Why this site?
It's a fact that almost all available sources of information on
German railways (books, magazines, websites, etc.) are in German. This
means that if you do not have a good knowledge of this language, it is
rather inconvenient to
the dictionary each time you have to find out something!!
Therefore I originally prepared some "syntheses" (in Italian) for my personal use to ease this task. Then I felt that I have to share them on the web (in Italian) for the benefit of fellow enthusiasts, because I felt that most of them probably need some organized information, too.
The next logical step was to share them with all enthusiasts worldwide...
This site covers approximately the years from 1880 to 1980 and it
is not, neither it aims to be, an encyclopedy of German railways.
It simply would like to give modellers and life-size trains
- short, basic information about the evolution of German railways
- a comprehensive picture of German rail vehicles
- basic informations on those infrastructures (signals, catenary) that are a key for
a better layout
Please, address any question, suggestion, etc. to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Help from other modellers and train enthusiasts is welcome and proper credit will be given.
The column on right shows the "areas" the site is divived in,
and the "chapters" within each area. As you can see, the lion's share
goes to locomotives and rolling stock, reflecting the main area of
interest for enthusiasts. Anyway, in a "railway" site it's important to
provide an historical perspective and illustrate at least the key
those infrastructures that are crucial for train circulation (e.g.
Important! The site is under construction, therefore only this page, "References", and "Links" are currently available.
Translation of other pages is ongoing since completion level of the Italian site starts to look satisfactory enough.
Hereunder a space is provided for updates (example of Italian pages)...
- Overview of unified steam locos for passenger trains has been
completed: Class BR 23.10 DR "profile" has been uploaded
- Profile of different Class BR 57s have been uploaded:
a) BR 57.3-4 (Württemberg Klassen H and Hh)
b) BR 57.5 (bavarian Class G 5/5), the most powerful Länderbahnen
5 axle locomotive for goods trains
c) BR 57.10-35, the famous prussian Class G 10!
- completion of profiles of Länderbahnen steam locomotives for goods
To be completed:
- new profiles of Länderbahnen steam locomotives for fast passenger
As in any other site you can enlarge images when mouse cursor switch to a hand.
As any other technical branch railways developed their own jargon and acronyms and Germany has its own, of course. To facilitate (hopefully) readers, I followed these criteria:
- acronyms are in German: they usually are explained only the first
time they appear in the text
- technical terms are in English
- a glossary with selected terms is available
It is recommended to start from Hystory area, for a better understanding of the reasons why vehicles have been designed and evolved that way...
Because of the huge number of classes, it is beyond the site's scope to provide a full picture of whatever run on German rails.
Therefore, it's important to make clear that basically you will find only those vehicles having their counterpart in H0 scale (and they are not few).
Anyway, you will find also some that are not so well known (at least in Italy) but are important either because they provide better understanding of the evolution of a "family" of vehicles or they have a particular historical-technical importance.
On the contrary, you will not find those vehicles temporarily taken in charge by DR because of political or war-related events (e.g. BBÖ locomotives after the 1938 Anschluß of Austria or PKP ones after 1939 Poland's invasion).
Each class wil be shortly illustrated through a "profile":
- Data tables (main official, available, data)
- History (reasons to develop a class)
- Technics (design, features, evolution, experiments)
- Use (in chronological order)
I hereby gratefully thank Silvano del Rio for his invaluable support in traslation.
I hope you will enjoy the site!!