Micro Metakit 95700H Austrian Adhesion Rack Locomotive Class 269 of the KK Imperial Railroad

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Model: The Class 269 model stands as a captivating masterpiece in motion, seamlessly blending artistry and functionality. Its intricate design includes a fully operational inner rack system, driven by a unique double motion mechanism akin to the prototype. Notably, the outer drive rods gracefully move at half the speed of the inner rods, a meticulous replication that sets this model apart.

Few brass manufacturers would undertake the challenge of reproducing such a complex running mechanism, making this double-motion movement an exceptional and exclusive feature not commonly found in other HO models. The model's technical prowess extends further with a brushless can motor, complete cab interiors, and sprung-loaded puffers, showcasing Micro Metakit's commitment to detail.

Adorned in an elegant two-toned gray and black livery, accented by black boiler bands and white pin striping, the aesthetic appeal of this model is undeniable. For collectors, especially those who already own Micro Metakit rack locomotives, adding the Class 269 to your collection is a compelling proposition.

Micro Metakit's dedication to authenticity shines through as the model faithfully reproduces the intricate workings of the prototype. The dual-system drive unit, powering both the rack gears and drive rods, ensures a true-to-life locomotion experience. Additionally, Micro Metakit provides cog track options, enabling enthusiasts to recreate the remarkable 35% grade capability of the actual locomotive.

Just like its real-world counterpart, this model effortlessly traverses both standard gauge track and cog track, offering versatility in display and operation. Years ago, the visionaries behind Micro-Metakit predicted that the Class 269 model would be the pinnacle of their creations, and it has indeed lived up to that expectation, standing as one of the most impressive and finest models in their catalog. Consider this exceptional piece not just as a part of your collection but as a testament to the craftsmanship and dedication Micro Metakit invests in creating outstanding replicas of railway history.

Locomotive Prototype History:

The Class 269 Erzberg locomotive stands out as a remarkable feat, embodying an F-combination of adhesion and rack-and-pinion technology in a tank locomotive. Notably, the 269 series ranks among the largest rack locomotives ever constructed, boasting an imposing presence on the rails.

What truly sets the Class 269 apart is its exceptionally intricate drive mechanism, rendering it a locomotive of unparalleled uniqueness. Originating in 1912, this engineering marvel was purpose-built to tackle the demanding terrain of the Austrian Erzberg region, serving both heavy freight and passenger needs. The Erzbergbahn, a perilous mountain route completed in 1891, traversed the rugged Erzberg mountain landscape, covering a distance of 19.6 kilometers from Vordernberg to Eisenerz.

Functioning as a vital lifeline for transporting ore, the Erzbergbahn required locomotives of exceptional capability. Enter the trio of impressive rack locomotives designed for the task: the class 69, 269, and 297. Among these, the Class 269 distinguished itself with its ability to navigate 7% grades while hauling substantial loads—25 to 40 fully loaded ore cars—an achievement that was nothing short of remarkable during that era.

The Class 269 Erzberg locomotive, with its dual functionality and robust design, not only symbolizes the historical prowess of early 20th-century engineering but also stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit required to conquer the challenging landscapes of the Erzberg region.

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