My biggest wish is to build a steam engine - and if I get to it; the engine I wish to build is FFJ 34, which is located at Limfjordsbanen, like the “closet” is.

Construction of the Frichs “square” from 1934:

When I started the build I thought I would have ready during 2013, and I was able to use it at season start 2014, but time passed and I got wiser :-)

The Frichs “Square” turned out to be some 2000 parts and which all where to be made by hand. The parts we haven’t done ourselves are and purchased are the electronics, engine, ball bearings, locking rings, chains and chain sprockets. Everything else is hand made, which is a long process, and we have made a lot of adjustments.

Biggest issue is the 5 axles, getting them through the curves and track switches. The current status is that we seem to have cracked this issue.

The Frichs “square” has 2 times 500 watt electric engines and later on it will be connected to a cargo wagon which also contains 2 times 500 watt engines and a generator, this will provide the train with a lot of traction.

We have decided to use a 2.4 ghz remote control, so the person which controls the train can be situated at the back of the train set, The train will also have a camera fitted so signals and other elements of the track are visible to the driver.

These informations, of the original train, are taken from

ML 1208 Frichs 1934
  • Frichs 6 cyl. dieselengine.
  • Dieselelectric.
  • Wheelbase 1,7 + 1,55 + 1,55 + 1,7 m.
  • Baggage compartment.
  • Decommissioned and scrapped 1969. –

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Construction of “The closet” a Breuer from 1929:

When I started the construction of the “Closet”, I/we made the decision that this train should contain as many recycle materials as possible, to prove that a train in scale 1:8 don’t need to an expensive task.

The first draft was build with an old electric hand drilling machine ( a bosch 14,4 volts) as driving force.

With the drilling machine the “Closet” the speed was approx. 4 km/h. With this construction the train could pull 2 adults and 2 kids.

We refitted the drilling machine with a 150 watt electric engine and now the speed has been increased to approx. 6 km/t and its still able to pull 2 adults and 2 kids.

The impulsion is on all 4 wheels so the contact to the tracks are good. The weight is approx. 35 kg. So the weight is relative good for transport etc.

We’re still missing some finish, but as my grandson gets older it will improve.

At present, the only cost for the train is paint and working hours. The rest has been recycled from old machinery.

These informations, of the original train, are taken from

M 1207 Breuer 1929

  • Breuer 4 cyl. gasolineengine.
  • Fra 1948 Bedford 76 hp 6 cyl. gasoline engine. Sæby 1957.
  • Fra 1959 Perkins 75 hp dieselengine.
  • Mechanical gear.
  • Wheelbase 2,7 m.
  • Sold in 1969 to Maskinfabrikken Toppenberg.
  • Sold in 1971 to DSB (bafd).
  • Sold in 1973 to DJK (LFB). Aalborg 1981-2012. –

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A little about my “dream”-machine

(FFJ) 34 Henschel 1916
  • Outside cylinders with circular sliders, exterior Heusinger control, 2 Pop safety valves superheater sandbox on the boiler back screen from the tender to the cab roof, vacuum brake on the machine screw brake on the tender.
  • Provisioned in 1953.
  • Provisioned in 1962-66 in the town of Aså.
  • Sold in 1966 to Vesterkæret School.
  • Sold in 1973 to DJK.
  • Moved 16/6-73 to APB depot in Aalborg.
  • Restoration done 31/7-82.
  • Aalborg 2002 –

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