Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Maerklin 26605 "Rangierdienst" with Koef II 323 781-5

I love the diminutive locomotives of the Leistungsklasse II (known as Koef II). Recently I came across an offer on a Maerklin set "Rangierdienst" which came with a Koef II including sound and DCC. That's quite a step up from my 30+ year old converted Brawa 0458.

I'm not sure what happened to the box on the way here. The Hbis came apart when I tried to take it out of the box. Even the springs for the close coupling mechanism were detached. It was easy to reassemble, but I have never seen something like that before in a new box from a dealer.

The locomotive comes with the "new" Telex couplers, which work very nicely with the Maerklin short couplings, and not at all with the Relex-style couplers that are the standard couplings on the Welztalbahn. With my Koef III I solved that problem by replacing the Telex coupler with a regular pair of couplers. I haven't decided yet what I'll do in this case.

Due to the short wheelbase the Koef II is also great for finding less than perfect track work on the Untergroeningen module.

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