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News and changes

Below all news items of 2023.

For news items of 2022 click here

For news items of 2021 click here


The M.B.S. workshop has started building motor carriage R.T.M. MABD 1801 'Sperwer'.
Motor truck, running bogie and frame already have been manufactured.
This unique motor carriage will be made entirely of plastic, a cheaper alternative to brass.
To be continued.


New page added, describing the former equipment.


Both Rh.B. carriages are sold.


All M.B.S. freight wagons have received new and uniform inscriptions on the frame beams.
These improved lettering make the cars recognizable better.


Both Rh.B. carriages are reserved for sale, so the sales page is no longer needed and therefor inaccessible.


M.B.S. series 700 flat wagons 2-axle is currently complete with the addition of flat car 703.
All towed equipment will receive new inscriptions on the frame beams on both sides, showing the company

and the wagon number.
Previously this was done temporarily with an Edding 780 white ink marker, but everything was handwritten.
This was not done equally neatly on every car.


M.B.S. 2-axle personnel car 902 has regained its old number 299, just like cleaning car M.B.S. 701.
The reason for this is that the series 900 'maintenance vehicles' as such has been discontinued and currently only exists administratively and due to the fact that the 299 is essentially a box car and the 701 is a flat car.


M.B.S. 2-axle flat car 703 recently has been purchased and soon will be added to the rolling stock.

Pictures are added with the description in series 700.


Official announcement for the construction of R.T.M. MABD 1801 'Sperwer'.

One good motor truck and one good non-powered truck have been successfully put together

from three old NWSL motor trucks.
The workshop is currently making the final adjustments to the new 'old' motor truck and non-powered truck, so that

their use wil stay reliable.
The non-powered truck has no traction, as mentioned earlier, it only picks up power from the track.
There is no agreement yet in the workshop about which building materials will be used.
Preference is given to brass, but this is quite expensive.
A cheaper and faster alternative is PS (plastic).
More about this later.


All traction equipment from the first construction series 1993-1997 on bogies had a NorthWest Short Line motor truck.
This American N.W.S.L. motor trucks from Hamilton Montana initially performed well, but after the motor worm gear slipped over the drive shaft sprocket, the drive became unreliable.
After some tinkering at the time and replacing the gears, reliability could be guaranteed for some time.
While it lasted because my tools at the time were far from optimal to solve this properly.
Fortunately, this is different today and with three old motor trucks I was able to optimize one.
A second motor truck has all the parts, but will not be used for traction.
It is a similar looking walking truck.
With this set the option is within reach to ultimately build R.T.M. MABD 1801 'Sperwer' this winter.
Luckily, the workshop has the correct construction drawings and most building materials are in stock.
For the time being, the completely overhauled motor truck will first be put on the test bench and the first tests were extremely positive.
To be continued.


Flat wagons M.B.S. 704 and 705 were delivered to the workshop today and will subsequently be adjusted in accordance with M.B.S. standards.
Furthermore, the higher serial numbers for the freight wagons have been changed and expanded with the series 500, 600 (administrative only), 800 and 900.
Series 700 is now assigned to the flat 2-axle vehicles.

Series 500 has been assigned to the self-unloader 501, series 800 to tank wagon 801 and series 900 to the maintenance equipment, consisting of 901 rail cleaning wagon and 902 personnel wagon/parts wagon.
This renumbering has an administrative reason and make future extensions easier.


Both beams for 704 and 705 flat cars are ready for assembly in the workshop.
They are composed of two old stakes clamped between two beams, this beam rotates on a round turntable that permanently is mounted on each car.


As a test, the theme colors of the website have been changed to shades of blue.
Share your opinion via or via the chat function at the bottom right of this site.


The News and Changes web page has been revised and divided by year from 2021 to present.
The 2023 news page only can be accessed from the menu bar, this will change next year to 2024, after which 2023 and earlier will only be accessible from the 2024 news page.


The M.B.S. 2-axle flat cars 704 and 705 recently have been purchased and soon will be added to the rolling stock.
Pictures are added with the description in series 700.
To be continued.


