42 1800 DR, Ep.II Tarnfarbe
Armoured & Camouflaged wartime locomotive & boxcars
Ref.: LILIPUT 104224
Review, DCC installation, Kadee conversion & smoke generator installation
by Doug Teggin
Baureihe 42 Freight locomotive with 2'2'T30 tender
During the second World War, two different specialist war locomotives were built in Germany. First the BR 52 and then the BR 42.
844 BR 42 locomotives were supplied to the DRG from 1944 to 1945.
After the war, a number of BR 42 locomotives were produced: 14 for West Germany, 3 for East Germany and one for the Saarbahn in the French occupied sector of post war Germany.
Between 1945 and 1949 another 72 BR 42 were built in Vienna for the Austrian Railways and 126 were built - under the name: Type 43 - in Poland for the PKP.
In total 1063 BR 42 type locomotives were built. In the 50's the DB had 701 and the DR 49 BR 42 locomotives, but today all are out of commission, only a few remain preserved and on static display.
Source: Bachmann Industries / Liliput
Production of the BR 42 locomotives in Floridsdorf
The Liliput Model
LILIPUT 104224 BR 42 1800 DR, Ep.II Tarnfarbe
(HO scale) Military 2-10-0 steam locomotive class BR 42 1800 of the Deutsche Reichsbahn DR railways with armour plating in WWII camouflage livery and eagles emblems. Epoch II, metal tender body and frame, metal locomotive frame, metal wheels and rod gears, bi-directional lights and lighted firebox, 5-pole motor with flywheel, sprung buffers, Digital ready with NEM652 interface, length: 268mm.
The Liliput model is a solid, heavy tender driven design with plenty of detail and features. The tender has solid bogies perhaps hindering it around corners, but I've loosened the screws a little and it does flex a bit now.
The model is fitted with directional lighting. Filament bulbs front and back are used. They are hardly noticeable though. I suppose in wartime that all lights where shielded from any angle except directly straight on - which is where you have to be to see these lights.
The firebox is lit too. I'm not sure why they do this as it is an unrealistic red. You can just see it in the photo below - although in the photo is looks OK as the colours are muted.
DCC Decoder installation
Following the advice in the documentation I ran the model in on the rolling road for about half an hour in each direction before fitting the decoder. I then installed a Lenz Gold JST decoder. The tender body is made of metal and is quite heavy as it helps maintain traction of the tender-driven model. Removing the tender body is straightforward, plugging in the decoder is simple as the decoder plug pops into the NEM652 interface. There is plenty of space for a large decoder like the Lenz Gold although fitting a sound decoder may pose a problem due to the solid nature of the tender. Perhaps the space in the body could be used. I secured the decoder in place with some double-sided foam tape on top of the circuit board. Notice the motor and fly-wheel in the tender.
I get a little help from the crew...
Seuthe smoke generator installation
The Liliput model is pre-wired for a smoke generator so I thought that I'd put one in. I'm no expert on these things and I've never installed one before. The #9 Seuthe smoke generator arrived from Germany with some smoke solution and an applicator syringe.
The fit is quite tight and I had to file the tube down a bit to get it in. No wiring and no soldering required. It takes 0.2ml of smoke solution and it creates a good candy-scented plume of smoke.
See for yourself what it looks like. It certainly adds some character to the layout.
When I ordered the BR 42 loco, I thought that a few matching boxcars would look good being pulled behind it so I ordered three WWII German Camo boxcars, two standard and one with a brakeman's cabin on the back.
LILIPUT 225392 Ged.Güterw.Oppeln 26 199 Tarnf. DR,Ep.II
(two photos below)
(HO scale) Two axle boxcar type Ghs Oppeln 26 199 of the German Deutsche Reichsbahn DR railways in camouflaged livery. Epoch II, NEM couplers, length: 107mm.
A nice feature of this boxcar model is that the two sides are moulded differently so that they look like different boxcars (apart from the number) if you reverse one on the train.
LILIPUT 221483 Ged.Güterw.Stettin 41 238 Tarnf. DR Ep.II
(HO scale) Two axle boxcar type G Stettin 41 238 with brakeman's cabin of the German Deutsche Reichsbahn DR railways in camouflaged livery. Epoch II, NEM couplers, length: 107mm.
Kadee coupler installation
On the boxcars, I have fitted Kadee #17 couplers. A straight switch as the existing couplers use a NEM socket. The height (measured with a Kadee height gauge) is perfect. Kadee #17 are the smallest NEM socket couplers available and wouldn't fit on a boxcar with fixed buffers, but as these wagons have very nice sprung buffers, they can be coupled closer together without danger of problems on tight curves.
On the locomotive, I fitted a Kadee #18 to the back of the tender. A #17 probably would have been fine, but I've now run out of them. The NEM socket can be reversed to adjust the height of the couple and I had to reverse it to raise the coupler a bit as well as shim the underside of the coupler to prevent it drooping too much. I find that I have to do this to most locos so I use small pieces of black plasti-card. The fit is now perfect.
I am happy with this model. It is everything that I expected. The one issue is that the paint finish is a little strange and would perhaps put someone off this model in a shop. The four colours of the camo effect are not well blended and they do look a bit odd. To fix this, you have to take a neutral tone between the colours and lightly spray over the other colours. So I'll be weathering it and hopefully toning down any problems. More on that later.
The construction of the model is impeccable. Nothing broken and I've had the body off and back together a few times. I've added the detailed parts to the front buffer beam and I added the alternate snow plough.
The loco runs well. The tender drive has a couple of rubber sleeves on two of the driving wheels and there are electrical pickups on the loco and the tender so not much chance of a bad connection. I wouldn't expect it to have a fantastic pulling power, but a rake of 10 to 15 wagons would be fine.
- May 2008
Many thanks to OnTracks
for giving us a good deal on this loco and boxcars.