Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Motive Power - Tank Locomotive of the DRG Class 98.3

Prototype: German State Railroad Company class 983, 0-4-0T design, built starting in 1909 for the Royal Bavarian State Railroad (PtL 2/2), nicknamed ”Glaskasten” (”Glass Box”).

Use: Branch lines.

Model: Era II, with jackshaft, diecast metal locomotive body, 2 axles powered. Length over buffers 45 mm / 1-3/4”. DCC

The comparably roomy engineer’s cab is to thank for this affectionate name. The cab surrounded a large part of the boiler and its luxurious glassed in area gave the engineer a good view of the tracks in both directions. Partially automatic coal firing enabled economical one-man operation of these locomotives. This meant they were predestined for light weight branch line service.