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Recently ordered three PIKO two-axle bier wagens: Hasseroeder, Kulmbacher, und Erdinger. These cars are 350mm (14") in length, and have twin buffers. They should look good behind my PIKO BR 24! Hopefully, my LGB postal baggage van with its two red lanterns can bring up the rear as a sort of brake van! PROST!

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mceclip1Although Germany is famously and rightfully  known as a bier consuming nation, it actually lags behind the Czech Republic in terms of per capita consumption! This has been true for many years, and the world's original pale lager bier, known as Pilsener Urquell, was first brewed in its namesake town, Pilsen in 1842. It has consistently been rated as one of the top beers in the world, made with the famous Saaz hops, locally grown barley, and notably soft water. The ETS tinplate O gauge Pilsner Urquell bier car is shown on the left, while the Merkur tinplate O version is on the right in the photo above.  Both ETS and Merkur are Czech companies. Since LGB and PIKO are both German concerns, they are unfortunately not likely to promote a Czech bier! I should make it clear there are also a number of excellent German pils varieties, and LGB  has produced a few of those bier cars. Bitte, ein pils! Prost!


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Schoene bierwagen, Art!  In addition to collecting trains of all scales and eras, I'm also a homebrewer... which has greatly influenced my purchase of freight wagons over the years to the point where I've amassed more beer wagons than any other type of freight.  (And yes, my dream layout will have a brewery once finished!  )  Thanks for the pix!

I have been a home brewer and once even did my own mashing and sparging. WHEW! What a process! I prefer lager so cold fermentation was also a hassle. Making a really good wine from concentrates in a pre-conditioned 55 gallon oak barrel was much easier than making beer. Now I pretty much stick with the cold-shipped Pilsner Urquell in the new brown bottles, which protect the product from UV rays. Cannot understand the use of clear or green bottles by any brewer!

Mickey's Malt Liquor, Lowenbreu (?), and Rolling Rock were the earliest green glass brews I can recall. The former has some obvious Irish marketing flair.  Maybe it was to more clearly show off the clearness and modern  filtering?  I think stock revolves faster than it used to also.

I love the billboard art, but I never loved "clear beer".  I do like a stout if thick enough to chew on, but that's rare in the states. For me it's reàlly about the art, Art; so thanks for showing them.

daylight posted:

hello Art, nice beer wagons (bier wagens)

May I ask, where are you from.  I did look in your profile

DAYLIGHT: Born in Bushwick section of Brooklyn, NY and raised there and in Woodhaven, Queens, NY until age 18. We then moved to Hicksville, Nassau County, NY  until I left for my US Army service at 19, and never returned for permanant residence. Became a Southerner (Alabama (1965-1970), Tennessee (1970-present), and North Carolina (1993-2002). I still own a train depot home in Western North Carolina (1997-present). Still miss the excitement of NYC and the multiple railroads I grew up with, especially the LIRR, NYC, PRR, LACKAWANNA, and NHRR, and of course, the great subways and els! Also Radio City Music Hall and the Broadway shows!

Well Art, I thought for sure you were from somewhere in Europe based on your knowledge of

trains from those regions.  Glad I'm not a betting man.

Thanks for all of your comments

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