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Basis of the models
Salon üm / WGsm Officers Coaches
WRüm Restuarant Car
WRm Restaurant Cars 
DB Standard Coaches 
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Background & Initial Considerations

The lack of any sufficiently accurate, ready-to-run models of the Berliner currently prevents the representation of this iconic service in model form; while future developments may one day change this situation, for now the only way to model the Berliner is by using the standard DB models available on the market today as the basis of an extensive modelling project. Fortunately the RCOT ordered their rolling stock to conform with standard DB construction details and overall dimensions, meaning that existing scale models of DB express passenger coaches can be readily used as the basis for very accurate models, and thus the creation of a worthy representation of the service. 

The purpose of this project is to model the Berliner as it ran during the summer of 1987. At that time, the service was operated in the following formation:

  • RCOT Salon üm - Officers coach  
  • DB Dms 905 - Baggage van, standard DB coach  (ACME 90032)
  • RCOT WRüm / WRm - Restaurant Car
  • DB Am 203 - First Class standard DB passenger coach (Roco 44747, adapted)
  • DB Am 203 - First Class standard DB passenger coach (Roco 44747, adapted)
  • DB Am 208 - First Class standard DB passenger coach (Roco 44747, adapted)

The only two "special" coaches required are the two RCOT vehicles, while the others can be obtained more-or-less off-the-shelf. The 1st class DB coaches (Roco 44747) are only readily available in 200km/h versions as Am 203.1, so these will need to be re-lettered with the correct type designation of Am 203.0, maximum speed of 140km/h, revised brake gear inscriptions, home station designation of Braunschweig, and correct MD33 bogie frames without magnetic track brakes or yaw dampers.

How many RCOT coaches to model, and in what versions, is another consideration. The two officers coaches were identical and both RCOT blue and DB blue / cream livery schemes were attractive and long-lived. Only one ever ran at a time in the Berliner, the other being used for gaurd duties on frieght trains, or simply kept in reserve.

Of the three restaurant cars built, all had different internal layouts or brake, bogie and entrance step configurations, but all use essentially the same bodyshell. Normally only one would run in the Berliner, but on occasions when the service was expected to be particularly busy a second restaurant car would be added.

The number of coaches and versions that would be needed to represent the Berliner coach fleet appropriately would be as listed below

  • Salon üm and WRm (140km/h) in RCOT Blue, computer lettering, large-format Union Jacks and "Berlin Regiment" flagboards  
  • WGsm in DB ocean blue / cream, computer lettering, large format Union Jack flagboards 
  • WRüm (140km/h) in DB ocean blue / cream, computer lettering, large format Union Jack flagboards (as preserved in Hull)
  • WRm (160km/h), same version as WRüm
  • 2x Am 203.0 in DB ocean blue / beige, 140km/h max speed, MD33 bogies, Heimatbahnhof Braunschweig, small format flag boards
  • 1x Am 208 as above for Am 203.0 

Links to the pages detailing the progress with each of these models are provided at the top of this page.