The first highlight of the year: 175 Years Anniversary of the Royal Bavarian State Railways
After the takeover of the Royal Privileged Ludwigs-Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft (Nuremberg-Fürth) 1841, the state railways history began through the foundation of the Royal “Königlichen Eisenbahnbau-Kommision in Nuremberg”. Along with the nationalisation of the “München-Augsburger Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft”, the Royal Bavarian State Railways were founded in 1844.
The Royal Bavarian State Railways initially focused on the construction of three main lines:
• The Ludwig-Süd-Nord-Bahn from Lindau to Hof with connection to the railway network of Saxony.
• The Ludwigs-West-Bahn from Bamberg via Schweinfurt and Würzburg to Aschaffenburg with connection to Hessen.
• The Bavarian Maximilian Railway created an East-West connection from the border to Württemberg near Neu-Ulm, via the existing Augsburg-Munich line to Austria.
The state railway network was further expanded and soon connected all major cities of the Kingdom of Bavaria. The rural regions were also being developed and received a widely branched local railway network. By the end of the First World War, the Royal Bavarian State Railways became, with a route network of 8526 kilometers, the second largest German national railway.
After the end of the monarchy in November 1918, the predicate "Royal" of the railway administration name was omitted. On April 1, 1920, the Bavarian State Railways were taken over as “Gruppenverwaltung Bayern” by the German Reichsbahn. This was part of a state treaty.
In the era of the K.Bay.Sts.B some new designs and constructions of locomotives and wagons marked important milestones in history. There is for example, "The Queen of the steam locomotives" of the Bavarian locomotive type S 3/6, built by the locomotive factory J. A. Maffei in Munich (first delivered in 1908) – which is considered the unrivaled beauty of the German steam locomotives for their unique construction, even today.
The matching “Prinzregenten” wagon was bought because the previous model has given rise to complaints about shocks and fluctuations. The sovereign passengers had found this extremely uncomfortable. In the Roco theme year a detailed replica of the two vehicles appears (Art. No. 61471, 61472, 61473).
Innovative ideas were also available when it came to optimization of the traffic on the local railways. There was an additional door installed at the back of the steam locomotive Pt 2/3 (Art. No. 74900,74901, 74902), allowing the stoker to come on the train and to take over the duties of the locomotive driver. Also this model appears under the article numbers 73052, 73053 and 79053 technically and optically in the Roco program.
As a supplement to the Pt 2/3 suitable passenger wagon will appear (Art. No. 74900, 74901, 74902). If you want to upgrade the passenger train to a GmP, ie a freight train with passenger transport, you will receive the right wagon material with the freight wagon set 76094 and the supplementary wagon 76774. So you can get this special anniversary on your model railway layout or in your collection.
The mentioned models will be released throughout the year and the start will be made by the unique beautiful set of the steam locomotive S 3/6 with the "Prinzregenten" car at the beginning of February.
In order to make your mouth water a bit, we have already taken a look behind the scenes and also provided plant pictures of the following models for clicking through: