Review: LGB 25910 Feldbahn Diesel Locomotive KJF

Published: 30 May 2016


Introduction:

LGB used to offer a nice variety of ‘Feldbahn’ rolling stock many years ago, but in recent years they didn’t offer anything.

So in 2013, LGB announced the #24140 steam loco, and a year later they announced another steam engine (#23130). Also in 2014, they announced the #25910 diesel locomotive which features in this review.

Unfortunately, the release of all three locomotives took a long time, with the #24140 steam locomotive being released at the end of 2015. The #25910 diesel loco and #23130 steam loco were finally released earlier this year.


Product Information:

  • Manufacturer: LGB
  • Article Number: 25910
  • Product Description: Feldbahn Diesel Locomotive KJF
  • Year of Introduction: 2014
  • Year of Delivery: 2016
  • MSRP (2016): € 179,99

Other Feldbahn style locomotives currently available:

  • 23130 Museum Steam Locomotive ‘Olomana’
  • 24140 Feldbahn Steam Locomotive KJF

Review:

I never bought any Feldbahn items before, so it’s all new to me!

LGB 25910 Feldbahn Diesel Locomotive KJF Review

LGB 25910 Feldbahn Diesel Locomotive KJF Review

The loco is wrapped in plastic, and sandwiched between two styrofoam pieces to protect the loco during transport.

LGB 25910 Feldbahn Diesel Locomotive KJF Review

Here she is!

LGB 25910 Feldbahn Diesel Locomotive KJF Review

The Deutz loco comes in a nice black and red paint scheme, with KJF lettering.

LGB 25910 Feldbahn Diesel Locomotive KJF Review

LGB 25910 Feldbahn Diesel Locomotive KJF Review

When looking at the pictures on my computer, I noticed the chimney was not fitted properly at the factory. Pushing it down with a little force fixed it.

LGB 25910 Feldbahn Diesel Locomotive KJF Review

The loco comes without the standard hook and loop couplers, which puzzled me a bit. I looked in the manual, but couldn’t find anything about couplers.

So apparently, the hook from a hook and loop coupler on another piece of rolling stock couples perfectly with the red buffer. The loco just isn’t equipped with hooks itself. Mystery solved…

LGB 25910 Feldbahn Diesel Locomotive KJF Review

Sharp lettering.

LGB 25910 Feldbahn Diesel Locomotive KJF Review

LGB 25910 Feldbahn Diesel Locomotive KJF Review

An engineer figure is seated inside the cab. The cab has some nice details.

LGB 25910 Feldbahn Diesel Locomotive KJF Review

According to the product page on the LGB website, the “motor and gear drive have been technically overhauled” compared to earlier versions of the Feldbahn models.

LGB 25910 Feldbahn Diesel Locomotive KJF Review

There’s a “Märklin” sticker on the bottom. Surprisingly, there’s not a single mention of “LGB” on the model.

LGB 25910 Feldbahn Diesel Locomotive KJF Review

Older Feldbahn locomotives featured a belt driven mechanism. The new drive mechanism shows a new metal driveshaft with black, plastic gears in place of the belt. The motor is also a completely new type.

Both axles are geared, and power is picked up from all four wheels and a set of pick-up shoes.

LGB 25910 Feldbahn Diesel Locomotive KJF Review

The driveshaft and gears shown in more detail:

LGB 25910 Feldbahn Diesel Locomotive KJF Review

I haven’t owned or run any Feldbahn engines in the past, so I can’t comment on how this new mechanism is an improvement over the old one.

What I can tell you is that the loco runs very well. It runs smooth, and power pick-up is as good as it gets with such a short wheelbase.


Conclusion:

I’m really happy LGB is bringing back some of their Feldbahn stuff, and I like this small Deutz diesel loco. It looks good, and runs well.

Unfortunately, the included manual provides very little info, and there’s no list of spare parts. So like other LGB models these days, you don’t know if you will be able to get spare parts for them in, let’s say, 5 years. I think that’s slightly worrying, so let’s just hope the new drive mechanism will last a lifetime.


Technical Details:

  • Operation: Analogue
  • Minimum Radius: 600 mm
  • Geared axles: 2
  • Gears: plastic
  • Traction tyres: No
  • Motor: Märklin
  • Power pick-up: 4 wheels, 1 set of pick-up shoes
  • Lights: No
  • Smoke generator: No

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