@Fatman - can you provide a few close-ups of the locomotive & tender? How does she run?
Also, I never heard of an "Inertia Motor " before...looks interesting, but what does it do? If you tell me it runs something related to your trains, I will keel over!
Thanks for the enlightening!
Hi Tom !
Firstly I have to clarify ... I only have found the two passenger carriages pictured .. the loco and freight set up are pictures I found from an article in a local German online magazine , that was pay-walled so therefore I couldn't access the article , but I could google search for the images in it ( Nothing escapes my google-fu lol)
The Magnificent specimen of Godliness @Arne has emailed me overnight with copies of the article in the magazine and a wonderful translation! From the information Arne sent it appears that streamline fellow turned up in 1991 to the curators of the Oldenburg Museum who were organising an exhibition of toys " Children's Dreams...Toys from the last hundred years"
Since then only a few items of provenance have turned up and a lot more questions than answers have presented themselves , but the author of the magnificent 7 page article presented the timeline of the modern search for information and through one document could actually prove the existence of August Ottenjann and his presence as an entrepreneur and sheet metal maker who had a workshop in Oldenburg from 1948 until his death in 1967 ... he was only in his 50's and it was postulated that like many in the post war toy boom he made toys to establish his business , however that business seemed to move on fairly quickly into a regular fabrication enterprise ... apart from that one document the rest of the story is oral , and not very dense in information ...
Amazing that such a thing could virtually disappear without leaving much of a trace .
Ok .. to Inertia Motors ! .... these were a quick phase in the early 1910's to 30's and were presented as an alternative to messy and dangerous steam engine toys for children ... several makers , Hess, Tipp & Co , and Wm. Kraus all made versions .. basically the are an enclosed heavy flywheel connected thru an amazing array of tin cut and cast alloy gears to enable them to be sped up to a hefty amount of RPM's where the input energy is then stored by the flywheel to be released via a secondary clutched gearing line to a pulley from which could be driven the same toys that were powered by steam engines of the day ...
Sadly they only run at usable power for a minute or two at best , but the infinite joy of cranking them up , feeling the raw power and the whining muted roar of the flywheel as it accelerates and runs down is a joy to behold LOL!
In essence they were the supercharged early brothers of all the "Friction-drive " toys of the 70's we all were disappointed by
Of all the models the most common are the Hess ones , they aren't hard to find , but they have 4 different ones ( I am missing one version ) , Kraus produced 2 diff designs (I still need to find one) , Tipp&co just the one ( gottit!)
J.L. Hess Dynamobil
And interior ( diff one but same model )
and another before cleaning .. yuck !!
Tipp & Co .. the TippMobil ( how original lol )
And the Kraus seen in earlier post
Examples of accessories I have ...
( and this is where your mind gets blown .. yes they can be part of a layout lol ...)
A windmill made by Bing c1910
A roller grain mill by Hess ...
And naturally more modern steam mill accessories from Wilesco, Mamod or Arnold
Site with info ... https://www.hesstintoys.com/dyna1.html
They were sold with different applications and uses ...
Too Kool for Skool !!!!