99.2324-4 in Meinigen Steam Locomotive Works, on 7 January 2009. Photo ©J Rech, Mecklenburgische Bäderbahn Molli GmbH.
(Click to see more photos of 99.2324-4 under construction on the http://www.molli-bahn.de website.)
Meinigen Steam Locomotive Works in the State of Thuringia is well known in British railway circles as the workshop where the British new-build express locomotive Tornado’s welded all-steel boiler was built. What is less well known, is that the Works are just completing its own new build, a 2-8-2T 99.2324-4, for the ‘Molibahn‘ a 900 mm narrow gauge railway which runs from Bad Doberan to Kuhlungsborn in North East Germany.
Like Tornado, 99.2324-4 is being built as close as possible to an existing design, in this case that of the three 1932 built Orenstein & Koppel DRG 99.32 locomotives already running on the railway. The main departures from the original plans have come about in order to adapt the design to modern manufacturing techniques: welded boiler, stretcher bars and reinforcing plates welded to frames and fabricated cylinders. A fabulous set of construction photographs can be viewed on the Moli website. (Most on being clicked will open up expanded in a new window.
The locomotive will make its public debut from 11 to 15 March 2009 at the International Tourism Fair ITB in Berlin. Meanwhile, if you have not visited the fabulous ‘Molibahn’ yet, here is a photograph to wet your appetite.
Train running through the streets of Bad Doberan.
(Click to see photo in original context.)
Perhaps it might not be a bad idea for the Ffestiniog Railway to arrange the screening of a ‘Mollibahn’ film in Porthmadog. The sight of trains, cars and pedestrians all sharing the same street in Bad Doberan would surely calm local residents upset at the thought of trains running on the Welsh Highland Railway’s ‘Cross Town Link‘?