Friday, December 30, 2011

the Glass Train

Arguably this is the best-known German railcar, even though it was only produced in a series of two units in 1935-1936.  Because of the 'vista dome' style wide glass windows both on the sides and the tops, it became known as Der Gläserne Zug (the glass train), officially as ElektroTriebwagen Baureihe 91.  Of the two, one was destroyed in the Munich shunting yard in March 1943 during an Allied bombing raid, the other was taken over by the Deutsche Bundesbahn and used over the scenic mountain lines in the south, until it was badly damaged in a crash in 1995.  It has now been repaired non-operational and is on display in Augsburg.  Until the 1970s it was in a red/cream livery, then repainted in a blue colour, then a darker blue.  HO scale models in the latter were made by both Märklin and Fleishmann.

Manufacturer: Waggonfabrik Fuchs, AEG
Fleet numbers:  ET 91 01 – ET 91 02
Seating places: 70
Car length over buffers: 20.6 metres (67 ft 7 in)
Maximum speed: 110 km/h (68 mph)
Weight: 51 tonnes (50 long tons; 56 short tons)
Acceleration: max. starting: 0.58 m/s2 (1.9 ft/s2)
Electric system: 15 kV 16⅔ Hz AC
Axle arrangement:  Bo-2

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