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R.T.M. MABD 1602 'Reiger'


The R.T.M. MABD 1602 'Reiger' is the second motor vehicle from the first construction series.

Built in the fall of 1993, construction was completed on November 15, 1993 without specialized tools. 

This model was the first model built entirely with brass sheets and parts. 

It had, just like the M 67, M 1806 'Bergeend' and M 65 - ABP 422, a N.W.S.L. motor truck and an L.G.B. bogie. 

This motorcar was also sold to the R.T.M. in May 1997.

On September 25, 2021, R.T.M. MABD 1602 'Reiger' went back to the M.B.S. workshop for a complete overhaul involving a new HLW drive, new electrical installation, new windows, a new coat of paint and received a full damage repair.

All changes made by third parties after the sale in 1997 have been removed and the motorcar is

restored to its original state.

This eliminated, for example, the strange grilles in the lower windows of the engine room and also the sliding windows.

These sliding windows prevent the smoke generator from functioning properly.

On December 6, 2021, the restoration of the R.T.M. MABD 1602 'Reiger' was completed.

During this restoration, the cabin door on the left side of the engine was replaced, the roof grille above the engine room was replaced and the railcar was repainted.

Recovery report from R.T.M. MABD 1602 'Reiger'


The damage sustained is clearly visible on the steering position of the engine compartment side.


After the fan and a roof section above the engine compartment had been removed, the old and worn-out NWSL motor truck could be taken out.

What remains is an unusual view of the test track below.

On the right the partition wall with the steering position and on the left the smoke generator.

The engine compartment is also being restored, where sliding windows were glued that were not originally there, as well as the tinted lower windows.


The removed plastic left door, which will be replaced by a brass one.

All windows will also be replaced, but the pillars will be retained as far as possible.

It is clearly visible that the roof has been repainted in a not so flourishing and accurate manner (unfortunately).

The roof will also be stripped of the old layers of paint, so that the end result looks neat again.

The sheet metal has been stripped of layers of paint to allow soldering.


The space that became available when the old motor truck was dismantled has been filled again with the new motor truck.

For this purpose, a 1mm plywood plate had to be fixed to which the motor truck turns. This mounting method is the same as for all traction vehicles with the same drive.

The bogie sides are the same as those that have always been underneath.


A look into the engine compartment, where the plywood sheet is clearly visible.

The truck floor of the 1602 is slightly less than 10 mm thick, the pivot spot that is attached to the motor truck and where the wires protrude will later be concealed between these 10 mm.

The wires from the motor truck are then connected to a PCB, on which the switches for the lighting, the smoke generator, the drive motor and the main switch also are located.


Couplings are essential to be able to take other carriages with you.

Initially the 1602 was equipped with a miniature Vicinaux coupling with which all railcars and carriages from the 1st series was equipped.

In order to be able to take equipment with you that is equipped with the usual LGB coupling, mounting such a coupling is a solution.

For this purpose, the 1602 will be positioned more than 5 mm higher on the bogies and the buffers will be in line with standard LGB equipment.
The coupled car is the M.B.S. 276, used here for reference.

The new LGB coupling on the 1602 will be mounted 1 to 1.5 mm higher, so that coupling is smoother.

The first test drive with the new motor truck went successfully.

Once the electrical installation has been installed, I can have a test drive on the outdoor track to see whether the irregularities that occur on the outdoor track, don't cause any problems...


The painter has been busy removing the old layers of paint last week.

The roof largely has been cleaned, so that the sheet metal department can soon start repairing the damage.
The necessary (partly missing) parts have been ordered, such as new headlight lenses.
The old light bulbs will also be replaced by modern LED lighting, so that there are no disruptions

more could arise.


This is the steering position side with damage.

In the past, an attempt was made to resolder the head posts, but this is only possible on clean metal (i.e. without layers of paint or dirt).

The old light bulbs are clearly visible.

The roof part above the engine compartment will soon be closed with plastic roof, so that the engine compartment in which the blower is fixed creates an overpressure, causing the air flow to exit via the smoke generator and exhaust with smoke.

This construction is the original situation and is different from that applied to the engine compartments of the M.B.S. DIV,

R.T.M. M 1806 and M.B.S. D III...

For this purpose, the engine compartment must be (almost) airtight and must therefore contain no openings, such as sliding windows, etc., added later.


