The massive class 241 A steam locomotives appeared on French rails at the start of the Thirties. In the ”golden” era of travel before World War II, they pulled heavy express trains between Paris and the Atlantic ports of Cherbourg and Le Havre as well as between Paris and Basle. There the famous Arlberg Orient Express was part of their tasks. After the end of the war, they ran until 1965 mainly between Paris and Strasbourg as well as Paris and Basle. Road number 241 A 1 in the Mulhouse Railroad Museum as well as road number 241 A 65 in Switzerland remain preserved, the latter as the largest operational steam locomotive in Europe.
Model: The locomotive has an mfx+ digital decoder and extensive light and sound functions. It also has controlled high-efficiency propulsion with a flywheel, mounted in the boiler. 4 axles powered. Traction tires. The locomotive and tender are constructed mostly of metal. The model has a factory-installed 72270 smoke unit. The triple headlights on the locomotive and tender change over with the direction of travel. They and the built-in smoke unit will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. There is also cab lighting and running gear lights that can be controlled digitally. Maintenance-free warm white LEDs used for lighting. There is an adjustable coupling with a mechanism between the locomotive and tender. The rear of the tender has a close coupler in an NEM pocket with a guide mechanism. The minimum radius for operation is 437.5 mm / 17-1/4". Brake hoses, heating lines, and imitation prototype couplers as well as a decal sheet with sponsor logos are included. Length over the buffers 30.4 cm / 12".
Prototype: Class 241-A heavy express train steam locomotive with a tender. Version as a class 241-A-65 museum locomotive as it looked on the French State Railways (SNCF). The locomotive looks as it currently does in operating condition stationed at the Full-Reuenthal Depot in Switzerland.