This M.B.S. site now also is available in the English language.
Translating was a pain-taking job to do, to foreign visitors with fantastic results.
Switching between languages can be made next to the FaceBook button.
All items were translated, this project has finished.


M.B.S. 710 self-unloader has been given a new rust brown paint job and O.E.G. features have been permanently removed.
Furthermore, the freight wagon receives more details and correct inscriptions.


An important implemented change of name had taken place on October 6 for the M.B.S. website:

from today onwards the website will be called: Model Buurt Spoorweg (Model Neighborhood Railroad)
This change had been on the management's table for some time, but the subscription for the website (domain name) was active too long to change it.
The old domain name will no longer be accessible after January 24, 2024.
The reason for this change is to prevent illegal future conflicts and this new name better reflects the objective.
Previously, the management could justify the old name Maas Buurt Spoor because Den Bosch is located on the Maas.


In the freight wagon file of the M.B.S. various changes have been made in order to form a more coherent set of wagons.

R.T.M. 296 closed 4-axle vehicle has been renumbered to M.B.S. 124 (this number is fictitious).

R.T.M. PD 299 postal baggage 2-axle wagon has been renumbered to M.B.S. 707 (fictitious) and also converted into a residential vehicle with cargo space for track maintenance.
O.E.G. 4141 2-axle self-unloader has been renumbered to M.B.S. 710 (fictitious) to supplement the track maintenance tram, together with M.B.S. 707.
The permanent locomotive for this specific work tram is M.B.S. 49 (fictional).


The construction of M.B.S. steam tram locomotive 45 'Venlo' postponed again after consultation due to the lack of a correct drawing.
This original drawing is located at the Stoomtram Documentation Center in Hoorn and has been requested.
This means that the construction of motor car EL 105 and car AB 12, D II, are being postponed.
This will be announced as soon as construction starts.


Both Rhaetian Railway carriages, which have been replaced by M.B.S. AB 1 and AB 7 are definitively for sale.

The carriages cost €250.00 each and can be purchased together for €450.00.
Both carriages no longer suits the current M.B.S. collection.

The sales page is here to find.


The B.S.M. motor car has a new owner as of September 21, 2023 and has been removed from the rolling stock list.


After a short contemplation, B.S.M. railcar is being sold, with the same reason it no longer suits the M.B.S. collection.
This city tram originally has served to my complete satisfaction and was prepared for digital driving.

Carriage M.B.S. B 27 has now been completed and put into service.


M.B.S. carriage B 27 is currently in the painting workshop, it has received the balcony screens and ends with the roof supports.

The balcony screens will also be given the blue color that the coach has had for some time now.

Furthermore, the 2nd class designation will be slightly enlarged for clarification.

After this, M.B.S. B 27 is delivered to put into service.


The M.B.S. has sold locomotive B.S.M. 10 as of September 15.
This machine no longer suits the M.B.S. collection and M.B.S. 45 'Venlo' soon will be ready with M.B.S. coaches AB 1 and AB 7 and

mail baggage car LE 101 to form a complete M.B.S. representing a steam tram from before 1932.


The last tropical day of 2023 feels like a kind of farewell to a nice and beautiful Dutch summer.

With a fairly nice spring, a somewhat wet summer and a beautiful late summer.

In the M.B.S. workshop it is very quiet, there are some construction orders in backorder, there are three projects that still need to be completed and there is still less than a meter of track in the garden.

This garden became overgrown several times last summer with stubborn weeds, which can only be cleared by hand because of 2 four-legged friends running around, luckily there is a reasonable supply of "Round-up".

The workshop's construction agenda is sparsely filled for the upcoming winter period.

Contrary to what was previously announced here, at first M.B.S. 45 'Venlo' is being completed.

Furthermore, research is still ongoing into an alternative energy supply for the traction vehicles.

Previously the focus was on DCC, but recent developments are looking in the direction of the battery supply, where each vehicle has its own energy source with remote radio control.

