Published: 15 November 2016
In 2007, LGB announced the HSB “Köf II”, a standard gauge switcher converted to narrow gauge for the Harz Narrow Gauge railways. Being a fan of the HSB, I was interested in buying the model. After many delays, the HSB Köf eventually was released. Unfortunately I didn’t have the budget at the time, so I decided to save up and buy it later. Tough luck, it was already sold out. I’ve been looking for it ever since, but they are hard to get. You can imagine how excited I was to see a new version of the HSB Köf being announced by LGB at the beginning of 2016. This time I immediately ordered one as I didn’t want to miss out.
Yesterday the package finally arrived, and today I shot some pictures for this review. The plan was to write a full review of the model. Not just to talk about the exterior, but even more because I wanted to learn what the Märklin “mfx” decoders are all about. As you might know, most LGB locomotives nowadays come with an mfx decoder installed from the factory. There has been a lot of talk about these decoders, and a lot of misconceptions. Getting this loco meant I could do some articles on mfx as well (what many of you requested).
When I was selecting the photos to use in the review, I spotted that the lettering below the window on the right side of the cabin wasn’t applied properly (you can see it on one of the photos near the end of the page). I am not comfortable paying over 400 euros for something that is not perfect. And since about half of the LGB products I ordered in the past few years have had some kind of fault or defect, I will ask for a refund on this locomotive. As much as I want this loco, sometimes you need to vote with your wallet. That’s the only way to require a manufacturer to up their game.
So unfortunately I won’t be able to do a full review on this loco, and I cannot dig deeper into the “mfx” decoders. I’ll see if I can still make this happen in another way.
- Manufacturer: LGB
- Article Number: 21935
- Product Description: Diesel Locomotive Köf II, HSB
- Year of Introduction: 2016
- Year of Delivery: 2016
- MSRP (2016): € 449,99
Note: The model appears yellow-ish on the pictures. This is NOT the case in real life, the LGB model is orange. The orange colour doesn’t get picked up correctly by my (rather old) camera.