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Open 24/7 online
Showroom open 930am to 430pm
202 Bong Bong Street, Bowral, NSW 2576
(Closed Sunday and Public Holidays)
Call us on 0248712966

MINITRIX - 16982 - Classes 796 Powered Rail Car and 996 Control Car

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Classes 796 Powered Rail Car and 996 Control Car MINITRIX - 16982 N Gauge

Classes 796 Powered Rail Car and 996 Control Car Rail Cars N gauge

Prototype: German Railroad, Inc. (DB AG) combustion powered rail car (VT), road number 796 702-9, with control car (VS), road number 996 778-7. Dual motor design, built starting in 1955. Used in commuter service (branch lines). The cars look as they did around 1996.


Open view through the cars

mfx/DCC decoder with analogue recognition

Sound generator with extensive sound functions

Continuous lighting with LEDs

Product description Model:

The cars have frames constructed of die-cast metal.

The motor car has a motor with a flywheel. Both axles on the motor car powered.

The cars have a digital decoder and a sound generator for operation with mfx and DCC.

Maintenance-free LEDs are used for the headlights, marker lights, and interior lighting.

They work in conventional operation, and they can be controlled digitally.

There are rear view mirrors for one-man operation.

There are special operating couplers between the cars.

The motor car can also be used by itself.

Reproduction non-working prototype couplers for installation on the ends of the train are included.

Total length over the buffers 175 mm / 6-7/8".

Prototype information

Unforgettable Branch Line Growlers. The experiences with the single-motor class VT 95 (later the class 795) rail busses developed by the firm Waggonfabrik Uerdingen proved the basic suitability of these units for the urgently necessary modernization of branch line service. At the same time, the class VT 95's power plant was too weak for routes with grades, particularly when operated with trailer units. For that reason, three prototypes of the class VT 98.9 (later the class 798.9) rail bus equipped with two 150 horsepower / 110 kilowatt Büssing motors followed a year later. These units fulfilled to a large extent the expectations set for them. However, the three test units still had Scharfenberg center couplers and lightweight spring-loaded metal straps for protection against contact with locomotives and cars with regular buffers. Delivery of the regular production two-motor class 98.95 (later the class 798.5) rail busses began in 1955. Compared to the test prototypes, the 329 units built were equipped with newly developed frames for the wheel sets with improved running characteristics as well as standard prototype couplers, regular buffers, and a standard design brake system. This enabled these more powerfully motorized rail cars to also pull transfer freight cars if necessary. In addition, the VT 98 units had a form of multiple unit control that enabled not only shuttle operation, but also the control of a motor car at the other end of the train. Suitable control cars (VS 98) and trailer cars (VM 98) were also placed into service to go with these powered rail cars. These crimson rail bus sets quickly defined the look on German branch line routes, where they quickly replaced the trains that previously were still hauled by steam locomotives. The Uerdingen rail bus sets left an enduring impression on the memory of many railroad passengers: For decades, these red growlers were synonymous for mobility in rural areas. The hearts of many railroad users still belong to these lovable "branch line saviors" from the time when they were placed into service.

Digital Functions

DCC      and      MFX



Diesel locomotive op. sounds                                                     

Interior lights                                                    

Direct control                                                    

Sound of squealing brakes off                                                    

Rear Headlights off                                                         


Front Headlights off                                                       

Station Announcements                                               

Letting off Air                                                    

Conductor's Whistle                                                       

Doors Closing                                                    

Toilet being flushed                                                        

Light Function                                                   

Special sound function                                                  

Replenishing fuel                                                             

Special sound function                                                  

Light Function1                                                

Light Function 2                                               

Station Announcements                                               

Station Announcements                                               

Station Announcements                                               

Horn blast 1                                                       

Horn blast 2                                                       

Train radio                                                          


Rail Joints                                                           

Sound of Couplers Engaging                         

Classes 796 Powered Rail Car and 996 Control Car MINITRIX - 16982 N Gauge

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