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French 230 K

This is a model of the French locomotive Type 230K that hauled the ”Orient-Express” from the Gare de l’Est in Paris to Avricourt in Lorraine, the Franco-German frontier that was created when Alsace and part of Lorraine were seized by the new German Empire in 1871. My friend, Jean Buchmann in Strasbourg, told me that two of this type of locomotive were used on that stretch of track; that the second was attached at Bar-le-Duc where it waited with a full load of coal and water and with steam up so as to create the minimum delay when it was attached to the train in the middle of the night.  Such was the respect - or awe - in which ”Orient-Express” passengers were held!

The model is based on a ”Model Loco” kit although most of the applied parts were made by well-known small parts producers and even by myself, the Model-Loco pieces being mostly inaccurate.  The decals for the Est company inscriptions were made for me in Ohio! Unfortunately, I installed the Mabucchi motor that was supplied with the kit and it is barely strong enough to power the locomotive by itself, being absolutely unable to haul the heavy Liliput model of the train, even with only its minimum five carriages. Maybe Fulgurex - or someone else - will produce the 230K as it was before the war – someday.

Prussian S10.1

This model was one of the last made by Lemaco before the name was taken over and changed.  I believe it’s one of Lemaco’s best ever. It runs superbly well and looks exactly the way the Prussian S10.1 did in 1914.  The locomotive hauled the train from Avricourt to Strassburg – the German spelling in use in 1914 when the city was the capital of the imperial province of Elsass.

Badische IVf

This is the Micro-Metakit model of the IVf ”Pacific” locomotive of the Grand Ducal Railways of Baden, distinguished for a level of elegance seldom achieved by any large and powerful machinery.  The IVf hauled the train from Strassburg to Stuttgart where it was replaced by another locomotive of surpassing elegance.

Wuerttembergische C

”The Beautiful Wuerttemberg Girl” is the name by which this small, tough locomotive has always been known with great affection by generations of German railwaymen.  It was designed for the varied terrain of Wuerttemberg, its wheels of unusually small diameter, being ideal for transmitting power over hills and mountains as well as the many valleys that lie between Stuttgart and Munich.  This powerful Roco model is the only one of the seven that will haul the heavy Liliput model of the ”Orient-Express” without protest.

Bavarian S 3/6

This is the Micro-Metakit model of the Bavarian S3/6 whose drive wheels were two meters in diameter. The model will only operate on my small ”Austrian” section of track because it requires a very wide curve radius, a need that my limited space isn’t able to accommodate on the entire layout.  That’s a shame, because it’s a beautiful model, finished to resemble the way the locomotive looked in the years between 1912 and 1914, a very specific time-frame that makes the model highly appropriate to my collection.  It hauled the train from Munich to Salzburg.

Austrian 310

This is the famous Roco model of the Austrian 310, the sublime creation of Karl Goelsdorf. The locomotive hauled the train from Salzburg to the Vienna-West station.  It, too, is considered to be of surpassing elegance, its enormous drive wheels of an almost unbelievable delicacy, giving the impression that it might have steamed through the Austro-Hungarian Empire on tip-toes.

Goelsdorf Typ 30

Made by Ferro-Train in Vienna, this is a model of the ”Goelsdorf” Type 30 ”City Railway” tank locomotive that also was used, often in tandem, to haul the ”Orient-Express” from the West station to the one on the eastern edge of Vienna whence the train would continue to Budapest, hauled by a locomotive of the Hungarian, or ”State” railway administration.  The model runs well on a straight stretch but its eccentrically designed front and rear axels cannot negotiate a curve. They bind on curves and stop the locomotive. The little machine looks well enough, however, among the other models when it’s on the shelf.

The “Sarajevo 1914 Collection”, begun in 1979, has been and continues to be assembled
in partnership with Ingrid Bitter, Director MC W. Schueler, Stuttgart

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