The entire roof has now been stripped of all old layers of paint.

This revealed that there were cracks in various soldered transitions of the roof parts, which were re-soldered.

The new LED lighting has already been installed on the other steering position side, as well as the PCB with switches under the motor car.


On Saturday October 9, the engine compartment has windows again, with the lower ones being properly tinted.

Furthermore, the entire engine compartment has been made (almost) airtight, so that the blower can create excess pressure to blow the smoke out of the smoke generator.

Not yet recovered from all the damage, MABD 1602 'Reiger' had a test drive on the M.B.S. garden railway on November 20th, 2021.
A few minor adjustments are still needed to ensure that the motor vehicle runs completely smoothly.
For the time being, the 1602 will go back into the workshop.

To be continued. 


To install the windows in the cabin on the engine compartment side, it was necessary to remove a fixed roof part.

This revealed another case of damage, which was plastered away after the round roof section was dented.
This was not the case when it was sold in 1997....
Then let's fix this right away while we're at it.

The new door is fixed also, as it was originally installed.


This dent in the round roof part is somewhat visible at the top left (next to the measuring rod).

Once the cabin windows have been installed, also put  the electrical wires from the top spotlight in place.
It's a good thing the roof hatch above the engine compartment is removable...


The roof part has now been "welded" back onto the railcar, everything has been returned to its original condition.
Soon nothing will be visible of the surplus solder, but this is the way the railcar was built initially.


An overview photo of the repaired damage, where the new door clearly stands out.

The partial styles are originally from the old door....
Both cabins also have new windows, the other parts of the motor vehicle also get these.


The R.T.M. MABD 1602 'Reiger' now has all the glazing installed and is ready for the painter in the workshop.

The lenses for the headlights are still in backorder and will be delivered soon.

In the back the M.B.S. EL 103 D IV which is in the workshop for winter overhaul.


The painter has now repainted a large part of the railcar.

The roof is gray again with red heads and the white is again bright in color around the windows.
Previously the paint was high-gloss, but now it has become silk matt.

This is because the paint is easier to repair if damaged.

A mounting solution still needs to be found for the removable roof part.
Please note, this motor vehicle is almost 30 years old (!).


Op het gewicht blok onder de motorwagen staat de lijst van gebeurtenissen chronologisch weergegeven.

Hierbij valt de notering van een aanrijding op...

Dit is niet de aanrijding waarvoor de motorwagen een volledige revisie benodigde, eerder lichte schade waarbij e.e.a. uit elkaar genomen moest worden.


The R.T.M. MABD 1602 'Reiger' is freshly painted in the M.B.S. workshop waiting for the last parts.
The company logos on the side walls are new, previously these were cut-out paper copies, now made on the PC and printed on decall waterslide paper.
The only disadvantage the white color is not printed, so the background has to be made white.

The white letters and numbers M1602 on both fronts were hand painted...


On December 6, 2021, R.T.M. MABD 1602 'Reiger' is ready for delivery to

the rightful owner, Stichting v/h Rotterdamse Tramweg Maatschappij in Ouddorp NL.

As mentioned before, they have owned my second model since 1997.

It is the first restoration in 28 years..!

The photo above shows the side that always drove towards Rotterdam.


Dezelfde motorwagen, maar nu de zijde die altijd van Rotterdam af reed, in dit geval richting Oostvoorne.
Met deze oplevering is dit tussen-project voltooid.
De motorwagen is volledig opnieuw geschilderd, waarbij alle kleuren in zijdeglans zijn, m.u.v. de roomwitte bovenzijde (hiervan was geen zijdeglans versie beschikbaar).

Voorts is de aandrijving, de beglazing, vier R.T.M.-logo's, het dakluik boven de motorruimte, de koppelingen en de elektrische installatie vervangen.
Wat origineel is gebleven is de beschildering van de 'Reiger'-afbeeldingen aan weerszijden en toegevoegd is de interieurverlichting.
Voordat de motorwagen werd overgedragen, is uitgebreid worden proef gereden op de M.B.S. tuinbaan, voor zover de weersomstandigheden dit toelieten.

Het restauratie project is gestart op 25 september 2021 en afgerond op 6 december 2021 en op 6 juni 2022 is de motorwagen overhandigd aan de rechtmatige eigenaar.

RTM handover Reiger .jpg
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