Prototype: Standard design German Federal Railroad (DB) cradle bunkers. 4 reservoirs, each for 20 metric tons of coal, integrated into a steel framework design.
Model: The kit is detailed coaling equipment for expanding the 76510 large coaling station or for independent use with a suitable clamshell crane. The base plate and superstructure are made of sturdy plastic with many separately applied details. The cradle bunker has 4 bunker compartments and bunker hatches that can be opened. There is a cab and 2 work lights that light up. The bunker spacing is the same as a track spacing of approximately 64.5 mm / 2-9/16". Base dimensions approximately 300 x 130 mm / 11-13/16" x 5-1/8".
The 76510 large coaling station is expanded to 8 cradle bunker reservoirs with the 76511 expansion. The crane track can be lengthened further with the 324072 base plate, which is available separately.
More Coal at the Locomotive Maintenance Facility. At the height of the steam locomotive era there were large, central locomotive maintenance facilities, where the locomotives were handled as if on an assembly line. At the end of the steam locomotive era the maintenance activities were concentrated into a few locomotive maintenance facilities that were even expanded for the purpose. Fast handling was achieved with several cradle bunkers arranged on parallel tracks one behind the other. Powerful clamshell cranes and appropriate switching of freight cars on the coaling track were a requirement for smooth operation. One reservoir was enough for about two to three loads of coal for tenders on road engines. As an example, the two locomotives for "Long Henry" were ready in several minutes for a run.