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Modeled after a type of Günther-Meyer German steam locomotive used up until the mid-1990s, MBV Schug said its next engine would be the Saxon IV K, a narrow-gauge engine with eight drivers.

The IV K was designed for the Royal Saxon State Railways’ 750mm narrow gauge (29½ inches). The unique 0-4-4-0 configuration placed the cylinders back-to-back on each side in the middle of the engine for better adhesion than the predecessor 0-4-0 and 0-6-0 locomotives.

750mm model: MBV Schug to build a 1:20.3-scale Saxon locomotive.

The initial Saxon IV Ks were designed in the 1890s, and 96 were built through 1921 by Sächsische Maschinenfabrik in Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany, to provide both freight and passenger service. After World War II, 20 of the 57 surviving locomotives were updated with new boilers (and sometimes new frames). These were used by Deutsche Railways through until almost the end of the century, according to the 2003 article, “104 Years on the Road,” in the German Lok-Magazin.

More than 20 of the Saxon IV K locomotives have been preserved by European railroad museums and preservation groups.

Schug’s model will be butane fired, 1:20.3 scale, 45mm gauge, in a limited edition of 70 locomotives. Each engine will be 17-inches long, 4-inches wide and 6-inches tall (454mm by 104mm by 156mm) and weigh almost 13 pounds. They are designed to navigate a 49-inch minimum radius curve (124.3cm — LGB R3).

Models will include a safety valve, pressure gauge, water-level indicator and drain cocks on the cylinders. The engine will come in two liveries — the Saxon IV K in green and the Reichsbahn VI K No. 99 589 in black.

MBV Schug, on the Web at http://www.accucraft.de/ and by phone at 011-49-6507-802326, says the price will be €4190 ($US5005).