !!

The basis for the Fleischmann 18 class locos began with the totally new 4118 (18 620), released a few years ago and the subsequent releases are, I guess, body reworkings and paint jobs. These locos (4118) received very good press when released.

Mind you, as I have said before, the Trix locos do look pretty special if the tiny pictures are right - time will tell.

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The wording of course should have said...

was really the only Hochhaxige to make it any way in to DB times and carry the 'Deutsche Bundesbahn' lettering OVER the number on the cab...

sorry

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