"Get on the track and have fun while maneuvering!" - That's the motto under which we have put our steam storage locomotive, because the maneuvering on the system should finally bring joy and you should have fun in the games.These locomotives only serve as shunting locomotives That's why our request to the chassis's developers was: "Like the prototype, it's allowed to 'wiggle' a bit and 'breathe' a bit, but it's not allowed to stand in shunting!" That was the supreme premise. With a clever, invisible technical gimmick, this is actually done and our N-steam storage locomotive has excellent power consumption characteristics for slow maneuvering.
The models of the Liliput steam storage locomotive in N gauge have the following technical features:
- Drive by bell armature motor with flywheel
- Warm white LED lighting (jumper lighting on both sides)
- Digital interface according to NEM 662 (Next18)
- Short coupling slots and pluggable couplings according to NEM 355
- Chassis partly made of metal die cast
- In favor of the best power consumption without traction tires, yet good traction
- LüP 60.5 mm
A steam storage locomotive is the most practical solution wherever steam is generated in sufficient quantities and an economical and easy-to-use train conveyor is required. The possibility of being able to use them in potentially explosive areas speaks in favor of the steam storage locomotive. The main component of a steam storage locomotive is the pressure-tight boiler filled with hot water. Steam is fed to the boiler water under pressure at appropriate filling stations. This steam generates further steam in the water, which can be used as an energy source due to the resulting overpressure. The size of the boiler and the filling pressure determine the usage time and the performance of the locomotive.
Type Meiningen type C
The prototype of the Meiningen type C model has a pulling force of 94 kN with an operating weight of approx. 50 t, a water volume of 18 m3, a steam volume of 3 m3 in the boiler and a steam pressure of 20 kp / cm2. After 20 minutes of filling, the Type C is able to maneuver a number of loaded freight wagons on a level route for a long time. And this at a maximum speed of approx. 30 km / h.
When the price of petroleum products began to rise in the GDR at the beginning of the 1980s, the aim was to replace diesel locomotives with steam storage locomotives in industrial companies in which it was technically possible. From 1984 to 1988 202 machines were manufactured as identical replicas of the Babelsberg type C by the Meiningen repair shop. The first locomotive was put into operation on February 20, 1984 at VEB Schwermaschinenbau Lauchhammer. The last two locomotives came to the former CSSR in August 1988. In addition, VEB Lokomotivbau Karl Marx built around 150 pieces in the period from 1952 to 1961 and 80 pieces in the period from 1969 to 1970. Meininger steam storage locomotives also made their way to other countries after the unification of the FRG and GDR. Some of these fireless locomotives can still be seen at work today or viewed as memorials in front of a factory gate.