The big advantage of this form of traction is trouble-free driving, which eliminates the need to clean the rails and always allows you to drive on any 45mm track.

With M.B.S. project D II (EL 105 - AB 12) will only start next spring of 2024, after M.B.S. 45 'Venlo' being completed.

This tram will be equipped with a wood gas generator in the condition before June 19, 1944, which is the day the AB 12 crashed into a tree in Malden North.

The tram will be the last traction vehicle at the M.B.S. for the time being.

A visit to the R.T.M. as a donor is planned for September 30, 2023. in Ouddorp.

During this 'working visit', better and especially personal photos will be taken of tram set D I (EL 106 - AB 13), provided the opportunity exists.

This tram set from 1994 of the 1st construction series was built in 1997 as R.T.M. M 65 - ABP 422 sold and overhauled by third parties in Rotterdam at the beginning of this year.

The NWSL motor unit in particular caused a lot of problems, as I remember...

R.T.M. MABD 1602 'Reiger' is shown in the photo next to the R.T.M. M 65 - ABP 422.

After completing M.B.S. EL 105 - AB 12 D II, a new appointment will be made in the course of 2024 for a working visit to R.T.M. in Ouddorp, this time for a portfolio of all models resulting from the M.B.S. mail baggage cars series LE 101 - 106.

The LE 101 performing a mail baggage car, LE 102 as power car EL 102 D V, LE 103 as power car R.T.M. M 67 and LE 104 as motor car EL 104 in combination with AB 14 as D III.
LE 105 as a motor car EL 105 in combination with AB 12 and wood gas generator is under construction and I sold LE 106 in 1997 as motor car M 65 in combination with. ABP 422 m from the R.T.M. at the R.T.M. in Ouddorp.

The entire history of this series LE 101 - 106 can be read here.


To the technicians of the M.B.S. the idea of allowing rolling stock to run trouble-free and independently has been around for some time.

This is now possible in several ways and one of those ways is driving on batteries instead of consuming energy from the rails.

In addition, all rolling stock locomotives will eventually have to be equipped with decoders and/or receivers that control the motor current, which is expensive.
The great advantage of this form of energy supply is that any equal track gauge can be used regardless the power supply.

A thorough investigation into this is currently running, which also needs to be budgeted.
Because there no track installed in the garden that can be driven on, this is not being rushed yet.
As soon as a battery system with remote control has been established, one of the smaller machines will be converted on a trial basis.
To be continued.


On the home page of the website a small change was made.
The objective has been better formulated and the starting year 1993 is also shown; in fact, construction in scale IIm has existed for 30 years this year.
This was actually already in February 2023 when R.T.M. M 67 was old thirty years.
A lot has happened and changed in those thirty years, not only on model making terms.
We continue to manufacture models in scale IIm (1:22½), mainly with M.B.S. based, whether or not fictional.
Furthermore, the construction of the outdoor track is postponed and will not start until 2024.


Loco's M.B.S. 48 and M.B.S. 49 both are equipped with warning stripes on the buffer plates.
It emphasizes an industrial and individual appearance, which is an optical upgrade for both machines.


Locomotive M.B.S. 49 is fitted with an improved outer frame and larger buffer beams.
The final work will be installing the middle buffers, which are on backorder.


Locomotive M.B.S. 49 (former locomotive no. 5) currently in the workshop adapted for tram service, where

the locomotive gets an outer frame and new buffer beams.
These buffer beams are considerably larger and do not have brake line connections.
The locomotive is now covered in blue M.B.S. livery with new number M.B.S. 49.
The LED lighting has also been addressed to the locomotive.
A solution is still being sought for a working flashing light.
The locomotive will initially serve as a reserve for the R.T.M. M 1652 'Puttershoek', unless otherwise determined later.


Coach M.B.S. B 28 has been delivered, M.B.S. B 27 is almost ready and B.S.M. Locomotive 10 has new Schultz type 301 kerosene lanterns.
The management has definitively decided not to demolish N.B.M. locomotive 50 and had the machine stored away again.


