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Lionel 2160 Rail Zeppelin Tin Wind-up by Schylling

Lionel 2160 Rail Zeppelin Tin Wind-up by Schylling
Lionel 2160 Rail Zeppelin Tin Wind-up by Schylling Lionel 2160 Rail Zeppelin Tin Wind-up by Schylling Lionel 2160 Rail Zeppelin Tin Wind-up by Schylling
Manf Stock # 2160
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Condition New
SKU 8339
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Description

The Rail Zeppelin was a famous German train that resembled the giant Zeppelin air ships. It was 85 feet long and propelled by a propeller! It did not pull any cars. On June 2, 1931, it set a new railway speed record by achieving 142.9 mph for approximately 20 km between Hamburg and Berlin. This one of a kind train was designed by Franz Krukenberg (1882-1965).

Krukenberg's "Schienenzeppelin" was built in 1929. The construction of the body was similar to the then popular Zeppelin air ships. It consisted of a framework of tubes, which was covered with aluminum on the nose and treated fabric on the rest of the body. The interior was Spartan. This train was built for speed, not luxury!

The Rail Zepelin was not put into production, but attracted attention wherever it went. The failure of the Rail Zepelin has been atributed to everything from the dangers of using an open propeller in crowded railway stations to competition with other high-speed train designs. The "Schienenzeppelin" was an important part of the evolution of high-speed passenger rail transport and continues to attract the attention of railroad fans and hobyists.

This model is constructed of tin and is powered by a wind-up mechanism. It can run on the floor or on O-gauge train track. It measures 12.5" long and includes the wind-up key and collector box.

This great wind-up is new in the box and has not been run.

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