The class 86 was planned according to the DRG standard type program to haul heavy freight trains on lines with gentle grades as well as passenger trains and mixed trains on lines with steeper grades. By 1943, 774 units had been built by almost all of the German locomotive builders. The German Federal Railroad used these nimble and powerful tank locomotives to pull all kinds of trains as a "Jack-of-all-Trades" mainly on main lines and branch lines in the Mittelgebirge Region. The class 86 locomotives could also be spotted pulling ore cars, chiefly in Saarland with its steel mills in Neunkirchen, Brebach, Burbach, Dillingen, and Völklingen.
Prototype: German Federal Railroad (DB) class 86 steam locomotive. The locomotive looks as it did in Era IIIa.
|Gauge / Design type||Z / 1:220|