Furka-Oberalp Tm 2/2 Switcher
We have installed an MRC DCC decoder in the switcher, hiding it inside the front engine compartment. While we usually have the locomotive working in the yard, it sometimes pulls short freight or maintenance trains. We've only had minor problems with the switcher. The headlight has burned out, but it was easily replaced. Also, the yellow handrails are made of soft plastic and bend easily.
The PrototypeThe Furka-Oberalp-Bahn is a narrow gauge mountain railway in Switzerland. It runs a variety of locomotives powered by both diesel engines and overhead electrical catenary wires. The railroad first opened in 1910 and has been expanded multiple times since. The line uses a gauge of 1,000mm (about 3.28'), compared to the 1435mm (about 4.7') standard gauge. On Janurary 1, 2003, the Furka-Oberalp-Bahn merged with fellow Swiss narrow gauge railway BVZ Zermatt-Bahn to form the Matterhorn-Gotthard-Bahn. One of railroad's most famous trains is the Glacier Express, a 7.5-hour scenic trip through the Alps.
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