LEGO Köf

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    Well, it's finally finished! For those of you attending Brickworld this year in June, this is exactly how you'll see it.

    Description (From RAILBRICKS):

    On the 12th January 1956 the LEGO® company
    made it’s initial expansion outside Denmark by
    opening their first foreign sales wing, LEGO®
    Spielwaren GmbH. Spielwaren was run by Axel
    Thomsen, who was already a toy manufacturer.
    The new company was based in an old railway
    hotel in Hohenwestedt, Schleswig-Holstein,
    Germany. The company’s aim was to expand the
    sales of LEGO® in Germany.
    From 1956 until 1963 LEGO®’s series of H0 scale
    cars, trees and signs were produced in a small
    factory in Hohenwestedt. Over the years the
    Hohenwestedt site also grew to become a major
    distribution centre.
    By Tim David
    The factory and warehouses were situated just
    east of the railway station on the line between
    Heide and Neumünster so it was logical that it
    was rail served and in December 1987 a small
    shunting (switching) locomotive was purchased
    to work the factory sidings.
    Kleinlokomotivs
    From the 1930s the Deutsche Reichsbahn
    introduced small locomotives for use at stations
    and goods depots. They were specifically
    designed to be driven by shunting staff rather
    than higher paid fully qualified drivers and were
    also small enough to be loaded onto a flat truck
    for movement around the rail network. After
    some experimentation two diesel designs were
    standardised upon, with differing power ratings.
    The class letter K was used to identify them,
    followed by a letter indicating the type of engine,
    ö for diesel (Öl, i.e. oil). The next letter was the
    type of transmission: f for hydraulic transmission
    (Flüssigkeitsgetriebe) The four digit numbers
    signified the power range, those up to 40 HP
    (29 kW) were numbered in the range 0-3999
    and while those in above 40 HP were 4000 and
    higher.
    The locos were originally restricted to 30km/h
    because they were only braked by the driver’s
    weight on the foot pedal. Many were later fitted
    with air brakes and the top speed raised to
    45km/h.
    LEGO®’s Köf II
    LEGO®’s Köf was built by Deutz in 1950 for the
    West German railways; Deutche Bundesbahn
    (DB) and became their number 6140, signifying
    that it was in the higher power range and was
    thus a Köf II.
    It was painted in the standard scheme of black
    under-frame and dark red cab and hood. In 1968
    it was renumbered to 321151-3 in line with DB’s
    new computerised numbering scheme. In 1973
    it was fitted with air brakes and renumbered
    again to 324057-9. It was used mainly in the Köln
    area.
    In 1987 it became surplus to requirements and
    was withdrawn. It was purchased by LEGO®
    Gmbh, repainted yellow and black and moved
    to Hohenwestedt. A LEGO® logo was applied to
    each cab and a smaller one on each side of the
    nose.
    It stayed in Hohenwestedt for the next 15 years,
    shunting the vans of LEGO® products around the
    site to the various loading bays.
    After LEGO®
    In 2002 the need for a locomotive diminished
    and it was sold to the railway equipment
    dealer Mathias Bootz of Bad Nauheim. The
    Hohenwestedt site closed entirely at the end of
    2005 and the operation was transferred to the
    Czech Republic.
    After a couple of months at Bootz’s the Köf was
    purchased by the railfreight vehicle hire company
    VTG Lehnkering AG who sent it to their wagon
    workshop in Syke-Barrien. For a while it kept its
    yellow colours with the LEGO® logos removed,
    however by 2004 it had acquired a bright red
    hood with black detailing and by 2006 the whole
    loco was bright red with a black under-frame.
    In 2004 the loco reverted to its DB number of
    324057-9.

    *To see the article, check out RAILBRICKS issue 8*

    ta||tim, Ƥyᴙosaur, Caleb Randolph, and 18 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. ta||tim 36 months ago | reply

      Nice work. Makes the time spent researching the article worthwhile. Did you make the stickers or are they from a set?

    2. GavynRogers2pt0 36 months ago | reply

      Sets. (Last year's LEGO truck and the one from 2004)

    3. ta||tim 36 months ago | reply

      cool. always nice to be 100% official

    4. GavynRogers2pt0 36 months ago | reply

      Yep. I also abandoned the generic custom yellow stickers idea because I thought it ruined the feel. :)

    5. SavaTheAggie 36 months ago | reply

      Well done, makes me want to build one for myself.

    6. GavynRogers2pt0 36 months ago | reply

      Holy crap. My first blogged creation! :D

    7. raised 36 months ago | reply

      Nice angles, looks like a lot of fancy techniques and it has lego stickers. I love it!

    8. RS 1990 35 months ago | reply

      I'd like to see some building instructions for it someday!

    9. GavynRogers2pt0 35 months ago | reply

      Once i can get LDD or MLCAD

    10. GavynRogers2pt0 33 months ago | reply

      I'm working on a LDD model now.

    11. RS 1990 33 months ago | reply

      Thanks! Let me know when your finished!

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