Z Scale Railcars


  • Completely new tooling.
  • Frame and snouts on the body are constructed of metal.
  • Newest generation of high-performance motor.
  • Headlights include warm white LEDs.
  • Correct modelling of the buffer beams.
  • Baggage racks and access ladders.
  • Interior lighting.
  • Many separately applied details.

Prototype: DB VT 88.9 Wismar Rail Bus .  A Rustic Icon on German Tracks. When currently one of the numerous preserved Wismar rail buses comes on stage, even steam locomotives retreat to the background. Pig Snouts are the name given to these powered rail cars, which during the world economic crisis kept many small and branch lines from being abandoned. The design was ingeniously simple and at the same time extremely cost effective: A simple welded car body was used and a mass-produced drive system from the truck industry was installed in each direction of travel. As with road trucks there was a motor hood at both ends, commonly called a snout. Most cars had a roof baggage rack for baggage or small freight. The car builder Wismar built 57 units between 1932 and 1941. Railroaders and passengers loved their rustic rattling boxes and gave them the nickname Pig Snouts. Currently, the Wismar rail buses enjoy an absolute cult status. This is not the only reason a snout belongs on the roster of every model railroader. In addition, the German Federal Railroad had three Wismar units for a short time on its roster after 1949. The red Pig Snouts thus goes on any Era III layout.

Model: This is the DB rail bus known as the "Pig Snout" in a red paint scheme. This is completely new tooling and is finely detailed. The frame and motor hoods on the body are constructed of metal. There are many separately applied details. Both ends have correct modelling of the buffer beams without couplers. Triple white headlights and dual red marker lights change over with the direction of travel. Warm white and red LEDs are used for the lighting. The rail bus has a motor with a bell-shaped armature. Both axles powered. Interior details and the engineer's cabs are modelled. There is LED interior lighting, separately applied access ladders, and roof racks for baggage. The solid wheels are black/black nickel plated. Length over the buffers approximately 53 mm / 2-1/16".

ORDER DEADLINE: February 29, 2024

We fully test & inspect every locomotive before it ships to you.
2023 Fall New Item
Era III (1945-1970)
DB (Deutsche Bundesbahn)
4th Qtr. 2024
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Scale: Z    Era: 3    
Country: Germany
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