Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 98.3 "Glaskasten" / "Glass Box". As it looked in operation in Era III around 1956.
Model: The locomotive comes with an mfx decoder. 2 axles powered. Traction tire. The inner boiler is made of metal. The locomotive has numerous separately applied hand rails and grab irons. It also has a finely detailed reproduction of the boiler fittings and other details. The locomotive has dual headlights that change over with the direction of travel. They will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. Length over the buffers 8.0 cm / 3-1/8".
The following DB Era III cars go well with this locomotive: 43010, 43020, 43030.
Branch Line Legend. The legendary DB class 98.3 (former Bavarian class PtL 2/2) branch line locomotives were seldom designated with their exact class number, because these nimble branch line units were much better known by the nickname "Glaskasten" / "Glass Box". The comparably roomy engineer's cab is the reason 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 lightweight branch line service.