Model - Deutsche Bundesbahn Class 78 Tank Locomotive

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A Gauge 1 (1:32) scale tank locomotive painted in black with red for the underframes and motion work. The model is a Deutsche Bundesbahn (DB) 78 Class tank locomotive. Originally known as T 18s, these tank locomotives became the 78 class when the Deutsche Reichsbahn took control of them from the Prussian State Railways. After the Second World War, Deutsche Bundesbahn (DB, the West German railway) took control of over 400 of these locomotives. The model, along with an instruction guide, and two figures (driver and fireman) are housed in a cardboard box with a white outline of the locomotive printed on the box. The Märklin product number for the model is 5746.
CH classification TRANSPORT Railways Model Locomotive
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H145 x W490 x D100mm (locomotive)
H200 x W590 x D175mm (box lid)
H90 x W590 x D155mm (box base)
H105 x W225mm (instruction booklet)
H53 x W31mm (driver figure)
H53 x W25mm (fireman figure)
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78 355
märklin \ 5746
märklin \ Made in W Germany
märklin \ I \ 5746
Made in Western Germany
märklin \ I
History and use
The T-House model rail collection is a collection of national and international significance due to the size, quality and scope of the collection.

The collection, assembled over 30 years from the 1970s to the 1990s, holds 10 000+ models of locomotives, carriages and wagons. The collection is in excellent – often mint – condition. The models were collected by Mr Marsden Williams, who was born, raised and spent his life in the Wollongong area. Mr Williams was a business man who was renowned for philanthropy, he was an intensely private man, who nevertheless was well connected across the Australian business world. His 40 year fascination for model railways reflected his own interest in precision engineering, and his financial success allowed him to pursue his interest to a remarkable extent.
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