Model - Deutsche Bundesbahn 55 Class Steam Locomotive

West Germany
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A Gauge 1 (1:32) scale steam locomotive and tender painted in black with red for the underframes and motion work. The model is a Deutsche Bundesbahn 55 Class 0-8-0 Steam Locomotive. Built between 1913 - 1921, the 55 class were originally known as Prussian G8.1s. Over 5000 of these locomotives were produced. After the Second World War, the Deutsche Bundesbahn (railway of West Germany) retained 50 of these locomotives (the East German railway retained around 150) and reclassified them as the 055 Class in 1968. They were withdrawn from service in the early 1970s. The model is housed in a cardboard box with two human figures (fireman and driver) along with an instruction booklet. The Märklin product code is 5744 for this model.
TRANSPORT Railways Model Locomotive
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H140 x W375 x D100mm (Locomotive)
H110 x W260 x D100mm (Tender)
H53 x W31mm (driver figure)
H53 x W25mm (fireman figure)
H210 x W707 x D172mm (Box lid)
H100 x W705 x D158mm (Box base)
H105 x W225mm (instruction booklet)
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55 3964
märklin \ 5744
märklin \ Made in Western Germany
märklin \ I \ 5744
Made in West 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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