On FaceBook, the group Maas Buurt Spoor, which runs parallel to this website, is linked to the website.
This link to the FB group has been added to the homepage using the FB symbol...


Carriage M.B.S. B 27 has been completely stripped of all old layers of paint in the painting workshop.
Next step is to reassemble three separate parts into one carriage body, after which it can be primed.
To be continued.


Coach M.B.S. B 28 has now left the painting workshop and lettering and detailing will follow.


The Management has released the option to chat directly via the website.
The weblog is under development, but will follow soon.
Implementing to social media such as Facebook, etc., already exists.
More news about this soon.



The decision has been taken at management level to remove both ex-Rh.B. to withdraw these coaches from sale with

the reason being the chronic shortage of passengercars.
Both coaches are going to be converted to M.B.S. new standards, ex-Rh.B. As 1161 to M.B.S. A 29 and

ex-Rh.B. B 2224 to M.B.S. B 30.
Both coaches will retain their Rhaetian Railroad colors for the time being, which will probably become gray-blue in the future.


The workshop has the old city tram G.T.N. emw 9 - ahr 107 dismantled for reusing purposes.
The balconies of both cars on one side have been removed and frame and structure shortened and adjusted in such a way both cars have been combined into one piece..
The remaining materials from the conversion have been stored.
This arisen Herbrands-type coach has two Herbrands bogies, closed balconies with folding doors and longitudinal benches along the entire length with room for a maximum of 32 passengers.
When put into service it will be given number M.B.S. B 28 with the same color scheme as M.B.S. B 27.
The released B-motor unit was initially going to be stored as a spare, now it was mounted under former locomotive 5, which was previously taken out of storage.

Former locomotive 5 now has been renumbered to M.B.S. locomotive 49.
The workshop will soon examine whether it is a feasible project to paint M.B.S. locomotive 49. with a new livery, in accordance with locomotive 48.
If no resources are available for this, the B-motor truck will be stored as a spare truck.


The moderator of the website has been busy giving the website a better layout.

Reason for this was that several parts and items appeared twice or even more.

In order to use the storage space on the server more efficiently, it was decided to renovate the site.
Each vehicle now has its own page with new photos, where everything is described inclusively

the construction report and any modifications.
This will cause the repair and construction reports and the references from the menu to the vehicles to disappear or replaced.
All videos that previously appeared on the site have also been removed.

These will return at a later stage, but in a version that consumes less file space.
This will also happen with the current photos, which are available in full size on the site...
Ultimately, the site will become a lot clearer and faster with a simplified menu.


The workshop has used the residual parts of M.B.S. 401 and 404 to reassemble flat car 702.
This flat car has a so-called short L.G.B. frame and is short-coupled with flat car 703.
Parts still need to be ordered for flat car 703, these are on backorder.
M.B.S. 702 has been added to the rolling stock file and changed in the rolling stocklist.


The workshop has coach R.T.M. B 1526 taken out of service so that it can be converted to M.B.S. B 27
Previously stated in this post it would be demolished with reuse of the frame, this has been rescinded.

Due to a shortage of passenger equipment, this coach will be completely rebuilt, after which it will be given a gray-blue color with green piping.


The workshop has delivered stake wagons M.B.S. 402 and M.B.S. 404.

The rolling stock list has been changed for this.
New stanchions are being ordered for the 404, these are on backorder.


The website has been reviewed for errors and corrected and supplemented where necessary.
Also a rolling stock list was added to the website, so that all rolling stock is visible on one page.
In the event of changes made to rolling stock (purchase, conversion, renovation, sale or demolition), this list will be updated immediatly.



The M.B.S. workshop is back in operation after a wonderful summer holiday.

The workshop has M.B.S. 281 and 282 successfully merged into a new 4-axle vehicle with number M.B.S. 403, making the 2-axle M.B.S. 281 and 282 have been permanently deleted from the rolling stock list.

The remains of the 281 and 282 has been removed.
The chassis of 282 has been refitted to tank truck M.B.S 706, which has been rebuilt and added back to the rolling stock list with this number.


