Railroad German Steam

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        In 1972 steam locomotives were still an important part of the railroad's motive power. .



     Locomotives at the engine maintenance facility in Tübingen, Germany

Generally called The Eisenbahn (iron roadway) years ago in Germany, railroads began to change transportation in Germany in 1838 when the first train travelled between two cities. Steam remained the primary power until the late 1940s when diesel and electric propulsion began to be increasingly introduced on the the West German railroad then called the the Bundesbahn. In the late 1950s, planning began to phase out all the remaining approximately 5,000 running steam locomotives in service over the next ten years.

That timetable was slightly delayed primarily on some of the secondary passenger and freight lines. The delay allowed these photos to record some of the steam action in 1972. The southern German cities of Tübingen and Reutlingen were among those where steam locomotives operated the longest. In 1975, the Bundesbahn's last steam powered passenger express train was on a northern German route and two years later the last freight train powered by a steam locomotive made its last run.


Left Photo: Engineer ready to depart the station with a passenger train.

Center Photo: Locomotive fireman shoveling coal into the firebox as his freight train departed from Tübingen.

Right Photo: Engine of the freight train waiting in a siding for the oncoming local passenger train to pass.



Locomotives were fueled and ready for service in Tübingen, Germany



The era of steam railroad locomotives still survives in Europe for the enjoyment of railroad and steam power enthusiasts riding the special steam trains or watching them pass by.




According to the creator of the film, T. Sohns of Germany, the steam power was, "Rebuilt in the 1950s by the German Federal Railway (DB), 01 1066 and 41 018 are among the most modern and successful German steam locomotives. Both are equipped with oil burners. Whilst express train locomotive 01 1066 is a 3 cylinder 4-6-2 Pacific cleared for 140 km/h (87 mph), fast freight engine 41 018 is a 2 cylinder 2-8-2 Mikado cleared for 90 km/h (56 mph). On October 21, 2006 at 2:10h pm and 4:48h pm the two engines battled gravity with 12 coaches in tow on the famous 2.5 percent Schiefe Ebene grade (Neuenmarkt - Marktschorgast) North of the town of Bayreuth not far from the German-Czech border. Both runs were recorded from different perspectives at the reverse curves near to kilometer post 80 - this video shows the 2:10h pm run. The tour was organized by IGE Bahntouristik, www.bahntouristik.de."


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