German Panzerlok BR57 Armoured Locomotive (Trumpeter)

This is the Trumpeter 00219 kit in 1/35 scale, of the ‘German Panzerlok BR57 Armoured Locomotive’.

German Panzerlok BR57 Armoured Locomotive


Germany had used armored trains in WWI, but prior to the start of WWII the armored train was seen as something of a relic by the German defense force, the Reichswehr, and its government renamed successor in 1935, the Wehrmact.

The Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft (DRG), or German National Railway between 1920 and 1945, saw armored trains as a way to preserve and advance a military presence. By keeping a strong military face on this state owned railroad.

The BR57 armored trains locomotive was actually based on the Prussian series G10 locomotive first built in 1910 and featuring an 0-10-0 wheel arrangement.

Source: Trumpeter website