Found a like-new brown LGB boxcab 2045 electric loco. It will be delivered this Friday. Our own Mr. Kelly-Evans has a nice U-tube video posted of this loco. It is basically a croc without the front and aft "snouts"! 2000 of these models had Eberhard Richter's initials stamped on the front cab's doors. I do not know if my model has the initials, as I did not ask.

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For those not knowledgeable about the origin of the LGB brand, it was started by two brothers, Eberhard und Wolfgang Richter. The main factory was located at Saganer Strasse in Nuremburg (Nurnburg) then West Germany in 1968. After bankruptcy, the brand came under Marklin's control and most production is now in Hungary.

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It is an exact model of an actual early Rhatische Bahn (RhB) electric loco on that famous meter gauge Swiss railway. Their early electric locos were painted brown, including their famous "baby" crocodiles (see photo of this LGB model below).

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The LGB 2045 is a model of the RhB Ge2/4 boxcab number 205.  This engine was originally delivered in green with no cab end doors.  It was eventually rebuilt with the unique end doors while its sisters were either given switcher bodies or upgraded.  So, itโ€™s a one of a kind loco in effect. MLGB has since made the other variants and road numbers of the Ge2/4.   The original 2045 was released by LGB around 1985.  My collection of the variants.

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RhB modern boxcab 221 originally the 203 (1913) rebuilt to 221 (1946)   

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RhB 205 built 1913 rebuilt with end doors 1929   Original LGB 2045    

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Rhb 202 as delivered green built 1913 rebuilt to switcher 211 in 1943   

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RhB switcher 211 rebuilt from boxcab 202 in 1943   

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RhB switcher 212 Late Orange rebuilt from boxcab 206 in 1946   

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RhB 213 Late Orange rebuilt from boxcab 201 in 1943    

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RhB switcher 212 rebuilt from boxcab 206 in 1946   

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RhB 203 built 1913 rebuilt into modern boxcab 221 in 1946    

 

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GOOD/BAD news: My 2045 was cosmetically perfect and it ran nicely for about 35 minutes, then it slowed down and started sounding like the gears were flying apart and I quickly shut off the power. Then I tried running it in reverse and it ran smoothly as before for about ten minutes until it started making the gear noises again. Then I found the traction tire that had been thrown off and I replaced it with the only one I had in that size (46mm). Engine then ran in reverse fine. Checked the second tire and it basically crumbled off. So I am awaiting a replacement from my dealer for it. Hoping it will allow my engine to run forward again!

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From my many years running LGB locos, I found maintenance to be very simple. 

Dan Padova

 

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Alas, after replacing the motor and idler gears, and while inserting the drive wheels into the frame, I got a little "ham-handed" and sheared off two of the brushes from their spring-loaded holders, and thus have ordered a replacement set! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‘

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Alas, engine running but not as smooth as I would expect. ๐Ÿ˜ Possibly has a traction tire problem, as the new Marklin/LGB traction tires (brown) are half again as thick as the older (yellow) ones. Will try running without the tires later today.

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Decided to replace the traction driver wheelset with a regular set. This engine has adequate weight to have sufficient traction without those troublesome tires! Since Marklin/LGB produced several later iterations of the 2045, they are very likely to have the wheelsets as replacement parts.

 

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The LGB 2045, much like its sister 2040 baby crocodile, is a highly detailed model and includes a lok driver. If it were not such a nice looking loco, I would not have put so much effort into repairing it. The wheelset will take 6-8 weeks to arrive from Germany as my supplier uses bundling with small parts orders for economy reasons.

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