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Author Topic: European N gauge goofs  (Read 3682 times)

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Offline Hiawatha

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Re: European N gauge goofs
« Reply #30 on: November 19, 2017, 10:11:50 am »
BTW, it bears a lot of resemblance to another Fleischmann Starter set loco, of the 'Edelweiss Privatbahn'. Again, this is one I am unsure about its origin and authenticity. Ref is 737104, and these pics show the similarity. Seems the latest is a modification of the earlier issue to me, with different coaches etc, but perhaps you may be able to provide clarity:

737104 -

I note that some sellers show the operating company merely as 'Verschiedene', or various.

While the red version is indeed pure fantasy with nothing to be found in Switzerland that's remotely resembling the model, for the blue Edelweiss Lokalbahn one Fleischmann had a concrete prototype in mind: the Bavarian Zugspitzbahn.

Gerd Hahn from http://www.bahnbilder.de/name/galerie/kategorie/Erste/hierarchie1/Deutschland/hierarchie2/Zahnradbahnen/digitalfotografie/288.html

However, being 1000-mm narrow-gauge, the Zugspitzbahn locomotives were much smaller (6.9 m long vs 8.7 m for the E69 05). Although it looks that way in the photo, they weren't cog locomotives and were only used for the valley portion. The real cog locomotives were boxcabs and inspired the older Fleischmann ELB track-cleaning/cog locomotives 7969/7305.
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Re: European N gauge goofs
« Reply #31 on: November 19, 2017, 10:30:53 am »
Thanks for that detail Hiawatha. :thumbsup:

With so many real Swiss locos that could be modelled, it is somewhat irritating, for whatever economic reasons they may have, that a manufacturer produces these fictions. If they were of the ilk of 'Thomas the Tank engine' origin it would be understandable, and perhaps buyable as a bit of fun, but they are not, and I won't.

Not that my ranting will change things one iota! :D


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