Furthermore, in due course M.B.S. 402 and 404 will undergo the same conversion, both cars will be extended to the same length as 4-axle no. 403.
The current stake wagons from the series 401-404 are too short compared to the self-built equipment to appear representative.

Car 401 will be used to extend the 402 and 404, so that the number 401 will become available.
This number can be used again in the future, more about this later on.



Due to summer recess and other circumstances, current projects have been postponed until further notice.
In the workshop of the M.B.S. the other projects have been completed and delivered.
The construction of EL 105 power car and AB 12 control car will follow next.



Closed wagon R.T.M. 713 has been removed from the rolling stock database and replaced by M.B.S. 278, with this

series M.B.S. 275 - 278 is complete.



The website has been revised and checked for errors.
Navigation on the site now is via the menu bar at the top, the (unnecessary) menu buttons at the bottom of all pages have been removed.



In the workshop, coach M.B.S. AB 14 received a minor modification with refined lettering, lowered lamp outlets on the roof and more elegant handles.



The workshop has delivered coach M.B.S. AB 7.
The M.B.S. now own three self-built tram coaches of one series.



The sales page for second-hand rolling stock is online today and here to find



The workshop has delivered coach M.B.S. AB 1.
This is slightly earlier than planned, AB 7 will follow as soon as possible, so after 19-month this project can be completed.



The management gives it's approval for the construction of M.B.S. tram set. EL 105 - AB 12 D II.
Construction will not start immediately, but is reserved.
The reason for this parts still have to be ordered.



From railcar M.B.S. EL 104 of tram set D III, the circuit board has been improved and replaced beneath the motor car.
This was annoyingly visible fixed with on one screw, the PCB coming too close to the rails.
This story is written at the very bottom of construction report of the EL 104,



The coaches A1301 and B1306 are both for sale.
These are the LGB 33521 RhB salon car and the LGB 32522  passenger car.

Given the developments of the M.B.S. rolling stock, this is becoming more and more, the last (spare) engine block in stock and the completion of the EL101 - 106 series, the management is considering building tram set D II, because tram set D I was already built in 1994 and was completed in 1997 sold to the R.T.M. in Ouddorp as M 65 - ABP 422
In reality, both tram sets were technically equal, D I was built eleven months earlier than D II.

More news about this will follow in due course.

Coach B1526 (this is a self-built carriage based on an R.T.M. coach) will most likely also go on sale.

Closed cargo wagon R.T.M. 296, hopper barge O.E.G. 4141 and postal car R.T.M. PD 299 are already for sale.
A link to the sales page on this website is currently being worked on.


The layout of the website and the menu bar on the home site has been slightly changed to allow the sections to be classified under the correct chapters.

This change is also for administrative reasons.


Closed freight wagon M.B.S. 276 has been added to the rolling stock.

This is why B.S.M. 42 has been removed from the equipment database.
This change is for administrative reasons.


The workshop has resumed work on coaches AB 1 and AB 7 after more than 11 months.

This project has been given priority over all other works and/or projects in the workshop.


Motor car R.T.M. M 67 In due course, will have a completely new structure, with reuse of existing items.

The box of the motor car is no longer straight, even after replacing the old aluminum frame and the profile size 3x3mm is outdated and will be changed to 2½ x 2½mm in accordance with all other wooden railcars.

In addition, all woodwork is being replaced, the old is visually worn and is no longer representative

due to, among other things, a plank size that is too large.

Both grilles of the engine room and both roller shutters of the luggage compartment will be made of brass, instead of the current plastic versions.

The electrical installation remains unchanged, it was already replaced in July 2022.

The frame and cabinet (read: standing profiles and cornice) will also be replaced, the frame (replaced in July 2022 but slightly too long) will be shortened slightly from 448mm to 444mm.

The commencement of this project will be announced again in due course.



