LGB 3019 post van kit bash

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I recently bought an LGB 3019 Post Van on this forum, as the basis to build a 2-axle DR narrow gauge Gepackwagen, as used on the Rügen lines. This is the prototype I was thinking of, KDw 975-104:

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As a reminder, the LGB 3019 as bought looks like this:

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The length of the prototype was 6,7m and wheelbase 3,5m which matches the model almost exactly. It has one veranda and sliding doors each side, so it is a pretty good match except for the "minor" differences of the third window and curved end roof.

I removed all the electrical gubbins (wheel pickups, internal lights and 2 rear lantern lights) and saved those for another project. I removed the fancy roof supports and vacuum brakes, and added a coupling hook; I like to have both ends hooked on my rolling stock.

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Then I set to with various cosmetic changes. I removed the stickers carefully (for future reuse), the unwanted printing with T-cut and painted the windows frames black. I added a chimney (these vans had stoves) and Heberlein braking equipment from an accessory pack for an LGB 30090/35090 which I got from Glendale for £3. Finally I added a couple of roof stanchions from some scrap plastic rodding. End result below.

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Just needs a DR logo and some proper running numbers, but for now I’ll pretend the logos are hidden by the open sliding doors.
 
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That looks good, it’s amazing how a bit repainting changes the look of the van and makes it look more like a everyday working vehicle

I’m quite tempted to do something similar, if I find a suitable donor vehicle

Dan
 
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Look very good, Dave. What are Heberlien brakes, please?
 
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A cable/rope connects loco & wagons over rollers which (if the cable is released) lower a friction roller until it touches the axle.
In this way a chain is tensioned which applies the brake. Heberlein brake - Wikipedia
Re-tensioning the cable will release all brakes. Fun fact is that a Heberlein-brake can only be tested in motion when the axles turn.

For the 2018 NG Festival @ the POLLO we equipped the MBB No.20 with Heberlein-Rollers from the chimney to the tender.
I tell you we were more than happy NOT to use this stone-age type of brake...

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Andreas
 
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idlemarvel

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That looks good, it’s amazing how a bit repainting changes the look of the van and makes it look more like a everyday working vehicle

I’m quite tempted to do something similar, if I find a suitable donor vehicle

Dan
Thanks Dan. Yes the post van as supplied does look rather toy-like.
65 1057 65 1057 thanks for explaining Heberlein brakes and your real world experience!
 
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A cable/rope connects loco & wagons over rollers which (if the cable is released) lower a friction roller until it touches the axle.
In this way a chain is tensioned which applies the brake. Heberlein brake - Wikipedia
Re-tensioning the cable will release all brakes. Fun fact is that a Heberlein-brake can only be tested in motion when the axles turn.

For the 2018 NG Festival @ the POLLO we equipped the MBB No.20 with Heberlein-Rollers from the chimney to the tender.
I tell you we were more than happy NOT to use this stone-age type of brake...

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Andreas
Thank you, Andreas. It sounds as if it could be exciting!
Gordon
 
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A cable/rope connects loco & wagons over rollers which (if the cable is released) lower a friction roller until it touches the axle.
In this way a chain is tensioned which applies the brake. Heberlein brake - Wikipedia
Re-tensioning the cable will release all brakes. Fun fact is that a Heberlein-brake can only be tested in motion when the axles turn.

For the 2018 NG Festival @ the POLLO we equipped the MBB No.20 with Heberlein-Rollers from the chimney to the tender.
I tell you we were more than happy NOT to use this stone-age type of brake...

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Andreas
They were probably better than what was present before I.E possibly nothing except for the Loco Reverser.
 
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Thanks. Very inspiring. Takes all the toylike quality away. We will all be competing for second hand post wagons.
Feld Grossbahn sell a set of 5 DR transfers which I have used to back date stock.

Simon
 
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Dave

Not an easy web site to navigate but hopefully this will take you straight to the page.

These aren’t cheap either.

Beschriftungen - Spur 2 - Produkte

Hope it is of some use.

Best wishes

Simon
 
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Dave

Not an easy web site to navigate but hopefully this will take you straight to the page.

These aren’t cheap either.

Beschriftungen - Spur 2 - Produkte

Hope it is of some use.

Best wishes

Simon
Thanks Simon. I found it in the end and have ordered a few.
They are way cheaper than troeger and postage to UK only 4 €.
 
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Dave

Good, glad they are of use.

They sell some great stuff. I am going to buy one of their kits to convert a Newquida coach when I have the money.

Best wishes

Simon