A review of Trix's Bavarian DXI
Please note that this review is my own personal opinion.
Author: John Oxlade, Salfords, Surrey, United Kingdom (email:
The model is available in 3 versions (as well as in sets):
|DRG 98 526||22414|
|K.Bay.Sts.B. 2749||22405 (illustrated below)|
Brief information on the prototype
- With 139 examples, the DXI was the largest class of branchline locomotive the K.Bay.Sts.B. had.
- K.Bay.Sts.B. number 1991, built by Krauss was the first, but several of the batches were built by Maffei.
- 98 507 is preserved outside Ingolstadt station, but rumour has it that it will be returned
to working order.
Appearance of the model
- Overall, the model's appearance is excellent, and is one of the better ready-to-run models on the market.
- The proportions of the model look right compared to photographs of the prototype.
- I personally think that the black paintwork (on the DRG version) is too shiny, but other than that, the finish
- It has NEM pockets at both ends, but they are not on close coupling mechanisms.
- The wheels are blackened and reasonably fine, and run OK on code 75 track.
- Most of the cab is clear, but there is no interior detail.
- Converting the prototype measurements to 1:87 (HO scale), there is a slight
discrepancy in the overall wheelbase (2mm too long), but otherwise, it is a very accurate scale model.
Details obtained from a review in eisenbahn Modellbahn magazin, December 1990
- The model runs reasonably well, but the motor is rather noisy - this seems to be common with Trix locos.
sb modellbau make a Faulhaber re-motoring kit for the DXI, but it isn't cheap.
- They're not exactly cheap (about £125 each), but it is a very nice little locomotive.
- Compares very well with photographs of the prototype. Put another way, it looks right.
- If you have a model of a Bavarian branchline, you shouldn't be without one, from a purely statistical
point of view, you should have more DXI's than Fleischmann GtL 4/4's.
[ last updated 31st Dec 2003 ]