Motor locomotive M.B.S. EL 103 D IV has been renumbered to M.B.S. EL 102 D V.
The management came to this decision due to the fact R.T.M. M 67 essentially M.B.S. EL 103 D IV is it's origin.
Technically the D IV and the D V were the same, but to better show what the different stages were

from postal baggage car to motor car, the numbering of EL 101, EL 103, EL 103 and EL 104 is now

changed to EL 101, EL 102, EL 103 and EL 104.
The only duplicate in the equipment file is now M.B.S. EL 104 D III and R.T.M. M 1806 'Bergeend', these were one and the same motor car, converted from the M.B.S. EL 104 in 1936 and 1953/1954.
This is maintained because the difference between these two is much too large and M 1806 'Bergeend' is built earlier.

About the history of the M.B.S. / R.T.M. motor locomotives is an extensive article added.

This describes the conversion and history of the M.B.S. series EL 101 - 106 postal baggage trolleys of the M.B.S. to motor cars at the R.T.M. described, with many photos.



The necessary materials for, among other things, M.B.S. 45 'Venlo' now have been delivered, so that the workshop has started construction.

Construction is to be followed here.



The current collection of historical M.B.S. tram equipment will be expanded with steam tram locomotive M.B.S. 45, built

in 1913 by Aktien Gesellschaft Hohenzollern Lokomotivbau Düsseldorf-Grafenberg.

The locomotive had factory number 3046 and had the so-called 'Caledonian Blue' blue color trimmed with black-red piping, as

to the color scheme of the North Brabant German Railway, where it was also under maintenance for major repairs.

Locomotive 45 comes from the M.B.S. series 40-45 which were introduced in 1913 at the start of operation

delivered and bore the name 'Venlo'.

The first six machines from 1913 initially had no center windows on the end walls, but these were replaced

built in between 1913 and 1914 to improve the driver's view of the tram track.

In 1920, the 40-45 larger water tanks were installed and 2 identical machines were delivered with the

numbers 46 and 47, these two machines received the center windows from the factory.

All machines were equipped with a feed water preheater, a Knorr feed pump and

a superheater system Hope.

Series 40-47 matched the locomotive numbering of the N.B.D.S, of which 39 was the highest number.

An overview of this series of tram locomotives:

40       'Nijmegen'       3041       1913

41       'Puddle Mill'      3042       1913

42       'Gennep'          3043       1913

43       'Mountains'           3044       1913

44       'Arcen'              3045       1913

45       'Venlo'              3046       1913

46      'Mook'              4079        1920

47      'Fields'            4080        1920

For the technicians the technical data of these machines:

Length over the buffers        5250mm

Length without buffers          4300mm

Width                                  2200mm

Height                                   3250mm

Radstand                                 1800mm

Wheel diameter                            840mm

Weight                                       19 tons

These exceptionally strong locomotives did their job excellently between 1913 and 1944.

They could tow a gross train weight of 200 tons at a speed of 40 km/h

After the introduction of diesel-electric traction in 1934, the steam locomotives were systematically taken out of service until the delivery of the D V railcar in 1938, after which two locomotives stood as reserves, the rest were considered for demolition.

After the outbreak of WWII in 1940, the Germans stopped the supply of oil fuels and only rationed supplies were available.

Motor cars D I, D II and D III were all converted by Imbert between 1941 and 1943 to run on wood gas, D IV and D V were stored below ground level and out of range of fire.

The series 40-47 was 'taken out of the stable' and put back into service as best as possible, but they were no longer the neat and tidy machines from before the war due to inadequate maintenance.

In October 1945, engineer De Pater took stock of the condition in which the machines were found, locomotive 45 was then heavily damaged in Venlo...

Ultimately, locomotive 45 and locomotive 47 were irreparably damaged by war and the wrecks remained until mid-1947, after which both machines were demolished on site.

The precise start date of construction has not yet been determined, but will be announced in due course.

We are waiting for the materials and parts.

To be continued.



Due to an major network error with the provider, the M.B.S. website was down for some time.
Fortunately, this error has been corrected, it's possible to follow the developments of the M.B.S. again undisturbed.


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